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

Mahmoud Darwish

Mahmoud Darwish

Profession: Poet
Nationality: Palestinian


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

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Palestinian people are in love with life.

How often have I held back my complaint: Why should the Lebanese homeland be incompatible with Palestine? Why should the Egyptian loaf be incompatible with Palestine? Why should the Syrian roof be incompatible with Palestine? Why should Palestine be incompatible with Palestine?

The Palestinians are the only nation in the world that feels with certainty that today is better than what the days ahead will hold. Tomorrow always heralds a worse situation.

Have I had two roads, I would have chosen their third.

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

I want to find a language that transforms language itself into steel for the spirit--a language to use against these sparkling insects, these jets.

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

So which of your Lord's favors do you two deny? You and I are absent, you and I are present and absent. So which of your Lord's favors do you two deny?

If the Olive Trees knew the hands that planted them, Their Oil would become Tears.

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

Against barbarity, poetry can resist only by confirming its attachment to human fragility like a blade of grass growing on a wall while armies march by.

The poem is in my hands, and can run stories through her hands.

Sometimes I feel as if I am read before I write. When I write a poem about my mother, Palestinians think my mother is a symbol for Palestine. But I write as a poet, and my mother is my mother. She's not a symbol.

Nothing, nothing justifies terrorism.