Ryszard Kapuscinski


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  • ''When is a crisis reached? When questions arise that can't be answered.''
    Ryszard Kapuscinski (b. 1932), Polish journalist. A Warsaw Diary, no. 15, published in Granta (Cambridge, 1985).
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  • ''In a society of little economic development, universal inactivity accompanies universal poverty. You survive not by struggling against nature, or by increasing production, or by relentless labour; instead you survive by expending as little energy as possible, by striving constantly to achieve a state of immobility.''
    Ryszard Kapuscinski (b. 1932), Polish journalist. "A Warsaw Diary," Granta, no. 15 (Cambridge, England, 1985).
  • ''Be careful: they have arms, and no alternatives.''
    Ryszard Kapuscinski (b. 1932), Polish journalist. "A Warsaw Diary," no. 15, Granta (Cambridge, England, 1985).
  • ''We follow the mystics. They know where they are going. They, too, go astray, but when they go astray they do so in a way that is mystical, dark, and mysterious.''
    Ryszard Kapuscinski (b. 1932), Polish journalist. "A Warsaw Diary," no. 15, Granta (Cambridge, England, 1985).
  • ''In Poland a man must be one thing: white or black, here or there, with us or against us—clearly, openly, without hesitations.... We lack the liberal, democratic tradition rich in all its gradations. We have instead the tradition of struggle: the extreme situation, the final gesture.''
    Ryszard Kapuscinski (b. 1932), Polish journalist. "A Warsaw Diary," no. 15, Granta (Cambridge, England, 1985).
  • ''Do not be misled by the fact that you are at liberty and relatively free; that for the moment you are not under lock and key: you have simply been granted a reprieve.''
    Ryszard Kapuscinski (b. 1932), Polish journalist. "A Warsaw Diary," Granta, no. 15 (Cambridge, England, 1985).
  • ''Life is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity and stumble from defeat to defeat.''
    Ryszard Kapuscinski (b. 1932), Polish journalist. A Warsaw Diary, Granta, no. 15 (Cambridge, England, 1985).
  • ''When man meets an obstacle he can't destroy, he destroys himself.''
    Ryszard Kapuscinski (b. 1932), Polish journalist. "A Warsaw Diary," no. 15, Granta (Cambridge, England, 1985).
  • ''Our salvation is in striving to achieve what we know we'll never achieve.''
    Ryszard Kapuscinski (b. 1932), Polish journalist. A Warsaw Diary, no. 15, Granta (Cambridge, England, 1985).
  • ''The extent of one man's guilt may be defined by how much of it is experienced by the party he injured.''
    Ryszard Kapuscinski (b. 1932), Polish journalist. "A Warsaw Diary," in Granta, no. 15 (Cambridge, England, 1985).

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