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Ogden Nash

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

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Ogden Nash byl americký básník.

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„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.

„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.

„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
Context: 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? "The Terrible People"

„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
Context: 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.

„Just when you think that at least the outlook is so black that it can grow no blacker, it worsens“

— Ogden Nash
Context: Just when you think that at least the outlook is so black that it can grow no blacker, it worsens, And that is why I do not like the news, because there has never been an era when so many things were going so right for so many of the wrong persons. "Everybody Tells Me Everything" in The Face Is Familiar (1940)

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„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
Context: 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. "The Terrible People"

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

— Ogden Nash
Context: 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. "Old Men"

„A young person is a person with nothing to learn
One who already knows that ice does not chill and fire does not burn...“

— Ogden Nash
Context: A young person is a person with nothing to learn One who already knows that ice does not chill and fire does not burn... It knows it can spend six hours in the sun on its first day at the beach without ending up a skinless beet, And it knows it can walk barefoot through the barn without running a nail in its feet.... Meanwhile psychologists grow rich Writing that the young are ones' should not undermine the self-confidence of which. "Fortunately"

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

— Ogden Nash
Context: 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! [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 Spring Song]

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„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
Context: 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. "Bankers Are Just Like Anybody Else, Except Richer"

„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
Context: 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...

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

— Ogden Nash
Context: Silly girl, silver girl, Draw the mirror toward you; Time who makes the years to whirl Adorned as he adored you.

„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.“

— Ogden Nash
Context: 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. Commencement address at his daughter Linell's boarding school, [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/05/05/AR2005050501359_pf.html as quoted] in The Washington Post (8 May 2005)

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