I don’t believe I have a mission. Sometimes I really have a spiritual need to say something more general about the world, and sometimes something personal.
It’s just not easy to explain to someone else what you don’t understand yourself.
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.
The thing that makes countries want to pursue some kind of nuclear deterrent is precisely the fact that they feel threatened.
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.