Grook

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Summary:

Grook (“Gruk” in Danish) is a short paradoxical poem with rhyming universal truth or philosophical thought. The original creator of grook is Piet Hein, a Danish poet, inventor, designer and scientist.

Here is a collection of some of my favourite grooks (or gruks !!).


1

Let the world pass in its time-ridden race;

Never get caught in its snare.

Remember, the only acceptable case

For being in any particular place

Is having no business there.


2

A bit beyond perception’s reach

I sometimes believe I see

that Life is two locked boxes, each

containing the other’s key.


3

The way to grow grand

is not: to demand.

In life’s every field

you are what you yield.


4

When you feel how depressingly

slowly you climb,

it’s well to remember that

Things Take Time.


5

There is

one art,

no more,

no less:

to do

all things

with art-

lessness.


6

I am a humble artist

moulding my earthly clod,

adding my labour to nature’s,

simply assisting God.

Not that my effort is needed;

yet somehow, I understand,

my maker has willed it that I too should have

unmoulded clay in my hand.


7

The soul may be a mere pretence,

the mind makes very little sense.

So let us value the appeal

of that which we can taste and feel.


8

My faith in doctors

is immense.

Just one thing spoils it;

their pretence

of authorised

omniscience.


9

Man’s a kind

of Missing Link,

fondly thinking

he can think.


10

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.


11

True wisdom knows

it must comprise

some nonsense

as a compromise,

lest fools should fail

to find it wise.


12

Life makes senses

and who could doubt it,

if we have

no doubt about it.


13

Nobody can be lucky all the time;

don’t think you’ve been abandoned in your prime,

but rather that you’re saving up your ration.


14

Shun advice

at any price -

that’s what I call

good advice


15

Those who always

know what’s best

are

a universal pest.


16

The universe may be as great as they say.

But it wouldn’t be missed if it didn’t exist.


17

To be brave is to behave

bravely when your heart is faint.

So you can be really brave

only when you really ain’t.


18

You’ll conquer the present

suspiciously fast

if you smell of the future –

and stink of the past.


19

If a nasty jagged stone

gets into your shoe,

thank the Lord it came alone –

what if it were two?


20

The road to wisdom?—Well, it’s

plain and simple to express:

Err

and err

and err again,

but less

and less

and less.

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