I apologize to everything that I cannot be everywhere.
I apologize to everyone that I cannot be every man and woman.
I know that as long as I live nothing can justify me,
because I myself am an obstacle to myself.
Take it not amiss, O speech, that I borrow weighty words,
and later try hard to make them seem light.
— Wisława Szymborska, Under a Certain Little Star (trans. by Magnus J. Krynski and Robert A. Maguire)