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HEARD IN PASSING
December 19, 2013   
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“As a commander, I’d rather have an army of heavy drinkers who are also good fighters than an army of well-behaved wimps.”

—Jarosław Kaczyński, leader of the opposition Law and Justice (PiS) party, on the alcohol-induced antics of several young party members exposed by the press

“I can usually stick it out half an hour, an hour tops, but need to have my computer and crossword puzzles with me to keep me from getting bored by all the blabbering.”

—Lech Wałęsa, former Solidarity leader and ex-president, on his visits to parliament

“We live in a country that has degenerated into a soccer republic. The prime minister regularly shows up at soccer games, but never at theaters, and the huge stadiums built for the Euro 2012 soccer tournament get higher subsidies than all the theaters in the country put together.”

—Maciej Nowak, a popular theater critic, about contemporary Poland

“He said he’d been going at it for a long time and has no intention of stopping because he wants to finally go to prison to take cover from the long and cold winter expected this year.”

—A policeman from Szczytno in northern Poland about a 43-year-old man who has been repeatedly caught setting fire to dumpsters and breaking car and shop windows
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