The best Quotes by Władysław Szpilman

The best Quotes by Władysław Szpilman

Władysław Szpilman (5 December 1911 – 6 July 2000) was a Polish pianist and classical composer of Jewish descent. Szpilman is widely known as the central figure in the 2002 Roman Polanski film The Pianist, which was based on Szpilman's autobiographical account of how he survived the German occupation of Warsaw and the Holocaust.

Lying is the worst of all evils. Everything else that is diabolical comes from it.
Humanity seems doomed to do more evil than good. The greatest ideal on earth is human love.
The love of freedom is native to every human being and every nation, and cannot be suppressed in the long term. History teaches us that tyranny has never endured.
And now I was lonelier, I supposed, than anyone else in the world. Even Defoe's creation, Robinson Crusoe, the prototype of the ideal solitary, could hope to meet another human being. Crusoe cheered himself by thinking that such a thing could happen any day, and it kept him going. But if any of the people now around me came near I would need to run for it and hide in mortal terror. I had to be alone, entirely alone, if I wanted to live.
Why did this war have to happen at all? Because humanity had to be shown where its godlessness was taking it.
War. There was now no point in a war that might once have been justified as a search for free subsistence and living space – it had degenerated into vast, inhuman mass slaughter, negating all cultural values.

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You know what? You musicians don't make good conspirators. You're too... too... musical!
2,000 and my advice is to take it. What will you do when you're hungry? Eat the piano?
Mr. Lipa in The Pianist
For generations, Warsaw has stood where liberty has been challenged and liberty has prevailed.
Joe Biden - March 2022, Speech in Warsaw
They say money can't buy happiness. But it can book your flight to Warsaw - which is kinda the same.
Lies are comforting. Truth is painful.
The bigger the lie, the more people believe in it.
Is a lie really a lie if it is honestly believed?
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Walk until the darkness is a memory, and you become the sun on the next traveler's horizon.
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