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The Grooks of the Danish Poet Piet Hein


The Danish philosopher, mathematician, designer, poet and all-round smart cookie Piet Hein did amazing work in both science and arts. He is most known for his ‘grooks’, some claiming the word is short for “Grin & sUK” (laugh & sigh in Danish). He wrote over 7,000 of them.  Here we present a limited collection of the grooks of the Danish poet Piet Hein.

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

* * * *
Losing one glove is certainly painful,
but nothing compared to the pain,
of losing one, throwing away the other,
and finding the first one again.

The Grooks of the Danish Poet Piet Hein
Piet Hein was a Danish philosopher, mathematician, designer, poet and all-round smart cookie

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

* * * *
Corinna’s scanty evening dress
reveals her charms to an excess
which makes a fellow lust for less.

The Grooks of the Danish Poet Piet Hein
Salt and pepper shakers with Piet Hein Gruks

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.

The Grooks of the Danish Poet Piet Hein

We travel where ever mankind reigns
and find good men in all the worlds domains
and recognize them as a kind of Danes.

The Grooks of the Danish Poet Piet HeinSolutions to problems are easy to find:
the problem’s a great contribution.

What’s truly an art is to wring from your mind
a problem to fit a solution.

The Grooks of the Danish Poet Piet HeinThere’s a rule for proper doses
in the dinner-eaters lore:
one should stop the filling process
while one still has room for more.

And if someone at the table
had reminded me before –
Hallelujah! I’d be able
to absorb a little more.

The Grooks of Piet Hein, compiled by Tor Kjolberg

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