Sienkiewicz: Banquet Speech
Sienkiewicz: Banquet Speech
Sienkiewicz’s speech at the Nobel Banquet at Grand Hôtel, Stockholm, 10 December 1905 (Translation):
Nations are represented by their poets and their writers in the open competition for the Nobel Prize. Consequently the award of the Prize by the Academy glorifies not only the author but the people whose son he is, and it bears witness that that nation has a share in the universal achievement, that its efforts are fruitful, and that it has the right to live for the profit of mankind. If this honour is precious to all, it is infinitely more so to Poland. It has been said that Poland is dead, exhausted, enslaved, but here is the proof of her life and triumph. Like Galileo, one is forced to think “E pur si muove” when before the eyes of the world homage has been rendered to the importance of Poland’s achievement and her genius.
This homage has been rendered not to me—for the Polish soil is fertile and does not lack better writers than me—but to the Polish achievement, the Polish genius. For this I should like to express my most ardent and most sincere gratitude as a Pole to you gentlemen, the members of the Swedish Academy, and I conclude by borrowing the words of Horace: “Principibus placuisse non ultima laus est.”
[© The Nobel Foundation, 1905. Henryk Sienkiewicz is the sole author of his speech.]
"Sienkiewicz: Banquet Speech." Nobel Prize Laureates in Literature, Part 4. . Encyclopedia.com. (April 25, 2019). https://www.encyclopedia.com/arts/culture-magazines/sienkiewicz-banquet-speech
"Sienkiewicz: Banquet Speech." Nobel Prize Laureates in Literature, Part 4. . Retrieved April 25, 2019 from Encyclopedia.com: https://www.encyclopedia.com/arts/culture-magazines/sienkiewicz-banquet-speech
Encyclopedia.com gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).
Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.
Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia.com cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use Encyclopedia.com citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:
Modern Language Association
The Chicago Manual of Style
American Psychological Association
- Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most Encyclopedia.com content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
- In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.