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Ogden Nash

Datum narození: 19. srpen 1902
Datum úmrtí: 19. květen 1971

Frederic Ogden Nash byl americký básník a humorista.

Studium na Harvardově univerzitě nedokončil, pracoval jako učitel, reklamní copywriter a redaktor nakladatelství Doubleday. Publikoval v týdeníku The New Yorker a v roce 1931 mu vyšla první kniha. Byl autorem nonsensové poezie, limeriků, epigramů a písňových textů k muzikálům, jeho záběr zahrnoval hříčky určené dětem, politickou satiru i jazykové experimenty. Vystupoval v rozhlasových pořadech a na veřejných čteních, vydal devatenáct knih a okolo 1500 básní.Do češtiny ho překládá Jiří Weinberger .

Jeho příbuzným byl generál Francis Nash, podle něhož se jmenuje město Nashville.

Citáty Ogden Nash

„Children aren't happy with nothing to ignore,
And that's what parents were created for.“

—  Ogden Nash

"The Parent"; paraphrased variants:
Children aren't happy without something to ignore, and that's what parents were created for.
Parents were invented to make children happy by giving them something to ignore.
Happy Days (1933)

„A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of.“

—  Ogden Nash, Private Dining-room and Other New Verses

"A Dog's Best Friend Is His Illiteracy" in The Private Dining Room (1953)
Paraphrased variant: A door is that which a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of.
Zdroj: Private Dining-room and Other New Verses

„And particularly because they all observe one rule which woe betides the banker who fails to heed it,
Which is you must never lend any money to anybody unless they don't need it.“

—  Ogden Nash

"Bankers Are Just Like Anybody Else, Except Richer"
I'm a Stranger Here Myself (1938)
Kontext: Most bankers dwell in marble halls,
Which they get to dwell in because they encourage deposits and discourage withdrawals,
And particularly because they all observe one rule which woe betides the banker who fails to heed it,
Which is you must never lend any money to anybody unless they don't need it.

„I'll pepper his powder, and salt his bottle,
And give him readings from Aristotle.
Sand for his spinach I'll gladly bring,
And Tabasco sauce for his teething ring.
Then perhaps he'll struggle through fire and water
To marry somebody else's daughter.“

—  Ogden Nash

Many Long Years Ago (1945), Song To Be Sung by the Father of Infant Female Children
Kontext: A fig for embryo Lohengrins!
I'll open all his safety pins,
I'll pepper his powder, and salt his bottle,
And give him readings from Aristotle.
Sand for his spinach I'll gladly bring,
And Tabasco sauce for his teething ring.
Then perhaps he'll struggle through fire and water
To marry somebody else's daughter.

„Listen, buds, it's March twenty first;
Don't you know enough to burst?“

—  Ogden Nash

Spring Song http://books.google.com/books?id=bkFLAAAAIAAJ&q=%22Listen+buds+it's+March+twenty+first+don't+you+know+enough+to+burst%22&pg=PA138#v=onepage
I'm a Stranger Here Myself (1938)
Kontext: Listen, buds, it's March twenty first;
Don't you know enough to burst?
Come on, birds, unlock your throats!
Come on, gardeners, shed your coats!

„And the prospects for my future social life couldn't possibly be barrener.
Did I tell you that the prospects for my future social life couldn't be barrener?“

—  Ogden Nash

Good Intentions (1942), So Does Everybody Else, Only Not So Much
Kontext: And what really turns my corpuscles to ice,
I carry around clippings and read them to people twice.
And I know what I am doing while I am doing it and I don't want to do it but I can't help doing it and I am just another Ancient Mariner,
And the prospects for my future social life couldn't possibly be barrener.
Did I tell you that the prospects for my future social life couldn't be barrener?

„My heart leaps up when I behold
A rainbow in the sky;
Contrariwise, my blood runs cold
When little boys go by.“

—  Ogden Nash

Many Long Years Ago (1945), Song To Be Sung by the Father of Infant Female Children
Kontext: My heart leaps up when I behold
A rainbow in the sky;
Contrariwise, my blood runs cold
When little boys go by.
For little boys as little boys,
No special hate I carry,
But now and then they grow to men,
And when they do, they marry.
No matter how they tarry,
Eventually they marry.
And, swine among the pearls,
They marry little girls.

