Quotes by Dejan Stojanovic

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Dejan Stojanoviæ was born in Pec, Kosovo (the former Yugoslavia), in 1959. Although a lawyer by education, he has never practiced law and instead became a journalist. He is a poet, essayist, philosopher, and businessman and published six critically acclaimed books of poetry in Serbia: "Circling," "The Sun Watches the Sun," "The Sign and Its Children," "The Shape," "The Creator," and "Dance of Time."

In 1986, as a young writer, he was recognized among 200 writers at the Bor (former Yugoslavia) Literary Festival. He also received the prestigious "Rastko Petrovic" Award from the Society of Serbian Writers for his book of interviews with major European and American artists and writers.

In addition to poetry and prose, he has worked as a correspondent for the Serbian weekly magazine "Pogledi" ("Views"). His book of interviews from 1990 to 1992 in Europe and America, entitled Conversations, included interviews with several major American writers, including Nobel Laureate Saul Bellow, Charles Simic, and Steve Tesic.

He has been living in Chicago since 1990.

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To not say all that can be said is the secret of discipline and economy.

To leave out beautiful sunsets is the secret of good taste.
To hide feelings when you are near crying is the secret of dignity.
To cut and tighten sentences is the secret of mastery.
To keep the air fresh among words is the secret of verbal cleanliness.
To write good poems is the secret of brevity.
To go against the grain is the secret of bravery.
To risk life to save a smile on a face of a woman or a child is the secret of chivalry.
To go where no one else has ever gone before is the secret of heroism.
To expect to be kissed having bad breath is the secret of a fool.
Words rich in meaning can be cheap in sound effects.
We traveled long and forgot why poetry was invented.
I imagined I was God for a millisecond and became speechless for a long time.
When I want to be reminded of stupidity, especially my own, I turn on the TV.
I visited many places, some of them quite exotic and far away, but I always returned to myself.
To understand possible means to understand impossible.
It is beautiful to talk about beautiful things and even more beautiful to silently gaze at them.
It is beautiful to express love and even more beautiful to feel it.
Beauty is a cheap word, but beauty remains priceless.
I lose faith in mathematics, logical and rigid. What with those that even zero doesnt accept?

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