Andrzej Stasiuk Famous Quotes & Sayings

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19 Andrzej Stasiuk Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

Andrzej Stasiuk Sayings: That's why I drove there in the middle of February, patches of snow still on That's why I drove there in the middle of February, patches of snow still on the fields. I had the strong feeling that somewhere between Sluejow, Wygwizdow, and Solec time had ground to a halt or simply evaporated or melted like a dream and no longer separated us from our childhood.
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Andrzej Stasiuk Sayings: It is good to come to a country you know practically nothing about. Your thoughts It is good to come to a country you know practically nothing about. Your thoughts grow still, useless. Everything must be rebuilt. In a country you know nothing about, there is no reference point. You struggle to associate colors, smells, dim memories. You live a little like a child, or an animal. Objects and events may bring things to mind, but in the end they remain no more than what they are in fact. They begin only when you experience them, vanish when others follow.
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Andrzej Stasiuk Sayings: The homeland, the myth of the homeland, becomes a fundamental value for those who have The homeland, the myth of the homeland, becomes a fundamental value for those who have nothing else( ... )In a world where power, like wealth, falls to the few, where no merit guarantees a reward and justice becomes a commodity like anything else, the human heart needs fortification. It needs something permanent, something available to everyone, irrespective of their merits, of the political climate, of prestige, authority, or affluence. It may be that for the disinherited, this final place is their place of birth. A law that says we are all born equal is as beautiful as it is impossible to enact. But the fact that we are all born in a particular place is hard to question. For many of us, if not the majority, this is the only incontrovertible foundation of our fate.
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Andrzej Stasiuk Sayings: With events that have passed there is no problem, provided we don't attempt to be With events that have passed there is no problem, provided we don't attempt to be wiser that they are, provided we can't use them to further own own ends. If we let them be, the turn into a marvelous solution, a magical acid that dissolves time and space, eats calendars and atlases, and turns the coordinates of action into sweet nothingness. What is the meaning of the riddle? What is the use to anyone of chronology, sister of death?
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Andrzej Stasiuk Sayings: Now it all seems so simple. Events intersect free of any logic of sequence; they Now it all seems so simple. Events intersect free of any logic of sequence; they cover space and time in an even, translucent layer. Memory re-creates them from the back, from the front, or sideways, but to them it makes no difference.
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Andrzej Stasiuk Sayings: This modernizing experiment seems to have something diabolic about it. Everything that was becomes rejected This modernizing experiment seems to have something diabolic about it. Everything that was becomes rejected in the name of a modernity that assumes the nature of a fiction, an illusion, a devilish apparition. To a greater or lesser extent this applies to all the postcommunist countries.
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Andrzej Stasiuk Sayings: Sometimes it seems to me that things hold together only thanks to the borders, that Sometimes it seems to me that things hold together only thanks to the borders, that the true identify of these lands and peoples is the shape of their territories in an atlas. It's a stupid thought, but I can't shake it.
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Andrzej Stasiuk Sayings: Overgrown, crumbling, tilted, full of cracks, returning to the soil. Paint fell from boards, plaster Overgrown, crumbling, tilted, full of cracks, returning to the soil. Paint fell from boards, plaster from walls. Unsupervised, matter was collapsing under its own weight.
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Andrzej Stasiuk Sayings: It is the West's provincialism, which leads it to perceive the rest of the continent It is the West's provincialism, which leads it to perceive the rest of the continent as a failed copy of itself
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Andrzej Stasiuk Sayings: The future is fiction. It will come, of course, we hear about it all the The future is fiction. It will come, of course, we hear about it all the time, but the old wisdom knows that only what is, and what was, exists. The rest does not, because no one ever saw it or touched it.
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Andrzej Stasiuk Sayings: Pale and massive, he absorbed time like a sponge. Moved something, wiped something, adjusted something, Pale and massive, he absorbed time like a sponge. Moved something, wiped something, adjusted something, but the future never came.
Andrzej Stasiuk Sayings: I lack the imagination. For that reason I have to pack, stuff into my pockets I lack the imagination. For that reason I have to pack, stuff into my pockets odds and ends, passport, money, and go see what it's really like. Whenever the time of year or the weather changes, I have to pack up whatever I can't do without and visit all those places I've been before, to make sure they still exist
Andrzej Stasiuk Sayings: Sometimes I get up before sunrise to watch the way the dark thins out and Sometimes I get up before sunrise to watch the way the dark thins out and objects slowly reveal themselves, the trees, the rest of the landscape. You can hear the river below and roosters in the village. The light of dawn, cold and blue, gradually fills the world, and it's the same in every place I've been.
Andrzej Stasiuk Sayings: Perhaps we become aware of our existence only when we feel on our skin the Perhaps we become aware of our existence only when we feel on our skin the touch of a place that has no name, that connects us to the earliest time, to all the dead, to prehistory, when the mind first stood apart from the world, still unaware that it was orphaned.
Andrzej Stasiuk Sayings: Freedom has become a commodity whose availability, paradoxically, keeps society in check. The threat of Freedom has become a commodity whose availability, paradoxically, keeps society in check. The threat of its loss seems to enable us to tolerate its imposition.
Andrzej Stasiuk Sayings: It gives me no rest, my wish to know the fate of all these scenes It gives me no rest, my wish to know the fate of all these scenes that entered my eyes and have remained in my thoughts. What happens to them when I am no longer there?
Andrzej Stasiuk Sayings: Travel is no more than a relatively healthy form of narcotic, after all. Travel is no more than a relatively healthy form of narcotic, after all.
Andrzej Stasiuk Sayings: It drew us, because life is made of bits of the present that stay in It drew us, because life is made of bits of the present that stay in the mind. The world itself, really, is made of that.
Andrzej Stasiuk Sayings: In the slanting light of late autumn, the gestures and bodies of people are more In the slanting light of late autumn, the gestures and bodies of people are more expressive the less meaning they have. Men stand on street corners staring at the emptiness of the day. They spit on the sidewalk and smoke cigarettes. That's the present ... Time, approaching from afar, is like the air that someone else has already breathed.