Treasure Island

Piet Hein

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


  • ''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:
    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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Time and Eternity

Where the woods and ploughlands
of tradition and modernity
run into the never-ending
deserts of eternity,
there I have my daily task
while time smoothly passes,
spooning the eternal sands
into hour glass.

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