Monday, October 05, 2020

Beers & Books XII – Václav Havel

“Man is not
an omnipotent master of the universe,
allowed to do with impunity
whatever he thinks,
or whatever suits him at the moment.
The world we live in is made
of an immensely complex and mysterious tissue
about which we know very little
and which we must treat with utmost humility.”

Václav Havel (5 October 1936 – 18 December 2011)


  1. Ah... How good (both, but especially Havel). A wonderful quote that I have not heard before. Of course I have to admit that I haven't read him, other than some journalistic articles and brief quotes, but now, at last, I am thinking that I should. I feel the world needs him even more now that he has gone.

    1. The book above contains 17 speeches he held in 1990 and 1991 at various occasions. Each remarkable.
      Therefore: Yes, unfortunately he cannot celebrate his 84th birthday today, but those speeches remain. I am thankful.

  2. How I wish that more people were aware of the truth of those words. Our self entitled greed is responsible for a lot of things. Very little (none that I can think of) good.

    1. I suppose not many will come to read those words – too many charakters for smombies (smartphone zombies).