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Wislawa Szymborska quotes: Such certainty is beautiful, but uncertainty is more beautiful still Such certainty is beautiful, but uncertainty is more beautiful still
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: Is a decision made in advance really any kind of choice. Is a decision made in advance really any kind of choice.
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: What does the world get from two people/who exist in a world of their own? What does the world get from two people/who exist in a world of their own?
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: There's simply too much fuss about myself. There's simply too much fuss about myself.
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: Memory at last has what I sought. Memory at last has what I sought.
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: But in the language of poetry, where every word is weighed, nothing is usual or normal. Not a single stone and not a single cloud above it. But in the language of poetry, where every word is weighed, nothing is usual or normal. Not a single stone and not a single cloud above it.
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: You can find the entire cosmos lurking in its least remarkable objects. You can find the entire cosmos lurking in its least remarkable objects.
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: I'm fighting against the bad poet who is prone to using too many words. I'm fighting against the bad poet who is prone to using too many words.
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: In every tragedy, an element of comedy is preserved. Comedy is just tragedy reversed. In every tragedy, an element of comedy is preserved. Comedy is just tragedy reversed.
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: It's just not easy to explain to someone else what you don't understand yourself. It's just not easy to explain to someone else what you don't understand yourself.
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: All is mine but nothing owned, nothing owned for memory, and mine only while I look. All is mine but nothing owned, nothing owned for memory, and mine only while I look.
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: Solitude is very important in my work as a mode of inspiration, but isolation is not good in this respect. I am not writing poetry about isolation. Solitude is very important in my work as a mode of inspiration, but isolation is not good in this respect. I am not writing poetry about isolation.
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: Take it not amiss, O speech, that I borrow weighty words, and later try hard to make them seem light. Take it not amiss, O speech, that I borrow weighty words, and later try hard to make them seem light.
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: I cannot imagine any writer who would not fight for his peace and quiet. I cannot imagine any writer who would not fight for his peace and quiet.
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: I like being near the top of a mountain. One can't get lost here. I like being near the top of a mountain. One can't get lost here.
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: Even boredom should be described with gusto. How many things are happening on a day when nothing happens? Even boredom should be described with gusto. How many things are happening on a day when nothing happens?
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: I am my own obstacle. I am my own obstacle.
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: Poetic talent doesn't operate in a vacuum. There is a spirit of Polish poetry. Poetic talent doesn't operate in a vacuum. There is a spirit of Polish poetry.
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: I slide my arm from under the sleeper's head and it is numb, full of swarming pins, on the tip of each, waiting to be counted, the fallen angels sit. I slide my arm from under the sleeper's head and it is numb, full of swarming pins, on the tip of each, waiting to be counted, the fallen angels sit.
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: We, too, can divide ourselves, it's true. / But only into flesh and a broken whisper. / Into flesh and poetry. We, too, can divide ourselves, it's true. / But only into flesh and a broken whisper. / Into flesh and poetry.
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: We live longerbut less preciselyand in shorter sentences. We live longer
but less precisely
and in shorter sentences.
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: in painted quiet and concentration in painted quiet and concentration
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: No day copies yesterday, no two nights will teach what bliss is in precisely the same way, with precisely the same kisses. No day copies yesterday, no two nights will teach what bliss is in precisely the same way, with precisely the same kisses.
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: All the best have something in common, a regard for reality, an agreement to its primacy over the imagination. All the best have something in common, a regard for reality, an agreement to its primacy over the imagination.
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: I'm one-time-only to the marrow of my bones. I'm one-time-only to the marrow of my bones.
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: Any knowledge that doesn't lead to new questions quickly dies out: it fails to maintain the temperature required for sustaining life. Any knowledge that doesn't lead to new questions quickly dies out: it fails to maintain the temperature required for sustaining life.
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: All imperfection is easier to tolerate if served up in small doses. All imperfection is easier to tolerate if served up in small doses.
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: I'm old-fashioned and think that reading books is the most glorious pastime that humankind has yet devised. I'm old-fashioned and think that reading books is the most glorious pastime that humankind has yet devised.
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: Keep up the good work, if only for a while, if only for the twinkling of a tiny galaxy. Keep up the good work, if only for a while, if only for the twinkling of a tiny galaxy.
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: Somewhere out there the world must have an end. Somewhere out there the world must have an end.
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: We know ourselves only as far as we've been tested. We know ourselves only as far as we've been tested.
