Top 9 Tomas Transtromer Quotes of 2020

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“Every abstract picture of the world is as impossible as a blueprint of a storm. Don’t be ashamed because you’re human: be proud! Inside you, vaults behind vaults open endlessly. You will never be finished, and that’s as it should be.”

― Tomas Transtromer

“A ship’s engine far away on the water expands the summer-night horizon. Both joy and sorrow swell in the dew’s magnifying glass. Without really knowing, we divine; our life has a sister ship, following quietly another route. While the sun blazes behind the islands.”

― Tomas Transtromer

“It’s always so early in here, before the crossroads, before the irrevocable choices. Thank you for this life! Still I miss the alternatives. The sketches, all of them, want to become real.”

― Tomas Transtromer

“I walk slowly into myself, through a forest of empty suits of armor.”

― Tomas Transtromer

“A person shows himself for an instant as in a photograph but clearer and in the background something which is bigger than his shadow.”

― Tomas Transtromer

“Sometimes my life opened its eyes in the dark. A feeling as if crowds drew through the streets in blindness and anxiety on the way towards a miracle, while I invisibly remain standing.”

― Tomas Transtromer

“I am still the place where creation does some work on itself.”

― Tomas Transtromer

“Society’s dark hull drifts further and further away. It is this place – the place of our separation, our distinction – that much of his poetry occupies.”

― Tomas Transtromer

“The language marches in step with the executioners. Therefore we must get a new language.”

― Tomas Transtromer
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