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John Dryden

Datum narození: 9. srpen 1631
Datum úmrtí: 1. květen 1700

John Dryden byl vlivný anglický básník, literární kritik, překladatel a dramatik. Patřil k vůdčím osobnostem anglického literárního života období restaurace Stuartovců.

Citáty John Dryden

„Obdivuji ho, ale miluji Shakespeara.“

—  John Dryden

[(en) I admire him, but I love Shakespeare.]
Zdroj: [Orsini, Gian N. G., Benedetto Croce: Philosopher of Art and Literary Critic, Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale, 1961, 131, anglicky]

„To begin then with Shakespeare; he was the man who of all Modern, and perhaps Ancient Poets, had the largest and most comprehensive soul.“

—  John Dryden

Essay of Dramatick Poesie (1668)
Kontext: To begin then with Shakespeare; he was the man who of all Modern, and perhaps Ancient Poets, had the largest and most comprehensive soul. All the Images of Nature were still present to him, and he drew them not laboriously, but luckily: when he describes any thing, you more than see it, you feel it too. Those who accuse him to have wanted learning, give him the greater commendation: he was naturally learn'd; he needed not the spectacles of Books to read Nature; he look'd inwards, and found her there. I cannot say he is every where alike; were he so, I should do him injury to compare him with the greatest of Mankind. He is many times flat, insipid; his Comick wit degenerating into clenches; his serious swelling into Bombast. But he is alwayes great, when some great occasion is presented to him: no man can say he ever had a fit subject for his wit, and did not then raise himself as high above the rest of the Poets

„Those who accuse him to have wanted learning, give him the greater commendation: he was naturally learn'd; he needed not the spectacles of Books to read Nature; he look'd inwards, and found her there.“

—  John Dryden

Essay of Dramatick Poesie (1668)
Kontext: To begin then with Shakespeare; he was the man who of all Modern, and perhaps Ancient Poets, had the largest and most comprehensive soul. All the Images of Nature were still present to him, and he drew them not laboriously, but luckily: when he describes any thing, you more than see it, you feel it too. Those who accuse him to have wanted learning, give him the greater commendation: he was naturally learn'd; he needed not the spectacles of Books to read Nature; he look'd inwards, and found her there. I cannot say he is every where alike; were he so, I should do him injury to compare him with the greatest of Mankind. He is many times flat, insipid; his Comick wit degenerating into clenches; his serious swelling into Bombast. But he is alwayes great, when some great occasion is presented to him: no man can say he ever had a fit subject for his wit, and did not then raise himself as high above the rest of the Poets

„It is almost impossible to translate verbally and well at the same time“

—  John Dryden

Works of John Dryden (1803) as quoted by P. Fleury Mottelay in William Gilbert of Colchester (1893)
Kontext: It is almost impossible to translate verbally and well at the same time; for the Latin (a most severe and compendious language) often expresses that in one word which either the barbarity or the narrowness of modern tongues cannot supply in more.... But since every language is so full of its own proprieties that what is beautiful in one is often barbarous, nay, sometimes nonsense, in another, it would be unreasonable to limit a translator to the narrow compass of his author's words; it is enough if he choose out some expression which does not vitiate the sense.

„Oh that my Pow'r to Saving were confin’d:
Why am I forc’d, like Heav’n, against my mind,
To make Examples of another Kind?“

—  John Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel

Pt. I, line 999–1005. Compare Publius Syrus, Maxim 289, "Furor fit læsa sæpius patientia" ("An over-taxed patience gives way to fierce anger").
Absalom and Achitophel (1681)
Kontext: Oh that my Pow'r to Saving were confin’d:
Why am I forc’d, like Heav’n, against my mind,
To make Examples of another Kind?
Must I at length the Sword of Justice draw?
Oh curst Effects of necessary Law!
How ill my Fear they by my Mercy scan,
Beware the Fury of a Patient Man.

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„Lord of humankind.“

—  John Dryden

Act II, scene 1.
The Spanish Friar (1681)

„What flocks of critics hover here to-day,
As vultures wait on armies for their prey,
All gaping for the carcase of a play!“

—  John Dryden, All for Love

Prologue
All for Love (1678)
Kontext: What flocks of critics hover here to-day,
As vultures wait on armies for their prey,
All gaping for the carcase of a play!
With croaking notes they bode some dire event,
And follow dying poets by the scent.

„If others in the same Glass better see
'Tis for Themselves they look, but not for me:
For my Salvation must its Doom receive
Not from what others, but what I believe.“

—  John Dryden, kniha Religio Laici

Religio Laici (1682).
Kontext: More Safe, and much more modest 'tis, to say
God wou'd not leave Mankind without a way:
And that the Scriptures, though not every where
Free from Corruption, or intire, or clear,
Are uncorrupt, sufficient, clear, intire,
In all things which our needfull Faith require.
If others in the same Glass better see
'Tis for Themselves they look, but not for me:
For my Salvation must its Doom receive
Not from what others, but what I believe.

„None but the brave deserves the fair.“

—  John Dryden

Zdroj: Alexander’s Feast http://www.bartleby.com/40/265.html (1697), l. 12–15.
Kontext: Happy, happy, happy pair!
None but the brave,
None but the brave,
None but the brave deserves the fair.

„Not heaven itself upon the past has power;
But what has been, has been, and I have had my hour.“

—  John Dryden

Book III, Ode 29, lines 69–72.
Imitation of Horace (1685)
Kontext: Be fair, or foul, or rain, or shine,
The joys I have possessed, in spite of fate, are mine.
Not heaven itself upon the past has power;
But what has been, has been, and I have had my hour.

„Preventing angels met it half the way,
And sent us back to praise, who came to pray.“

—  John Dryden

Britannia Rediviva (1688), line 1.
Kontext: Our vows are heard betimes! and Heaven takes care
To grant, before we can conclude the prayer:
Preventing angels met it half the way,
And sent us back to praise, who came to pray.

„As sure as a gun.“

—  John Dryden

Act III, scene 2.
The Spanish Friar (1681)

„If all the world be worth thy winning.
Think, oh think it worth enjoying:
Lovely Thaïs sits beside thee,
Take the good the gods provide thee.“

—  John Dryden

Zdroj: Alexander’s Feast http://www.bartleby.com/40/265.html (1697), l. 97–106.
Kontext: Softly sweet, in Lydian measures,
Soon he soothed his soul to pleasures.
War, he sung, is toil and trouble;
Honor but an empty bubble;
Never ending, still beginning,
Fighting still, and still destroying.
If all the world be worth thy winning.
Think, oh think it worth enjoying:
Lovely Thaïs sits beside thee,
Take the good the gods provide thee.

„I am as free as Nature first made man,
Ere the base laws of servitude began“

—  John Dryden, The Conquest of Granada

Part 1, Act I, scene i.
The Conquest of Granada (1669-1670)
Kontext: I am as free as Nature first made man,
Ere the base laws of servitude began,
When wild in woods the noble savage ran.

„The wise, for cure, on exercise depend;
God never made his work for man to mend.“

—  John Dryden

Epistle to John Driden of Chesterton (1700), lines 92–95.
Kontext: Better to hunt in fields, for health unbought,
Than fee the doctor for a nauseous draught.
The wise, for cure, on exercise depend;
God never made his work for man to mend.

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

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