His poems, even in English, seem to me finer than anything currently being written by any English or American poet.
A.Alvarez, The New York Review of Books (1985-07-18)
Je?li tematem sztukib?dzie dzbanek rozbityma?a rozbita duszaz wielkim ?alem nad sob?to co po nas zostanieb?dzie jak p?acz kochankóww ma?ym brudnym hotelukiedy ?witaj? tapetyZbigniew Herbert
And do not forgive indeed it is beyond your powerto forgive in the name of those betrayed at dawnZbigniew Herbert
You survived not to live onyour time is short, you have to give a proof of truthZbigniew Herbert
I turn to history not for lessons but to confront my experience with the experience of others and to win for myself a sense of responsibility for the state of the human conscience.Zbigniew Herbert
And if the City falls and one surviveshe shall carry the City within on the roads of exilehe shall be the CityZbigniew Herbert