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Harold Pinter

Datum narození: 10. říjen 1930
Datum úmrtí: 24. prosinec 2008

Harold Pinter [pintr], známý též pod pseudonymy Horold Pinta a David Baron, byl anglický dramatik a básník, herec a politický aktivista, nositel Nobelovy ceny za literaturu za rok 2005.

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„Pamatuji si určité věci, které se možná nikdy nestaly, ale které se tím, jak si je připomínám, stávají.“

„Kritikové jsou jako jednonozí docenti přes skok do dálky.“


„Pouze v jediném bodě jsou všichni lidé spokojeni - vystačí si se svým rozumem, bez ohledu na to, kolik ho mají.“

„Pravda je, že ve své zemi nejsem dvakrát populární. Samozřejmě, že je dost lidí, které mé názory dráždí. Na druhou stranu je také dost těch, kdo chápou, že mi přijde například groteskní, absurdní, když se britská či americké vláda snaží zaujímat morální postoje. Podle mého žádnou morální autoritu nemají.“

„One way of looking at speech is to say that it is a constant stratagem to cover nakedness.“ Various Voices: Prose, Poetry, Politics

„I hate brandy... it stinks of modern literature.“ Betrayal

„There are some things one remembers even though they may never have happened.“ Old Times

„I know the place.
It is true.
Everything we do
Corrects the space
Between death and me
And you.“


„There are no hard distinctions between what is real and what is unreal, nor between what is true and what is false. A thing is not necessarily either true or false; it can be both true and false.“

„I think we communicate only too well, in our silence, in what is unsaid, and that what takes place is a continual evasion, desperate rearguard attempts to keep ourselves to ourselves. Communication is too alarming. To enter into someone else's life is too frightening. To disclose to others the poverty within us is too fearsome a possibility.“

„It’s very difficult to feel contempt for others when you see yourself in the mirror.“

„JERRY: Look at the way you're looking at me. I can't wait for you. I'm bowled over, I'm totally knocked out, you dazzle me, you jewel, my jewel, I can't ever sleep again, no, listen, it's the truth, I won't walk, I'll be a cripple, I'll descend, I'll diminish, into total paralysis, my life is in your hands, that's what you're banishing me to, a state of catatonia, do you know the state of catatonia? do you? do you? the state of... where the reigning prince is the prince of emptiness, the prince of absence, the prince of desolation. I love you.
EMMA: My husband is at the other side of that door.
JERRY: Everyone knows. The world knows. It knows. But they'll never know, they'll never know, they're in a different world. I adore you. I'm madly in love with you. I can't believe that what anyone is at this moment saying has ever happened has ever happened. Nothing has ever happened. Nothing. Your eyes kill me. I'm lost. You're wonderful.“
Betrayal


„You wouldn't understand my works. You wouldn't have the faintest idea of what they were about. You wouldn't appreciate the points of reference. You're way behind. All of you. There's no point in sending you my works. You'd be lost. It's nothing to do with a question of intelligence. It's a way of being able to look at the world. It's a question of how far you can operate on things and not in things. I mean it's a question of your capacity to ally the two, to relate the two, to balance the two. To see, to be able to see! I'm the one who can see. That's why I can write my critical works. Might do you good... have a look at them... see how certain people can view... things... how certain people can maintain... intellectual equilibrium. Intellectual equilibrium. You're just objects. You just... move about. I can observe it. I can see what you do. It's the same as I do. But you're lost in it. You won't get me being... I won't be lost in it.“ The Homecoming

„The speech we hear is an indication of that which we don't hear. It is a necessary avoidance, a violent, sly, and anguished or mocking smoke screen which keeps the other in its true place. When true silence falls we are left with echo but are nearer nakedness. One way of looking at speech is to say that it is a constant stratagem to cover nakedness.“

„I'll tell you what I really think about politicians. The other night I watched some politicians on television talking about Vietnam. I wanted very much to burst through the screen with a flame thrower and burn their eyes out and their balls off and then inquire from them how they would assess the action from a political point of view.“

„I can't really articulate what I feel“

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