Heidegger on ‘The Thinker As Poet’

(In Poetry, Language, Thought (Harper Collins, NY, 1971)

Read Heidegger whilst sipping cafe au lai in the South of France this morning:

When on a summer’s day the butterfly

settles on the flower and, wings

closed, sways with it in the


All our heart’s courage is the

echoing response to the

first call of Being which

gathers our thinking into the

play of the world.

In thinking all things

become solitary and slow.

Patience nurtures magnanimity.

He who thinks greatly must

err greatly.