Piet Hein

Piet Hein

1,000 карма
Denmark
Piet Hein was not just a poet.He was a mathematician, inventor and designer as well.Being a Danish he often wrote under the Old Norse pseudonym "Kumbel" meaning "tombstone".His short poems, known as gruks or grooks, first started to appear in the daily newspaper "Politiken" shortly after the Nazi occupation in April 1940 under the pseudonym "Kumbel Kumbell".Piet Hein, who, in his own words, "played mental ping-pong" with Niels Bohr in the inter-War period, found himself confronted with a dilemma when the Germans occupied Denmark.
He felt that he had three choices: Do nothing, flee to "neutral" Sweden or join the Danish resistance movement.As he explained in 1968, "Sweden was out because I am not Swedish, but Danish.I could not remain at home because, if I had, every knock at the door would have sent shivers up my spine.So, I joined the Resistance."His main weapon appeared to be his pen.The Danes understood the importance of his poetry and soon it was found as graffiti all around the country..

The Egocentrics

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People are self-centredto a nauseous degree
They will keep on about themselveswhile I'm explaining me
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Rhyme and Reason

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There was an old woman who lived in a shoe
She had so many children
She didn't know what to do
But try as she would she could never detect which was the cause and which the effect
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On Being Oneself

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If virtue can't be mine alone at least my faults can be my own
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Naive

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Naive you areif you believelife favours thosewho aren't naive
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The Ultimate Wisdom

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Philosophers must ultimately find their true perfection in knowing all the follies of mankind -by introspection
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Prayer

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Sun that givest all things
Shine on everything on earth
If that's too much to
Shine at least on this our land
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Investment Policy

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Anxieties yield at a negative rate, increasing in smallness the longer they wait
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