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70 Beautiful Poland Quotes To Inspire Your Next Trip

If you’re looking for Poland quotes, you’ve come to the right place!

Poland is one of the most fascinating countries in Europe. It might not have the glamour of Spain or the pull of France, but it’s a brilliant place to visit in its own right.

These quotes about Poland reflect the country’s fantastic culture, fascinating history and more. From the charming cities of Warsaw and Krakow to the countryside and the grim recent history of places such as Auschwitz, Poland has plenty to draw in the intrepid traveller.

I’ve included some Poland puns and Instagram captions to give you a laugh and to potentially use on your social media when the time comes to share all your amazing photos!

So check out these Polish quotes and get busy planning your trip to one of Europe’s most interesting countries!

Best Poland Quotes

“Poland is the natural bridge between East and West.” – Norman Davies

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“Poland is not East or West. Poland is at the center of European civilization. It has contributed mightily to that civilization. It is doing so today by being magnificently unreconciled to oppression.” – Ronald Reagan

“Poland is different from the other so-called socialist countries. We have a different background. Poland belongs to the West, not the East. We belong to the Mediterranean, Latin culture, not to the Byzantine, which is very different and which you find in Bulgaria and even parts of Czechoslovakia and, of course, Romania.” – Krzysztof Penderecki

“Just about every single person who visits me in Poland tells me that everything here is better than they thought it would be – especially the food.” – Anne Applebaum

“My most ardent desire is that my country will recapture its historic opportunity for a peaceful evolution and that Poland will prove to the world that even the most complex situations can be solved by a dialogue and not by force.” – Lech Walesa

“Cultivation, old civilization, beauty, history! Surprising turnings of streets, shapes of venerable cottages, lovely aged eaves, unexpected and gossamer turrets, steeples, the gloss, the antiquity! Gardens. Whoever speaks of Paris has never seen Warsaw. Whoever yearns for an aristocratic sensibility, let him switch on the great light of Warsaw.” ― Cynthia Ozick

“It has been said that Poland is dead, exhausted, enslaved, but here is the proof of her life and triumph.” – Henryk Sienkiewicz

“Poland is quite a mediocre country in some regards. The only natural resource that we have, and with which we can compete, is freedom.” – Donald Tusk

That is our dilemma in Poland. We don’t like to be ruled by the East.” – Krzysztof Penderecki

“I served the Poland that existed.” – Wojciech Jaruzelski

“Poland is an attractive country, and first and foremost it’s got a very important strategic location in Europe.” – Andrzej Duda

“Poland is a country of strong women.” – Joanna Kulig

“The Polish soldier is a marcher of extraordinary endurance.” – Charles de Gaulle

“I am thankful for heavens that in all my instincts I stood Polish.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“I always say I have two hearts – one beats for Poland and the other for Germany.” – Lukas Podolski

“I am happy that Poland is returning to the road of pluralism and democracy.” – Lech Walesa

“I think one sees more pretty women in five minutes in Warsaw than in half an hour in any other European capital, London thrown in.” – Harry de Windt

Poland Travel Quotes

“I’ve never lived in Eastern Europe, although both my wife and I have ancestors in Poland and Russia – but I can see the scenes I create.” – Alan Furst

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“From hearty beet-red borscht and soft, pliable pierogi dumplings to dill-scented pickles and hearty braises, the food of Eastern Europe – that is The Ukraine, Russia, Hungary, Poland, Georgia and their close neighbours – is tasty stuff, but it’s never really taken off in Australia in any significant way.” – Melissa Leong

“I can’t imagine life without Poland. I find it very hard to find a place for myself in the West.” – Krzysztof Kieslowski

“In Italy, my wife and I always said we feel like strangers because there’s maybe only a couple other people from other parts of the world. Here in Chicago, there’s millions of people from Poland, thousands from Japan, hundreds from Croatia. We like it here.” – Toni Kukoc

