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Edgar Lee Masters

Datum narození: 23. srpen 1868
Datum úmrtí: 5. březen 1950

Edgar Lee Masters byl americký spisovatel.


„Nápisy na hrobech neříkají pravdu. Jejich hlavním úkolem je pravdu utajit.“

„To this generation I would say:
Memorize some bit of verse of truth or beauty.“
Spoon River Anthology


„To put meaning in one's life may end in madness,
But life without meaning is the torture
Of restlessness and vague desire--
It is a boat longing for the sea and yet afraid.“
Spoon River Anthology

„The tongue may be an unruly member--
But silence poisons the soul.“
Spoon River Anthology

„In time you shall see Fate approach you
In the shape of your own image in the mirror.“
Spoon River Anthology

„What is this I hear of sorrow and weariness,
Anger, discontent and drooping hopes?
Degenerate sons and daughters,
Life is too strong for you—
It takes life to love Life.“

„I have studied many times
The marble which was chiseled for me—
A boat with a furled sail at rest in a harbor.
In truth it pictures not my destination
But my life.
For love was offered me and I shrank from its disillusionment;
Sorrow knocked at my door, but I was afraid;
Ambition called to me, but I dreaded the chances.
Yet all the while I hungered for meaning in my life.
And now I know that we must lift the sail
And catch the winds of destiny
Wherever they drive the boat.
To put meaning in one’s life may end in madness,
But life without meaning is the torture
Of restlessness and vague desire—
It is a boat longing for the sea and yet afraid.“

„And I never started to plow in my life
That some one did not stop in the road
And take me away to a dance or picnic.
I ended up with forty acres;
I ended up with a broken fiddle—
And a broken laugh, and a thousand memories,
And not a single regret.“
Spoon River Anthology


„It takes life to love life.“

„the much-sought prize of eternal youth
Is just arrested growth.“
Spoon River Anthology

„There is no marriage in Heaven, but there is love.“

„Act well your part,
there all the honor lies.“
Spoon River Anthology


„I tramped through the country
To get the feeling
That I was not a separate thing from the earth.
I used to lose myself
By lying with eyes half-open in the woods.
Sometimes I talked with animals…“
Spoon River Anthology

„The earth keeps some vibration going There in your heart, and that is you. And if the people find you can fiddle, why fiddle you must, for all your life.“

„The snows and the roses of yesterday are vanished;
And what is love but a rose that fades?“

„My name used to be in the papers daily
As having dined somewhere,
Or traveled somewhere,
Or rented a house in Paris,
Where I entertained the nobility.
I was forever eating or traveling,
Or taking the cure at Baden-Baden.
Now I am here to do honor
To Spoon River, here beside the family whence I sprang.
No one cares now where I dined,
Or lived, or whom I entertained,
Or how often I took the cure at Baden-Baden!“

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