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Wislawa Szymborska
July 2, 1923 -
Nationality: Polish
Category: Poet

All is mine but nothing owned, nothing owned for memory, and mine only while I look.


I'm drowning in papers.


I like being near the top of a mountain. One can't get lost here.


I started earning a living as a poet rather early on.


It's just not easy to explain to someone else what you don't understand yourself.


After every war someone has to tidy up.


Though I may deny poets their monopoly on inspiration, I still place them in a select group of Fortune's darlings.


Life lasts but a few scratches of the claw in the sand.


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.


You can find the entire cosmos lurking in its least remarkable objects.


Every beginning is only a sequel, after all, and the book of events is always open halfway through.


Poets yearn, of course, to be published, read, and understood, but they do little, if anything, to set themselves above the common herd and the daily grind.


Is a decision made in advance really any kind of choice.


All the best have something in common, a regard for reality, an agreement to its primacy over the imagination.


Nothing can ever happen twice. In consequence, the sorry fact is that we arrive here improvised and leave without the chance to practice.


I cannot speak for more than an hour exclusively about poetry. At that point, life itself takes over again.


All imperfection is easier to tolerate if served up in small doses.


Somewhere out there the world must have an end.


This terrifying world is not devoid of charms, of the mornings that make waking up worthwhile.


Even the worst book can give us something to think about.


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