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Grace Paleyová

Datum narození: 11. prosinec 1922
Datum úmrtí: 22. srpen 2007

Grace Paley byla americká spisovatelka a básnířka.


„Nezapisuji historii známých lidí. Zajímám se o historii každodenního života.“

„Let us go forth with fear and courage and rage to save the world.“


„There is a long time in me between knowing and telling.“ Enormous Changes at the Last Minute

„The only thing you should have to do is find work you love to do. And I can't imagine living without having loved a person. A man, in my case. It could be a woman, but whatever. I think, what I always tell kids when they get out of class and ask, 'What should I do now?' I always say, 'Keep a low overhead. You're not going to make a lot of money.' And the next thing I say: 'Don't live with a person who doesn't respect your work.' That's the most important thing—that's more important than the money thing. I think those two things are very valuable pieces of information.“

„You become a writer because you need to become a writer - nothing else.“

„That heartbreaking moment when you finish an amazing book, and you are forced to return to reality.“

„The only recognizable feature of hope is action.“

„Write what will stop your breath if you don’t write.“


„Everyone, real or invented, deserves the open destiny of life.“

„My language limitations here are real. My vocabulary is adequate for writing notes and keeping journals but absolutely useless for an active moral life. If I really knew this language, there would surely be in my head, as there is in Webster's or the Dictionary of American Slang, that unreducible verb designed to tell a person like me what to do next.“ Enormous Changes at the Last Minute

„I saw my ex-husband in the street. I was sitting on the steps of the new library.
Hello, my life, I said. We had once been married for twenty-seven years, so I felt justified.
He said, What? What life? No life of mine.“
Enormous Changes at the Last Minute

„Here I am in the garden laughing
an old woman with heavy breasts
and a nicely mapped face


how did this happen
well that's who I wanted to be


at last a woman
in the old style sitting
stout thighs apart under
a big skirt grandchild sliding
on off my lap a pleasant
summer perspiration


that's my old man across the yard
he's talking to the meter reader
he's telling him the world's sad story
how electricity is oil or uranium
and so forth I tell my grandson
run over to your grandpa ask him
to sit beside me for a minute I
am suddenly exhausted by my desire
to kiss his sweet explaining lips.“


„The younger people with the ache of youth were eating all the cheese.“ Later the Same Day

„…I go through a story for lies. I might discover the lie of trying to show off. Sometimes they’re lies of character. Sometimes they are lies of writing the most beautiful sentence in the world that has nothing to do with the story.“

„The wrong word is like a lie jammed inside the story.“

„To translate a poem from thinking into English takes all night.“ Fidelity: Poems

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