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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
Happy Days (1933), "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.

„Perhaps indeed the possession of wealth is constantly distressing,
But I should be quite willing to assume every curse of wealth if I could at the same time assume every blessing.“

—  Ogden Nash
Many Long Years Ago (1945), Context: Perhaps indeed the possession of wealth is constantly distressing, But I should be quite willing to assume every curse of wealth if I could at the same time assume every blessing. The only incurable troubles of the rich are the troubles that money can't cure, Which is a kind of trouble that is even more troublesome if you are poor. Certainly there are lots of things in life that money won't buy, but it's very funny — Have you ever tried to buy them without money? "The Terrible People"

„Just when you think that at least the outlook is so black that it can grow no blacker, it worsens“

—  Ogden Nash
Context: Just when you think that at least the outlook is so black that it can grow no blacker, it worsens, And that is why I do not like the news, because there has never been an era when so many things were going so right for so many of the wrong persons. "Everybody Tells Me Everything" in The Face Is Familiar (1940)

„I'll pepper his powder, and salt his bottle,
And give him readings from Aristotle.
Sand for his spinach I'll gladly bring,
And Tabasco sauce for his teething ring.
Then perhaps he'll struggle through fire and water
To marry somebody else's daughter.“

—  Ogden Nash
Many Long Years Ago (1945), Song To Be Sung by the Father of Infant Female Children, Context: A fig for embryo Lohengrins! I'll open all his safety pins, I'll pepper his powder, and salt his bottle, And give him readings from Aristotle. Sand for his spinach I'll gladly bring, And Tabasco sauce for his teething ring. Then perhaps he'll struggle through fire and water To marry somebody else's daughter.

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

—  Ogden Nash
I'm a Stranger Here Myself (1938), 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

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

—  Ogden Nash
Many Long Years Ago (1945), 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"

„Among other things I think humor is a shield, a weapon, a survival kit…“

—  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)

„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

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

—  Ogden Nash
Many Long Years Ago (1945), A Lady Thinks She Is Thirty, Context: Silly girl, silver girl, Draw the mirror toward you; Time who makes the years to whirl Adorned as he adored you.

„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
Many Long Years Ago (1945), 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"

„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
Versus (1949), 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"

„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)

„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
Good Intentions (1942), So Does Everybody Else, Only Not So Much, 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?

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