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Eugene O'Neill

Geburtstag: 16. Oktober 1888
Todesdatum: 27. November 1953
Andere Namen: یوجین اونیل, Eugene O'Neill

Eugene Gladstone O’Neill war ein US-amerikanischer Dramatiker und Literaturnobelpreisträger irischer Abstammung. Er ist zudem bis heute neben Robert Frost die einzige Person, der vier Pulitzer-Preise verliehen wurden – der letzte postum.

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„Der Mensch wird zerbrochen geboren. Sein Leben ist Flickwerk. Die Gnade Gottes ist der Leim.“

—  Eugene O'Neill

Der große Gott Brown. Nach Reformatio, evangelische Zeitschrift für Kultur und Politik, 13. Jahrgang 1954, S.254 books.google https://books.google.de/books?id=_swnAAAAYAAJ&q=flickwerk
"Man is born broken. He lives by mending. The grace of God is glue." - The Great God Brown. Jonathan Cape 1960, p.100 https://books.google.de/books?id=5smwAAAAIAAJ&q=bedtime- 101 books.google https://books.google.de/books?id=5smwAAAAIAAJ&q=mending

„Seltsames Zwischenspiel! Ja, unser Leben ist nichts als ein seltsames, dunkles Zwischenspiel im elektrischen Feuerwerk von Gottvater!“

—  Eugene O'Neill, Strange Interlude

„Seltsames Zwischenspiel“. Drama in 9 Akten. Deutsch von Marianne Wentzel. Verlag Lechte, Emsdetten 1957. S.218 books.google https://books.google.de/books?id=-7s2AQAAIAAJ&q=feuerwerk
"Strange Interlude! Yes, our lives are merely strange dark interludes in the electrical display of God the Father!" - Strange Interlude. Three plays of Eugene O'Neill. Vintage Books 1958, p.221 books.google https://books.google.de/books?id=56GFuasFNDEC&q=%22merely+strange%22

„I listen to people talking about this universal breakdown we are in and I marvel at their stupid cowardice.“

—  Eugene O'Neill

John: Act 3, Scene 2.
Days Without End (1933)
Kontext: I listen to people talking about this universal breakdown we are in and I marvel at their stupid cowardice. It is so obvious that they deliberately cheat themselves because their fear of change won't let them face the truth. They don't want to understand what has happened to them. All they want is to start the merry-go-round of blind greed all over again. They no longer know what they want this country to be, what they want it to become, where they want it to go. It has lost all meaning for them except as pig-wallow. And so their lives as citizens have no beginnings, no ends. They have lost the ideal of the Land of the Free. Freedom demands initiative, courage, the need to decide what life must mean to oneself. To them, that is terror. They explain away their spiritual cowardice by whining that the time for individualism is past, when it is their courage to possess their own souls which is dead — and stinking! No, they don't want to be free. Slavery means security — of a kind, the only kind they have courage for. It means they need not to think. They have only to obey orders from owners who are, in turn, their slaves!

„They have lost the ideal of the Land of the Free. Freedom demands initiative, courage, the need to decide what life must mean to oneself. To them, that is terror.“

—  Eugene O'Neill

John: Act 3, Scene 2.
Days Without End (1933)
Kontext: I listen to people talking about this universal breakdown we are in and I marvel at their stupid cowardice. It is so obvious that they deliberately cheat themselves because their fear of change won't let them face the truth. They don't want to understand what has happened to them. All they want is to start the merry-go-round of blind greed all over again. They no longer know what they want this country to be, what they want it to become, where they want it to go. It has lost all meaning for them except as pig-wallow. And so their lives as citizens have no beginnings, no ends. They have lost the ideal of the Land of the Free. Freedom demands initiative, courage, the need to decide what life must mean to oneself. To them, that is terror. They explain away their spiritual cowardice by whining that the time for individualism is past, when it is their courage to possess their own souls which is dead — and stinking! No, they don't want to be free. Slavery means security — of a kind, the only kind they have courage for. It means they need not to think. They have only to obey orders from owners who are, in turn, their slaves!

„None of us can help the things life has done to us. They’re done before you realize it, and once they’re done they make you do other things until at last everything comes between you and what you’d like to be, and you’ve lost your true self forever.“

—  Eugene O'Neill, Long Day's Journey into Night

Page 63 (Act 2, Scene 1)
Long Day's Journey into Night (1955)
Quelle: Long Day's Journey Into Night
Kontext: But I suppose life has made him like that, and he can't help it. None of us can help the things life has done to us. They're done before you realize it, and once they're done they make you do other things until at last everything comes between you and what you'd like to be, and you've lost your true self forever.

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