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Raymond Carver

Datum narození: 25. květen 1938
Datum úmrtí: 2. srpen 1988

Raymond Carver byl americký spisovatel a básník.


„Je to divné, člověk do života nikdy nevstupuje se záměrem stát se alkoholikem, zkrachovalcem, podvodníkem či zlodějem. Nebo lhářem.“

„Představoval jsem si, že spisovatel je člověk, který netráví soboty v prádelně.“


„Woke up this morning with a terrific urge to lie in bed all day and read.“

„I could hear my heart beating. I could hear everyone's heart. I could hear the human noise we sat there making, not one of us moving, not even when the room went dark.“

„And what did you want? To call myself beloved, to feel myself beloved on the earth.“

„I loved you so much once. I did. More than anything in the whole wide world. Imagine that. What a laugh that is now. Can you believe it? We were so intimate once upon a time I can't believe it now. The memory of being that intimate with somebody. We were so intimate I could puke. I can't imagine ever being that intimate with somebody else. I haven't been.“ Where I'm Calling From: New and Selected Stories

„And did you get what
you wanted from this life, even so?
I did.
And what did you want?
To call myself beloved, to feel myself
beloved on the earth.“
A New Path to the Waterfall

„I've crossed some kind of invisible line. I feel as if I've come to a place I never thought I'd have to come to. And I don't know how I got here. It's a strange place. It's a place where a little harmless dreaming and then some sleepy, early-morning talk has led me into considerations of death and annihilation.“ Where I'm Calling From: New and Selected Stories


„It ought to make us feel ashamed when we talk like we know what we're talking about when we talk about love.“

„That's all we have, finally, the words, and they had better be the right ones.“

„But I can hardly sit still. I keep fidgeting, crossing one leg and then the other. I feel like I could throw off sparks, or break a window--maybe rearrange all the furniture.“ Where I'm Calling From: New and Selected Stories

„Dreams, you know, are what you wake up from.“ Cathedral


„Honey, no offense, but sometimes I think I could shoot you and watch you kick.“ Where I'm Calling From: New and Selected Stories

„You've got to work with your mistakes until they look intended. Understand?“ Cathedral

„there isn't enough of anything
as long as we live. But at intervals
a sweetness appears and, given a chance
prevails.“
Ultramarine: Poems

„Get in, get out. Don't linger. Go on.“

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