Quotations by Lec, Stanislaw


Suppose you succeed in breaking the wall with your head. And what, then, will you do in the next cell?

Stanislaw Lec (1909-1966) Polish aphorist, poet, satirist
(Attributed)
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Each snowflake in an avalanche pleads not guilty.

Stanislaw Lec (1909-1966) Polish aphorist, poet, satirist
More Unkempt Thoughts (1968)

Variant: "No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible."
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I am against using death as a punishment. I am also against using it as a reward.

Stanislaw Lec (1909-1966) Polish aphorist, poet, satirist
Unkempt Thoughts (Myśli nieuczesane), trans. Jacek Galazka (1962)
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Burning stakes do not lighten the darkness.

Stanislaw Lec (1909-1966) Polish aphorist, poet, satirist
Unkempt Thoughts (Myśli nieuczesane), trans. Jacek Galazka (1962)
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The only fool bigger than the person who knows it all is the person who argues with him.

Stanislaw Lec (1909-1966) Polish aphorist, poet, satirist
Unkempt Thoughts (1962)

(trans. Jacek Galazka); http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Forum/5344/lit/lecengl.html
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Thoughts, like fleas, jump from man to man. But they don’t bite everybody.

Stanislaw Lec (1909-1966) Polish aphorist, poet, satirist
Unkempt Thoughts (1962)

(trans. Jacek Galazka)
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He who limps still walks.

Stanislaw Lec (1909-1966) Polish aphorist, poet, satirist
Unkempt Thoughts (1962)

(trans. Jacek Galazka)
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Proverbs contradict each other. That is the wisdom of a nation.

Stanislaw Lec (1909-1966) Polish aphorist, poet, satirist
Unkempt Thoughts (1962)
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Is it progress if a cannibal uses knife and fork?

Stanislaw Lec (1909-1966) Polish aphorist, poet, satirist
Unkempt Thoughts (1962)
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What do I believe? I believe in God, if he exists.

Stanislaw Lec (1909-1966) Polish aphorist, poet, satirist
Unkempt Thoughts [tr. Galazka (1962)]
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The face of the enemy frightens me only when I see how much it resembles mine.

Stanislaw Lec (1909-1966) Polish aphorist, poet, satirist
Unkempt Thoughts [tr. J. Galazka (1962)]
Added on 2-Dec-09 | Last updated 2-Dec-09
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