Category Archives: Culture

Road to Hel(l)

“If you are going through hell, keep going.” The words of Winston Churchill which, unless hell happens to be your final destination, are worth remembering as an encouragement to strive for better times ahead. In Poland, if you take the … Continue reading

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Anti-defamation

“Words are but symbols for the relations of things to one another and to us; nowhere do they touch upon absolute truth.” The words of Friedrich Nietzsche which come to mind this week as Poland’s new anti-defamation law attracts international … Continue reading

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Ideas

“True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.” The words of Franklin D. Roosevelt which are as relevant today as ever … Continue reading

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Image

“The only service a friend can really render is to keep up your courage by holding up to you a mirror in which you can see a noble image of yourself.” The words of George Bernard Shaw which, albeit the … Continue reading

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Lethargy

“Once conform, once do what others do because they do it, and a kind of lethargy steals over all the finer senses of the soul.” The words of French philosopher Michel de Montaigne. And if there is one person who … Continue reading

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Heritage

“God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, diseases, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools.” The words of US environmentalist John Muir. Different trees and different times, but the words … Continue reading

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Referendum

“Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.” “We the people are the masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow … Continue reading

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Accident

“Men may change their climate, but they cannot change their nature. A man that goes out a fool cannot ride or sail himself into common sense.” The words of Joseph Addison. Nor, it appears, is he able to drive himself … Continue reading

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Happiness

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” These well-known words of Thomas … Continue reading

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Discontent

“Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer by this son of York,” the well-known opening lines of Shakespeare’s Richard III. In Poland, the summer has ended and absent a son of York, the stage seems set for … Continue reading

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