Stanisław Jerzy Lec Quotes

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When gossip gets old it becomes a myth.
— Stanisław Jerzy Lec

gossip

Sometimes you have to be silent to be heard.

silence

An apt aphorism half kills, half immortalizes.

aphorisms

Our separate fictions add up to joint reality.
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reality

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

ideas

When myth meets myth, the collision is very real.

mythology

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

progress

No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.

accountability responsibility

You can close your eyes to reality but not to memories.
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memory

Every stink that fights the ventilator thinks it is Don Quixote.

self-deception

Never saw off the branch you are on, unless you are being hanged from it.
— Stanisław Jerzy Lec
Thoughts, like fleas, jump from man to man.  But they don't bite everybody.

thoughts

The face of the enemy frightens me only when I see how much it resembles mine.

enemies

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

joy

You will always find some Eskimos ready to instruct the Congolese on how to cope with heat waves.

advice