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Dave Barry

Datum narození: 3. červenec 1947

David Barry, Jr. je známý americký humorista, v letech 1983–2005 sloupkař floridských novin Miami Herald, nositel Pulitzerovy ceny a autor několika knih. Jeho humor vychází z pozorování každodenní reality, často zprostředkované dopisy čtenářů jeho sloupků, rozvíjené a doplňované jeho fantazií, což někdy rozlišuje svou oblíbenou frází tohle si nevymýšlím. V roce 2002 vydal román Velký průšvih.

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„V dávných dobách, kdy se tomuto období ještě neříkalo 'nákupní sezóna', nazývali ho křesťané Vánoci a chodili do kostela; židé mu říkali chanuka a chodili do synagogy; ateisté chodili na večírky a opíjeli se. Lidé míjející se na ulicích si pak říkali: 'Veselé Vánoce!', 'Veselou chanuku!' nebo (v případě ateistů) 'Pozor na ten sloup!'.“

„The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status, or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we all believe that we are above-average drivers.“ Dave Barry Turns Fifty


„It is inhumane, in my opinion, to force people who have a genuine medical need for coffee to wait in line behind people who apparently view it as some kind of recreational activity.“

„Electricity is actually made up of extremely tiny particles called electrons, that you cannot see with the naked eye unless you have been drinking.“

„If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be 'meetings.“

„It is a well-documented fact that guys will not ask for directions. This is a biological thing. This is why it takes several million sperm cells... to locate a female egg, despite the fact that the egg is, relative to them, the size of Wisconsin.“

„I like the relaxed way in which the Japanese approach religion. I think of myself as basically a moral person, but I'm definitely not religious, and I'm very tired of the preachiness and obsession with other people's behavior characteristic of many religious people in the United States. As far as I could tell, there's nothing preachy about Buddhism. I was in a lot of temples, and I still don't know what Buddhists believe, except that at one point Kunio said 'If you do bad things, you will be reborn as an ox.'

This makes as much sense to me as anything I ever heard from, for example, the Reverend Pat Robertson.“
Dave Barry Does Japan

„Your hand and your mouth agreed many years ago that, as far as chocolate is concerned, there is no need to involve your brain.“


„When trouble arises and things look bad, there is always one individual who perceives a solution and is willing to take command. Very often, that individual is crazy.“ Dave Barry Turns Fifty

„There's nothing wrong with enjoying looking at the surface of the ocean itself, except that when you finally see what goes on underwater, you realize that you've been missing the whole point of the ocean. Staying on the surface all the time is like going to the circus and staring at the outside of the tent.“

„A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person.“

„Dogs feel very strongly that they should always go with you in the car, in case the need should arise for them to bark violently at nothing right in your ear.“


„In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it 'Christmas' and went to church; the Jews called it 'Hanukkah' and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say 'Merry Christmas!' or 'Happy Hanukkah!' or (to the atheists) 'Look out for the wall!“

„Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.“

„The problem with winter sports is that -- follow me closely here -- they generally take place in winter.“

„No matter what happens, somebody will find a way to take it too seriously.“

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