Pablo Neruda
Quotations

A bibliophile of little means is likely to suffer often. Books don’t slip from his hands but fly past him through the air, high as birds, high as prices.

Latin America is very fond of the word “hope.” We like to be called the “continent of hope.” Candidates for deputy, senator, president, call themselves “candidates of hope.” This hope is really something like a promise of heaven, an IOU whose payment is always being put off. It is put off until the next legislative campaign, until next year, until the next century.

I want to do with you what spring does with cherry trees.

Love is so short and forgetting is so long.

The moon lives in the lining of your skin.

Only with a burning patience can we conquer the splendid City which will give light, justice and dignity to all mankind. In this way the song will not have been sung in vain.

Someday, somewhere -- anywhere, unfailingly, you'll find yourself, and that, and only that, can be the happiest or bitterest hour of your life.

Impunity for the great thief, and jail for the thief who steals a loaf.

In one kiss, you'll know all I haven't said.

Today is today, and yesterday is gone. There is no doubt.

Shyness is a condition foreign to the heart -- a category, a dimension which leads to loneliness.

They may mow down all the flowers, but they can't stop spring.

Does he who waits forever suffer more than he who never waited for anybody?

I believed that the way passed through Man, and that it was from there that destiny had to emerge.

Laughter is the language of the soul.





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