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Piet Hein

(December 16, 1905–April 17, 1996 / Copenhagen)

Quotations

  • ''The human spirit sublimates
    the impulses it thwarts:
    a healthy sex life mitigates
    the lust for other sports.''
    Piet Hein (b. 1905), Dutch inventor, poet. "Hint and Suggestion," Grooks (1966). Admonitory grook addressed to youth.
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  • ''They're busy making bigger roads,
    and better roads and more,
    so that people can discover
    even faster than before
    that everything is everywhere alike.''
    Piet Hein (b. 1905), Dutch inventor, poet. Road Sense, in Grooks (1966).
  • ''The road to wisdom?—Well, it's plain
    and simple to express:
    Err
    and err
    and err again
    but less
    and less
    and less.''
    Piet Hein (b. 1905), Dutch inventor, poet. "The Road to Wisdom," Grooks (1966).

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A Word of Encouragement

Stomach-ache can be a curse;
heart-ache may be even worse;
so thank Heaven on your knees
if you've got but one of these.

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