Tarık Günersel

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Tarık Günersel (27 June 1953 in Istanbul, Turkey) is a Turkish aphorist, poet, playwright, and translator. He has served on the board of PEN International and as president PEN Turkey.


Oluşmak (To Become) Aphorisms (Pan Publishing House, Istanbul, 2011)Edit

  • Life is words in action, literature is action in words.
  • Enter Love, exit Theory of Love.
  • Is sincerity a virtue by itself? A serial killer has also acted sincerely.
  • The art of dying is part of the art of living.
  • Sociology: A branch of primatology.
  • If only procrastination could be postponed!
  • One who doesn’t know law thinks one lives in a jungle. One who knows law knows one lives in a jungle.
  • Alexandre the Great was unable to untie the Gordion Knot. He simply cut it.
  • You summarise your struggle for 20 years in 20 minutes and your child will remember 2 sentences, which is good.
  • If life were enough for vitality, there would be no art.
  • I am finally ready for the world. I hope it’s ready for me.
  • An apprentice is a master in dreams. A master is an apprentice even in dreams.
    • To Become.


  • The process of creative discovery is endless. That’s why “holiness” tends to limit mental vitality and progress by freezing a given work (a life guide) in time, no matter how interpretations differ and even change over the years.
    • "A Conversation with Tarık Günersel -by Dawn Kotapish “ in World Literature Today (Jan-Feb 2011).
  • I write worstsellers. I guess most of my readers are themselves writers. Myself, for example.
    • "Same interview.
  • “The child is naked!” said the King. “Which one isn’t?” asked a mother, “Except your own children!”
    • ””A nano-story in the mosaic of poems and stories Labirentin Kabusu (The Nightmare of a Labyrinth) published by Bencekitap in Ankara, 2012.”

External linksEdit

  Article about Tarık Günersel at the Turkish Wikipedia.