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yogamanjunaga: 'Gift' by Czesław Miłosz. A day so happy. Fog lifted early, I worked in the garden. Hummingbirds were stopping over honeysuckle flowers. There was no thing on earth I wanted to possess. I knew no one worth my envying him. Whatever evil I had suffered, I forgot. Part 1

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surreahlism: Czeslaw Milosz, New and Collected Poems: 1931-2001 / Ada Limon, Bright Dead Things

CailinCeltic: I have heard that voice many a time when asleep and,what is strange,I understood more or less an order or an appeal in an unearthly tongue: day draws near another one do what you can. On Angels -- Czeslaw Milosz Images - Google PicFinder

DrTomSchreiner: A great quote by Czeslaw Milosz in Dan Doriani's forthcoming Romans commentary on how sin blinds us.

akamererwrites: "The purpose of poetry is to remind us how difficult it is to remain just one person, for our house is open, there are no keys in the doors, and invisible guests come in and out at will." - Czeslaw Milosz

OInscendence: "When a writer is born into a family, the family is finished.” — Czeslaw Milosz

allanrob9: I think that sentiment has had its day but if anyone could get close, Czeslaw Milosz is my choice to have a go.

LenaOzge: "The purpose of poetry is to remind us how difficult it is to remain just one person." Czeslaw Milosz

ZeeshanJaanam: What is poetry which does not save nations or people? —Czeslaw Milosz

DrKardasPsyDThD: In a room where people unanimously maintain a conspiracy of silence, one word of truth sounds like a pistol shot. - Czeslaw Milosz

DrKardasPsyDThD: A true opium of the people is a belief in nothingness after death - the huge solace of thinking that for our betrayals, greed, cowardice, murder we are not going to be judged. - Czeslaw Milosz

wanderingsag: —Even if that is so,there will remain A word wakened by lips that perish, A tireless messenger who runs and runs Through interstellar fields, through the revolving galaxies, And calls out, protests, screams. ~Czeslaw Milosz, Meaning

trilobite_1970: There is so much death, and that is why affection for pigtails, bright-colored skirts in the wind, for paper boats no more durable than we are... Czeslaw Milosz

finnchs: a song on the end of the world / czeslaw milosz

caylanford: Czeslaw Milosz, and the unpleasant realization that is dawning too slowly on us.

kellydanc: "Description demands intense observation, so intense that the veil of everyday habit falls away and what we paid no attention to, because it struck us as so ordinary, is revealed as miraculous." – Czesław Miłosz

DionysusPS: Dads also need to read Czeslaw Milosz and Leo Strauss, give kids esoteric teaching and instruct them in ketman.

Kulambq: "When a writer is born into a family, the family is finished." - Czeslaw Milosz

jmasseypoet: "I am no more than a secretary of the invisible world." —Czeslaw Milosz

BSaaloo: Czeslaw Milosz once said :- In a room where people unanimously maintain a conspiracy of silence, one word of truth sounds like a pistol shot. FREE PEARL FROM SUFFERING

joanna_rzepa: I'm thrilled that my book 'Modernism and Theology: Rainer Maria Rilke, T. S. Eliot, Czesław Miłosz' has now been published:

ArunKum38053152: What is poetry that does not save Nations or people? A connivance with official lies , A song of drunkards whose throats will be cut in a moment, Reading for sophomore girls . That I wanted good poetry . From :' Dedication ' Czeslaw Milosz

theEIpod: Recording an episode on Czeslaw Milosz today!

Yayaver1: Warm wind in the palm leaves, and I think of snow In my distance province when things happen That belonged to another, inconceivable life. The bright side of the planet moves toward darkness And the cities are falling asleep, each in its hour, --- Czeslaw Milosz

llvi7l: For years I could not accept the place I was in. I felt I should be somewhere else. - Czeslaw Milosz

LanLeavell: “Here we encounter the most thorny problem of democracy—if in every man is a sage and an idiot, whoever flatters the idiot wins.” -Czeslaw Milosz, Striving Towards Being

holdengraber: “I ask not out of sorrow, but in wonder.” ~ Czeslaw Milosz

TheWakingTulip: “Love means to learn to look at yourself The way one looks at distant things For you are only one thing among many. And whoever sees that way heals his heart, Without knowing it, from various ills— A bird and a tree say to him: Friend. ..." - Czeslaw Milosz

tinkeringhalo10: "In a room where people unanimously maintain a conspiracy of silence, one word of truth sounds like a pistol shot" - Czeslaw Milosz

lunaphorie: "For we are all so mortal that we hardly live." Czeslaw Milosz, Table II.

