Art is History's nostalgia, it prefers a thatched roof to a concrete factory, and the huge church above a bleached village.
Omeros, book 6, chapter 45, section 2 (1990)
I come from a place that likes grandeur; it likes large gestures; it is not inhibited by flourish; it is a rhetorical society; it is a society of physical performance; it is a society of style.Derek Walcott
Any serious attempt to try to do something worthwhile is ritualistic.Derek Walcott
The English language is nobody's special property. It is the property of the imagination: it is the property of the language itself.Derek Walcott
Good science and good art are always about a condition of awe … I don’t think there is any other function for the poet or the scientist in the human tribe but the astonishment of the soul.Derek Walcott
I try to forget what happiness was, and when that don't work, I study the stars.Derek Walcott
Peel your own image from the mirror. Sit. Feast on your life.Derek Walcott