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Paul Fussell

Datum narození: 22. březen 1924
Datum úmrtí: 23. květen 2012

Paul Fussell byl americký literární historik a literární kritik.


„Pokud nezměníme význam mužství, válka je nevyhnutelná.“

„i find nothing more depressing than optimism.“


„Every war is ironic because every war is worse than expected. Every war constitutes an irony of situation because its means are so melodramatically disproportionate to its presumed ends.“ The Great War and Modern Memory

„Americans are the only people in the world known to me whose status anxiety prompts them to advertise their college and university affiliations in the rear window of their automobiles.“ Class: A Guide Through the American Status System

„If I didn't have writing, I'd be running down the street hurling grenades in people's faces.“

„If truth is the main casualty in war, ambiguity is another.“ The Great War and Modern Memory

„The more violent the body contact of the sports you watch, the lower your class.“

„Wars damage the civilian society as much as they damage the enemy. Soldiers never get over it.“


„If we do not redefine manhood, war is inevitable.“

„The day after the British entered the war Henry James wrote a friend:

The plunge of civilization into this abyss of blood and darkness... is a thing that so gives away the whole long age during which we have supposed the world to be, with whatever abatement, gradually bettering, that to have to take it all now for what the treacherous years were all the while really making for andis too tragic for any words.“
The Great War and Modern Memory

„Before the development of tourism, travel was conceived to be like study, and its fruits were considered to be the adornment of the mind and the formation of judgement.“ Abroad: British Literary Traveling Between the Wars

„Chickenshit can be recognized instantly because it never has anything to do with winning the war.“ Wartime: Understanding and Behavior in the Second World War


„Today the Somme is a peaceful but sullen place, unforgetting and unforgiving.... To wander now over the fields destined to extrude their rusty metal fragments for centuries is to appreciate in the most intimate way the permanent reverberations of July, 1916. When the air is damp you can smell rusted iron everywhere, even though you see only wheat and barley.“ The Great War and Modern Memory

„I would read accounts of so-called battles I had been in, and they had no relation whatever to what had happened. So I began to perceive that anything written was fiction to various degrees. The whole subject-- the difference between actuality and representation--was an interesting one. And that's what brought me to literature in the first place.“

„So many bright futures consigned to the ashes of the past. So many dreams lost in the madness that had engulfed us. Except for a few widely scattered shouts of joy, the survivors of the abyss sat hollow-eyed and silent, trying to comprehend a world without war.“ Thank God for the Atom Bomb & Other Essays

„Chickenshit refers to behavior that makes military life worse than it need be: petty harassment of the weak by the strong; open scrimmage for power and authority and prestige; sadism thinly disguised as necessary discipline; a constant 'paying off of old scores'; and insistence on the letter rather than the spirit of ordinances.“ Wartime: Understanding and Behavior in the Second World War

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