Piet Hein

Piet
Hein
1905
1996

Danish Scientist, Architect, Mathematician, Inventor, Designer, Author, and Poet, often writing under the Old Norse pseudonym "Kumbel" meaning "tombstone"

Author Quotes

No cow's like a horse, and no horse like a cow. That's one similarity anyhow.

Pills are useful against ills and against too many pill.

Put up in a place where it's easy to see the cryptic admonishment T. T. T. When you feel how depressingly slowly you climb, it's well to remember that Things Take Time!

Simplified. Everything's either concave or -vex, so whatever you dream will be something with sex.

There's an art of knowing when. Never try to guess. Toast until it smokes and then twenty seconds less.

When people always try to take the very smallest piece of cake how can it also always be that that's the one that's left for me?

Whenever you're called on to make up your mind, and you're hampered by not having any, the best way to solve the dilemma, you'll find, is simply by spinning a penny. No -- not so that chance shall decide the affair while you're passively standing there moping; but the moment the penny is up in the air, you suddenly know what you're hoping.

Wisdom is the booby prize given when you've been unwise.

You'll probably find that it suits your book to be a bit cleverer than you look. Observe that the easiest method by far is to look a bit stupider than you are.

A poet should be of the old-fashioned meaningless brand: obscure, esoteric, symbolic, -- the critics demand it; so if there's a poem of mine that you do understand I'll gladly explain what it means till you don't understand it.

As eternity is reckoned there's a lifetime in a second.

Go on a starlit night, stand on your head, leave your feet dangling outwards into space, and let the starry firmament you tread be, for the moment, your elected base. Feel Earth's colossal weight of ice and granite, of molten magma, water, iron, and lead; and briefly hold this strangely solid planet balanced upon your strangely solid head.

Life makes senses and who could doubt it, if we have no doubt about it.

Love is like a pineapple, sweet and undefinable.

My old clock used to tell the time and subdivide diurnity; but now it's lost both hands and chime and only tells eternity.

Naive you are if you believe life favors those who aren't naive.

When you feel how depressingly slowly you climb, it's well to remember that Things Take Time.

We shall have to evolve problem-solvers galore — since each problem they solve creates ten problems more.

We ought to live each day as though it were our last day here below. But if I did, alas, I know it would have killed me long ago.

True wisdom knows it must comprise some nonsense as a compromise, lest fools should fail to find it wise.

To make a name for learning when other roads are barred, take something very easy and make it very hard.

Those Who Know a bit beyond perception's reach. I sometimes believe I see that Life is two locked boxes, each containing the other's key.

Those who always know what’s best are a universal pest.

They're busy making bigger roads, and better roads and more, so that people can discover even faster than before that everything is everywhere alike.

The way to grow grand is not: to demand. In life's every field you are what you yield.

Author Picture
First Name
Piet
Last Name
Hein
Birth Date
1905
Death Date
1996
Bio

Danish Scientist, Architect, Mathematician, Inventor, Designer, Author, and Poet, often writing under the Old Norse pseudonym "Kumbel" meaning "tombstone"