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Flann O'Brien

Datum narození: 5. říjen 1911
Datum úmrtí: 1. duben 1966

Flann O'Brien byl irský spisovatel.


„Podivného poučení je dopřáno těm, již hledají vyšší místa.“ Třetí strážník

„Lidská existence je halucinací, jež v sobě zahrnuje druhotné halucinace zvané den a noc (z nichž druhá je zdraví škodlivým stavem atmosféry, jenž vzniká následkem akumulace černého vzduchu), pročež se tedy nehodí, aby se rozumně uvažující člověk znepokojoval iluzorním přechodem halucinace nejvyšší, známé jako smrt. - DE SELBY“ Třetí strážník


„Your talk," I said, "is surely the handiwork of wisdom because not one word of it do I understand.“ The Third Policeman

„I saw that my witticism was unperceived and quietly replaced it in the treasury of my mind.“ At Swim-Two-Birds

„You mean that because I have no name I cannot die and that you cannot be held answerable for death even if you kill me?"

"That is about the size of it," said the Sergeant.

I felt so sad and so entirely disappointed that tears came into my eyes and a lump of incommunicable poignancy swelled tragically in my throat. I began to feel intensely every fragment of my equal humanity. The life that was bubbling at the end of my fingers was real and nearly painful in intensity and so was the beauty of my warm face and the loose humanity of my limbs and the racy health of my red rich blood. To leave it all without good reason and to smash the little empire into small fragments was a thing too pitiful even to refuse to think about.“
The Third Policeman

„The gross and net result of it is that people who spent most of their natural lives riding iron bicycles over the rocky roadsteads of this parish get their personalities mixed up with the personalities of their bicycle as a result of the interchanging of the atoms of each of them and you would be surprised at the number of people in these parts who are nearly half people and half bicycles... when a man lets things go so far that he is more than half a bicycle, you will not see him so much because he spends a lot of his time leaning with one elbow on walls or standing propped by one foot at kerbstones.“ The Third Policeman

„I am completely half afraid to think.“ The Third Policeman

„A wise old owl once lived in a wood, the more he heard the less he said, the less he said the more he heard, let's emulate that wise old bird.“ At Swim-Two-Birds


„Hell goes round and round. In shape it is circular, and by nature it is interminable, repetitive, and nearly unbearable.“ The Third Policeman

„What you think is the point is not the point at all but only the beginning of the sharpness.“ The Third Policeman

„Moderation, we find, is an extremely difficult thing to get in this country.“ The Best of Myles

„When a man sleeps, he is steeped and lost in a limp toneless happiness: awake he is restless, tortured by his body and the illusion of existence. Why have men spent the centuries seeking to overcome the awakened body? Put it to sleep, that is a better way. Let it serve only to turn the sleeping soul over, to change the blood-stream and thus make possible a deeper and more refined sleep.“ At Swim-Two-Birds


„Descartes spent far too much time in bed subject to the persistent hallucination that he was thinking. You are not free from a similar disorder.“ The Dalkey Archive

„Is it life?" he answered, "I would rather be without it," he said, "for there is queer small utility in it. You cannot eat it or drink it or smoke it in your pipe, it does not keep the rain out and it is a poor armful in the dark if you strip it and take it to bed with you after a night of porter when you are shivering with the red passion. It is a great mistake and a thing better done without, like bed-jars and foreign bacon.“ The Third Policeman

„Anybody who has the courage to raise his eyes and look sanely at the awful human condition... must realize finally that tiny periods of temporary release from intolerable suffering is the most that any individual has the right to expect.“

„When money's tight and is hard to get
And your horse has also ran,
When all you have is a heap of debt
A PINT OF PLAIN IS YOUR ONLY MAN.“

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