Wladyslaw Stanislaw Reymont quotes

  • A free peasant means free Poland, for he is the foundation of her greatness and independence.
    -- Wladyslaw Stanislaw Reymont

    #Mean #Greatness #Independence

  • An irresistible fascination with terrifying death killed me ahead of time.
    -- Wladyslaw Stanislaw Reymont

    #Fascination #Irresistible

  • Being twenty years old, I naturally had a wild imagination and a tender heart.
    -- Wladyslaw Stanislaw Reymont

    #Heart #Years #Imagination

  • By the age of nine I had a thorough knowledge of contemporary Polish literature as well as of foreign literature in Polish translation, and I began to write poems in honour of a lady of thirty years. Naturally, she knew nothing about them.
    -- Wladyslaw Stanislaw Reymont

    #Writing #Years #Age

  • Every lord's mansion stands on the foundation of your bones, soldier, every field has been saturated with your sweat, and you, peasant, even if you worked your arms down to the stub, if you won a hundred battles, and faithfully gave the last drop of your blood for your country, you would always be a slave. There is no land for you, no heaven, no shelter, not even a doghouse where you could rest your poor head. You are the last before God and before people, the last one.
    -- Wladyslaw Stanislaw Reymont

    #Country #Blood #Land

  • Everything must go its own way. One has to plow in order to sow, one has to sow in order to harvest, and what is disturbing has to be weeded out, like a bad weed.
    -- Wladyslaw Stanislaw Reymont

    #Weed #Order #Way

  • I was intoxicated by the romantic poetry of our great writers. I arranged the world according to my private use, looking at it through the poems I had devoured.
    -- Wladyslaw Stanislaw Reymont

    #World #Use #Romantic Poetry

  • It is only our exactions of life that are terrible. It is only our impossible conceptions of beauty and good and justice that are terrible--because they never are realized, and at the same time they prevent us taking life as it is. That is the real source of all our sorrow and suffering.
    -- Wladyslaw Stanislaw Reymont

    #Real #Justice #Suffering

  • Our duty is to rise in the bright daylight, openly, beating the drums. The cause for which we are ready to give our necks does not fear the light, and to attack the enemy by guile would not suit it. A Pole has always despised ambushes, and God forbid that he should change. We shall not fail to have enough strength to defeat our enemies if we do not fail to have the spirit of sacrifice and love.
    -- Wladyslaw Stanislaw Reymont

    #Sacrifice #Light #Giving

  • Television in the 1960s & 70s had just as much dross and the programmes were a lot more tediously patronising than they are now. Memory truncates occasional gems into a glittering skein of brilliance. More television, more channels means more good television and, of course, more bad. The same equation applies to publishing, film and, I expect, sumo wrestling.

  • I am grateful for - though I can't keep up with - the flood of articles, theses, and textbooks that mean to share insight concerning the nature of poetry.

  • No great thought, no great object, satisfies the mind at first view, nor at the last.

  • You can tell the greatness of a man by what makes him angry

  • There is greatness in the fear of God, contentment in faith of God, and honour in humility.

  • It goes without saying that only inner greatness possess a true value ("une valeur véritable,", Fr.) . Any attempt to rise up (or at rising up, - "s'élever", Fr.) outwardly above others, or to want (or wish) to impose one's superiority, denote a lack of moral greatness, since we do not try to replace ("suppléer", Fr.) in that way (.... in French "par là", Fr.) to what, if we did really possess it, would have no need whatsoever to flaunt itself.

  • You cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence. You cannot help people permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.

  • Resisting conformity and developing some small eccentricities are among the steps to independence and self-confidence.

  • We are Scotland's independence generation. And our time is now

  • The attributes of sovereignty are now enjoyed by every state in the Union.