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„People watch with unshocked eyes;
But the old men know when an old man dies.“

—  Ogden Nash

"Old Men"
Many Long Years Ago (1945)
Kontext: People expect old men to die,
They do not really mourn old men.
Old men are different. People look
At them with eyes that wonder when...
People watch with unshocked eyes;
But the old men know when an old man dies.

„Perhaps indeed the possession of wealth is constantly distressing,
But I should be quite willing to assume every curse of wealth if I could at the same time assume every blessing.“

—  Ogden Nash

"The Terrible People"
Many Long Years Ago (1945)
Kontext: Perhaps indeed the possession of wealth is constantly distressing,
But I should be quite willing to assume every curse of wealth if I could at the same time assume every blessing.
The only incurable troubles of the rich are the troubles that money can't cure,
Which is a kind of trouble that is even more troublesome if you are poor.
Certainly there are lots of things in life that money won't buy, but it's very funny —
Have you ever tried to buy them without money?

„Abracadabra, thus we learn,
The more you create, the less you earn.“

—  Ogden Nash

"One From One Leaves Two" http://holyjoe.net/poetry/nash9.htm
Kontext: Abracadabra, thus we learn,
The more you create, the less you earn.
The less you earn, the more you're given,
The less you lead, the more you're driven,
The more destroyed, the more they feed,
The more you pay, the more they need
The more you earn, the less you keep,
And now I lay me down to sleep.
I pray the Lord my soul should take
If the tax collector hasn't got it before I wake.

„Time who makes the years to whirl
Adorned as he adored you.“

—  Ogden Nash

Many Long Years Ago (1945), A Lady Thinks She Is Thirty
Kontext: Silly girl, silver girl,
Draw the mirror toward you;
Time who makes the years to whirl
Adorned as he adored you.

„People expect old men to die,
They do not really mourn old men.“

—  Ogden Nash

"Old Men"
Many Long Years Ago (1945)
Kontext: People expect old men to die,
They do not really mourn old men.
Old men are different. People look
At them with eyes that wonder when...
People watch with unshocked eyes;
But the old men know when an old man dies.

„God in his wisdom made the fly
And then forgot to tell us why.“

—  Ogden Nash

"The Fly"
Good Intentions (1942)
Varianta: God in his wisdom made me fly, and then forgot to tell me why.

„I dont' mind their having a lot of money, and I don't care how they employ it,
But I do think that they damn well ought to admit they enjoy it.“

—  Ogden Nash

"The Terrible People"
Many Long Years Ago (1945)
Kontext: People who have what they want are very fond of telling people who haven't what they want that they really don't want it,
And I wish I could afford to gather all such people into a gloomy castle on the Danube and hire half a dozen capable Draculas to haunt it.
I dont' mind their having a lot of money, and I don't care how they employ it,
But I do think that they damn well ought to admit they enjoy it.

„Among other things I think humor is a shield, a weapon, a survival kit…“

—  Ogden Nash

Commencement address at his daughter Linell's boarding school, as quoted http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/05/05/AR2005050501359_pf.html in The Washington Post (8 May 2005)
Kontext: Among other things I think humor is a shield, a weapon, a survival kit... So here we are several billion of us, crowded into our global concentration camp for the duration. How are we to survive? Solemnity is not the answer, any more than witless and irresponsible frivolity is. I think our best chance lies in humor, which in this case means a wry acceptance of our predicament. We don't have to like it but we can at least recognize its ridiculous aspects, one of which is ourselves.

„There are two kinds of people who blow through life like a breeze,
And one kind is gossipers, and the other kind is gossipees,
And they certainly annoy each other,
But they certainly enjoy each other“

—  Ogden Nash

I'm a Stranger Here Myself (1938), I Have It On Good Authority
Kontext: There are two kinds of people who blow through life like a breeze,
And one kind is gossipers, and the other kind is gossipees,
And they certainly annoy each other,
But they certainly enjoy each other,
Yes, they pretend to flout each other,
But they couldn't do without each other...

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

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