Elements / Symbol / Poetry / Time | Mircea Eliade, 1907- 1986

Olga Rozanova, Untitled (The Green Stripe), 1917

“Light does not come from light, but from darkness.”

“Water symbolizes the whole of potentiality – the source of all
possible existence.”

“If we pay no attention to it, time does not exist.”

“Whatever a symbol tries to show us, it is…
The unity between different levels of the real.”

“Since man has a “symbol-forming power”, all that he produces is symbolic.”

“And I realize how useless wails are and how gratuitous melancholy is.”

“One is devoured by Time, not because one lives in Time, but because one believes
in its reality, and therefore forgets or despises eternity.”

“Poetry remakes and prolongs language; every poetic language begins by being a secret
language, that is, the creation of a personal universe, of a completely closed world.
The purest poetic act seems to re-create language from an inner experience that . . .
reveals the essence of things.”

“I could not believe that I was like other thousands of unhappy mortals who love,
forget, and die without reckoning something eternal, something definitive.”

“Every man wants to experience certain perilous situations, to confront exceptional ordeals,
to make his way into the Other World—and he experiences all this, on the level of his
imaginative life, by hearing or reading fairy tales.”

“Perfection is not of this world.”

Mircea Eliade, 1907- 1986

  Mircea Eliade ^, Eugène Ionesco, and Emil Cioran on the Furstenberg square in Paris, 1980 ^
 Photo by Louis Monier

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