Children know from a remarkably early age that things are being kept from them, that grown-ups participate in a world of mysteries.
Somewhere out there the world must have an end.
Nothing can ever happen twice. In consequence, the sorry fact is that we arrive here improvised and leave without the chance to practice.
I’ve reached the age of self-knowledge, so I don’t know anything. People who claim that they know something are responsible for most of the fuss in the world.
Every beginning is only a sequel, after all, and the book of events is always open halfway through.
To identify the enemy is to free the mind.
I cannot speak for more than an hour exclusively about poetry. At that point, life itself takes over again.
In every tragedy, an element of comedy is preserved. Comedy is just tragedy reversed.
You know, I’m worried about Szymborska. I wish she would stop smoking.
I started earning a living as a poet rather early on.