Because all of his Grook collections seem to be out of print, it can be very difficult for people to be exposed to Piet Hein's wonderful way with words. This page has a sampling of just five of the thousands of Grooks that this Danish poet/scientist/architect/all-round human being wrote in his lifetime. Please enjoy them. Text and illustrations are owned by Piet Hein's estate and are reprinted here with permission. A bit of background on Piet Hein can be found here.
PROBLEMS Problems worthy of attack prove their worth by hitting back. THE ETERNAL TWINS Taking fun as simply fun and earnestness in earnest shows how thoroughly thou none of the two discernest. THE MIRACLE OF SPRING We glibly talk of nature's laws but do things have a natural cause? Black earth turned into yellow crocus is undiluted hocus-pocus. THE EGOCENTRICS People are self-centered to a nauseous degree. They will keep on about themselves while I'm explaining me.
THOUGHTS ON A STATION PLATFORM It ought to be plain how little you gain by getting excited and vexed. You'll always be late for the previous train, and always in time for the next