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Stanislaw Jerzy Lec (1909 - 1966)

Polish satirist, poet, aphorist. He belonged to poetry of the "second" postwar period which was noted for the expression of philosophical thought.
Stanislaw Jerzy Lec was a satirical poet noted for skeptical philosophical aphorisms in Mysli nieuczesane (published in series from 1957 with the title of "Unkempt Thoughts").

all gods were immortal
be unselfish: respect the selfishness of others
don\'t allow the imposition of the liberty of speech before having the liberty of thought
don\'t shout for help at night. You may wake your neighbors
he hoisted his own flag high....so that he didn\'t have to look at it
his conscience was clear; indeed he never used it
it is difficult to see who willingly goes along with the tide
life takes up too much of a person\'s time
literature is often accused of making it easy for prisoners to flee from reality
love of country knows nothing about the borders of others
men have slow reflexes - in general it takes several generations later for them to understand
reflect, before thinking
the cock even crows in the morning on which it ends up in the pot
the first symptom of death is birth
the hare likes polenta. The cook said it
the writer who does not explore the depths will always stay afloat
thoughts, like fleas, jump from man to man, but they don\'t bite everybody
to be ourselves we need to be someone
we are all equal before the law, but not before those appointed to apply it
when you destroy monuments, spare the pedestals. A use can always be found for them
when you jump for joy, beware that no one moves the ground from beneath your feet
who knows what Columbus would have discovered if America hadn\'t got in the way
writing is also made difficult by the illiteracy of others