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Mary McCarthy

Datum narození: 21. červen 1912
Datum úmrtí: 25. říjen 1989
Další jména: Mary McCarthyová, Mary Therese McCarthy

Mary McCarthy byla americká spisovatelka, kritička a politická aktivistka.


„Leckdy může rozladění u ženy, s nímž si neví rady ani nejlepší psychiatr, odstranit i průměrný kadeřník.“

„Každé slovo, které napíše je lež, včetně "and" a "the".“


„We are the hero of our own story.“

„What's the use of falling in love if you both remain inertly as you were?“ Between Friends: The Correspondence of Hannah Arendt and Mary McCarthy, 1949-1975

„Every word she writes is a lie, including ‘and’ and ‘the’."
(on Lillian Hellman)“

„Life is a system of recurrent pairs, the poison and the antidote being eternally packaged together by some considerate heavenly druggist.“

„In violence we forget who we are.“

„I really tried, or so I thought, to avoid lying, but it seemed to me that they forced it on me by the difference in their vision of things, so that I was always transposing reality for them into something they could understand.“ Memories of a Catholic Girlhood


„We all live in suspense from day to day; in other words you are the hero of your own story.“

„You can date the evolving life of a mind, like the age of a tree, by the rings of friendship formed by the expanding central trunk.“ How I Grew

„There are no new truths, but only truths that have not been recognized by those who have perceived them without noticing.“

„One of the big features of living alone was that you could talk to yourself all you wanted and address imaginary audiences, running the gamut of emotion.“ The Group:


„If [she] had come to prefer the company of odd ducks, it was possibly because they had no conception of oddity, or rather, they thought you were odd if you weren't.“ The Group

„A novelist is an elephant, but an elephant who must pretend to forget.“

„I understand what you are feeling,” he said. “As Socrates showed, love cannot be anything else but the love of the good. But to find the good is very rare. That is why love is rare, in spite of what people think. It happens to one in a thousand, and to that one it is a revelation. No wonder he cannot communicate with the other nine hundred and ninety-nine.“ The Group:

„What I really do is take real plums and put them in an imaginary cake.“

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