Daniel Keel (1930-2011)

“Before anything else, we need a new age of Enlightenment. Our present political systems must relinquish their claims on truth, justice and freedom and have to replace them with the search for truth, justice, freedom and reason.”
The above text is from Friedrich Durrenmatt, one of the many authors that were proud to be published by Daniel Keel in Diogenes Verlag, founded in 1952 and one of the last independent publishing houses in Europe.
Daniel always fought for justice, freedom and reason…
Today, Sept 13, when I opened my email box, I just learnt that he passed away – to meet his wife Anna in Paradise. Normally writers don’t become too attached to publishers, but I did became attached to Daniel. I admired his sense of humor, his character, his commitment, his friendship.

In one of our dinners together, I mentioned Robert Louis Stevenson. I don’t remember Daniel’s answer, but I would like to end this post using a poem from Stevenson:

Now when the number of my years
Is all fulfilled, and I
From sedentary life
Shall rouse me up to die,
Bury me low and let me lie
Under the wide and starry sky.
Joying to live, I joyed to die,
Bury me low and let me lie.

Clear was my soul, my deeds were free,
Honour was called my name,
I fell not back from fear
Nor followed after fame.
Bury me low and let me lie
Under the wide and starry sky.
Joying to live, I joyed to die,
Bury me low and let me lie.

Bury me low in valleys green
And where the milder breeze
Blows fresh along the stream,
Sings roundly in the trees –
Bury me low and let me lie
Under the wide and starry sky.
Joying to live, I joyed to die,
Bury me low and let me lie.



  1. Daniel says:

    I just found out about Daniel Keel through a little book published by him. A Google search let me to your kind wirds about him. I love it when I find out that some people are so remarkable, especially the ones named Daniel ;)

  2. Mark says:

    Here is a verse is by some unknown Native American Indian which is sooo… beautiful and thought I would share it with you!

    Maybe you can identify with this

    Don’t stand by my grave and weep
    For I am not there I do not sleep
    I am a thousand winds that blow
    I am the diamond’s glint on snow
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain
    I am the gentle autumn’s rain
    I am the soft hush of the morning light
    I am the swift bird in flight
    Don’t stand by my grave and cry
    I am not there I did not die

  3. Love, caring and warm thoughts to you, the family and friends of Daniel Keel.

    A touching tribute to Daniel, to join Anna.

    This poem hugs the soul like a prayer.

    Thankyou, Love and Blessings

  4. Leandro says:

    Death is what scares me most, not my death but the death of the people I love. I have to get over it, learn as much as I love a person one day I will inevitably leave her in one way or another. The most difficult moment of my young life was the death of my father, and even today I am not beyond it. A few years ago I was a person with antisocial behavior and temperamental, so I slowly improving, as time passed, the less homesick I felt my father, and the more I improved my behavior and I was again approaching the world.
    Paulo Coelho, I know I’m not the best person to give you some advice, especially when it comes to losses (something I take long to accept it) so I can only give you my condolences, that the moments of joy, fun and friendship between you and your friend stay in your memory forever.

    “No one can escape from love and death.”
    (Publí­lio Siro)

    “Those we love never die, just before we leave.”
    (Amado Nervo)

  5. HECTOR says:


  6. CG says:

    I’m sorry for you having lost a friend.
    Despite the sorrow of today,certainly his friendship for you will stay with you forever, as well as your memories of him.
    So he will always be with you.
    Love and Gratitude,

  7. Cristina says:

    <3 Circle of life.

  8. Josephine in Brussels says:

    I’m sorry you lost your friend,
    although he will always be there close to your heart…

    It is a beautiful poem.


  9. Alexandra says:

    I appreciate so much men of honour, so my respect. The poem is brilliant, and I loved also reading the novels of R. L. Stevenson, so fascinating and entertaining books. A unique style. Did not know about poems he wrote. Many thanks for sharing

  10. barbara says:

    God bless your friend Mr. Coelho! Thank you for sharing. Beautiful poem.
    With love

  11. katie says:

    growing up in germany, diogenes was a name everybody has known. I remember especially cartoons & my most favorite … Loriot published by diogenes.

    I felt daniel keels impact through all the additional books that were published by diogenes.

    namaste Mr Keel.

  12. Annie says:

    “Under the wide and starry sky.
    Joying to live, I joyed to die,”

    And now the Earth becomes a wide and starry sky, receiving his body back in her womb..
    yes, some stars are beneath the Earth…and turn her to a wide and starry sky…
    may he rest in peace..
    I m so sorry Paulo..

    Love and Gratitude

  13. jackienoriega says:

    Daniel keel que descanse en paz. para ud señor paulo coelho le deseo siempre lo mejor esa frase “gozando de vivir, me divertí¬ a morir” es muy buena

  14. Elizabeth says:

    Sorry to hear that you lost a friend, great poem to publish in his remembrance.

  15. Olta Canka says:

    May his soul rest in peace, and find joy in heaven with his beloved ones!

  16. Pandora says:

    ‘They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.’


  17. Pierre R. says:

    Great Words.

  18. Empie says:

    No es un adios, es un hasta luego, sólo está en otro vagón, aun así­, se siente cariño por quién ha sido como hay que ser, seguro que se fue satisfecho.

    Un saludo, y un brindis por los compañeros¡¡¡¡

  19. Heimo Kruschinski says:

    Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. (From a headstone in Ireland)

    Thank you Daniel Keel

  20. ketki says:

    Wow!!!! The poem is beautiful….. It touched my soul somewhere….. I know i wanna live just like this…. Fearless and Frank….. Everything is transitory….. Days and weeks roll by soon…… i wish to cherish every moment…… I wish to live completely…..

  21. THELMA says:

    Another circle fulfilled for Daniel Keel.

    ‘Daniel, always fighting for justice, freedom and reason…
    Blessings to him now with his beloved wife.

    For whom the bell tolls a poem
    (No man is an island) by John Donne.

    No man is an island,
    Entire of itself.
    Each is a piece of the continent,
    A part of the main.
    If a clod be washed away by the sea,
    Europe is the less.
    As well as if a promontory were.
    As well as if a manor of thine own
    Or of thine friend’s were.
    Each man’s death diminishes me,
    For I am involved in mankind.
    Therefore, send not to know
    For whom the bell tolls,
    It tolls for thee.

    Thelma xxx

  22. May the soul of Mr. Daniel Keel rest in peace. I know only two truth of my life, firstly my birth and lastly my death who is still trying to seduce me in my dreams. And as you said Sir, Life is like a flowing river and river never stops flowing..


  23. Big Zen says:

    ‘Joying to live, I joyed to die’, I think the purpose of life is summed up in that one short sentence.