Hypocrite_fleur: Some people say we should not trust our eyes, That there is nothing, just seeming, These are the ones who have no hope. Hope - Milosz Czeslaw

Seeking0355: “In a room where people unanimously maintain a conspiracy of silence, one word of truth sounds like a pistol shot" - Czeslaw Milosz

WatchNwachukwu: The bright side of the planet moves toward darkness And the cities are falling asleep, each in its hour, And for me, now as then, it is too much. There is too much world. — Czesław Miłosz

3coma14: I think that I am here, on this earth, to present a report on it, but to whom I don't know. As if I were sent so that whatever takes place has meaning because it changes into memory. Czeslaw Milosz

rp_warner: "In a room where people unanimously maintain a conspiracy of silence, one word of truth sounds like a pistol shot."-Czeslaw Milosz---

rp_warner: "IN A ROOM WHERE PEOPLE UNANIMOUSLY MAINTAIN A CONSPRACY OF SILENCE,ONE WORD OF TRUTH SOUNDS LIKE A PISTOL SHOT."---Czeslaw Milosz--

jasonwblakely: "The bizarre nature of man. Who every hour ... is possessed by self-delusion ... when building sandcastles, collecting postage stamps, admiring oneself in a mirror. Assigning oneself first place ... All the while on the very border." - Czeslaw Milosz, Report

HildaMadeira: “i am coming slowly back to myself.” anna swir, tr. by czeslaw milosz

parisreview: “All of us yearn for the highest wisdom, but we have to rely on ourselves in the end.” —Czeslaw Milosz

ojalart: “All of us yearn for the highest wisdom, but we have to rely on ourselves in the end.” —Czeslaw Milosz

dzastrus: not that i want to be a god or a hero. just change into a tree, grow for ages, not hurt anyone. - czeslaw milosz

readingkafka: “Love means to look at yourself the way one looks at distant things for you are only one thing among many. And whoever sees that way heals his heart, without knowing it, from various ills– a bird and a tree say to him: Friend.” - Czeslaw Milosz.

MatyldaStein: The bright side of the planet moves toward darkness And the cities are falling asleep, each in its hour, And for me, now as then, it is too much. There is too much world. ― Czesław Miłosz / Martin Toto

GeorgeSwede: one button undone on the clerk’s blouse—i let her steal my change ©1977 & Pub. 13x, e.g., Czeslaw Milosz (ed.), Haiku. Krakow: Biblioteka Naglusa, 1992 (Milosz was the Nobel Laur. for Lit., 1980) + in van den Heuvel's 2 anthologies, '86 & '99 + Milwaukee Jour. Sen. 01apr01

matthew_podszus: The purpose of poetry is to remind us how difficult it is to remain just one person, for our house is open, there are no keys in the doors, and invisible guests come in and out at will. – Czeslaw Milosz

annegreenwald84: “When a writer is born into a family, the family is finished.” -Czeslaw Milosz

aquotebot: “Do you know how it is when one wakes at night suddenly and asks, listening to the pounding heart: what more do you want, insatiable?” –Czeslaw Milosz

johnesimpson: Czeslaw Milosz, Diane Ackerman, and a cornet solo: 'This String of Pearls We Call "Moments"'

rudemechanical7: One clear stanza can take more weight Than a whole wagon of elaborate prose. —Czeslaw Milosz

aladinspace: A Song On The End of the World ~ Czeslaw Milosz

hype2019: “In a room where people unanimously maintain a conspiracy of silence, one word of truth sounds like a pistol shot.” - Czesław Miłosz InLOUve ByerHOnesty

ldkkei: Gift ~Czesław Miłosz A day so happy. Fog lifted early, I worked in the garden. Hummingbirds were stopping over honeysuckle flowers. There was no thing on earth I wanted to possess. I knew no one worth my envying him. Whatever evil I had suffered, I forgot.

