Wisława Szymborska Quotes (103 quotes)
“It's just not easy to explain to someone else what you don't understand yourself.”
Poems, New and Collected, 1957-1997 (2000 edition), p. xv
“We're extremely fortunate
not to know precisely
the kind of world we live in.
One would have
to live a long, long time,
than the world itself.”
We're Extremely Fortunate - Poems New and Collected (1998)
“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 - Poems New and Collected (1998)
“Nothing's a gift, it's all on loan.
I'm drowning in debts up to my ears.
I'll have to pay for myself
with my self,
give up my life for my life.”
Nothing's a Gift - Poems New and Collected (1998)
The Poet and the World, Nobel Lecture, December 7, 1996
“Nothing can ever happen twice. In consequence, the sorry fact is that we arrive here improvised and leave without the chance to practice.”
Poems, New and Collected, 1957-1997 (2000 edition), p. 19
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsWisława Szymborska
Born: July 2, 1923
Died: February 1, 2012 (aged 88)
Bio: Wisława Szymborska-Włodek was a Polish poet, essayist, translator and recipient of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Literature. Born in Prowent, which has since become part of Kórnik, she later resided in Kraków until the end of her life. She was described as a Mozart of Poetry.