In the ’70s I was in exile; every time I went back I wondered if they’d take my passport away.
At 21, I discovered repression and injustice. The army would shoot students with real bullets.
Be vigilant, for nothing one achieves lasts forever.
There are clear cases in which ‘understanding’ literally applies and clear cases in which it does not apply; and these two sorts of cases are all I need for this argument.
Emigration is no longer a solution; it’s a defeat. People are risking death, drowning every day, but they’re knocking on doors that are not open.
Poetry is a form of mathematics, a highly rigorous relationship with words.
The mistake we make is to attribute to religions the errors and fanaticism of human beings.
I read a poem every night, as others read a prayer.
We often attribute ‘understanding’ and other cognitive predicates by metaphor and analogy to cars, adding machines, and other artifacts, but nothing is proved by such attributions.
I liked Sartre’s views but not his writing.