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Octavio Paz

Octavio Paz

Birth Name: Octavio Paz Lozano

Born: March 31, 1914
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Died: April 19, 1998

Occupation: Author, Diplomat, and Poet
Profile: Awarded the 1990 Nobel Prize in Literature. Best known for The Labyrinth of Solitude.

Number of Quotes: 7

Art is an invention of aesthetics, which in turn is an invention of philosophers... What we call art is a game.

Given the natural differences between human beings, equality is an ethical aspiration that cannot be realized without recourse either to despotism or to an act of fraternity.

Love is an attempt at penetrating another being, but it can only succeed if the surrender is mutual.

Man does not speak because he thinks; he thinks because he speaks. Or rather, speaking is no different than thinking: to speak is to think.

Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition. Man is the only being who knows he is alone.

To read a poem is to hear it with our eyes; to hear it is to see it with our ears.

Wisdom lies neither in fixity nor in change, but in the dialectic between the two.

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