Antonio Porchia

This was copied and pasted from my friend's website the aphorisms are so brilliant that I wanted to share them here. 


http://www.fraglit.com/impassioned/quotations/aphorisms/porchia-fs.htm

Antonio Porchia

(1886–1968)

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Antonio Porchia was born in Italy and lived in Argentina from 1911 until his death. All his writings (aphorisms) are contained in one book: Voices (the following quotations are from W.S. Merwin's 1988 translation of this work).

According to Merwin, Porchia claimed that his aphorisms were not his own but "emanations which he has heard and set down."

Roberto Juarroz, another writer from Argentina and a close friend of Porchia's, wrote: "I do not remember another being who was so simple and so graceful…. When we were with him we heard each word deepen under his boundless attention. His way of listening seemed to create a depth in his companions. And when he spoke we had the feeling that he did so 'from the other side', which then became infinitely close, much closer than this side."

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Truth has very few friends
and those few are suicides.

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Treat me as you should treat me,
not as I should be treated.

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He who holds me by a thread is not strong;
the thread is strong.

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A door opens to me.
I go in and am faced with a hundred closed doors.

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My poverty is not complete: it lacks me.

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If you do not raise your eyes
you will think that you are the highest point.

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Before I traveled my road I was my road.

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In no one did I find who I should be like.
And I stayed like that: like no one.

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I come from dying, not from having been born.
From having been born I am going.

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One lives in the hope of becoming a memory.

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I believe that the soul consists of its sufferings.
For the soul that cures its own sufferings dies.

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Nothing that is complete breathes.

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They have stopped deceiving you, not loving you.
And it seems to you that they have stopped loving you.

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You will find the distance that separates you from them,
by joining them.

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When the superficial wearies me,
it wearies me so much that I need an abyss in order to rest.

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I will help you to approach if you approach,
and to keep away if you keep away.

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The mystery brings peace to my eyes, not blindness.

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When your suffering is a little greater than my suffering
I feel that I am a little cruel.

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He who tells the truth says almost nothing.

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A thing, until it is everything, is noise,
and once it is everything it is silence.

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That in man which cannot be domesticated
is not his evil but his goodness.

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The flower that you hold in your hands was born today
and already it is as old as you are.

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They will say that you are on the wrong road,
if it is your own.

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I have come one step away from everything.
And here I stay, far from everything, one step away.

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Would there be this eternal seeking if the found existed?

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Suffering does not follow us. It goes before us.

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The tree is alone, the cloud is alone.
Everything is alone when I am alone.

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A hundred years die in a moment,
just as a moment dies in a moment.

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Suffering is above, not below.
And everyone thinks that suffering is below.
And everyone wants to rise.

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My body separates me from every being
and from every thing.
Nothing but my body.

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I saw a dead man. And I was little, little, little…
My God, what a great thing a dead man is!

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Yes, one must suffer, even in vain,
so as not to have lived in vain.

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Only a few arrive at nothing,
because the way is long.

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In my silence only my voice is missing.

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Human suffering, while it is asleep, is shapeless.
If it is wakened it takes the form of the waker.

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A child shows his toy, a man hides his.

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Near me nothing but distances.

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The loss of a thing affects us
until we have lost it altogether.

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When one does not love the impossible,
one does not love anything.

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All that I know does not even help me to know it.

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All that I have lost I find at every step
and remember that I have lost it.

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My pieces of time play with eternity.

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I am chained to the earth
to pay for the freedom of my eyes.

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To wound the heart is to create it.

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The fear of separation is all that unites.

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When you seem to be listening to my words,
they seem to be your words, with me listening.

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When I have nothing left, I will ask for no more.

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Every toy has the right to break.

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Sometimes I believe that evil is everything,
and that good is only a beautiful desire for evil.

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A large heart can be filled with very little.

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The love that is not all pain is not all love.

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As long as we think we are worth something,
we wrong ourselves.

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The harm that I have not done,
what harm it has done!

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He who makes a paradise of his bread
makes a hell of his hunger.

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I would ask something more of this world
if it had something more.

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You do not see the river of tears
because it lacks one tear of your own.

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My neighbor's poverty makes me feel poor;
my own does not.

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Almost always it is the fear of being ourselves
that brings us to the mirror.

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I can wait for you no longer.
Because you have arrived.

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The chains that bind us most closely
are the ones we have broken.

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You wound and you will wound again.
Because you wound and then you go away.
You do not stay with the wound.

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Flowers are without hope.
Because hope is tomorrow and flowers have no tomorrow.

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Christ

Tue 10th Mar 2020 14:24

Thank you poemagraphic I will.

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poemagraphic

Thu 27th Feb 2020 10:53

One comment... not my own!

"Fools rush in where angels fear to tread"

'Fools rush in...' has a precise derivation, in that it is a quotation from the English poet Alexander Pope's An essay on criticism, 1709:

Such shameless Bards we have; and yet 'tis true,
There are as mad, abandon'd Criticks too.
The Bookful Blockhead, ignorantly read,
With Loads of Learned Lumber in his Head,
With his own Tongue still edifies his Ears,
And always List'ning to Himself appears.
All Books he reads, and all he reads assails,
From Dryden's Fables down to Durfey's Tales.
With him, most Authors steal their Works, or buy;
Garth did not write his own Dispensary.
Name a new Play, and he's the Poet's Friend,
Nay show'd his Faults - but when wou'd Poets mend?
No Place so Sacred from such Fops is barr'd,
Nor is Paul's Church more safe than Paul's Church-yard:
Nay, fly to Altars; there they'll talk you dead;
For Fools rush in where Angels fear to tread.




