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Antonio Porchia

1885-1968 ,  Italian-Argentinian poet
Antonio PorchiaArgentinian writer and poet of Italian origin. He wrote a Spanish book entitled Voces (Voices), a book of aphorisms.
He has been a cult author for a number of renowned figures of contemporary literature and thought such as André Breton, Jorge Luis Borges and Henry Miller, amongst others. Some critics have paralleled his work to Japanese haiku.

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I will help you to approach if you approach, and to keep away if you keep away.

Man goes nowhere. Everything comes to man, like tomorrow.

Following straight lines shortens distances, and also life.

Everything is a little bit of darkness, even the light.

We become aware of the void as we fill it.

Yes, it is necessary to suffer, even in vain, so as not to live in vain.

The shadows: some hide, others reveal.

When the superficial wearies me, it wearies me so much that I need an abyss in order to rest.

When I am asleep, I dream what I dream when I am awake. It's a continuous dream.

I stop wanting what I am looking for, looking for it.

You think you are killing me. I think you are committing suicide.

One lives in the hope of becoming a memory.

I know what I have given you... I do not know what you have received.

They have stopped deceiving you, not loving you. And it seems to you that they have stopped loving you.

They will say you are on the wrong road, if it is your own.

Flowers are without hope. Because hope is tomorrow and flowers have no tomorrow.

A large heart can be filled with very little.

Nothing that is complete breathes.

In full light we are not even a shadow.

The tragedy of a man is greater when he gives it up.

I would go to heaven, but I would take my hell; I would not go alone.

When you made me into another, I left you with me.

I love you as you are, but do not tell me how that is.

I can wait for you longer. Because you have arrived.

You are sad because they abandon you and you have not fallen.

He who does not fill his world with phantoms remains alone.

Humanity does not know where to go because no one is waiting for it: not even God.

He who holds me by a thread is not strong; the thread is strong.

When I die, I will not see myself die, for the first time.

Whatever I take, I take too much or too little; I do not take the exact amount. The exact amount is no use to me.

He who has made a thousand things and he who has made none, both feel the same desire: to make something.

What words say does not last. The words last. Because words are always the same, and what they say is never the same.

If you do not raise your eyes you will think that you are the highest point.

When I break any of the chains that bind me I feel that I make myself smaller.

A door opens to me. I go in and am faced with a hundred closed doors.

In a full heart there is room for everything, and in an empty heart there is room for nothing.

Almost always it is the fear of being ourselves that brings us to the mirror.

What we pay for with our lives never costs too much.

Nothing is not only nothing. It is also our prison.

Night is a world lit by itself.

Not believing has a sickness which is believing a little.


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