StanleySBill: My book "Czesław Miłosz's Faith in the Flesh: Body, Belief, and Human Identity" is entering production phase with Oxford University Press. Hopefully out by the end of the year. Proposed cover image below (from William Blake). World Companion to Polish Literature also on its way.

eudaimoniapod: "Frankly, all my life I have been in the power of a daimonion, and how the poems dictated by him came into being I do not understand." Czeslaw Milosz

karllxx: Oh wow. 26/05! It's my birthday! Can't stand birthdays normally. Where did all the years go? "For we have seen on our way and have fallen in love/ With the world which will pass in a twinkling." Czeslaw Milosz

JuliaK43345953: "I imagine the earth when I am no more: Nothing happens, no loss, it's still a strange pageant, Women's dresses, dewy lilacs, a song in the valley. ...... Derived from people, but also from radiance, heights. Spiritual Voice in a Ruined World." ~Czeslaw Milosz

elizamondegreen: Czeslaw Milosz and also me at the new righteousness in what passes for 'art': "Unfortunately the eye is used in the appreciation of a painting, and the most learned discourse cannot transform an ugly canvas into a great work of art -- which is obviously to be deplored!"

YogiScottL: “All of us yearn for the highest wisdom, but we have to rely on ourselves in the end.” ~ Czesław Miłosz

wanderingsag: The image of myself grows gigantic on the wall and against it my miserable shadow. That’s how I came to believe In Original Sin which is nothing but the first victory of the ego. ~Czeslaw Milosz

9Circles9: I experienced. As the nerve-centers of the country were mastered, one after the other, by the adherents of Moscow, I was forced to abandon my philosophic beliefs one after another, if I was to keep from throwing myself into the abyss." -The Captive Mind by Czeslaw Milosz 2.

wanderingsag: The child who dwells inside us trusts that there are wise men somewhere who know the truth. ~Czeslaw Milosz

HenryLeerhenry: “In a room where people unanimously maintain a conspiracy of silence, one word of truth sounds like a pistol shot.” ― Czesław Miłosz Thanks and please continue to use your voices! VOTE! The Growing Power Of The AAPI Vote, By The Numbers

gladwinemmanuel: How many before me crossed over the frontier of words Knowing the futility of speech after a century of phantoms Which were terrifying but meant nothing? --Czeslaw Milosz

callsforlove: New and Collected Poems: 1931-2001 by Czeslaw Milosz

flowerville_II: 'I understood the true fate of Orpheus, that love is a constant terror of loss.' Kazimierz Wierzyński, tr. by Czeslaw Milosz, “A Word of Orphists,”

nikkihardin15: Watching Republicans fight a commission on Jan 6 insurrection, I was moved to reread “A Song on the End of the World” by Czeslaw Milosz. Life goes on while these wretched people lead us toward disaster.

lucubrations: Poem of the Day 5/20 Gift by Czeslaw Milosz

ZeeshanJaanam: Language is the only homeland. ―Czeslaw Milosz

ValzhynaMort: “I have heard that voice many a times when asleep and, what is strange, I understood more or less an order or an appeal in an unearthly tongue: day draw near another one do what you can.” Czeslaw Milosz, from “On Angels”

ChurchLifeND: In 2000 the front page of the newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza featured a surprising poem by Nobelist poet Czesław Miłosz entitled,“Ode for the Eightieth Birthday of Pope John Paul II.” The most outstanding Polish poet of the 20th century paid an extraordinary...

masarat: Not that I want to be a god or a hero. Just to change into a tree, grow for ages, not hurt anyone. - Czeslaw Milosz/Longing

aquotebot: “Do you know how it is when one wakes at night suddenly and asks, listening to the pounding heart: what more do you want, insatiable?” –Czeslaw Milosz

ophelia11111: Pandemic thoughts Czeslaw Milosz, from “Dawns,” in New and Collected Poems: 1931-2001

LenaOzge: "The purpose of poetry is to remind us how difficult it is to remain just one person" Czeslaw Milosz

PortfolioCarmel: ‘I saw the blue sea and sails.’ ~ Czeslaw Milosz

ukasz_maslanka: 70 years ago, Czesław Miłosz made public his decision to quit the job at the Embassy of the People's Republic of Poland in Paris and remain in political exile. After spending some time in France, he became professor of Slavic literature at UC Berkeley.

