„Stories distribute the suffering so that it can be borne.“

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Edgar Lawrence Doctorow2
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As quoted in The Human Condition (1958) by Hannah Arendt. This appears as part of a statement in a 1957 interview where she speaks of a friend's comments about her:
I am not a novelist, really not even a writer; I am a storyteller. One of my friends said about me that I think all sorrows can be borne if you put them into a story or tell a story about them, and perhaps this is not entirely untrue. To me, the explanation of life seems to be its melody, its pattern. And I feel in life such an infinite, truly inconceivable fantasy.
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—  William Styron, kniha Darkness Visible

Zdroj: Darkness Visible (1990), III
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