“In Poland, the whole saying is, ‘You’ve got one eye to Morocco and the other to the Caucasus.’ That’s the heart of the culture. In England, they say it less romantic: ‘You’ve got a wandering eye.’ The saying means my main stream in life must be Deep Purple. That’s my main job. Then every now, and I can wander off and have one eye to Morocco.” – Ian Gillan

“I’m okay with roaming around the world in my bunk for days on end. Maybe every third day I’ll get a shower or stumble out at dawn and realize I’m in a field in Poland. I like that kind of life.” – Patti Smith

“Poland is not a very large country, but it’s also not a small country.” – Donald Tusk

“Who only knows Latin can go across the whole of Poland from one side to the other one just like he was at his own home, just like he was born there. So great happiness! I wish a traveler in England could travel without knowing any other language than Latin!” – Daniel Defoe

“I remember one of my first international trips to Poland. After a long, tortuous journey, we arrived at the hotel exhausted but without the team management, who had gone ahead of us from the airport in cars, checked into the best rooms, and left us with what was left.” – Lynn Davies

“I’ve lost Poland. Without Poland, I go down. I’ve been thrown out; yet I love my country.” – Marek Hlasko

“I think – you know, the big trauma in my life, personally, was the fact that at 14, I was taken out of Poland unwittingly because my parents were divorced. Left the country – my mother left for England with her new husband. I wasn’t even aware that she’d married him.” – Pawel Pawlikowski

“I spent a fair amount of time in Communist Poland when I was young – my wife was from there – and I had the impression that boredom was one of the things that was undermining that whole society from the inside.” – Lawrence Osborne

“My grandmother was born in Russia, and she came through Poland on her way to America in the early 20s. She moved to Brooklyn.” – Bryce Dessner

“Poland is my home, my roots are here. There is nowhere I would rather live.” – Krzysztof Penderecki

Funny Poland Quotes

“If people from Poland are called Poles, why aren’t people from Holland called Holes?” – Steven Wright

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“I married a German. Every night I dress up as Poland and he invades me.” – Bette Midler

“Twenty-two years I’ve been doing this comedy lark, so it’s been like a meteoric rise to fame… if the meteor was being dragged by an arthritic donkey across a ploughed field, in northern Poland.” – Bill Bailey

“They say Poland is the Mexico of Europe. I don’t know what that means, but I like it.” – Chris Pontius

“One Pole is a charmer; two Poles – a brawl; three Poles – well, this is the Polish Question.” – Voltaire

“There are enough Poles in Chicago to make up one of the largest cities in Poland.” – Suzanne Fields

“I just can’t listen to any more Wagner, you know. I’m starting to get the urge to conquer Poland.” – Woody Allen

“My great-grandparents came from Poland. Interestingly enough, they were named Adam and Eve. But I do not believe they are the original.” – Jane Krakowski

“Listen, if Bill Belichick were coaching in Poland, I think you’d be excited about playing for him.” – Howie Long

Poland Instagram Captions

View of Krakow

You bet your Pierogi. I’m Polish

Poleaxed by Poland

In Pole position to check out Poland

In love with Poland

I’m Chopin at the bit to get out and explore

Polished off Poland on my bucket list

I am simply Lublin the architecture here

Polish vodka is spudtacular

Warsaw and Krakow are like Knight and Day

We came, Warsaw, We Conquered

Quotes About Poland’s Culture and History

“For those of us imprisoned in Poland, the Prague Spring was a harbinger of hope.” – Adam Michnik

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“All my mind was centered on my studies, which, especially at the beginning, were difficult. In fact, I was insufficiently prepared to follow the physical science course at the Sorbonne, for, despite all my efforts, I had not succeeded in acquiring in Poland a preparation as complete as that of the French students following the same course.” – Marie Curie 

“No matter who becomes chancellor, Poland and Germany will remain neighbours, strategic partners, not only within the European Union, but also world partners, and I don’t believe anything could change in our relations.” – Marek Belka

