Every beginning is only a sequel, after all, and the book of events is always open halfway through.
In a world of global dependencies with no corresponding global polity and few tools of global justice, the rich of the world are free to pursue their own interests while paying no attention to the rest.
The carrying power of a bridge is not the average strength of the pillars, but the strength of the weakest pillar. I have always believed that you do not measure the health of a society by GNP but by the condition of its worst off.
I cannot speak for more than an hour exclusively about poetry. At that point, life itself takes over again.
I would be a traitor to these poor burned bodies if I came here to talk good fellowship.
Happiness needs one-upmanship.
Surely these women won’t lose any more of their beauty and charm by putting a ballot in a ballot box once a year than they are likely to lose standing in foundries or laundries all year round. There is no harder contest than the contest for bread, let me tell you that.
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 read upon the subject and grew more and more interested, and after a time I became a member of the National Board, and had duties and responsibilities that kept me busy after my day’s work was done.