"The wise man said it could not be done, the fool not knowing that went out and did it".

'Christ' You might like to read : 'The Fool' (Proverbs 26:1-11)

Biblical... HELL YES!

Po

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Don Matthews

Wed 26th Feb 2020 11:31

I feel the vibes.....come in......I'm in receptive mode...

Shoosh everyone.....who's trying to make contact?...is that you Samuel?

Samuel the Elder?....great great grandson of Samuel the Ancient?

You'd like to share some wisdom with us from your great great?

I'm sure our WOLers and the Board of Governors would feel privileged (and blessed) by this.....

You're still working on the draft?.....papyrus not like it used to be?

Sign of the times Samuel....

We will wait patiently for the finished work...

Yes, over and out Samuel.....

Stay tuned to be blessed folks

😎

Had to draw on great many aphorisms. Not easy. Phew!

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Christ

Wed 26th Feb 2020 09:12

To Brian yes I was just thinking of the cummerbund comment and sometimes I can't tell if you're being hostile with the comments you leave. It sounds silly now I say it. I did actually like that comment as it got some of the essence of the monarchy/illuminati/a white God which I experienced when I had a psychosis. But I just can't tell what you think completely when I read your comments.

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Don Matthews

Tue 25th Feb 2020 22:08

I am a fan of cut and paste
WOL Powers on High say go
Your hardest Don you have our bless
So off I will now go

(With blessing from above)

(Why?....beats me?)

Read and be blessed


'Archetypal Hope'

The complexity of the present time
seems to demand a refining of our dreams
if we are going to survive.

Yes, it is possible to destroy the things
that can eradicate us, but not without passion on our side.
Suffering is born in the gap
where guidance has been excluded.

Where there is bondage, complexity cannot thrive.
Dogma is the antithesis of synchronicity.
You must take a stand against selfishness.

Yay!

You may be ruled by ego without realizing it.
Do not let it eliminate the truth of your story.

This life is nothing short of a maturing explosion of archetypal hope. Flow is the driver of complexity. Peace is the birth of coherence, and of us.

(Author - Samuel the Ancient)

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Brian Maryon

Tue 25th Feb 2020 19:39

Weird comments Christ?

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M.C. Newberry

Tue 25th Feb 2020 14:37

I'm unsure whether I totally agree with Brian and Don. "Spreading
the gospel" by bringing to our attention creative writing from someone
else is surely part of the business of discovering other work. But
then it might also be argued that this could be done by inserting
a reference (as is done via links on numerous occasions on WOL -
no names, no packdrill) which leads us to find out another way.
Take your pick - but i for one took pleasure in this blog and its content.

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Christ

Tue 25th Feb 2020 12:35

It's a matter of opinion and as long as it is sparing then I see no problem with sharing another author's works. Yet I also see your view point as well.

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Don Matthews

Tue 25th Feb 2020 00:18

I agree with Brian. This site is for original poet's work, not cutting and pasting of others, regardless of how good or for the purpose of providing food for discussion.

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Christ

Mon 24th Feb 2020 22:28

Brian Mayon I actually laughed at your post. Perhaps your right. But I haven't felt inspired for a worryingly long time. And I was so struck by these aphorisms after reading some very old emails to a friend. I had completely forgotten this author even existed until today so I decided to share him with everyone here. Still I find your comments on my poetry or blog a little weird.

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Christ

Mon 24th Feb 2020 22:22

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Christ

Mon 24th Feb 2020 22:20

Yet an attitude can come from a hard realistic view of reality. So who are we to criticise one man's negative view on life even if it contradicts the majority of other people's hope or wisdom.

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Brian Maryon

Mon 24th Feb 2020 22:19

Surely this site is for original personal pieces, not copy and pasting. What next...the Old Testament?

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Christ

Mon 24th Feb 2020 22:16

To M.C Newberry I felt the same way there is a questionble pessimistic attitude that occasionally, perhaps (italics) over plays the hard truth of these aphorisms. But it is so occasional as to be forgivable.

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Christ

Mon 24th Feb 2020 22:14

Truth has very few friends
and those few are suicides.

I like this one the most even though the one about bread and paradise struck me as brilliant. This has a terrible depth to it that I relate to.

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M.C. Newberry

Mon 24th Feb 2020 22:06

I find a quantity of these to be stimulating - but others are questionable in their intent and meaning. An example of the latter:
"As long as we think we are worth something, we wrong ourselves."
Profundity is one thing but I do not see this by seeming to suggest that thinking and self-worth are wrong (misplaced ?) in themselves.
As for -
"Flowers are without hope
Because hope is tomorrow and flowers have no tomorrow".
I'll rebut this with -
"When life has little left to show,
Remember, still the flowers grow".
But, all in all an entertaining list of thoughts to make us think - no bad thing. 👍👍

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