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Роберт Брингхерст

Дата рождения: 16. Октябрь 1946

Ро́берт Брингхёрст — канадский поэт, типограф, литератор. Известен в первую очередь как автор справочника «Основы стиля в типографике» . Переводчик эпоса индейцев хайда на английский язык.

Живет на острове Квадра близ реки Кемпбел, в Британской Колумбии вместе со своей супругой Ян Цвики , поэтессой и философом.


„Популярность — это не то, что случается вдруг. За нее надо платить, а вот это — самая непопулярная часть процесса.“

„Typography is the craft of endowing human language with a durable visual form.“ The Elements of Typographic Style


„By all means break the rules, and break them beautifully, deliberately and well.“ The Elements of Typographic Style

„In a badly designed book, the letters mill and stand like starving horses in a field. In a book designed by rote, they sit like stale bread and mutton on the page. In a well-made book, where designer, compositor and printer have all done their jobs, no matter how many thousands of lines and pages, the letters are alive. They dance in their seats. Sometimes they rise and dance in the margins and aisles.“ The Elements of Typographic Style

„Literaturerepresents the triumph of language over writing: the subversion of writing for purposes that have little or nothing to do with social and economic control.“ The Solid Form of Language: An Essay on Writing and Meaning

„If language is lost, humanity is lost. If writing is lost, certain kinds of civilization and society are lost, but many other kinds remain - and there is no reason to think that those alternatives are inferior.“ The Solid Form of Language: An Essay on Writing and Meaning

„When you think intensely and beautifully, something happens. That something is called poetry. If you think that way and speak at the same time, poetry gets in your mouth. If people hear you, it gets in their ears. If you think that way and write at the same time, then poetry gets written. But poetry exists in any case. The question is only: are you going to take part, and if so, how?“ The Tree Of Meaning: Thirteen Talks

„Wings are a constraint that makes it possible to fly.“ The Tree Of Meaning: Thirteen Talks


„Essay on Adam"

There are five possibilities. One: Adam fell.
Two: he was pushed. Three: he jumped. Four:
he only looked over the edge, and one look silenced him.
Five: nothing worth mentioning happened to Adam.

The first, that he fell, is too simple. The fourth,
fear, we have tried and found useless. The fifth,
nothing happened, is dull. The choice is between:
he jumped or was pushed. And the difference between these

is only an issue of whether the demons
work from the inside out or from the outside
in: the one
theological question.“

„A man who would letterspace lower case would steal sheep, Frederic Goudy liked to say. If this wisdom needs updating, it is chiefly to add that a woman who would letterspace lower case would steal sheep as well.“

„If you divide the world into them and us, and history into ours and theirs, or if you think of history as something only you and your affiliates possess, then no matter what you know, no matter how noble your intentions, you have taken one step toward the destruction of the world.“ The Tree Of Meaning: Thirteen Talks

„Typography is to literature as musical performance is to composition: an essential act of interpretation, full of endless opportunities for insight or obtuseness.“ The Elements of Typographic Style


„The designer always has to leave room for the gods.“ Everywhere Being is Dancing: Twenty Pieces of Thinking

„Typographic style is founded not on any one technology of typesetting or printing, but on the primitive yet subtle craft of writing.“ The Elements of Typographic Style

„A myth is a hypothesis about the personality of reality itself and not the personalities of individual persons, character types, or nations.“ Everywhere Being is Dancing: Twenty Pieces of Thinking

„When you die, your culture takes you in, and then, if you've given enough, your place is near the centre.“ The Tree Of Meaning: Thirteen Talks

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