"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?"
"The empires of the future are the empires of the mind."Eugenio Montale on Winston Churchill
"Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future."Eugenio Montale on Oscar Wilde
"Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life."Eugenio Montale on Steve Jobs
"I never think of the future - it comes soon enough."Eugenio Montale on Albert Einstein
"It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves."Eugenio Montale on William Shakespeare
"Mass communication, radio, and especially television, have attempted, not without success, to annihilate every possibility of solitude and reflection."
"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."
"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."