The paradox of life

A bit beyond perception’s reach
I sometimes believe I see
that Life is two locked boxes, each
containing the other’s key.

— Piet Hein: Grooks

2 Responses to “The paradox of life”

  1. eb says:

    21 words. Nevertheless true.

  2. rattus says:

    To qualify as a Brilliant Thought, an epigram must conform to a rigid code: no reference to fads or fashion, no rhyme used for its own sake, no puns, and nothing that isn’t easily translatable. “Nothing that poets use,” he [Ashleigh Brilliant] says.
    There’s also a limit of 17 words, a tribute to the number of syllables in Japanese haiku and an early observation that he’d never used more than 16 words anyway, but wanted a spare for emergencies.

    Amy Stevens: Exactly How Many Brilliant Thoughts Are There? 5,632.
    The Wall Street Journal, 1992-01-06.