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By suppressing differences and peculiarities, by eliminating different civilizations and cultures, progress weakens life and favors death Octavio Paz

Every view of the world that becomes extinct, every culture that disappears, diminishes a possibility of life Octavio Paz

The ideal of a single civilization for everyone, implicit in the cult of progress and technique, impoverishes and mutilates us Octavio Paz

Solitude lies at the lowest depth of the human condition. Man is the only being who feels himself to be alone and the only one who is searching for the Other. Octavio Paz

Changes are inseparable from democracy. To defend democracy is to defend the possibility of change; in turn, changes alone can strengthen democracy. Octavio Paz

A flower without a stem, is beauty waiting to die. A heart without love, is a tear waiting to cry. Octavio Paz

The supreme value is not the future but the present. The future is a deceitful time that always says to us, 'Not Yet,' and thus denies us... Whoever builds a house for future happiness builds a prison for the present. Octavio Paz

Watching I watch myself, what I see is my creation as though entering through my eyes perception is conception into an eye more crystal clear water of thoughts, what I watch watches me, I am the creation of what I see Octavio Paz

Technology is not an image of the world but a way of operating on reality. The nihilism of technology lies not only in the fact that it is the most perfect expression of the will to power... but also in the fact that it lacks meaning. Octavio Paz

Believing ourselves to be possessors of absolute truth degrades us: we regard every person whose way of thinking is different from ours as a monster and a threat and by so doing turn our own selves into monsters and threats to our fellows. Octavio Paz

Today we all speak, if not the same tongue, the same universal language. There is no one center, and time has lost its former coherence: East and West, yesterday and tomorrow exist as a confused jumble in each one of us. Different times and different spaces are combined in a here and now that is everywhere at once. Octavio Paz

Grace is gratuitous; it is a gift. Octavio Paz

Poetry is not truth, it is the resurrection of presences. Octavio Paz

Solitude is the profoundest fact Octavio Paz

To love is to undress our names. Octavio Paz

Light is time thinking about itself. Octavio Paz

Poet: gardener of epitaphs. Octavio Paz

Death is the mother of forms. Octavio Paz

Beyond myself, somewhere, I wait for my arrival. Octavio Paz

Whatever is not stone is light Octavio Paz

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