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.
A statement written soon after the end of World War II, as quoted in René Char : This Smoke That Carried Us : Selected Poems (2004) edited by Susanne Dubroff
I believe in the magic and authority of words.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