Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Meandering here and there . . .

Today is the birthday of Czesław Miłosz (June 30, 1911 – August 14, 2004), poet and writer. He is best known for his book The Captive Mind (1953).

In 1980, Czeslaw Milosz was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Here is another writer whose work has been banned.

The Captive Mind was banned in Poland, it circulated underground there, Czeslaw Miłosz being among those authors whose name could not be mentioned even in order to denounce.

"Vulgarized knowledge characteristically gives birth to a feeling that everything is understandable and explained. It is like a system of bridges built over chasms. One can travel boldly ahead over these bridges, ignoring the chasms. It is forbidden to look down into them; but that, alas, does not alter the fact that they exist." - Czeslaw Milosz

"Evil grows and bears fruit, which is understandable, because it has logic and probability on its side and also, of course, strength. The resistance of tiny kernels of good, to which no one grants the power of causing far-reaching consequences, is entirely mysterious, however. Such seeming nothingness not only lasts but contains within itself enormous energy which is revealed gradually." - Czeslaw Milosz

"I think that I am here, on this earth, to present a report on it, but to whom I don't know." - Czeslaw Milosz

"What is this enigmatic impulse that does not allow one to settle down in the achieved, the finished? I think it is a quest for reality." - Czeslaw Milosz

"The voice of passion is better than the voice of reason. The passionless cannot change history." - Czeslaw Milosz

"Yet falling in love is not the same as being able to love." - Czeslaw Milosz

"What has no shadow has no strength to live." - Czeslaw Milosz

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