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Yehuda Amichai Quotes

Jerusalem is a port city on the shore of eternity.
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And I said to myself: That's true, hope needs to be
like barbed wire to keep out despair,
hope must be a mine field.

— Yehuda Amichai

I know a man
who photographed the view he saw
from the window of the room where he made love
and not the face of the woman he loved there.

— Yehuda Amichai

Jerusalem is a port city on the shore of eternity.

— Yehuda Amichai

People use each other
as a healing for their pain. They put each other
on their existential wound,
on the eye, on the cunt, on mouth and open hand.
They hold each other and won't let go.

— Yehuda Amichai

When you smile, serious ideas get exhausted. At night the mountains keep quiet beside you, in the morning the sand goes with you down to the beach. When you do nice things to me all the heavy industries shut down.

— Yehuda Amichai

Like a butcher sharpening knife on knife
I sharpen heart on heart inside me.

— Yehuda Amichai

But peace returns to my heart.
Not peace as it used to be
before it left me years ago. It went away to school,
matured as I did,
and came back looking like me.

— Yehuda Amichai

Like high mountain climbers who set up a base in the valley at the foot of the mountains and another camp and camp number two and camp number three at various heights on the road to the peak, and in every camp they leave food and provisions and equipment to make their last climb easier and to collect on their way back everything that might help them as they descend, so I leave my childhood and my youth and my adult years in various camps with a flag on every camp. I know I shall never return, but to get to the peak with no weight, light, light!

— Yehuda Amichai

Only my penis is still free and happy, no good for sword fights and no good for any work, or even for hanging things on, or for digging trenches. Praise be to God that it is so.

— Yehuda Amichai

Last to dry was the hair.
When we were already far from the sea,
when words and salt, which had merged on us,
separated from one another with a sigh,
and your body no longer showed
signs of a terrible ancientness.
And in vain we had forgotten a few things on the beach,
so that we would have an excuse to return.
We didn't return.
And these days I remember the days
that have your name on them, like a name on a ship,
and how we saw through two open doors
one man who was thinking, and how we looked at the clouds
with the ancient gaze we inherited from our fathers,
who waited for rain,
and how at night, when the world cooled off,
your body kept its warmth for a long time,
like the sea

— Yehuda Amichai

My poems are political in the deeper sense of the word. Political means to live in your time, to be a man of your time.

— Yehuda Amichai

There are two languages: one as things seem to us and the other of knowledge.

— Yehuda Amichai

I've often said that all poetry is political. This is because real poems deal with a human response to reality and politics is part of reality, history in the making. Even if a poet writes about sitting in a glass house drinking tea, it reflects politics.

— Yehuda Amichai

I try to stay a civilian, to live as a human, not as a poet.

— Yehuda Amichai

From the place where we are right, flowers will not grow in the spring.

— Yehuda Amichai

And as we stray further from love, we multiply the words. Had we remained together we could have become a silence.

— Yehuda Amichai

Knowledge of peace passes from country to country, like children's games, which are so much alike, everywhere.

— Yehuda Amichai

I wanted to be calm, like a mound with all its cities destroyed, and tranquil, like a full cemetery.

— Yehuda Amichai

The phrase I like to use to describe my sense of time-a play on comparative literature-is comparative time.

— Yehuda Amichai

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