Greek poet and art critic
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- The Swedish Academy's decision (to award me the Nobel Prize in Literature) was not only an honor for me but for Greece and its history through the ages. I believe that it was a decision to bring international attention to the most ancient tradition in Europe, since from Homer's time to the present there has not been a single century during which poetry has not been written in the Greek language.
- Odysseas Elytis (2021) cited in: "On this day in 1996, Nobel prize winning poet Odysseus Elytis passes away" in Greek City Times, 18 March 2021.