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Ogden Nash

Geburtstag: 19. August 1902
Todesdatum: 19. Mai 1971

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Frederic Ogden Nash war ein US-amerikanischer Lyriker, der vor allem durch seine Limericks ein beliebter Dichter in den USA war.

Ogden Nash war der Sohn eines Unternehmers, der mit Import-Export-Geschäften sein Geld verdiente. Aufgrund geschäftlicher Notwendigkeiten des Vaters erlebte die Familie zahlreiche Wohnortswechsel. 1920 wurde Nash an der Harvard University aufgenommen, verließ die Eliteuniversität jedoch bereits nach einem Jahr wieder, um sich mit Gelegenheitsjobs durchs Leben zu schlagen.

1931 veröffentlichte Ogden Nash einen ersten Band mit Gedichten, der ihm sogleich die Anerkennung der amerikanischen Öffentlichkeit brachte. 1932 schrieb Nash erstmals zwei Songtexte für eine Broadwayrevue. Sein bekanntestes Liedwerk entstand 1943. Gemeinsam mit dem Komponisten Kurt Weill und Librettisten S. J. Perelman verfasste er das Musical One Touch of Venus. Die Uraufführung fand am 7. Oktober 1943 statt und erlebte bis 1945 567 Aufführungen. 1965 wurde er in die American Academy of Arts and Sciences gewählt.

Ogden Nash war von 1931 bis zu seinem Tode mit Frances Rider Leonard verheiratet und Vater von zwei Kindern.

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Zitate Ogden Nash

„Children aren't happy with nothing to ignore,
And that's what parents were created for.“

— Ogden Nash
"The Parent"; paraphrased variants: Children aren't happy without something to ignore, and that's what parents were created for. Parents were invented to make children happy by giving them something to ignore.

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„A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of.“

— Ogden Nash, Private Dining-room and Other New Verses
"A Dog's Best Friend Is His Illiteracy" in The Private Dining Room (1953) Paraphrased variant: A door is that which a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of.

„People watch with unshocked eyes;
But the old men know when an old man dies.“

— Ogden Nash
Context: People expect old men to die, They do not really mourn old men. Old men are different. People look At them with eyes that wonder when... People watch with unshocked eyes; But the old men know when an old man dies. "Old Men"

„My heart leaps up when I behold
A rainbow in the sky;
Contrariwise, my blood runs cold
When little boys go by.“

— Ogden Nash
Context: My heart leaps up when I behold A rainbow in the sky; Contrariwise, my blood runs cold When little boys go by. For little boys as little boys, No special hate I carry, But now and then they grow to men, And when they do, they marry. No matter how they tarry, Eventually they marry. And, swine among the pearls, They marry little girls.

„Some primal termite knocked on wood
And tasted it, and found it good!“

— Ogden Nash
Context: Some primal termite knocked on wood And tasted it, and found it good! And that is why your Cousin May Fell through the parlor floor today. "The Termite"

„How are we to survive? Solemnity is not the answer, any more than witless and irresponsible frivolity is. I think our best chance lies in humor, which in this case means a wry acceptance of our predicament. We don't have to like it but we can at least recognize its ridiculous aspects, one of which is ourselves.“

— Ogden Nash
Context: Among other things I think humor is a shield, a weapon, a survival kit... So here we are several billion of us, crowded into our global concentration camp for the duration. How are we to survive? Solemnity is not the answer, any more than witless and irresponsible frivolity is. I think our best chance lies in humor, which in this case means a wry acceptance of our predicament. We don't have to like it but we can at least recognize its ridiculous aspects, one of which is ourselves. Commencement address at his daughter Linell's boarding school, as quoted http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/05/05/AR2005050501359_pf.html in The Washington Post (8 May 2005)

„How pleasant to sit on the beach,
On the beach, on the sand, in the sun,
With ocean galore within reach,
And nothing at all to be done!“

— Ogden Nash
Context: How pleasant to sit on the beach, On the beach, on the sand, in the sun, With ocean galore within reach, And nothing at all to be done!.

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„Abracadabra, thus we learn, The more you create, the less you earn.“

— Ogden Nash
Context: Abracadabra, thus we learn, The more you create, the less you earn. The less you earn, the more you're given, The less you lead, the more you're driven, The more destroyed, the more they feed, The more you pay, the more they need The more you earn, the less you keep, And now I lay me down to sleep. I pray the Lord my soul should take If the tax collector hasn't got it before I wake. "One From One Leaves Two" http://holyjoe.net/poetry/nash9.htm

„There are two kinds of people who blow through life like a breeze,
And one kind is gossipers, and the other kind is gossipees,
And they certainly annoy each other,
But they certainly enjoy each other“

— Ogden Nash
Context: There are two kinds of people who blow through life like a breeze, And one kind is gossipers, and the other kind is gossipees, And they certainly annoy each other, But they certainly enjoy each other, Yes, they pretend to flout each other, But they couldn't do without each other...

„I dont' mind their having a lot of money, and I don't care how they employ it,
But I do think that they damn well ought to admit they enjoy it.“

— Ogden Nash
Context: People who have what they want are very fond of telling people who haven't what they want that they really don't want it, And I wish I could afford to gather all such people into a gloomy castle on the Danube and hire half a dozen capable Draculas to haunt it. I dont' mind their having a lot of money, and I don't care how they employ it, But I do think that they damn well ought to admit they enjoy it. "The Terrible People"

„Time who makes the years to whirl
Adorned as he adored you.“

— Ogden Nash
Context: Silly girl, silver girl, Draw the mirror toward you; Time who makes the years to whirl Adorned as he adored you.

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„Listen, buds, it's March twenty first;Don't you know enough to burst?“

— Ogden Nash
Context: Listen, buds, it's March twenty first; Don't you know enough to burst? Come on, birds, unlock your throats! Come on, gardeners, shed your coats! Spring Song http://books.google.com/books?id=bkFLAAAAIAAJ&q=%22Listen+buds+it's+March+twenty+first+don't+you+know+enough+to+burst%22&pg=PA138#v=onepage

„And the prospects for my future social life couldn't possibly be barrener.
Did I tell you that the prospects for my future social life couldn't be barrener?“

— Ogden Nash
Context: And what really turns my corpuscles to ice, I carry around clippings and read them to people twice. And I know what I am doing while I am doing it and I don't want to do it but I can't help doing it and I am just another Ancient Mariner, And the prospects for my future social life couldn't possibly be barrener. Did I tell you that the prospects for my future social life couldn't be barrener?

„A young person is a person with nothing to learn
One who already knows that ice does not chill and fire does not burn...“

— Ogden Nash
Context: A young person is a person with nothing to learn One who already knows that ice does not chill and fire does not burn... It knows it can spend six hours in the sun on its first day at the beach without ending up a skinless beet, And it knows it can walk barefoot through the barn without running a nail in its feet.... Meanwhile psychologists grow rich Writing that the young are ones' should not undermine the self-confidence of which. "Fortunately"

„People expect old men to die,
They do not really mourn old men.“

— Ogden Nash
Context: People expect old men to die, They do not really mourn old men. Old men are different. People look At them with eyes that wonder when... People watch with unshocked eyes; But the old men know when an old man dies. "Old Men"

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