Pablo Neruda Quotes

Latin America is very fond of the word "hope." We like to be called the "continent of hope." Candidates for deputy, senator, president, call themselves "candidates of hope." This hope is really something like a promise of heaven, an IOU whose payment is always being put off. It is put off until the next legislative campaign, until next year, until the next century.
Pablo Neruda (1904-1973), Chilean poet. Memoirs, ch. 11 (1974, trans. 1977).
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A bibliophile of little means is likely to suffer often. Books don't slip from his hands but fly past him through the air, high as birds, high as prices.
Pablo Neruda (1904-1973), Chilean poet. Memoirs, ch. 11 (1974, trans. 1977).
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The darkness of a day elapsed, of a day nourished with our sad blood.
Pablo Neruda (1904-1973), Chilean poet. There Is No Forgetting: Sonata, Residencia en la Tierra (1925-1935) (1935).
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“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.”
100 Love Sonnets
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“I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul.”
Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets
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“Love is so short, forgetting is so long.”
Pablo Neruda, Love: Ten Poems
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“Someday, somewhere - anywhere, unfailingly, youll find yourself, and that, and only that, can be the happiest or bitterest hour of your life.”
― Pablo Neruda
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“I want to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees.”
Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair
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“Tonight I can write the saddest lines I loved her, and sometimes she loved me too.”
― Pablo Neruda, Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair
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“As if you were on fire from within. The moon lives in the lining of your skin.”
― Pablo Neruda
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