holdengraber: GIFT “I saw the blue sea and sails.” ~ Czeslaw Milosz

laughia2: Israel is deliberately obliterating media buildings in Gaza to cover up the war crimes that will follow. “The habit of civilization is fragile. A sudden change in circumstances, and humanity reverts to its primeval savagery.” — Czeslaw Milosz

mollyblewis: So the Earth endures, in every petty matter And in the lives of men, irreversible. And it seems a relief. To win? To lose? What for, if the world will forget us anyway. - Czesław Miłosz

beep_and_angel: Czeslaw Milosz, New and Collected Poems: 1931-2001

Alexandra_Majak: I’m sure you’d recognise Czesław Miłosz essays like “Captive Mind” or his “Native Realm” and excerpt from poetry even without knowing it! It’s been extremely influential in both Poland and Anglo-American world (he taught at Berkeley) just before the collapse of the communism

flakyfarseer: “Not that I want to be a god or a hero. Just to change into a tree, grow for ages, not hurt anyone.” —Czeslaw Milosz Art: Nunzio Paci

ojalart: “Literature is born out of a desire to be truthful—not to hide anything and not to present oneself as somebody else.”—Czeslaw Milosz

YoavKarny: 3/ More of Yahweh Sabaoth: “At times wind from the burning would drift dark kites along and riders on the carousel caught petals in midair. That same hot wind blew open the skirts of the girls and the crowds were laughing on that beautiful Warsaw Sunday” (Czeslaw Milosz, 1943)

BiceLunaDiFiele: Czeslaw Milosz, from “The Spirit of History,” in New and Collected Poems: 1931-2001

parisreview: “Literature is born out of a desire to be truthful—not to hide anything and not to present oneself as somebody else.”—Czeslaw Milosz

wanderingsag: What is poetry which does not save Nation or people? A connivance with official lies. A song of drunkards whose throats will be cut in a moment, Readings for sophomore girls. ~ Czeslaw Milosz

sayjefe: Changed into pure seeing, I will absorb, as before, the proportions of human bodies, the color of irises, a Paris street in June at dawn, all of it incomprehensible, incomprehensible the multitude of visible things. — Czesław Miłosz

poetrymania21: "And yet the books in spite of fires on the horizon, castles blown up, tribes on the march will be there on the shelves, well born, derived from people, but also from radiance, heights." --Czeslaw Milosz

Miz_Mila: day draws near another one do what you can --Czeslaw Milosz

JanineTurner: Today is different. I recite a poem by Czeslaw Milosz. One of the most poignant poems ever written.

BeineckeLibrary: "In a room where people unanimously maintain a conspiracy of silence, one word of truth sounds like a pistol shot." Czeslaw Milosz, Nobel lecture (English version), drafts, holograph, typescript in papers

ValzhynaMort: "...for I still don't know what it is to die at the hand of man, they know - they know it well.” I recite these lines from Czeslaw Milosz when I think of people made disappeared. In those last moments, facing alone their executioners, did they know that we would remember them?

DilettanteryPod: If you've ever wanted to read a sad and sweet poem from the perspective of Winnie the Pooh, here is "Christopher Robin" by Czesław Miłosz (1996)

ayasophia: "Description demands intense observation, so intense that the veil of everyday habit falls away and what we paid no attention to, because it struck us as so ordinary, is revealed as miraculous." -- Czesław Miłosz

SundPamela: 2) with the assistance of dignitaries from those subjugated countries which are predominantly Catholic, would be one of the most important steps toward the consolidation of the world empire." Czeslaw Milosz~~The Captive Mind

rudemechanical7: To wake up in the morning and try to reconstruct our dream, in order to allay the suspicion that the dream said more about us than we want to confess. —Czeslaw Milosz

DivyaRainjana: The potently navy sky brought some terrible nightmares, she did not go gentle into that initially good night. But the gentle blue of morning brought Czeslaw Milosz on the mind, Philip Glass in the ears, and slightly scalded fingers from pressing teabags. It’s alright.

SofiaJoubert: * How strange life is! How incomprehensible! As if I returned from it as from a long journey & tried to remember where I had been & what I had done. I can't quite manage it & the most difficult part is trying to see myself there. - Czesław Miłosz © Todd Hido



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