Top 10 most inspiring quotes by Mahmoud Darwish
- I am from there. I am from here. I am not there and I am not here. I have two names, which meet and part, and I have two languages. I forget which of them I dream in.
- If the Olive Trees knew the hands that planted them, Their Oil would become Tears.
- The days have taught you not to trust happiness because it hurts when it deceives.
- The stars had only one task: they taught me how to read. They taught me I had a language in heaven and another language on earth.
- And if happiness should surprise you again, do not mention its previous betrayal. Enter into the happiness, and burst.
- Far away, our dreams have nothing to do with what we do. The wind carries the night, and passes on, aimless.
- She does not love you. Your metaphors thrill her you are her poet. But that’s all there’s to it.
- We journey towards a home that does not halo our head with a special sun. Mythical women applaud us. A sea for us, a sea against us.
- Please take your time. I want you to kill me slowly so I can write my last poem to my wife’s heart. They laughed, and took from me only the words dedicated to my wife’s heart.
- If there must be a moon, let it be high, a high moon made in Baghdad, neither Arab, nor Persian, nor claimed by the goddesses all around us.
Mahmoud Darwish was a Palestinian poet and one of the leading artists of the Arab world who gave voice to the struggles of his people. He received international acclaim for his poetry which mostly focused on the strong affection for a lost homeland.
Born to a family of landowners, his family fled to Lebanon upon the establishment of Israel and stayed there for a year, before secretly re-entering Israel and settling down. After completing his secondary education, he began publishing poetry and articles for newspapers and magazines, later serving as their editor.
After that, he moved to Cairo and Beirut, where he worked in the research and publishing institutes of the PLO, from which he resigned following the Oslo Accords. His poetry became much sophisticated over the years and he gained international fame. One of the central themes of his poetry was the concept of homeland and his poetry was characterized by the honesty of his emotions and the novelty of his poetic images. In his long and flourishing career, he published around 30 collections of poetry and prose, which were translated into more than two dozen languages.
His poems received positive response throughout the Arab world, and several of them were put to music. He earned numerous awards for his marvelous literary works, and the honor of being the Palestinian national poet was bestowed upon him.
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