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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.

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

—  Mary McCarthy

[(en) Every word she writes is a lie, including "and" and "the".]
(o Lillianě Hellmanové)
Zdroj: [Statsky, William P., Torts: Personal Injury Litigation, Cengage Learning, 2010, 978-1-40187-962-4, 504, anglicky]

„In violence, we forget who we are.“

—  Mary McCarthy

"Characters in Fiction", p. 276. First published in Partisan Review (March 1961)
On the Contrary: Articles of Belief 1946–1961 (1961)

„Calling someone a monster does not make him more guilty; it makes him less so by classing him with beasts and devils“

—  Mary McCarthy

"The Hue and Cry," The Writing on the Wall (1970)
Kontext: Calling someone a monster does not make him more guilty; it makes him less so by classing him with beasts and devils (“a person of inhuman and horrible cruelty or wickedness,” OED, Sense 4). Such an unnatural being is more horrible to contemplate than an Eichmann — that is, aesthetically worse — but morally an Ilse Koch was surely less culpable than Eichmann since she seems to have had no trace of human feeling and therefore was impassable to conscience.

„I suppose everyone continues to be interested in the quest for the self, but what you feel when you’re older, I think, is that — how to express this — you really must make the self.“

—  Mary McCarthy

Interview by Elisabeth Niebuhr in "The Paris Review Interviews: Writers at Work, Second Series" (1963) [the interview took place in March 1961]
Kontext: I suppose everyone continues to be interested in the quest for the self, but what you feel when you’re older, I think, is that — how to express this — you really must make the self. It's absolutely useless to look for it, you won’t find it, but it’s possible in some sense to make it.

„What's the use of falling in love if you both remain inertly as you were?“

—  Mary McCarthy

Zdroj: Between Friends: The Correspondence of Hannah Arendt and Mary McCarthy, 1949-1975

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„Maybe any action becomes cowardly once you stop to reason about it. Conscience doth make cowards of us all, eh mamma mia?“

—  Mary McCarthy

If you start an argument with yourself, that makes two people at least, and when you have two people, one of them starts appeasing the other.
"Epistle from Mother Carey's Chicken"
Peter quotes 'Conscience doth make cowards of us all' from the 'To be, or not to be' speech in Shakespeare's Hamlet, Act 3, scene 1.
Birds of America (1971)

„[B]ureaucracy, the rule of no one, has become the modern form of despotism.“

—  Mary McCarthy

"The Vita Activa", pp. 161–162
On the Contrary: Articles of Belief 1946–1961 (1961)

„If someone tells you he is going to make "a realistic decision," you immediately understand that he has resolved to do something bad.“

—  Mary McCarthy

"The American Realist Playwrights", p. 296. First published in Harper's Magazine (July 1961)
On the Contrary: Articles of Belief 1946–1961 (1961)

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