Quotes from Native Realm: A Search for Self-Definition

Czesław Miłosz ·  320 pages

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“The creative act of the artist lifts him above himself by demanding full surrender. No one puts words on paper or paint on canvas, doubting. If one doubts, one does so five minutes later...”
― Czesław Miłosz, quote from Native Realm: A Search for Self-Definition


“No, non imiterò mai coloro che cancellano le proprie tracce, ripudiano il proprio passato e sono morti, anche se con equilibrismi intellettuali fanno finta di essere vivi. Le mie radici sono laggiù, all’Est, su questo non v’è alcun dubbio. Anche se trovo difficile e spiacevole spiegare chi sono, bisogna pur tentare di farlo.”
― Czesław Miłosz, quote from Native Realm: A Search for Self-Definition


“Come tutte le biblioteche, era chiusa al pubblica e sottoposta all’amministrazione centrale tedesca, ma conservava il vecchio personale, il quale, pur avendo stipendi da fame, rimaneva al proprio posto per un patriottismo aziendale – i bibliotecari d’altronde costituiscono una razza speciale, capace di nutrirsi del solo amore per i propri libri.”
― Czesław Miłosz, quote from Native Realm: A Search for Self-Definition


“[…] perché esistono dei mostri che nessuno può vincere in un combattimento faccia a faccia.”
― Czesław Miłosz, quote from Native Realm: A Search for Self-Definition


“[…] alla fin fine, bisogna saper apprezzare i vantaggi che si traggono dalle proprie origini.”
― Czesław Miłosz, quote from Native Realm: A Search for Self-Definition



“Sono gli impiegati che inventano, in fin dei conti, tutte queste scartoffie [i passaporti] per avvelenare la vita agli uomini, e le loro disposizioni non vanno prese troppo sul serio.”
― Czesław Miłosz, quote from Native Realm: A Search for Self-Definition


“Oggi penso talvolta che il vicino dell’Elefante poteva essere il futuro ufficiale della Gestapo che lo avrebbe torturato durante gli interrogatori. L’Elefante non era fatto per stare in prigione perché membro di una qualche organizzazione clandestina, non era fatto per sopportare la slogatura delle articolazioni e gli schiaffi né poi, con le gambe rotte dopo un tentativo di fuga nel suicidio, per capire con sollievo, in un resto di consapevolezza, che il suo povero corpo stava morendo. Ma il gioviale Elefante era nato per vivere in armonia e pace, tra gli scherzi bonari e le chiacchierate con gli amici davanti a un bicchiere di vino. Era liberale, scettico e restio alle tentazioni dell’eroismo. A mio parere, la sua morte e quella dei suoi simili grava sui Wandervögel nostri coetanei assai di più della morte di molti giovani fanatici.”
― Czesław Miłosz, quote from Native Realm: A Search for Self-Definition


About the author

Czesław Miłosz
Born place: in Šeteniai, Lithuania
Born date June 30, 1911
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