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Дата рождения: 29. Октябрь 1924
Дата смерти: 28. Июль 1998

Зби́гнев Хе́рберт — польский поэт, драматург, эссеист.


„Мучеников истребленных религий не канонизируют.“

„Вельзевул поощряет искусство. Своим художникам он гарантирует покой, хорошее питание и абсолютную изоляцию от адской жизни.“


„Be courageous when the mind deceives you
Be courageous
In the final account only this is important“

„We fall asleep on words / we wake among words“

„forgive me also that I didn't fight like Lord Byron for the happiness of captive peoples that I watched only risings of the moon and museums“ Report from the Besieged City and Other Poems

„Inanimate objects are always correct and cannot, unfortunately, be reproached with anything. I have never observed a chair shift from one foot to another, or a bed rear on its hind legs. And tables, even when they are tired, will not dare to bend their knees. I suspect that objects do this from pedagogical considerations, to reprove us constantly for our instability.“ Selected Poems

„I could write a treatise
on the sudden transformation
of life into archaeology“

„You can be a good painter if you study Cézanne's vision. Whoever dares to copy Van Gogh falls inevitably into the hell of imitators. For this painter didn't care about masterpieces, or even good paintings... but about what is beyond all painting, all art.“ The Collected Prose, 1948-1998


„A craftsman must probe to the very bottom of cruelty.“ The Collected Poems, 1956-1998

„Very early on, near the beginning of my writing life, I came to believe that I had to seize on some object outside of literature. Writing as a sylistic exercise seemed barren to me. Poetry as the art of the word made me yawn. I also understood that I couldn't sustain myself very long on the poems of others. I had to go out from myself and literature, look around in the world and lay hold of other spheres of reality.“ The Collected Prose, 1948-1998

„I do not turn to history to draw from it an easy lesson of hope, but to confront my experience with that of others, to acquire something I might call universal compassion, and also a sense of responsibility, responsibility for the state of my conscience.“ The Collected Prose, 1948-1998

„The dead have need of fairy tales too.“


„So is blurred
so is blurred
in me
what white-haired gentleman
separated once and for all
and said
this is the subject
this is the object

we fall asleep
with one hand under our head
and with the other in a mound of planets

our feet abandon us
and taste the earth
with their tiny roots
which next morning
we tear out painfully“

„when the Lord built the world
he furrowed his brow
calculated calculated calculated
that is why the world is perfect
and uninhabitable

instead the world of the painter
is good
and full of mistakes
the eye wanders
from one color to another
one fruit to another
the eye mumbles
the eye smiles
remembers

the eye says it is bearable
only if one could
enter inside
there where the painter was
without wings
in slippers that fall off
without Virgil
with a cat in the pocket
a benevolent fantasy
and a hand
that unknowingly
corrects the world“
Elegy for the Departure and Other Poems

„Lord
I thank you for creating the world beautiful and various

and for allowing me in Your fathomless goodness to visit places which were not the sites of my daily torments“
The Collected Poems, 1956-1998

„The carpet is too soft. Also the palm tree in the lobby is unbelievable. For a long time the Maitre looks at our faces, shuffling passports in his hands. "Such dark-ringed eyes, such dark-ringed eyes. I knew a merchant from Smyrna, who also had a false front tooth. Nowadays one has to be terribly careful: informers and scorpions are everywhere."

In the elevator we stand facing the mirror, but already at the first jerk we see silvery mildew in the place of our faces.“

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