Aphorisms by Antonio Porchia

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

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

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

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

From Voices, trans. W. S. Merwin.  Copper Canyon Press, 2003.

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