Yehuda Amichai Quotes

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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.

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And what will you do now? You'll collect loves
Like stamps. You've got doubles and no one
Will trade you and you have the damaged ones.

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Yehuda Amichai Quotes: I know a man who photographed the view
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.

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It was not an adventure; it was my life.

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In my life are many windows
and many graves.
Sometimes they exchange
roles:
then a window is closed forever,
then by way of a gravestone
I can see
very far.
(Hebrew-to-English translation by Rabbi Steven Sager)

— Yehuda Amichai

Try to remember some details. For the world
is filled with people who were torn from their sleep
with no one to mend the tear,
and unlike wild beasts they live
each in his lonely hiding place and they die
together on battlefields
and in hospitals.
And the earth will swallow all of them,
good and evil together, like the followers of Korah,
all of them in their rebellion against death,
their mouths open till the last moment,
praising and cursing in a single
howl. Try, try
to remember some details.

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Yehuda Amichai Quotes: Jerusalem is a port city on the shore of
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.

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The memory of my father is wrapped up in white paper, like sandwiches taken for a day of work. Just as a magician takes towers and rabbits out of his hat, he drew love from his small body.

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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.

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Yehuda Amichai Quotes: Ive never been in those places where ive
I've never been in those places where I've never been and never will be, I have no share in the infinity of light-years and dark-years, but the darkness is mine, and the light, and my time is my own.

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A flock of sheep near the airport or a high voltage generator beside the orchard: these combinations open up my life like a wound, but they also heal it. That's why my feelings always come in twos.

— Yehuda Amichai

Spy (1973)
Many years ago,
I was sent
to spy out the land beyond the age of thirty.
And I stayed there
and didn't go back to my senders,
so as not to be made
to tell
about this land
and made
to lie.

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

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Yehuda Amichai Quotes: Look just as time isnt inside clockslove
Look, just as time isn't inside clocks
love isn't inside bodies:
bodies only tell the love.

— Yehuda Amichai

Out of three or four in a room
One is always standing at the window
Hair dark above his thoughts
Behind him the words
And in front of him the words, wandering without luggage
Hearts without provision, prophecies without water,
And big stones put there
And stayed, closed, like letters,
With no adresses; and no one to receive them.

— Yehuda Amichai

Sometimes I come crashing down inside myself
without anyone noticing.

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Yes, all of this is sorrow. But leave a little love burning always like the small bulb in the room of a sleeping baby that gives him a bit of security and quiet love though he doesn't know what the light is or where it comes from.

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Yehuda Amichai Quotes: But peace returns to my heart not peace
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!

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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

Now and then, I remember you in times
Unbelievable. And in places not made for memory
But for the transient, the passing that does not remain.

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Yehuda Amichai Quotes: Last to dry was the hair when we were
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

I think the end is endless. It's either a big black hole or a big white light or both together. But it's totally meaningless, because even if someone would explain it, I wouldn't understand it.

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Yehuda Amichai Quotes: My poems are political in the deeper
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.

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I was a very religious child - I went to synagogue at least once, sometimes twice, a day. And I remember my religiousness as good - I think religion is good for children, especially educated children, because it allows for imagination, a whole imaginative world apart from the practical world.

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The world of religion isn't a logical world; that's why children like it. It's a world of worked-out fantasies, very similar to children's stories or fairy tales.

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

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Every intelligent person, whether he's an artist or not - a mathematician, a doctor, a scientist - possesses a poetic way of seeing and describing the world.

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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.

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Yehuda Amichai Quotes: I try to stay a civilian to live as a
I try to stay a civilian, to live as a human, not as a poet.

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The reason a poet is a poet is to write poems, not to advertise himself as a poet.

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Yehuda Amichai Quotes: Love is like a reservoir of kindness and
Love is like a reservoir of kindness and pleasure, like silos and pools during a siege.

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

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

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Yehuda Amichai Quotes: Here jerusalem tears do not weaken the
Here (Jerusalem), tears do not weaken the eyes, they only polish and shine the hardness of faces like stone.

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

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

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

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The soul inside me is the last foreign language I'm learning,

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Tonight I think again of many days that are sacrificed for one night of love. Of the waste and the fruit of the waste, of plenty and of fire. And how painlessly-time.

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