Eugenio Montale

51Eugenio Montale Quotes

Italian Poet born on October 12, 1896, died on September 12, 1981

Eugenio Montale was an Italian poet, prose writer, editor and translator, and recipient of the 1975 Nobel Prize in Literature. He is widely considered the greatest Italian lyric poet since Giacomo Leopardi. In 1973 he was awarded the Golden Wreath of the Struga Poetry Evenings in Struga, Macedonia... (source)

In reality art is always for everyone and for no one. view quote

Against the dark background of this contemporary civilization of well-being, even the arts tend to mingle, to lose their identity. view quote

I have always knocked at the door of that wonderful and terrible enigma which is life. view quote

Mass communication, radio, and especially television, have attempted, not without success, to annihilate every possibility of solitude and reflection. view quote

Too many lives are needed to make just one. view quote

Man cannot produce a single work without the assistance of the slow, assiduous, corrosive worm of thought. view quote

Poetry is the art which is technically within the grasp of everyone: a piece of paper and a pencil and one is ready. view quote

There is poetry even in prose, in all the great prose which is not merely utilitarian or didactic: there exist poets who write in prose or at least in more or less apparent prose; millions of poets write verses which have no connection with poetry. view quote

Narrative art, the novel, from Murasaki to Proust, has produced great works of poetry. view quote

Happiness, for you we walk on a knife edge. To the eyes you are a flickering light, to the feet, thin ice that cracks; and so may no one touch you who loves you. view quote

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