5 from octavio paz

Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition. Man is the only being who knows he is alone.

Wisdom lies neither in fixity nor in change, but in the dialectic between the two.

Love is an attempt at penetrating another being, but it can only succeed if the surrender is mutual.

When hypocrisy is a character trait, it also affects one’s thinking, because it consists in the negation of all the aspects of reality that one finds disagreeable, irrational, or repugnant.

A civilization that denies death ends by denying life.

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