"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."
"Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open."Eugenio Montale on John Barrymore
"Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions."Eugenio Montale on Dalai Lama
"Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be."Eugenio Montale on Abraham Lincoln
"I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition."Eugenio Montale on Martha Washington
"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."Eugenio Montale on Mahatma Gandhi
"Mass communication, radio, and especially television, have attempted, not without success, to annihilate every possibility of solitude and reflection."
"I have been judged to be a pessimist but what abyss of ignorance and low egoism is not hidden in one who thinks that Man is the god of himself and that his future can only be triumphant?"
"For my part, if I consider poetry as an object, I maintain that it is born of the necessity of adding a vocal sound (speech) to the hammering of the first tribal music."
"However, poetry does not live solely in books or in school anthologies."
"I do not go in search of poetry. I wait for poetry to visit me."