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Stanisław Jerzy Lec

Birthdate: 6. March 1909
Date of death: 7. May 1966
Other names: Stanislaw Jerzy Lec, Stanislav Jerzy Lec

Stanisław Jerzy Lec , born Baron Stanisław Jerzy de Tusch-Letz, was a Polish aphorist and poet. Often mentioned among the greatest writers of post-war Poland, he was one of the most influential aphorists of the 20th century, known for lyrical poetry and skeptical philosophical-moral aphorisms, often with a political subtext. Wikipedia

Works

Unkempt Thoughts
Stanisław Jerzy Lec

„Hay smells different to lovers and horses.“

—  Stanisław Jerzy Lec, book Unkempt Thoughts

p, 125
Unkempt Thoughts (1957)

„Is it progress if a cannibal uses knife and fork?“

—  Stanisław Jerzy Lec, book Unkempt Thoughts

Czy jeżeli ludożerca je widelcem i nożem to postęp?
This inspired the title for Cannibals with Forks : The Triple Bottom Line of 21st Century Business (1998) by John Elkington
Unkempt Thoughts (1957)

„When smashing monuments, save the pedestals. They always come in handy.“

—  Stanisław Jerzy Lec, book Unkempt Thoughts

Burząc pomniki, oszczędzajcie cokoły. Zawsze mogą się przydać.
Unkempt Thoughts (1957)

„Open Sesame — I want to get out.“

—  Stanisław Jerzy Lec, book Unkempt Thoughts

http://books.google.com/books?id=NTtiAAAAMAAJ&q=%22Open+Sesame%22+%22want+to+get+out%22&pg=PA160#v=onepage p. 160
Unkempt Thoughts (1957)

„There were grammatical errors even in his silence.“

—  Stanisław Jerzy Lec, book Unkempt Thoughts

Nawet w jego milczeniu były błędy językowe.
Variant translation: Even in his silence were grammatical errors.
Unkempt Thoughts (1957)

„All is in the hands of Man. Therefore you should wash them often.“

—  Stanisław Jerzy Lec, book Unkempt Thoughts

Wszystko jest w rękach człowieka. Dlatego należy je często myć.
Unkempt Thoughts (1957)

„When you jump for joy, beware that no one moves the ground from beneath your feet.“

—  Stanisław Jerzy Lec, book Unkempt Thoughts

Gdy z radości podskoczysz do góry, uważaj, by ci ktoś ziemi spod nóg nie usunął. <sup> http://books.google.com/books?id=IjpiAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA98&q=%22Gdy+z+rado%C5%9Bci+podskoczysz+do+g%C3%B3ry+uwa%C5%BCaj+by+ci+kto%C5%9B+ziemi+spod+n%C3%B3g+nie+usun%C4%85%C5%82%22&pg=PA134#v=onepage</sup> http://books.google.com/books?id=NTtiAAAAMAAJ&q;=%22When+you+jump+for+joy+beware+that+no+one+moves+the+ground+from+beneath+your+feet%22&pg;=PA150#v=onepage]</sup
Unkempt Thoughts (1957)

„Optimists and pessimists differ only on the date of the end of the world.“

—  Stanisław Jerzy Lec, book Unkempt Thoughts

p, 125
Unkempt Thoughts (1957)

„No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.“

—  Stanisław Jerzy Lec

Żaden płatek śniegu nie czuje się odpowiedzialny za lawinę.
More Unkempt Thoughts (1964)

„Do not ask God the way to heaven; he will show you the hardest one.“

—  Stanisław Jerzy Lec, book Unkempt Thoughts

Unkempt Thoughts (1957), p. 27

„When everything has to be right, something isn't.“

—  Stanisław Jerzy Lec, book Unkempt Thoughts

Unkempt Thoughts (1957), p. 157

„In a war of ideas it is people who get killed.“

—  Stanisław Jerzy Lec, book Unkempt Thoughts

Unkempt Thoughts (1957), p. 21, http://books.google.com/books?id=NTtiAAAAMAAJ&q;=%22In+a+war+of+ideas+it+is+people+who+get+killed%22&pg;=PA21#v=onepage

„The moment of recognizing your own lack of talent is a flash of genius.“

—  Stanisław Jerzy Lec, book Unkempt Thoughts

Unkempt Thoughts (1957), p. 116

„All of our separate fictions add up to joint reality.“

—  Stanisław Jerzy Lec, book Unkempt Thoughts

Unkempt Thoughts (1957), p. 93; also p. 21

„Those who are ahead of their time often have to wait for it in uncomfortable quarters.“

—  Stanisław Jerzy Lec

As quoted in Power for the World (2010) by Wolfgang Palz, Foreword, p. xxi

„Do not trust people. They are capable of greatness.“

—  Stanisław Jerzy Lec

More Unkempt Thoughts (1964)

„He who had dug his own grave
looks attentively
at the gravedigger's work,
but not pedantically:
for this one
digs a grave
not for himself.“

—  Stanisław Jerzy Lec

"He who had dug his own grave", from To Abel and Cain, commemorating his escape from the Nazis by his 1943 killing of an SS guard who had been assigned to watch as he dug his own grave, as quoted in "10 Amazing Ways People Survived The Holocaust" by Alan Boyle at Listverse (9 November 2014) http://listverse.com/2014/11/09/10-amazing-ways-people-survived-the-holocaust/

„It is the high priests that make demands — not the gods they serve.“

—  Stanisław Jerzy Lec

More Unkempt Thoughts (1964)

„Politics: a Trojan horse race.“

—  Stanisław Jerzy Lec, book Unkempt Thoughts

Unkempt Thoughts (1957)

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