Tomas Transtromer quotes

  • I am carried in my shadow like a violin in its black case
    -- Tomas Transtromer

    #Black #Shadow #Violin

  • We always feel younger than we are. I carry inside myself my earlier faces, as a tree contains its rings. The sum of them is me. The mirror sees only my latest face, while I know all my previous ones.
    -- Tomas Transtromer

    #Mirrors #Tree #Faces

  • It is still beautiful to hear the heart beat but often the shadow seems more real than the body.
    -- Tomas Transtromer

    #Beautiful #Real #Heart

  • It's always so early in here, before the crossroads, before the irrevocable choices. Thank you for this life! Still I miss the alternatives. The sketches, all of them, want to become real.
    -- Tomas Transtromer

    #Thank You #Real #Missing

  • A person shows himself for an instant as in a photograph but clearer and in the background something which is bigger than his shadow.
    -- Tomas Transtromer

    #Shadow #Photograph #Bigger

  • In the middle of life, death comes to take your measurements. The visit is forgotten and life goes on. But the suit is being sewn on the sly.
    -- Tomas Transtromer

    #Goes On #Measurement #Suits

  • A ship's engine far away on the water expands the summer-night horizon. Both joy and sorrow swell in the dew's magnifying glass. Without really knowing, we divine; our life has a sister ship, following quietly another route. While the sun blazes behind the islands.
    -- Tomas Transtromer

    #Summer #Night #Glasses

  • Every abstract picture of the world is as impossible as a blueprint of a storm. Don't be ashamed because you're human: be proud! Inside you, vaults behind vaults open endlessly. You will never be finished, and that's as it should be.
    -- Tomas Transtromer

    #Storm #World #Proud

  • The airy sky has taken its place leaning against the wall. It is like a prayer to what is empty And what is empty turns its face to us and whispers: 'I am not empty, I am open'.
    -- Tomas Transtromer

    #Prayer #Wall #Taken

  • I am still the place where creation does some work on itself.
    -- Tomas Transtromer

    #Doe #Creation #Stills