„Man has gone out to explore other worlds and other civilizations without having explored his own labyrinth of dark passages and secret chambers, and without finding out what lies behind doorways that he himself has sealed.“

—  Stanisław Lem, book Solaris

Source: Solaris (1961), Ch. 10: "Conversation", p. 157

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Polish science fiction author 1921 - 2006

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