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Wisława Szymborska

Date de naissance: 2. juillet 1923
Date de décès: 1. février 2012
Autres noms:ویسواوا شیمبورسکا

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Wisława Szymborska, née le 2 juillet 1923 dans le village de Prowent , voisin de Bnin aujourd'hui dans la commune de Kórnik à moins de 25 km au sud-est de Poznań et morte le 1er février 2012 à Cracovie en Pologne, est une poétesse polonaise. Elle a reçu le prix Nobel de littérature en 1996.

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Citations Wisława Szymborska

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„I remember it so clearly —
how people, seeing me, would break off in midword.
Laughter died.“

—  Wisława Szymborska
Context: I remember it so clearly — how people, seeing me, would break off in midword. Laughter died. Lovers' hands unclasped. Children ran to their mothers. I didn't even know their short-lived names. And that song about a little green leaf — no one ever finished it near me. "Soliloquy for Cassandra"

„He has only just learned to tell dreams from waking“

—  Wisława Szymborska
Context: He has only just learned to tell dreams from waking; only just realized that he is he; only just whittled with his hand né fin a flint, a rocket ship; easily drowned in the ocean's teaspoon, not even funny enough to tickle the void: sees only with his eyes; hears only with his ears; his speech's personal best is the conditional; he uses his reason to pick holes in reason. In short, he's next to to one, but his head's full of freedom, omniscience and the Being beyond his foolish meat — did you ever! "No End of Fun"

„Our stockpile of antiquity grows constantly“

—  Wisława Szymborska
Context: Our stockpile of antiquity grows constantly, it's overflowing, reckless squatters jostle for a place in history, hordes of sword fodder, Hector's nameless extras, no less brave than he, thousands upon thousands of singular faces, each the first and last for all time, in each a pair of inimitable eyes. How easy it was to live not knowing this, so sentimental, so spacious. "Census"

„After every war
someone has to tidy up.“

—  Wisława Szymborska
Context: After every war someone has to tidy up. Things won't pick themselves up, after all.Someone has to shove the rubble to the roadsides so the carts loaded with corpses can get by. "The End and the Beginning"

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„Something doesn't start
at its usual time.
Something doesn't happen
as it should.“

—  Wisława Szymborska
Context: Something doesn't start at its usual time. Something doesn't happen as it should. Someone was always, always here, then suddenly disappeared and stubbornly stays disappeared. "Cat in an Empty Apartment"

„Even sight heightened to become all-seeing
will do you no good without a sense of taking part.“

—  Wisława Szymborska
Context: No other sense can make up for your missing sense of taking part. Even sight heightened to become all-seeing will do you no good without a sense of taking part. You shall not enter, you have only a sense of what the sense should be, only its seed, imagination. "Conversation with a Stone".

„The window has a wonderful view of a lake,
but the view doesn't view itself.“

—  Wisława Szymborska
Context: The window has a wonderful view of a lake, but the view doesn't view itself. It exists in this world colorless, shapeless, soundless, odorless, and painless. "View with a Grain of Sand"

„My apologies to great questions for small answers.“

—  Wisława Szymborska
Context: My apologies to the felled tree for the table's four legs. My apologies to great questions for small answers. "Under One Small Star"

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„This object took three billion years to emerge.“

—  Wisława Szymborska
Context: This adult male. This person on earth. Ten billion nerve cells. Ten pints of blood pumped by ten ounces of heart. This object took three billion years to emerge. "A Film from the Sixties"

„And how can we talk of order overall
when the very placement of the stars
leaves us doubting just what shines for whom?“

—  Wisława Szymborska
Context: And how can we talk of order overall when the very placement of the stars leaves us doubting just what shines for whom?Not to speak of the fog's reprehensible drifting! And dust blowing all over the steppes as if they hadn't been partitioned! And the voices coasting on obliging airwaves, that conspiratorial squeaking, those indecipherable mutters! Only what is human can truly be foreign. "Psalm"

„Few of them made it to thirty.
Old age was the privilege of rocks and trees.“

—  Wisława Szymborska
Context: Few of them made it to thirty. Old age was the privilege of rocks and trees. Childhood ended as fast as wolf cubs grow. One had to hurry, to get on with life before the sun went down, before the first snow. "Our Ancestors' Short Lives"

„Inspiration is not the exclusive privilege of poets or artists.“

—  Wisława Szymborska
Context: Inspiration is not the exclusive privilege of poets or artists. There is, there has been, there will always be a certain group of people whom inspiration visits. It's made up of all those who've consciously chosen their calling and do their job with love and imagination. It may include doctors, teachers, gardeners — I could list a hundred more professions. Their work becomes one continuous adventure as long as they manage to keep discovering new challenges in it. Difficulties and setbacks never quell their curiosity. A swarm of new questions emerges from every problem that they solve. Whatever inspiration is, it's born from a continuous "I don't know."

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