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Джордж Стайнер

Дата рождения: 23. Апрель 1929

Джордж Стайнер — французский и американский литературный критик, писатель, теоретик культуры. Профессор Женевского университета .

„Теперь мы знаем, что человек может вечером читать Гёте и Рильке, слушать Баха и Шуберта, а утром отправляться на работу в Аушвиц.“

„Books - the best antidote against the marsh-gas of boredom and vacuity“

„when a language dies, a way of understanding the world dies with it, a way of looking at the world.“

„the calling of the teacher. There is no craft more privileged. To awaken in another human being powers, dreams beyond one’s own; to induce in others a love for that which one loves; to make of one’s inward present their future; that is a threefold adventure like no other.“ Lessons of the Masters

„We know now that a man can read Goethe or Rilke in the evening, that he can
play Bach and Schubert, and go to his day's work at Auschwitz in the

„Language can only deal meaningfully with a special, restricted segment of reality. The rest, and it is presumably the much larger part, is silence.“ Language & Silence: Essays on Language, Literature & the Inhuman

„If, in the Judaic perception, the language of the Adamic was that of love, the grammars of fallen man are those of the legal code.“

„The whispers of shared ecstasy are choral.“ Grammars of Creation

„We speak in (rich) monotones. Our poetry is haunted by the music it has left behind. Orpheus shrinks to a poet when he looks back, with the impatience of reason, on a music stronger than death.“ Errata: An Examined Life

„Men and women sleep not with each other but with the memories, the regrets, the hopes of unions yet to come. Our adulteries are internal; they deepen our aloneness.“

„A perceptive French critic has argued that in an age of deepening illiteracy, when even the educated have only a smattering of classical or theological knowledge, erudition is of itself a kind of fantasy, a surrealistic construct.“

„The fantastically wasteful prodigality of human tongues, the Babel enigman, points to a vital multiplication of mortal liberties. Each language speaks the world in its own ways. Each edifies worlds and counter-worlds in its own mode. The polyglot is a freer man.“ Real Presences

„A canon is a guarded catalogue of that speech, music and art which houses inside us, which is irrevocably familiar to our homecomings. And this will include, if honestly arrived at and declared (even if solely to oneself), all manner of ephemera, trivial, and possibly mendacious matter…No manor woman need justify his personal anthology, his canonic welcomes. Love does not argue its necessities.“ Real Presences

„The capacity for imaginative reflex, for moral risk in any human being is not limitless; on the contrary, it can be rapidly absorbed by fictions, and thus the cry in the poem may come to sound louder, more urgent, more real than the cry in the street outside. The death in the novel may move us more potently than the death in the next room. Thus there may be a covert, betraying link between the cultivation of aesthetic response and the potential of personal inhumanity.“

„Books - the best antidote against the marsh-gas of boredom and vacuity.“

„The letter kills the spirit. The written text is mute in the face of responding challenge. It does not admit of inward growth and correction. Text subverts the absolutely vital role of memory.“

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