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A collection of quotes and sayings by Mahmoud Darwish on love, poems, books, Arabic, paradise, unfortunately, pain, hope, lost, die, nation, terrorism and history.

53 Great Quotes By Mahmoud Darwish To Begin Your Day With

Quick Facts

Famous As: Poet

Born On: March 13, 1941

Died On: August 9, 2008

Born In: Al-Birwa

Died At Age: 67

Mahmoud Darwish was a distinguished Palestinian author and poet. He was considered to be the Palestinian national poet. He bagged in a number of awards and accolades for his writings, thoughts and works. He became the voice of the struggling people of his country. He won global recognition for his poetry that primarily focused on the strong affection for a lost homeland. He also worked as an editor for a number of literary magazines in Israel. His poetry and prose have been translated in more than 24 languages. A number of his works were also put to music. We have compiled some thought-provoking quotes and sayings by Mahmoud Darwish that are sure to inspire and motivate you. Read through the most famous collection of quotes and thoughts by Mahmoud Darwish on homeland, children, emotions, nationality, tension, occupation and more.
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Have I had two roads, I would have chosen their third.

Mahmoud Darwish

I am from there. I am from here. I am not there and I am not here. I have two names, which meet and part, and I have two languages. I forget which of them I dream in.

Mahmoud Darwish

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

Mahmoud Darwish

The days have taught you not to trust happiness because it hurts when it deceives.

Mahmoud Darwish

My love, I fear the silence of your hands.

Mahmoud Darwish

We are captives, even if our wheat grows over the fences/ and swallows rise from our broken chains./ We are captives of what we love, what we desire, and what we are.

Mahmoud Darwish

The stars had only one task: they taught me how to read. They taught me I had a language in heaven and another language on earth.

Mahmoud Darwish

Far away, our dreams have nothing to do with what we do. The wind carries the night, and passes on, aimless.

Mahmoud Darwish

Where can I free myself of the homeland in my body?

Mahmoud Darwish

And if happiness should surprise you again, do not mention its previous betrayal. Enter into the happiness, and burst.

Mahmoud Darwish

I learnt all the words worthy of the court of blood So that I could break the rule I learnt all the words and broke them up To make a single word: Homeland..

Mahmoud Darwish

She does not love you. Your metaphors thrill her you are her poet. But that's all there's to it.

Mahmoud Darwish

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.

Mahmoud Darwish

We suffer from an incurable malady: Hope.

Mahmoud Darwish

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

Mahmoud Darwish

Life defined only as the opposite of death is not life.

Mahmoud Darwish

One day, I will be a poet. Water will depend on my visions.

Mahmoud Darwish

I love women whose hidden desires make horses put an end to their lives at the threshold

Mahmoud Darwish

And you became like the coffee, In the deliciousness, and the bitterness and the addiction.

Mahmoud Darwish

... For me it is essential, essential for the poet to have a new toast, new songs.

Mahmoud Darwish

We journey towards a home that does not halo our head with a special sun. Mythical women applaud us. A sea for us, a sea against us.

Mahmoud Darwish

We Do as the ascendants to GOD ; the prisoners and the unemployeds Do , we Forget the Pain & Raise Hope ~

Mahmoud Darwish

I have learned and dismantled all the words in order to draw from them a single word: Home.

Mahmoud Darwish

If there must be a moon, let it be high, a high moon made in Baghdad, neither Arab, nor Persian, nor claimed by the goddesses all around us.

Mahmoud Darwish

I know who opens the door to the jasmine tree as it makes our dreams blossom for the evening's guests.

Mahmoud Darwish

Please take your time. I want you to kill me slowly so I can write my last poem to my wife's heart. They laughed, and took from me only the words dedicated to my wife's heart.

Mahmoud Darwish

I prepare my portrait for my woman to hang on a wall when I die. she says: Is there a wall to hang it on? I say: We'll build a room for it. Where? In any house.

Mahmoud Darwish

May poetry and God's name have mercy on us!

Mahmoud Darwish

In a world that has no heaven the earth becomes an abyss. And the poem is one of its consolation prizes. One of the qualities of the winds, north or south

Mahmoud Darwish

He says I am from there, I am from here, but I am neither there nor here. I have two names which meet and part… I have two languages, but I have long forgotten— which is the language of my dreams

Mahmoud Darwish

A poet need not trouble himself if he lies. He lies only in the matter of love, as the regions of the heart are open to tempting conquest.

Mahmoud Darwish

I leave the other side of my life where it wants to stay, and follow the remainder of my life in search of the other side of it.

Mahmoud Darwish

So let there be prose. There must be a divine prose for the Prophet to triumph

Mahmoud Darwish

The poem is neither here nor there, and with a girl's breast it can illuminate the nights. With the glow of an apple it fills two bodies with light and with a gardenia's breath it can revive a homeland!

Mahmoud Darwish

No one has arrived. Leave me there as you would leave a myth with any person who sees you until he cries and rushes into himself, afraid of happiness.

Mahmoud Darwish

I'll search in mythology and archeology and in every -ology to my old name. one of the goddesses of Canaan will side with me, then swear with a flash of lightning. This is my orphan son

Mahmoud Darwish

This peace will leave us as a cluster of dust...

Mahmoud Darwish

Words are a homeland.

Mahmoud Darwish

Perhaps death is a metaphor to remind us of a secret of life we failed to notice.

Mahmoud Darwish

Where can I write my latest account of the body's incarnation? It's the end of what was bound to end! Where is that which ends? Where can I free myself of the homeland in my body?

Mahmoud Darwish

Had I known you, I would have possessed you, and had you known me, you would have possessed me. But then you and I would not be.

Mahmoud Darwish

I am here. Anything more than that is rumor and slander

Mahmoud Darwish

In Damascus: the traveler sings to himself: I return from Syria neither alive nor dead but as clouds that ease the butterfly’s burden from my fugitive soul

Mahmoud Darwish

The long road has drained me of all feelings and expectations. I don’t feel a thing or expect anything now.

Mahmoud Darwish

No night is long enough for us to dream twice.

Mahmoud Darwish