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: A stone / which in its own archai, simpleminded way / sees life as a chain of failed attempts. A stone / which in its own archai, simpleminded way / sees life as a chain of failed attempts.
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: And whatever I do will become forever what I've done. And whatever I do will become forever what I've done.
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: I don't know the role I'm playing. I only know it's mine, non-convertible. I don't know the role I'm playing. I only know it's mine, non-convertible.
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: Carry on, then, if only for the moment that it takes a tiny galaxy to blink! Carry on, then, if only for the moment that it takes a tiny galaxy to blink!
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: I am who I am.A coincidence no less unthinkablethan any other. I am who I am.
A coincidence no less unthinkable
than any other.
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: I'd have to be really quick to describe clouds - a split second's enough for them to start being something else. I'd have to be really quick to describe clouds - a split second's enough for them to start being something else.
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: This terrifying world is not devoid of charms, of the mornings that make waking up worthwhile. This terrifying world is not devoid of charms, of the mornings that make waking up worthwhile.
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: The joy of writing.The power of preserving.Revenge of a mortal hand. The joy of writing.
The power of preserving.
Revenge of a mortal hand.
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: My apologies to past loves for treating the latest as the first. My apologies to past loves for treating the latest as the first.
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: It turns out I was right. But nothing has come of it. It turns out I was right.
But nothing has come of it.
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: Let the people who never find true lovekeep saying that there's no such thing.Their faith will make it easier for them to live and die. Let the people who never find true love
keep saying that there's no such thing.
Their faith will make it easier for them to live and die.
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: They say the first sentence in any speech is always the hardest. Well, that one's behind me, anyway. They say the first sentence in any speech is always the hardest. Well, that one's behind me, anyway.
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: Generally speaking, life is so rich and full of variety; you have to remember all the time that there is a comical side to everything. Generally speaking, life is so rich and full of variety; you have to remember all the time that there is a comical side to everything.
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: I'm working on the world, revised, improved edition, featuring fun for fools blues for brooders, combs for bald pates, tricks for old dogs. I'm working on the world, revised, improved edition, featuring fun for fools blues for brooders, combs for bald pates, tricks for old dogs.
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: Out of every hundred people, those who always know better: fifty-two. Out of every hundred people, those who always know better: fifty-two.
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: When I pronounce the word Future, the first syllable already belongs to the past. When I pronounce the word Silence, I destroy it. When I pronounce the word Future, the first syllable already belongs to the past. When I pronounce the word Silence, I destroy it.
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: I started earning a living as a poet rather early on. I started earning a living as a poet rather early on.
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: 'There's nothing new under the sun': that's what you wrote, Ecclesiastes. But you yourself were born new under the sun. 'There's nothing new under the sun': that's what you wrote, Ecclesiastes. But you yourself were born new under the sun.
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: Poorly prepared for the dignity of life, I barely keep up with the pace of the action imposed. Reality demands. Poorly prepared for the dignity of life, I barely keep up with the pace of the action imposed. Reality demands.
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: But they know about us, they know, the four corners, and the chairs nearby us. Discerning shadows also know, and even the table keeps quiet. But they know about us, they know, the four corners, and the chairs nearby us. Discerning shadows also know, and even the table keeps quiet.
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: Every beginning is only a sequel, after all, and the book of events is always open halfway through. Every beginning is only a sequel, after all, and the book of events is always open halfway through.
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: I cannot speak for more than an hour exclusively about poetry. At that point, life itself takes over again. I cannot speak for more than an hour exclusively about poetry. At that point, life itself takes over again.
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: Even a passing moment has its fertile past. Even a passing moment has its fertile past.
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: I let myself be invented, modeled on my own reflection in his eyes. I dance, dance, dance in the stir of sudden wings. The I let myself be invented, modeled on my own reflection in his eyes. I dance, dance, dance in the stir of sudden wings. The
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: It's a well-known fact: in order to follow doctor's orders, you have to be healthy as a horse. It's a well-known fact: in order to follow doctor's orders, you have to be healthy as a horse.
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: Though I may deny poets their monopoly on inspiration, I still place them in a select group of Fortune's darlings. Though I may deny poets their monopoly on inspiration, I still place them in a select group of Fortune's darlings.
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: Life lasts but a few scratches of the claw in the sand. Life lasts but a few scratches of the claw in the sand.
Wislawa Szymborska quotes: Secret codes resound. Doubts and intentions come to light. Secret codes resound. Doubts and intentions come to light.