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    Where do consequences lead? Depends on the escort.
    — Stanislaw Lem
    tags: consequence 
     
    Genius is not so much a light as it is a constant awareness of the surrounding gloom.
    — Stanislaw Lem
    tags: genius 
     
    When the Universe was not so out of whack as it is today, and all the stars were lined up in their proper places, so you could easily count them from left to right, or top to bottom, and the larger and bluer ones were set apart, and the smaller, yellowing types pushed off to the corners as bodies of a lower grade, when there was not a speck of dust to be found in outer space, nor any nebular debris - in those good old days...
    — Stanislaw Lem
    tags: star  body  right  space  universe 
     
    Behind every glorious facade there is always hidden something ugly.
    — Stanislaw Lem
    Do not trust people. They are capable of greatness..
    — Stanislaw Lem
    tags: people  trust  greatness 
     
    We are like snails, each stuck to his own leaf.
    — Stanislaw Lem
    I don't resist progress, but I have a growing feeling that mankind uses it mostly for disgraceful purposes.
    — Stanislaw Lem
    tags: progress  mankind 
     
    A man who for an entire week does nothing but hit himself over the head has little reason to be proud.
    — Stanislaw Lem
    tags: men 
     
    For moral reasons ... the world appears to me to be put together in such a painful way that I prefer to believe that it was not created ... intentionally.
    — Stanislaw Lem
    tags: world  believe  morals 
     
    Have it compose a poem - a poem about a haircut! But lofty, noble, tragic, timeless, full of love, treachery, retribution, quiet heroism in the face of certain doom! Six lines, cleverly rhymed, and every word beginning with the letter s!
    — Stanislaw Lem
    tags: poem  noble 
     
    Man has gone out to explore other worlds and other civilizations without having explored his own labyrinth of dark passages and secret chambers, and without finding what lies behind doorways that he himself has sealed.
    — Stanislaw Lem
    tags: men  secret  world  lies  dark  civilization  gone 
     
    He who has had, has been, but he who hasn't been, has been had.
    — Stanislaw Lem
    If man had more of a sense of humor, things might have turned out differently
    — Stanislaw Lem
    tags: humor  men 
     
    You believe by doubting and you doubt by believing; yet this state too is not the final one.
    — Stanislaw Lem
    tags: believe  doubt 
     
    Faith is, at one and the same time, absolutely necessary and altogether impossible.
    — Stanislaw Lem
    tags: time  impossible  faith 
     
    The whole plan hinged upon the natural curiosity of potatoes.
    — Stanislaw Lem
    tags: curiosity 
     
    I hadn't known there were so many idiots in the world until I started using the Internet.
    — Stanislaw Lem
    tags: world  internet  idiot 
     
    A dream will always triumph over reality, once it is given the chance.
    — Stanislaw Lem
    tags: chance  reality  dreams 
     
    Science explains the world, but only Art can reconcile us to it.
    — Stanislaw Lem
    tags: world 
     
    Cannibals prefer those who have no spines..
    — Stanislaw Lem
    We have no need of other worlds. We need mirrors. We don't know what to do with other worlds. A single world, our own, suffices us; but we can't accept it for what it is.
    — Stanislaw Lem
    tags: world 
     
    We don't want to conquer the cosmos, we simply want to extend the boundaries of Earth to the frontiers of the cosmos.
    — Stanislaw Lem
    tags: earth 
     
    And yet we knew, for a certainty, that when first emissaries of Earth went walking among the planets, Earth's other sons would be dreaming not about such expeditions but about a piece of bread.
    — Stanislaw Lem
    tags: earth  dreaming  son 
     
    The fate of a single man can be rich with significance, that of a few hundred less so, but the history of thousands and millions of men does not mean anything at all, in any adequate sense of the word.
    — Stanislaw Lem
    tags: fate  men 
     
    Every stink that fights the ventilator thinks it is Don Quixote.
    — Stanislaw Lem
    tags: fight 
     
    We didn't know each other well. I never had the time. Now I see that it doesn't make any difference. The ones who hurry and the ones who take their time all end up in the same place. Just don't have any regrets. No regrets.
    — Stanislaw Lem
    tags: time  regret 
     
    I see a poem as a multi-coloured strip behind peeling plaster, in separate, shining fragments.
    — Stanislaw Lem
    tags: poem 
     
    A writer should not run around with a mirror for his countrymen; he should tell his society and his times things no one ever thought before.
    — Stanislaw Lem
    tags: time  society  thoughts 
     
    The only writers who have any peace are the ones who don't write. And there are some like that. They wallow in a sea of possibilities. To express a thought, you first have to limit it, and that means kill it. Every word I speak robs me of a thousand others, and every line I write means giving up another.
    — Stanislaw Lem
    ...it is easy not to believe in monsters, considerably more difficult to escape their dread and loathsome clutches.
    — Stanislaw Lem
    tags: believe 
     
    Good books tell the truth, even when they're about things that never have been and never will be. They're truthful in a different way
    — Stanislaw Lem
    tags: truth  book 
     
    There are no answers, only choices,
    — Stanislaw Lem
    tags: choice 
     
    Our ability to adapt and therefore to accept everything is one of our greatest dangers. Creatures that are completely flexible, changeable, can have no fixed morality.
    — Stanislaw Lem
    tags: morality  danger 
     
    Burn with that consuming fire of objectivity that forces a man to renew efforts that are doomed to failure.
    — Stanislaw Lem
    tags: failure  men  fire  renew  doomed 
     
    People make filthy things with the freedom they regained.
    — Stanislaw Lem
    tags: people  freedom 
     
    The night stared me in the face, amorphous, blind, infinite, without frontiers. Not a single start relieved the darkness behind the glass.
    — Stanislaw Lem
    tags: darkness  night 
     
    I never loved totalitarianism and all the ideas of making mankind happy always seemed crazy to me.
    — Stanislaw Lem
    tags: mankind  crazy  ideas 
     
    It has no meaning, what do you use to write, the only thing that is important is: what do you write. A machine to write a book instead of a writer is not invented yet, and probably will never be.
    — Stanislaw Lem
    tags: meaning  book  write  machine 
     
    Giese was an unemotional man, but then in the study of Solaris emotion is a hindrance to the explorer. Imagination and premature theorizing are positive disadvantages in approaching a planet where-as has become clear-anything is possible... The fact is that in spite of his cautious nature the scrupulous Giese more than once jumped to premature conclusions. Even when on their guard, human beings inevitably theorize.
    — Stanislaw Lem
    Either something is authentic or it is unauthentic, it is either false or true, make-believe or spontaneous life; yet here we are faced with a prevaricated truth and an authentic fake, hence a thing that is at once the truth and a lie.
    — Stanislaw Lem
    tags: truth  lies  true  authentic 
     
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