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Eugéne Ionesco

Dátum narodenia: 26. november 1909
Dátum úmrtia: 28. marec 1994

Eugène Ionesco bol francúzsky dramatik a básnik rumunského pôvodu. Je jedným z hlavných predstaviteľov žánru nazývaného absurdná dráma.

„Minulosť máme za sebou, budúcnosť pred sebou. Nevidíme budúcnosť, vidíme minulosť. Je to zvláštne, ná chrbte totiž nemáme oči.“

„Myslieť proti svojej dobe je hrdinstvo. Ale povedať, to je hlúposť.“

„Tajomstvo ako byť šťastný je jednoduché - neponáhľať sa.“

„Why do people always expect authors to answer questions? I am an author because I want to ask questions. If I had answers, I'd be a politician.“

„That's how we stay young these days: murder and suicide.“ Man With Bags

„Ideologies separate us. Dreams and anguish bring us together.“

„A writer never has a vacation. For a writer, life consists of either writing or thinking about writing.“

„It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question.“

„I'll never waste my dreams by falling asleep. Never again.“ Man With Bags

„I long for solitude and yet I cannot stand it.“

„Childhood is the world of miracle and wonder; as if creation rose, bathed in the light, out of the darkness, utterly new and fresh and astonishing. The end of childhood is when things cease to astonish us.“

„In the history of humanity there are no civilizations or cultures which fail to manifest, in one or a thousand ways, this need for an absolute that is called heaven, freedom, a miracle, a lost paradise to be regained, peace, the going beyond History... There is no religion in which everyday life is not considered a prison; there is no philosophy or ideology that does not think that we live in alienation.... Humanity has always had a nostalgia for the freedom that is only beauty, that is only real; life, plenitude, light.“

„People who don't read are brutes.“

„Realism falls short of reality. It shrinks it, attenuates it, falsifies it; it does not take into account our basic truths and our fundamental obsessions: love, death, astonishment. It presents man in a reduced and estranged perspective. Truth is in our dreams, in the imagination.“

„I still forget, sometimes, that I am no longer 12 years old.“

„A work of art really is above all an adventure of the mind.“

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