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Marguerite Yourcenar

Datum narození: 8. červen 1903
Datum úmrtí: 17. prosinec 1987
Další jména: Marguerite Yourcenarová

Marguerite Yourcenarová, celým jménem Marguerite Antoinette Jeanne Marie Ghislaine Cleenewerck de Crayencour, byla francouzská autorka románů, esejí, povídek, básní, kritik, divadelních her a překladů. Stala se první ženou zvolenou do Francouzské akademie.

„Čím víc stárnu, tím víc zjišťuji, že dětství a stáří jenom splývají, ale že jsou to navíc dva nejintenzivnější stavy, které je nám dáno žít.“

„Přátelství je především jistota, která ho odlišuje od lásky. Je také respekt a úplné přijetí jiné bytosti.“

„Jediný gram poučeného pozorování má ve vědě větší hodnotu než tuna snů.“

„Každé štěstí je mistrovské dílo: sebemenší chybou se znehodnotí, sebemenší nedokonalostí se pokazí, sebemenší malicherností zhloupne.“

„Of all our games, love's play is the only one which threatens to unsettle the soul...“ Memoirs of Hadrian

„Our great mistake is to try to exact from each person virtues which he does not possess, and to neglect the cultivation of those which he has.“ Memoirs of Hadrian

„The true birthplace is that wherein for the first time one looks intelligently upon oneself; my first homelands have been books, and to a lesser degree schools.“ Memoirs of Hadrian

„Nothing is slower than the true birth of a man.“ Memoirs of Hadrian

„He had reached that moment in life, different for each one of us, when a man abandonds himself to his demon or to his genius, following a mysterious law which bids him either to destroy or outdo himself.“ Memoirs of Hadrian

„Little soul, gentle and drifting, guest and companion of my body, now you will dwell below in pallid places, stark and bare; there you will abandon your play of yore. But one moment still, let us gaze together on these familiar shores, on these objects which doubtless we shall not see again.... Let us try, if we can, to enter into death with open eyes...“ Memoirs of Hadrian

„Leaving behind books is even more beautiful — there are far too many children.“

„This city belongs to ghosts, to murderers, to sleepwalkers. Where are you, in what bed, in what dream?“

„There are books which one should not attempt before having passed the age of forty.“ Memoirs of Hadrian

„Passion such as hers is all consent, asking little in return. I had merely to enter a room where she was to see her face take on that peaceful expression of one who is resting in bed. If I touched her, I had the impression that all the blood in her veins was turning to honey.“

„I am not sure that the discovery of love is necessarily more exquisite than the discovery of poetry.“ Memoirs of Hadrian

„The future of the world no longer disturbs me; I do not try still to calculate, with anguish, how long or how short a time the Roman peace will endure; I leave that to the Gods. Not that I have acquired more confidence in their justice, which is not our justice, or more faith in human wisdom; the contrary is true. Life is atrocious, we know. But precisely because I expect little of the human condition, man's periods of felicity, his partial progress, his efforts to begin over again and to continue, all seem to me like so many prodigies which nearly compensate for monstrous mass of ills and defeats, of indifference and error. Catastrophe and ruin will come; disorder will triumph, but order will too, from time to time. Peace will again establish itself between two periods and there regain the meaning which we have tried to give them. Not all our books will perish, nor our statues, if broken, lie unrepaired; other domes and pediments will rise from our domes and pediments; some few men will think and work and feel as we have done, and I venture to count upon such continuators, placed irregularly throughout the centuries, and upon this kind of intermittent immortality.“

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