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Mahmoud Darwish quotes

Exile is more than a geographical concept. You can be an exile in your homeland, in your own house, in a room.

A person can only be born in one place. However, he may die several times elsewhere: in the exiles and prisons, and in a homeland transformed by the occupation and oppression into a nightmare.

Sarcasm helps me overcome the harshness of the reality we live, eases the pain of scars and makes people smile.

I've built my homeland, I've even founded my state - in my language.

Poetry and beauty are always making peace. When you read something beautiful you find coexistence; it breaks walls down.

For the Arabs in Israel there is always a tension between nationality and identity.

History laughs at both the victim and the aggressor.

I am not a lover of Israel, of course. I have no reason to be. But I don't hate Jews.

I believe in the power of poetry, which gives me reasons to look ahead and identify a glint of light.

I don't decide to represent anything except myself. But that self is full of collective memory.

I never wanted children; maybe I'm afraid of responsibility.

I see poetry as spiritual medicine.

Nothing, nothing justifies terrorism.

Palestinian people are in love with life.

The Arabs are ready to accept a strong Israel with nuclear arms - all it has to do is open the gates of its fortress and make peace.

The importance of poetry is not measured, finally, by what the poet says but by how he says it.

The metaphor for Palestine is stronger than the Palestine of reality.

To be under occupation, to be under siege, is not a good inspiration for poetry.

When a writer declares that his first book is his best, that is bad. I progress successively from book to book.

When I passed the age of 50, I learned how to control my emotions.