Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda was a Chilean national treasure who came to be known as the “People’s Poet”. Finding fame with his writing, he explored the sensuality of love and the insatiable beauty of existence and led a life charged with political and poetic fervor. His three residences in Santiago, Valparaiso and Isla Negra are an essential part of any trip to Chile, but to inspire you before you visit, here are some of the finest Pablo Neruda quotes about life, love and his beloved country.
Pablo Neruda quotes about life
- “Someday, somewhere — anywhere, unfailingly, you’ll find yourself, and that, and only that, can be the happiest or bitterest hour of your life.”
- “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.”
- “You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming.”
- “Every day you play with the light of the universe.”
- “He who does not travel, who does not read, who does not listen to music, who does not find grace in himself, she who does not find grace in herself, dies slowly.”
- “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”.
- “Laughter is the language of the soul.”
Pablo Neruda quotes about love
- “If nothing saves us from death, at least love should save us from life.”
- “Love is so short, forgetting is so long.”
- “Don’t go far off, not even for a day, because — because — I don’t know how to say it: a day is long and I will be waiting for you, as in an empty station when the trains are parked off somewhere else, asleep.”
- “But I love your feet because they walked upon the earth and upon the wind and upon the waters, until they found me.”
- “At night I dream that you and I are two plants that grew together, roots entwined.”
- “Take bread away from me, if you wish, take air away, but do not take from me your laughter.”
- “I want to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees.”
- “To feel the love of people whom we love is a fire that feeds our life.”
Pablo Neruda quotes about Chile
- “I grew up in this town, my poetry was born between the hill and the river, it took its voice from the rain, and like the timber, it steeped itself in the forests.”
- “He who does not know the Chilean forests, does not know the planet.”
To explore any of Pablo Neruda’s famous and architecturally-inspiring residences, or to learn more about the poet’s life, visit the Chilean capital, Santiago from where each of his three houses are easily accessible.