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Stanisław Lem

Datum narození: 12. září 1921
Datum úmrtí: 27. březen 2006

Stanisław Lem byl polský spisovatel, filozof, lékař, futurolog a satirik, světoznámý autor sci-fi. Jeho knihy byly přeloženy do 40 jazyků a prodalo se přes 27 milionů výtisků. Jeho dílo ovlivnilo nejen polskou, ale i světovou vědecko-fantastickou literaturu.

„Strach ze smrti je nesmyslný, smrt si totiž zaslouží spíše oslavu! Může se něco vyrovnat dokonalosti neexistence? Agónie, která k ní vede, není sice příliš lákavá, ale zatím se nenašel nikdo tak zesláblý na duchu či na těle, aby ji nezvládl a nedokázal umírat až do konce.“

„Dobré knihy říkají pravdu, i když jsou o věcech, které nikdy neexistovaly a nikdy existovat nebudou.“

„Svět zotročený k dobru je stejně tak nesvobodný, jako svět zotročený ke zlu.“

„Dokud jsem nezačal používat internet, nevěděl jsem, že je na světě tolik idiotů.“

„Nikdo nečte. Když už čte, tak nerozumí. A když čte a rozumí, stejně zapomene.“

„Lidská civilizace je jako loď postavená bez plánů. Tato loď nemá kormidelníka. Civilizaci chybějí znalosti, které by umožnili vědomě si zvolit jeden z mnoha možných směrů místo unášení v proudech náhodných objevů.“

„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.“

„On the surface, I was calm: in secret, without really admitting it, I was waiting for something. Her return? How could I have been waiting for that? We all know that we are material creatures, subject to the laws of physiology and physics, and not even the power of all our feelings combined can defeat those laws. All we can do is detest them. The age-old faith of lovers and poets in the power of love, stronger than death, that finis vitae sed non amoris, is a lie, useless and not even funny. So must one be resigned to being a clock that measures the passage of time, now out of order, now repaired, and whose mechanism generates despair and love as soon as its maker sets it going? Are we to grow used to the idea that every man relives ancient torments, which are all the more profound because they grow comic with repetition? That human existence should repeat itself, well and good, but that it should repeat itself like a hackneyed tune, or a record a drunkard keeps playing as he feeds coins into the jukebox...

Must I go on living here then, among the objects we both had touched, in the air she had breathed? In the name of what? In the hope of her return? I hoped for nothing. And yet I lived in expectation. Since she had gone, that was all that remained. I did not know what achievements, what mockery, even what tortures still awaited me. I knew nothing, and I persisted in the faith that the time of cruel miracles was not past.“

„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.“ Solaris

„Man has gone out to explore other worlds and other civilizations without having explored his own labyrinth of dark passages and secret chambers, and without finding what lies behind doorways that he himself has sealed.“ Solaris

„Faith is, at one and the same time, absolutely necessary and altogether impossible.“

„We take off into the cosmos, ready for anything: for solitude, for hardship, for exhaustion, death. Modesty forbids us to say so, but there are times when we think pretty well of ourselves. And yet, if we examine it more closely, our enthusiasm turns out to be all a sham. We don't want to conquer the cosmos, we simply want to extend the boundaries of Earth to the frontiers of the cosmos. For us, such and such a planet is as arid as the Sahara, another as frozen as the North Pole, yet another as lush as the Amazon basin. We are humanitarian and chivalrous; we don't want to enslave other races, we simply want to bequeath them our values and take over their heritage in exchange. We think of ourselves as the Knights of the Holy Contact. This is another lie. We are only seeking Man. We have no need of other worlds. A single world, our own, suffices us; but we can't accept it for what it is. We are searching for an ideal image of our own world: we go in quest of a planet, a civilization superior to our own but developed on the basis of a prototype of our primeval past. At the same time, there is something inside us which we don't like to face up to, from which we try to protect ourselves, but which nevertheless remains, since we don't leave Earth in a state of primal innocence. We arrive here as we are in reality, and when the page is turned and that reality is revealed to us - that part of our reality which we would prefer to pass over in silence - then we don't like it anymore.“ Solaris

„I hadn't known there were so many idiots in the world until I started using the Internet.“

„How do you expect to communicate with the ocean, when you can’t even understand one another?“ Solaris

„If a man who can’t count finds a four leaf clover, is he lucky?“

„We don't want to conquer the cosmos, we simply want to extend the boundaries of Earth to the frontiers of the cosmos.“ Solaris

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