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Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

1906-1966 ,  Polish author of maxims
Stanislaw Jerzy LecBorn Baron Stanisław Jerzy de Tusch-Letz, he was a Polish aphorist and poet. Often mentioned among the greatest writers of post-war Poland, he was one of the more influential aphorists on the 20th century.

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Politics: a race of Trojan horses.

Is it progress if a cannibal uses knife and fork?

Don't trust the heart, it wants your blood.

Suppose you succeed in breaking the wall with your head. And what, then, will you do in the next cell?

In order for you to be yourself, you have to be somebody first.

A tired exclamation mark is a question mark.

I don't agree with mathematics; the sum total of zeros is a frightening figure.

“Let him who is without guilt cast the first stone”. It’s a trap. Because then he will be no longer without guilt.

Never saw off the branch you are on, unless you are being hanged from it.

I am against using death as a punishment. I am also against using it as a reward.

Who ever asked theses and antitheses if they want to become syntheses?

Every scarecrow has a secret ambition to terrorize.

I prefer the sign NO ENTRANCE to the sign which says NO EXIT.

The exit is usually where the entrance was.

The first condition of immortality is death.

Never turn your back on reality. It surrounds you.

He had a clear conscience. Never used it.

Never lie when the truth is more profitable.

An empty envelope that is sealed contains a secret.

He who wants to get to the source must swim against the current.

All is in the hands of man. Therefore wash them often.

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

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

The window to the world can be covered by a newspaper.

Thoughts, like fleas, jump from man to man, but they don't bite everybody.

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

No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.

Do not trust people. They are capable of greatness.

Everyone wants your good, take care they could also steal it.

The weakest link in the chain is also the strongest. It can break the chain.

Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art.

A dream will always triumph over reality, once it is given the chance.

The only fool bigger than the person who knows it all is the person who argues with him

To torture a man you have to know his pleasures.

Some like to understand what they believe in. Others like to believe in what they understand.

Only the dead can be resurrected. It’s more difficult with the living.

You climb to reach the summit, but once there, discover that all roads lead down.

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

When smashing monuments, save the pedestals – they always come in handy.

Value your words. Each one may be the last.

Cannibals prefer those who have no spines.

People find life entirely too time-consuming.


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