“But the fact is we did have colonies in the east of Poland, we did have a slave economy there. But this is not common knowledge – or part of our national myth. It goes against the current romanticised view of the government, and much of the country, that Poles have always been victims, never oppressors.” – Olga Tokarczuk

“The EU cannot give up on common solidarity. The idea that every country does its own thing, and history and geography decides whose turn it is – whether Greece or Italy or Spain or, who knows, even Poland if there’s a crisis in north-eastern Europe – that just can’t be. There has to be a common policy.” – Paolo Gentiloni

“My father was a dreamer – my hero. He was a smart, tough guy from Poland, a cutter of lady’s handbags, an old socialist-unionist who always considered himself a failure. His big line was: ‘Don’t end up like me.'” – Alan King

“Poland was the racial laboratory of the Nazis. This is where they started to put their abhorrent theories into practice.” – Norman Davies

“When you come from Poland, you have nothing. Your mother and father are working. You have only a bed for sleep. You have a kitchen, and that’s it. You must fight.” – Lukas Podolski

“Marie Curie is my hero. Few people have accomplished something so rare – changing science. And as hard as that is, she had to do it against the tide of the culture at the time – the prejudice against her as a foreigner, because she was born in Poland and worked in France. And the prejudice against her as a woman.” – Alan Alda

“At age 14, my paternal grandfather fled Poland to escape the pogroms that killed tens of thousands of European Jews. He worked full-time for a cobbler in Boston, making his way to California and eventually starting his own business in Taft – the Goldman Oil Supply Company.” – Dianne Feinstein

“I was born in Poland I came to Sweden when I was eight and always wanted to act and suddenly ended up in a Bond movie which was for me at that time absolutely enormous.” – Izabella Scorupco

“Poland is like an island on the north European plain. At times the island has been swamped by a tide of iron or steel helmets converging from Germany and Russia. At times it has drifted suddenly with the current; if the continent of Africa had drifted relatively as much as the boundaries of Poland have drifted in the last two hundred years, then Africa would at one time have touched the north pole and at another the south pole.”– Geoffrey Blainey

“I interviewed survivors, I went to Poland, saw the cities and spent time with the people and spoke to the Jews who had come back to Poland after the war and talked about why they had come back.”Steven Spielberg

“Poland should be strong and prosperous and independent and play its proper role as a great nation in the heart of Europe.” – George H. W. Bush

“The Holocaust committed by the Nazis turned this country, where most of the European Jews used to live and where their culture used to flourish, into a massive grave. This is why initiatives to revive Jewish culture in Poland is so important.” – Marek Belka

“I can tell you a graphic difference. In Prague, for example, big red posters were put up on which could be read that seven Czechs had been shot today. I said to myself: If I put up a poster for every seven Poles shot, the forests of Poland would not be sufficient to manufacture the paper for such posters.” – Hans Frank

“First, Poland has been again overrun by two of the great powers which held her in bondage for 150 years but were unable to quench the spirit of the Polish nation. The heroic defence of Warsaw shows that the soul of Poland is indestructible and that she will rise again like a rock which may for a spell be submerged by a tidal wave but which remains a rock.” – Winston Churchill

“The 1960s were a time of cultural revolution in Poland. And I was a part of that revolution. For me, those years – the late 1950s and early 1960s – were the most fruitful.” – Krzysztof Penderecki

“No invader has ever conquered the heart of Poland, that spirit which is the inheritance of sons and daughters, the private passion of families and the ancient, unbreakable tie to all those who came before.” – James A. Michener

“Spring and summer 1942 was probably the worst period of internal terror in Slovakia. It was also the time of mass deportation of Slovak Jews to the extermination camps in Poland.” – Alexander Dubcek


Thanks for reading my collection of the best Poland quotes! Hopefully, they have sparked your curiosity and inspired you to visit the country.

Do you have any other quotes about Poland? If you do, leave them in the comments below. Let me know if you’ve been to Poland and what you think. I’m interested to see what your opinion of the country is!