C.P. Cavafy Quotes & Wallpapers

C.P. Cavafy
Total Quotes: 39


Of what's to come the wise perceive things about to happen. Sometimes during moments of intense study their hearing's troubled: the hidden sound of things approaching reaches them, and they listen reverently, while in the street outside the people hear nothing whatsoever. C.P. Cavafy

On hearing about powerful love, respond, be moved like an aesthete. Only, fortunate as you've been, remember how much your imagination created for you. C.P. Cavafy

The frivolous can call me frivolous. I've always been most punctilious about important things. And I insist that no one knows better than I do the Holy Fathers, or the Scriptures, or the Canons of the Councils. C.P. Cavafy

From all I did and all I said let no one try to find out who I was. C.P. Cavafy

to certain people there comes a day when they must say the great Yes or the great No... C.P. Cavafy

And if you can't shape your life the way you want, at least try as much as you can not to degrade it... C.P. Cavafy

And if you ca' shape your life the way you want, at least try as much as you can not to degrade it... C.P. Cavafy

Have Ithaka always in your mind. Your arrival there is what you are destined for. But don't in the least hurry the journey. C.P. Cavafy

What shall become of us without any barbarians? Those people were a kind of solution. C.P. Cavafy

Days to come stand in front of us like a row of lighted candles- golden, warm, and vivid candles. Days gone by fall behind us, a gloomy line of snuffed-out candles; the nearest are smoking still, cold, melted, and bent. I don't want to look at them: their shape saddens me, and it saddens me to remember their original light. I look ahead at my lighted candles. I don't want to turn for fear of seeing, terrified, how quickly that dark line gets longer, how quickly the snuffed-out candles proliferate. C.P. Cavafy

A month passes by and brings another month. Easy to guess what lies ahead: all of yesterday's boredom. And tomorrow ends up no longer like tomorrow. C.P. Cavafy

If you are one of the truly elect, be careful how you attain your eminence. C.P. Cavafy

Body, remember not only how much you were loved, not only the beds you lay on, but also those desires glowing openly in eyes that looked at you, trembling for you in voices. C.P. Cavafy

Try to keep them, poet, those erotic visions of yours, however few of them there are that can be stilled. Put them, half-hidden, in your lines. C.P. Cavafy

Honor to those who in the life they lead define and guard a Thermopylae. Never betraying what is right, consistent and just in all they do but showing pity also, and compassion; generous when they are rich, and when they are poor, still generous in small ways, still helping as much as they can; always speaking the truth, yet without hating those who lie. And even more honor is due to them when they foresee (as many do foresee) that in the end Ephialtis will make his appearance, that the Medes will break through after all. C.P. Cavafy

Speak not of guilt, speak not of responsibility. When the Regiment of the Senses parades by, with music, and with banners; when the senses shiver and shudder, it is only a fool and and an irreverent person that will keep his distance, who will not embrace the good cause, marching towards the conquest of pleasures and passions. All of morality's laws - poorly understood and applied - are nil and cannot stand even for a moment, when the Regiment of the Senses parades by, with music, and with banners. C.P. Cavafy

Do' mourn your luck that's failing now, work gone wrong, your plans all proving deceptive - do' mourn them uselessly. As one long prepared, and graced with courage, say goodbye to her, the Alexandria that is leaving. Above all, do' fool yourself, do' say it was a dream, your ears deceived you: do' degrade yourself with empty hopes like these. C.P. Cavafy

And if you find her poor, Ithaca has not deceived you. Wise as you have become, with so much experience, you must already have understood what these Ithacas mean. C.P. Cavafy

The days of the future stand in front of us Like a line of candles all alight Golden and warm and lively little candles. C.P. Cavafy

And from this marvellous pan-Hellenic expedition, triumphant, brilliant in every way, celebrated on all sides, glorified incomparable, we emerged: the great new Hellenic world. C.P. Cavafy

I'm practically broke and homeless. This fatal city, Antioch, has devoured all my money: this fatal city with its extravagant life. C.P. Cavafy

From my most unnoticed actions, my most veiled writing from these alone will I be understood. C.P. Cavafy

One candle is enough. Its gentle light will be more suitable, will be more gracious when the Shades arrive, the Shades of Love. C.P. Cavafy

My life has been awaiting you. Your footfall was my own heart's beat. C.P. Cavafy

Give me artificial flowers - porcelain and metal glories - neither fading nor decaying, forms unaging. Flowers of the splendid gardens of another place, where Forms and Styles and Knowledge dwell. I love flowers made of glass or gold, true Art's true gifts, their painted hues more beautiful than nature's, worked in nacre and enamel, with perfect leaves and branches. C.P. Cavafy

He wasn't completely wrong, poor old Gemistus (let Lord Andronicus and the patriarch suspect him if they like), in wanting us, telling us to become pagan once again. C.P. Cavafy

Don't mourn your luck that's failing now, work gone wrong, your plans all proving deceptive - don't mourn them uselessly. As one long prepared, and graced with courage, say goodbye to her, the Alexandria that is leaving. Above all, don't fool yourself, don't say it was a dream, your ears deceived you: don't degrade yourself with empty hopes like these. C.P. Cavafy

When you set out for Ithaca, ask that your way be long C.P. Cavafy

What are we waiting for, assembled in the forum? The barbarians are due here today. C.P. Cavafy

Roses by the head, jasmine at the feet so appear the longings that have passed without being satisfied, not one of them granted a night of sensual pleasure, or one of its radiant mornings. C.P. Cavafy

Guard, O my soul, against pomp and glory. And if you cannot curb your ambitions, at least pursue them hesitantly, cautiously. And the higher you go, the more searching and careful you need to be. C.P. Cavafy

When you set out on your journey to Ithaca, pray that the road is long, full of adventure, full of knowledge. C.P. Cavafy

Arriving there is what you are destined for C.P. Cavafy

Days to come stand in front of us like a row of lighted candles- golden, warm, and vivid candles. Days gone by fall behind us, a gloomy line of snuffed-out candles; the nearest are smoking still, cold, melted, and bent. I do' want to look at them: their shape saddens me, and it saddens me to remember their original light. I look ahead at my lighted candles. I do' want to turn for fear of seeing, terrified, how quickly that dark line gets longer, how quickly the snuffed-out candles proliferate. C.P. Cavafy

Return often and take me, beloved sensation, return and take me - When memory of the body awakens, and old desire again runs through the blood; when the lips and skin remember, and the hands feel as if they touch again. C.P. Cavafy

The holy Cross goes forward; it brings joy and consolation to every quarter where Christians live; and these God-fearing people, elated, stand in their doorways and greet it reverently, the strength, the salvation of the universe, the Cross. C.P. Cavafy

That we've broken their statues, that we've driven them out of their temples, doesn't mean at all that the gods are dead. O land of Ionia, they're still in love with you, their souls still keep your memory. C.P. Cavafy

Nero wasn't worried at all when he heard the utterance of the Delphic Oracle: "Beware the age of seventy-three." Plenty of time to enjoy himself still. He's thirty. The deadline the god has given him is quite enough to cope with future dangers. C.P. Cavafy

Do' mourn your luck that's failing now, work gone wrong, your plans all proving deceptive - do' mourn them uselessly. As one long prepared, and graced with courage, say goodbye to her, the Alexandria that is leaving. Above all, do' fool yourself, do' say it was a dream, your ears deceived you: do' degrade yourself with empty hopes like these. C.P. Cavafy



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