I recently read a 2006 article about Polish troops in Iraq wherein an American General quotes Polish Nobel laureate Henryk Sienkiewicz:

"General Chiarelli also cited the acceptance speech Henryk Sienkiewicz gave in 1905 when he received the Nobel Prize for Literature: "‘She was pronounced dead, yet here is proof that she lives on. She was declared incapable to think and to work, and here is proof to the contrary. She was pronounced defeated, yet here is proof that she was victorious.' Of course, in 1905, he was talking about his native Poland. But his words ring true of Iraq today.'"

This is from an article in the New York Sun written by Alex Storozynski, who runs the Kosciuszko Foundation.  Sienkiewicz won the 1905 Nobel Prize for Literature because of his "outstanding merits as an epic writer." Read more here.