ifindkarma. elegance is refusal.

April 4, 2011

The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.

LEARN says Nature Boy. Casey Abrams’ version is 80% mesmerizing:


A WORD ON STATISTICS, by Wislawa Szymborska

Out of every hundred people,

those who always know better:

Unsure of every step:
almost all the rest.

Ready to help,
if it doesn’t take long:

Always good,
because they cannot be otherwise:
four — well, maybe five.

Able to admire without envy:

Led to error
by youth (which passes):
sixty, plus or minus.

Those not to be messed with:

Living in constant fear
of someone or something:

Capable of happiness:
twenty-some-odd at most.

Harmless alone,
turning savage in crowds:
more than half, for sure.

when forced by circumstances:
it’s better not to know,
not even approximately.

Wise in hindsight:
not many more
than wise in foresight.

Getting nothing out of life except things:
(though I would like to be wrong).

Balled up in pain
and without a flashlight in the dark:
eighty-three, sooner or later.

Those who are just:
quite a few, thirty-five.

But if it takes effort to understand:

Worthy of empathy:

one hundred out of one hundred –
a figure that has never varied yet.

(translated from the Polish by Joanna Trzeciak)




  1. I love Casey Abrams! I don’t watch American Idol, but I watch a lot of the YouTube videos from the shows. I thought of you this morning was I was walking to work, Adam, because I walked past a piece of cement where someone had written: "peace isn’t the destination, peace is the way."

    Comment by jessieay — April 20, 2011 @ 7:45 pm

  2. Jessie, I love that line, "Peace is the way" !!!Poor Casey got voted off this week but I will enthusiastically follow his career…

    Comment by Anonymous — May 1, 2011 @ 6:48 am

  3. One???s destination is never a place, but rather a new way of looking at things.~ Henry Millerhttp://www.facebook.com/adam.rifkin/posts/10150305026465415

    Comment by Anonymous — September 26, 2011 @ 6:40 pm

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