"Between meaning and meaninglessness, between saying and silence, a spark is struck; a knowing without knowing, a comprehending without understanding, a speaking while remaining silent. We can still hear, in what we say, the meanings that we do not voice."

"The modern religion of art turns round and round in circles without finding the road to salvation; it goes from the negation of meaning through the object, to the negation of the object through meaning."

Paz is wonderful. Thought-provoking and intelligent without being elitist. I should read this book again. Anyone interested in poetics or language will find this man inspiring.