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Джон Барт


John Barth

Фотография Джон Барт (photo John Barth)

День рождения: 27.05.1930 года
Возраст: 88 лет

Quotes of John Barth

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  • ⋅Everyone is necessarily the hero of his own life story. /John Barth
  • ⋅If you are a novelist of a certain type of temperament, then what you really want to do is re-invent the world. God wasn't too bad a novelist, except he was a Realist. /John Barth
  • ⋅More history is made by secret handshakes than by battles, bills and proclamations. /John Barth
  • ⋅Nothing is intrinsically valuable; the value of everything is attributed to it, assigned to it from outside the thing itself, by people. /John Barth
  • ⋅The Bible is not man's word about God, but God's word about man. /John Barth
  • ⋅This is an exciting time. A new chapter in our history. /John Barth
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  • ⋅You're certain to get a decision in a trial. /John Barth
  • ⋅Everyone is necessarily the hero of his own life story. /John Barth
  • ⋅More history is made by secret handshakes than by battles, bills, and proclamations. /John Barth
  • ⋅You don't reach Serendib by plotting a course for it. You have to set out in good faith for elsewhere and lose your bearings ... serendipitously. /John Barth
  • ⋅In art as in lovemaking, heartfelt ineptitude has its appeal and so does heartless skill, but what you want is passionate virtuosity. /John Barth
  • ⋅Nobody knew how to be what they were right. /John Barth
  • ⋅Is man a savage at heart, skinned o'er with fragile Manners? Or is savagery but a faint taint in the natural man's gentility, which erupts now and again like pimples on an angel's arse? /John Barth
  • ⋅Nothing is loathsomer than the self-loathing of a self one loathes. /John Barth
  • ⋅Every artist joins a conversation that's been going on for generations, even millennia, before he or she joins the scene. /John Barth
  • ⋅not every boy thrown to the wolves becomes a hero. /John Barth
  • ⋅He wishes he had never entered the funhouse. But he has. Then he wishes he were dead. But he's not. Therefore he will construct funhouses for others and be their secret operator -- though he would rather be among the lovers for whom funhouses are designed. /John Barth
  • ⋅Somewhere in the world there was a young woman with such splendid understanding that she'd see him entire, like a poem or story, and find his words so valuable after all that when he confessed his apprehensions she would explain why they were in fact the very things that made him precious to her...and to Western Civilization! There was no such girl, the simple truth being. /John Barth
  • ⋅Those rituals of getting ready to write produce a kind of trance state. /John Barth
  • ⋅If you are a novelist of a certain type of termperament, then what you really want to do is re-invent the world. God wasn't too bad a novelist except he was a Realist. /John Barth
  • ⋅A curious thing about written literature: It is about four thousand years old, but we have no way of knowing whether four thousand years constitutes senility or the maiden blush of youth. /John Barth
  • ⋅Printed prose is historically a most peculiar, almost an aberrant way of telling stories, and by far the most inherently anesthetic: It is the only medium of art I can think of which appeals directly to none of our five senses. The oral and folk tradition in narrative made use of verse or live-voice dynamics, embellished by gesture and expression--a kind of rudimentary theater--as do the best raconteurs of all times. Commonly there was musical accompaniment as well: a kind of one-man theater-of-mixed-means. /John Barth
  • ⋅Though life's tuition is always ruinous, inexorably we learn. /John Barth
  • ⋅I don't see how anybody starts a novel without knowing how it's going to end. I usually make detailed outlines: how many chapters it will be and so forth. /John Barth
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  • ⋅Self knowledge is always bad news. /John Barth
  • ⋅You’re probably wasting time on things like eating and sleeping. Cease that, and read all of philosophy and all of literature. Also art. Plus politics and a few other things. The history of everything. /John Barth
  • ⋅Yet everyone begins in the same place; how is it that most go along without difficulty but a few lose their way? /John Barth
  • ⋅One of the things I miss about teaching is that students would tell me what I ought to read. One of my students, back in the 1960s, put me onto Borges, and I remember another mentioning Flann O'Brien's At Swim Two-Birds in the same way. /John Barth
  • ⋅The story of your life is not your life; it's your story. /John Barth
  • ⋅Choosing is existence. To the extent that you don't choose, you don't exist, /John Barth
Goss Malone
Omalone1 16.07.2019 07:48:16
Women think that all men are equal, and this is their strength, men think all women are different - it destroys them.

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