Pablo Neruda (July 12, 1904 – September 23, 1973) was the pseudonym of Chilean poet and politician, Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto. He always used green color for writing, as it was the color of hope according to him.
This man needs no introduction. Words fail to describe the magic his writings conjure for this world. His extensive works that speak of passions of love and life have won a Nobel Prize for Literature and the hearts of millions around the world.
The brief selections from his work reel under the influence of poetic idiom. Every word in there resonates a very evocative, obscure, mysterious, and a hauntingly passionate affair with life and its every visage.
Famous Pablo Neruda Quotes
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.
I want to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees. ― Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair
... As if you were on fire from within.
The moon lives in the lining of your skin.
... So I wait for you like a lonely house
till you will see me again and live in me.
Till then my windows ache. ― Sonnet LXV
... I can write the saddest poem of all tonight. I loved her, and sometimes she loved me too.
You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.
Let us forget with generosity those who cannot love us.
Because of you, the heady perfumes of
Summer pain me; because of you, I again
Seek out the signs that precipitate desires:
Shooting stars, falling objects.
... To feel the love of people whom we love is a fire that feeds our life.
In this part of the story I am the one who
dies, the only one, and I will die of love because I love you,
Because I love you, Love, in fire and in blood. ― 100 Love Sonnets
It was my destiny to love and say goodbye. ― Still Another Day
A child who does not play is not a child, but the man who doesn't play has lost forever the child who lived in him and who he will miss terribly.
But from each crime are born bullets that will one day seek out in you where the heart lies. ― I Explain a Few Things
In what language does rain fall over tormented cities? ― The Book of Questions
Perhaps this war will pass like the others which divided us leaving us dead, killing us along with the killers but the shame of this time puts its burning fingers to our faces. Who will erase the ruthlessness hidden in innocent blood?
Where does the rainbow end, in your soul or on the horizon? ― The Book of Questions
Do tears not yet spilled wait in small lakes?
Bitter love, a violet with its crown of thorns in a thicket of spiky passions, spear of sorrow, corolla of rage: how did you come to conquer my soul? What brought you? ― 100 Love Sonnets
Poetry is an act of peace. Peace goes into the making of a poet as flour goes into the making of bread.
I have slept with you all night long while the dark earth spins with the living and the dead, and on waking suddenly in the midst of the shadow my arm encircled your waist. Neither night nor sleep could separate us. ― Love Poems
If nothing saves us from death, at least love should save us from life.
Will our life not be a tunnel between two vague clarities? Or will it not be a clarity between two dark triangles? ― The Book of Questions
... My soul is born on the shore of your eyes of mourning.
In your eyes of mourning the land of dreams begins.
I love you as the plant that never blooms
but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body. ― 100 Love Sonnets
But I love your feet
only because they walked
upon the earth and upon
the wind and upon the waters,
until they found me.
I have been a lucky man. To feel the intimacy of brothers is a marvelous thing in life. To feel the love of people whom we love is a fire that feeds our life. But to feel the affection that comes from those whom we do not know, from those unknown to us, who are watching over our sleep and solitude, over our dangers and our weaknesses―that is something still greater and more beautiful because it widens out the boundaries of our being, and unites all living things.
With which stars do they go on speaking, the rivers that never reach the sea? ― The Book of Questions
Everything is so alive, that I can be alive. Without moving I can see it all. In your life I see everything that lives.
He who has nothing—it has been said many times—has nothing to lose but his chains.
From sorrow to sorrow love crosses its islands and establishes roots that are watered by weeping. ― 100 Love Sonnets
There is no insurmountable solitude. All paths lead to the same goal: to convey to others what we are. And we must pass through solitude and difficulty, isolation and silence in order to reach forth to the enchanted place where we can dance our clumsy dance and sing our sorrowful song - but in this dance or in this song there are fulfilled the most ancient rites of our conscience in the awareness of being human and of believing in a common destiny.
Take bread away from me, if you wish,
Take air away, but do not take from me your laughter ...
... By night, Love, tie your heart to mine, and the two
together in their sleep will defeat the darkness.
Absence is a house so vast that inside you will pass through its walls and hang pictures on the air.
Pale blind diver, luckless slinger, lost discoverer, in you everything sank!
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
In secret, between the shadow and the soul. ― 100 Love Sonnets
Pablo Neruda is one those writers who raised hopes for the distraught, made dreamers dream bigger, and created a world for every secret scouter of fantasy a realm that became a reality. Hope this collection of famous quotes by him help you find that one word of inspiration that gives you a reason to carry on with life with newfound love and enthusiasm.