Stanisław Lem was born 12 September 1921, and died 27 March 2006.
- 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.
- Faith is, at one and the same time, absolutely necessary and altogether impossible.
- I never read to kill time. Killing time is like killing someone’s wife or a child. There is nothing more precious for me than time.
- 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.
- I see a poem as a multi-coloured strip behind peeling plaster, in separate, shining fragments.
- I hadn’t known there were so many idiots in the world until I started using the Internet.
- 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.
- 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.
- The first requisite for immortality is death.
Stanisław Lem was a Polish writer of science fiction, philosophy and satire. His books have sold over 27 million copies. He is known as the author of Solaris, which has been made into a feature film three times.
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