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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.

„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!.

„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"

„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.

„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"

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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

„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"

„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
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.

„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
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"

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„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)

„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)

„And particularly because they all observe one rule which woe betides the banker who fails to heed it,
Which is you must never lend any money to anybody unless they don't need it.“

—  Ogden Nash
Context: Most bankers dwell in marble halls, Which they get to dwell in because they encourage deposits and discourage withdrawals, And particularly because they all observe one rule which woe betides the banker who fails to heed it, Which is you must never lend any money to anybody unless they don't need it. "Bankers Are Just Like Anybody Else, Except Richer"

„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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