I believe in the magic and authority of words.
Message as a member of the French resistance, to his superiors in London, insisting that certain codewords "The library is on fire" be changed after a disastrous parachute drop which set a forest on fire and alerted the Gestapo to the location of his group of Maquis fighters, as quoted in René Char : This Smoke That Carried Us : Selected Poems (2004) edited by Susanne Dubroff
Why did I become a writer? A bird's feather on my windowpane in winter and all at once there arose in my heart a battle of embers never to subside again.René Char
Un poète doit laisser des traces de son passage, non des preuves. Seules les traces font rêver.René Char
Variant translation: A poet must leave traces of his passage, not proofs. Only traces bring about dreams.René Char
With my teethI have seized lifeUpon the knife of my youth.With my lips today,With my lips alone…René Char