Wislawa Szymborska Quotes

Any knowledge that doesn't lead to new questions quickly dies out: it fails to maintain the temperature required for sustaining life.





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Wislawa Szymborska
Wislawa Szymborska
  • Born: July 2, 1923
  • Died: February 1, 2012
  • Nationality: Polish
  • Profession: Poet

Maria Wisława Anna Szymborska [vʲiˈswava ʂɨmˈbɔrska] was a Polish poet, essayist, translator and recipient of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Literature. Born in Prowent, which has since become part of Kórnik, she later resided in Kraków until the end of her life. In Poland, Szymborska's books have reached sales rivaling prominent prose authors: although she once remarked in a poem, "Some Like Poetry" ("Niektórzy lubią poezję"), that no more than two out of a thousand people care for the art.