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Wislawa Szymborska Quotes and Sayings

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Every beginning is only a sequel, after all,
and the book of events is always open halfway through.
- Wislawa Szymborska

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

In every tragedy, an element of comedy is preserved.
Comedy is just tragedy reversed.
- Wislawa Szymborska

Poets yearn, of course, to be published,
read, and understood, but they do little,
if anything, to set themselves above the common herd and the daily grind.
- Wislawa Szymborska

 

Life lasts but a few scratches of the claw in the sand.
- Wislawa Szymborska

Though I may deny poets their monopoly on inspiration,
I still place them in a select group of Fortune's darlings.
- Wislawa Szymborska

I like being near the top of a mountain.
One can't get lost here.
- Wislawa Szymborska

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You can find the entire cosmos lurking in its least remarkable objects.
- Wislawa Szymborska

Poetic talent doesn't operate in a vacuum.
There is a spirit of Polish poetry.
- Wislawa Szymborska

It's just not easy to explain to someone else what
you don't understand yourself.
- Wislawa Szymborska

Nothing can ever happen twice.
In consequence, the sorry fact is that we arrive here
improvised and leave without the chance to practice.
- Wislawa Szymborska

All imperfection is easier to tolerate if served up in small doses.
- Wislawa Szymborska

Somewhere out there the world must have an end.
- 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

Even the worst book can give us something to think about.
- Wislawa Szymborska

After every war someone has to tidy up.
- Wislawa Szymborska

All is mine but nothing owned, nothing owned for memory,
and mine only while I look.
- Wislawa Szymborska

I slide my arm from under the sleeper's head and it is numb,
full of swarming pins, on the tip of each,
waiting to be counted, the fallen angels sit.
- Wislawa Szymborska

I started earning a living as a poet rather early on.
- Wislawa Szymborska

Is a decision made in advance really any kind of choice.
- Wislawa Szymborska

Get to know other worlds, if only for comparison.
I am near, too near for him to dream of me.
- Wislawa Szymborska

Keep up the good work, if only for a while,
if only for the twinkling of a tiny galaxy.
- Wislawa Szymborska

I'm drowning in papers.
- Wislawa Szymborska

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

This terrifying world is not devoid of charms,
of the mornings that make waking up worthwhile.
- 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

Take it not amiss, O speech, that I borrow weighty words,
and later try hard to make them seem light.
- 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

Another Sunrise, Another New Beginning.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

You can't cross the sea merely by
standing and staring at the water.
- Rabindranath Tagore PHOTO

To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
- Bertrand Russell

People in their handlings of affairs
often fail when they are about to succeed.
If one remains as careful at the end
as he was at the beginning,
there will be no failure.
- Lao Tzu

The beginning of wisdom is to
call things by their right names.
- Chinese proverb

Great indeed is the sublimity of the Creative,
to which all beings owe their beginning
and which permeates all heaven.
- Lao Tzu

"Begin at the beginning," the King said, very gravely,
"and go on till you come to the end: then stop."
- Lewis Carroll

The mystery of the beginning
of all things is insoluble by us;
and I for one, must be content to remain an agnostic.
- Charles Darwin

Small opportunities are often
the beginning of great enterprises.
- Demosthenes

Happiness isn't at the end of the rainbow.
Happiness is at the beginning of the rainbow.
Following the rainbow is happiness,
not getting to the end of it.
- Werner Erhard

If you would take, you must first give,
this is the beginning of intelligence.
- Lao Tzu

Whatever you want in life, start today.
Not tomorrow - today.
Let it be a small beginning - a tiny beginning.
Your happiness depends on starting today - every day.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Doubt is the beginning of wisdom.
- Aristotle

What we call the beginning is often the end.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
The end is where we start from.
- T. S. Eliot

Accept everything about yourself - I mean everything.
You are you and that is the beginning and the end -
no apologies, no regrets.
- Henry Kissinger

Let every day be the first day
of the rest of your life,
but especially let today be a new beginning.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Coming together is a beginning;
keeping together is progress;
working together is success.
- Henry Ford

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others
will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.
- Helen Keller

Stop holding on to the past.
Release your regrets about whatever you may have done
or failed to do that turned out poorly.
Forgive others for whatever they may have done
or failed to do that cause you harm.
Declare today to be a new beginning.
Let go of the past and move on with creating
a joyful new future for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Consider a new beginning with your family -
choose to take them less seriously.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship,
and it is far the best ending for one.
- Oscar Wilde

The ending of a job or a relationship
may appear as the darkest night,
but it is merely the Winter season -
the time of renewal and rebirth
that precedes the new planting -
the beginning of the next great cycle.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Every day is a new beginning -
a day for a new plan and new action.
If today, in conscious awareness, you choose
the same plan as yesterday, you are wise.
If you choose a different plan, you are equally wise.
Whatever you choose, choose with intention.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When virtue is lost, benevolence appears,
when benevolence is lost right conduct appears,
when right conduct is lost, expedience appears.
Expediency is the mere shadow of right and truth;
it is the beginning of disorder.
- Lao Tzu

Before beginning a Hunt, it is wise to ask someone
what you are looking for before you begin looking for it.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Beginning today, treat everyone you meet
as if they were going to be dead by midnight.
Extend to them all the care,
kindness and understanding you can muster,
and do with no thought of any reward.
Your life will never be the same again.
- Og Mandino

I breathed a song into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For who has sight so keen and strong,
That it can follow the flight of song -
The song from beginning to end,
I found again in the heart of a friend.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In the beginning was the Word.
- John 1:1

At the beginning and at the end of love,
the two lovers are embarrassed to find themselves alone.
- Jean de la Bruyere

Might I perhaps win my wings?
I've been waiting for over 200 years now, sir,
and people ARE beginning to talk.
- It's a Wonderful Life (1946 movie)

Trust is to human relationships what faith is to gospel living.
It is the beginning place, the foundation upon which more can be built.
Where trust is, love can flourish.
- Barbara Smith

One lifetime is never enough to accomplish one's horticultural goals.
If a garden is a site for the imagination,
how can we be very far from the beginning?
- Francis Cabot Lowell

Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion.
- Jim Rohn

So women are at the beginning of building a language,
and not all women are conscious of it.
- Judy Chicago

There was no "before" the beginning of our universe,
because once upon a time there was no time.
- John D. Barrow

A story should have a beginning, a middle,
and an end...
but not necessarily in that order.
- Jean-Luc Godard

Learning is the beginning of wealth.
Learning is the beginning of health.
Learning is the beginning of spirituality.
Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins.
- Jim Rohn

A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.
- Thomas Carlyle

Belief is not the beginning but the end of all knowledge.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Let us always meet each other with a smile,
for the smile is the beginning of love.
- Mother Teresa

Fear of the unknown is
the greatest fear of humankind,
and death the greatest unknown.
Acknowledging these doubts and the fears
is a powerful beginning.
It is liberating to say,
"Yes, I don't know, and yes, I am afraid."
Beyond that, the path to happiness
lies in living in the moment -
enjoying what you are doing today.
You don't need a reason to be happy,
just a choice.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens
we have to keep going back and beginning all over again.
- Andre Gide

I can do no other than be reverent
before everything that is called life.
I can do no other than to have compassion
for all that is called life.
That is the beginning and the foundation of all ethics.
- Albert Schweitzer


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