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Theodore Zeldin

Dátum narodenia: 22. august 1933

Theodore Zeldin je anglický akademik.


„Je celkom isté, že sa Boh k nám zachová veľmi štedro, ak v nás nájde veľkodušnú a hlbokú pokoru.“

„Vidím ľudstvo ako rodinu, ktorá sa sotva zoznámila.“


„To be a catalyst is the ambition most appropriate for those who see the world as being in constant change, and who, without thinking that they control it, wish to influence its direction.“

„life could have been different if the meetings which have decided its course had been less silent, superficial or routine, if more thoughts had been exchanged, if humanity had been more able to show itself in them“ An Intimate History of Humanity

„... literature must always be about gloom of one sort or another, on the principal that there is nothing interesting to be said about happy people.“ An Intimate History of Humanity

„Each civilization, each nation, each family, each profession, each sex and each class has its own history. Humans have so far been interested mainly in their own private roots, and have therefore never claimed the whole of the inheritance into which they were born, the legacy of everybody’s past experience. Each generation searches only for what it thinks it lacks, and recognizes only what it knows already.“ An Intimate History of Humanity

„The brain is full of lonely ideas, begging you to make some sense of them, to recognize them as interesting. The lazy brain just files them away in old pigeonholes, like a bureaucrat who wants an easy life. The lively brain picks and chooses and creates new works of art out of ideas.“

„I particularly value conversations which are meetings on the borderline of what I understand and what I don't, with people who are different from myself.“


„The Renaissance… was based on a new idea of the importance of the individual. But this was a fragile foundation, because individuals depended on constant applause and admiration to sustain them. There is a shortage of applause in the world, and there is not enough respect to go around.“ An Intimate History of Humanity

„The fear of loneliness has been like a ball and chain restraining ambition, as much of an obstacle to a full life as persecution, discrimination or poverty. Until the chain is broken, freedom, for many, will remain a nightmare.“ An Intimate History Of Humanity

„... literature must always be about gloom of one sort or another, on the principle that there is nothing interesting to be said about happy people.“ An Intimate History of Humanity

„Everybody’s style of speaking is a mixture of echoes dating from different epochs of the past: hers recalls the prudent and modest civil servants of the last century who were proud that they represented the state and who took care not to compromise themselves by saying the wrong thing.“ An Intimate History Of Humanity


„Özgürlük, yalnızca bir hak değildir; kazanılması gereken bir beceridir aynı zamanda; insanın dünyayı kendi göz mercekleri dışında farklı mercekler altında görebilme ve daha önce kimsenin hayal etmediği bir şeyi hayal etme becerisidir, güzellik, anlam ve ilham bulmaktır. Her hayat, özgürlük hakkında yazılmış bir hikayedir.“ The Hidden Pleasures of Life: A New Way of Remembering the Past and Imagining the Future

„And what does Juliette think about at work? ‘Why, nothing. At work I don’t think, or I think about my saucepans.’ Work is relaxation from home.“ An Intimate History Of Humanity

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