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Wislawa Szymborska – 14 Quotes

 

14 Quotes by Wislawa Szymborska

 

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


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

– Wislawa Szymborska


Any knowledge that doesn’t lead to new questions quickly dies out: it fails to maintain the temperature required for sustaining life.

– Wislawa Szymborska


Each of us has a very rich nature and can look at things objectively, from a distance, and at the same time can have something more personal to say about them. I am trying to look at the world, and at myself, from many different points of view. I think many poets have this duality.

– Wislawa Szymborska


I cannot imagine any writer who would not fight for his peace and quiet.

– Wislawa Szymborska


Everyone needs solitude, especially a person who is used to thinking about what she experiences. 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


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

– Wislawa Szymborska


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. Not a single day and not a single night after it. And above all, not a single existence, not anyone’s existence in this world.

– Wislawa Szymborska


Poetic talent doesn’t operate in a vacuum. There is a spirit of Polish poetry.

– Wislawa Szymborska


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


Unfortunately, poetry is not born in noise, in crowds, or on a bus. There have to be four walls and the certainty that the telephone will not ring. That’s what writing is all about.

– Wislawa Szymborska


I usually write for the individual reader -though I would like to have many such readers. There are some poets who write for people assembled in big rooms, so they can live through something collectively. I prefer my reader to take my poem and have a one-on-one relationship with it.

– Wislawa Szymborska


I have sympathy for young people, for their growing pains, but I balk when these growing pains are pushed into the foreground, when you make these young people the only vehicles of life’s wisdom.

– Wislawa Szymborska


After every war someone has to tidy up.

– Wislawa Szymborska