In the last quarter of the eighteenth century bourgeois Europe needed to emancipate itself from that combination of feudalism and commercial capitalism which we know as mercantilism.
For every poet it is always morning in the world;
history a forgotten, insomniac night. The fate of poetry is to fall in love with the world in spite of history.
Break a vase, and the love that reassembles the fragments is stronger than that love which took its symmetry for granted when it was whole.
The rich are only defeated when running for their lives.
Summer for prose and lemons, for nakedness and languor.
Good science and good art are always about a condition of awe.
I don't think there is any other function for the poet or the scientist in the human tribe but the astonishment of the soul.
The English language is nobody's special property.
It is the property of the imagination: it is the property of the language itself.
The sigh of History rises over ruins, not over landscapes, and in the Antilles there are few ruins to sigh over, apart from the ruins of sugar estates and abandoned forts.
Memory that yearns to join the centre, a limb remembering the body from which it has been severed, like those bamboo thighs of the god.
The cruelties of property and privilege are always more ferocious than the revenges of poverty and oppression. For the one aims at perpetuating resented injustice, the other is merely a momentary passion soon appeased.
The time will come when, with elation, you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror, and each will smile at the other’s welcome.
If you know what you are going to write when you're writing a poem, it's going to be average.
I come from a place that likes grandeur;
it likes large gestures; it is not inhibited by flourish; it is a rhetorical society; it is a society of physical performance; it is a society of style.
Education begins at home. You can't blame the school for not putting into your child what you don't put into him.
Visual surprise is natural in the Caribbean;
it comes with the landscape, and faced with its beauty, the sigh of History dissolves.
When history is written as it ought to be written, it is the moderation and long patience of the masses at which men will wonder, not their ferocity.
Property-owners are the most energetic flag-waggers and patriots in every country, but only so long as they enjoy their possessions: to safeguard those they desert God, King and Country in a twinkling.
If you are not their slaves, you are rebels.
Peel your own image from the mirror. Sit. Feast on your life.
It is in revolutionary periods that the culmination of previous trends and the beginning of new ones appear.
The truest writers are those who see language not as a linguistic process but as a living element.
The patience and forbearance of the poor are among the strongest bulwarks of the rich.
The home stands in contrast to all other capitalist institutions as the last stronghold of pre-capitalist isolation.
All the details of the life and the quirks and the friendships can be laid out for us, but the mystery of the writing will remain. No amount of documentation, however fascinating, can take us there.
I think when you see so many Hindu temples of the 10th century or earlier disfigured, defaced, you realise that something terrible happened. I feel the civilisation of that closed world was mortally wounded by those invasions the old world is destroyed. That has to be understood. Ancient Hindu India was destroyed.
Love After Love all your life, whom you have ignored for another, who knows you by heart. Take down the love letters from the bookshelf, the photographs, the desperate notes, peel your own image from the mirror. Sit. Feast on your life.
In Trinidad, where as new arrivals we were a disadvantaged community, that excluding idea was a kind of protection; it enabled us - for the time being, and only for the time being - to live in our own way and according to our own rules, to live in our own fading India.
Any serious attempt to try to do something worthwhile is ritualistic.
As the class struggle sharpens in the U.S. Marxism will come into its own as a great popular study.
Today, in American imperialism, the commodity has reached its most grandiose historical manifestation.
All the world has been converted and Washington is the modem Mecca.
Ignorant people in preppy clothes are more dangerous to America than oil embargoes.
The international proletariat first appeared on the scene in the early Thirties of the nineteenth century, and its first great action was the French Revolution of 1848.
I was a Labour Party man but I found myself to the left of the Labour party in Nelson, militant as that was. I came to London and in a few months I was a Trotskyist.
It is over one hundred years since the abolition of slavery.
The Negro people in the United States have taken plenty and they have reached a stage where they have decided that they are not going to take any more.
Slowly my body grows a single sound, slowly I become a bell, an oval, disembodied vowel, I grow, an owl, an aureole, white fire poesia "Metamorfosi, I. Luna
We are too quick to put labels on things.
It is my profession. I get up and paint. Everyone wants to put a label on it, but I am a free spirit, so I fight against that.
Argentine political life is like the life of an ant community or an African forest tribe: full of events, full of crisis and deaths, but life is always cyclical, and the year ends as it begins.
I try to forget what happiness was, and when that don't work, I study the stars.
The personal vocabulary, the individual melody whose metre is one's biography, joins in that sound, with any luck, and the body moves like a walking, a waking island.
The English language is nobody's special property.
The most striking development of the great depression of 1929 is a profound skepticism of the future of contemporary society among large sections of the American people.
Art is History's nostalgia, it prefers a thatched roof to a concrete factory, and the huge church above a bleached village.
The late development of mass industrial organization in the United States has both stimulated and retarded the political development of the American working class.
The melancholy thing about the world is that it is full of stupid people;
and the world is run for the benefit of the stupid and common.
Many writers tend to write summing-up books at the end of their lives.
The family feuds or the village feuds often had to do with an idea of honor.
Perhaps it was a peasant idea; perhaps this idea of honor is especially important to a society without recourse to law or without confidence in law.
I look in the mirror. There's me. What's in the mirror is not real. So am I unreal?
Capitalism has socialized production.
It has brought thousands of people together in the factory and involved them in new social relationships.
The Paris Commune was first and foremost a democracy.
The government was a body elected by universal suffrage.