„There's a place beyond words where experience first occurs to which I always want to return. I suspect that whenever I articulate my thoughts or translate my impulses into words, I am betraying the real thoughts and impulses which remain hidden.“

—  Jerzy Kosiński, kniha Nabarvené ptáče

Zdroj: The Painted Bird

Poslední aktualizace 22. května 2020. Historie
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