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Vita Sackville-West

Geburtstag: 9. März 1892
Todesdatum: 2. Juni 1962

Victoria Mary Sackville-West, Lady Nicolson war eine englische Schriftstellerin und Gartengestalterin. Sie ist auch durch ihre Beziehung mit der Schriftstellerin Virginia Woolf bekannt geworden, der sie als Vorbild für den Roman Orlando diente. Als Tochter eines Barons trug sie den Höflichkeitstitel The Honourable , der ihrem Namen vorangestellt wird. Durch Heirat wurde sie später Lady Nicolson. Sie erhielt 1926 und 1933 den Hawthornden-Preis. Wikipedia

„Astronomische Wahrheiten mögen zwar der Phantasie einen großen Aufschwung geben, tragen aber zur Lösung dringender Probleme wenig bei.“

—  Vita Sackville-West

Unerwartete Leidenschaft PT145 books.google https://books.google.de/books?id=3kN0DAAAQBAJ&pg=PT145
"Astronomical truths, enlarging though they may be to the imagination, contain little assistance for immediate problems." - All Passion Spent. PT133 books.google https://books.google.de/books?id=LHokCwAAQBAJ&pg=PT133
Unerwartete Leidenschaft

„Der Langlebige hat wenigstens über eines der Hindernisse triumphiert, die dem Menschen von Anfang an im Wege stehen: die Kürze des Lebens.“

—  Vita Sackville-West

Unerwartete Leidenschaft PT4 books.google https://books.google.de/books?id=3kN0DAAAQBAJ&pg=PT4
" The longliver has triumphed over at least one of man's initial handicaps: the brevity of life." - All Passion Spent. PT12 books.google https://books.google.de/books?id=LHokCwAAQBAJ&pg=PT12
Unerwartete Leidenschaft

„die Menschen nehmen Dinge in der Bibel hin, die sie im gewöhnlichen Leben verabscheuen.“

—  Vita Sackville-West

Unerwartete Leidenschaft PT156 books.google https://books.google.de/books?id=3kN0DAAAQBAJ&pg=PT156
Unerwartete Leidenschaft

„Junge Leute zwingen uns, vorwärts auf ein Leben voll Mühe und Anstrengung zu blicken. Alte Leute erlauben uns, rückwärts auf ein Leben zu schauen, dessen Mühen endgültig vorüber sind.“

—  Vita Sackville-West

Unerwartete Leidenschaft. PT51 books.google https://books.google.de/books?id=3kN0DAAAQBAJ&pg=PT51
"Young people compel one to look forward on a life full of effort. Old people permit one to look backward on a life whose effort is over and done with." - All Passion Spent. PT51 books.google https://books.google.de/books?id=LHokCwAAQBAJ&pg=PT51
Unerwartete Leidenschaft

„Nichts verschafft einem so schnell Achtung, wie wenn man seine Mitmenschen wissen lässt, man sei ihnen gewachsen.“

—  Vita Sackville-West

Unerwartete Leidenschaft PT63 f. books.google https://books.google.de/books?id=3kN0DAAAQBAJ&pg=PT63
"Nothing earns respect so quickly as letting your fellows see that you are a match for them." - All Passion Spent. PT62 books.google https://books.google.de/books?id=LHokCwAAQBAJ&pg=PT62
Unerwartete Leidenschaft

„You're safe; that's gone, that wild caprice,
But tell me once before I cease,
Which does your Church esteem the kinder role,
To kill the body or destroy the soul?“

—  Vita Sackville-West

"And so it ends" quoted in V. Sackville-West : A Critical Biography (1974) by Michael Stevens, p. 91
Kontext: Darling, I thought of nothing mean;
I thought of killing straight and clean.
You're safe; that's gone, that wild caprice,
But tell me once before I cease,
Which does your Church esteem the kinder role,
To kill the body or destroy the soul?

„I saw within the wheelwright’s shed
The big round cartwheels, blue and red“

—  Vita Sackville-West

"Making Cider", p. 100
The Land (1926)
Kontext: I saw within the wheelwright’s shed
The big round cartwheels, blue and red;
A plough with blunted share;
A blue tin jug; a broken chair;
And paint in trial patchwork square
Slapping up against the wall;
The lumber of the wheelwright’s trade,
And tools on benches neatly laid,
The brace, the adze, the awl;

„There was nothing, nothing there,
Nothing there to see.“

—  Vita Sackville-West

"Leopards at Knole", p. 143
Collected Poems (1933)
Kontext: Often on the painted stair,
As I passed abstractedly,
Velvet footsteps, two and three,
Padded gravely after me.
— There was nothing, nothing there,
Nothing there to see.

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„Here the old Bacchic piety endures,
Here the sweet legends of the world remain.“

—  Vita Sackville-West

"Tuscany" in The Best Poems of 1923 (1924) edited by Thomas Moult
Kontext: The dusk is heavy with the wine's warm load;
Here the long sense of classic measure cures
The spirit weary of its difficult pain;
Here the old Bacchic piety endures,
Here the sweet legends of the world remain.

„But this beyond their wit know I:
Man loves a little, and for long shall die.“

—  Vita Sackville-West

"The Greater Cats"
Kings Daughter (1929)
Kontext: The greater cats with golden eyes
Stare out between the bars.
Deserts are there, and the different skies,
And night with different stars.
They prowl the aromatic hill,
And mate as fiercely as they kill,
To roam, to live, to drink their fill;
But this beyond their wit know I:
Man loves a little, and for long shall die.

„It was a real event in my life and my heart to be with you the other day. We do matter to each other, don't we? however much our ways may have diverged.“

—  Vita Sackville-West

Letter to http://www.sappho.com/letters/vitas-w.html Violet Trefusis (3 September 1950), published in The Other Woman : A Life of Violet Trefusis, including previously unpublished correspondence with Vita Sackville-West (1985) edited by Philippe Jullian and John Nova Phillips, p. 235
Kontext: It was a real event in my life and my heart to be with you the other day. We do matter to each other, don't we? however much our ways may have diverged. I think we have got something indestructible between us, haven't we? … It has been a very strange relationship, ours; unhappy at times, happy at others; but unique in its way, and infinitely precious to me and (may I say?) to you.
What I like about it is that we always come together again however long the gaps in our meetings may have been. Time seems to make no difference.

„The country habit has me by the heart,
For he's bewitched for ever who has seen,
Not with his eyes but with his vision, Spring
Flow down the woods and stipple leaves with sun,
As each man knows the life that fits him best,
The shape it makes in his soul, the tune, the tone“

—  Vita Sackville-West

"Winter", p. 5
The Land (1926)
Kontext: The country habit has me by the heart,
For he's bewitched for ever who has seen,
Not with his eyes but with his vision, Spring
Flow down the woods and stipple leaves with sun,
As each man knows the life that fits him best,
The shape it makes in his soul, the tune, the tone,
And after ranging on a tentative flight
Stoops like the merlin to the constant lure.

„Growth is exciting; growth is dynamic and alarming.“

—  Vita Sackville-West

Twelve Days (1928) p. 9; part of this appears to have also become paraphrased in the form:
Kontext: It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by. How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment? for the moment passes, it is forgotten; the mood is gone; life itself is gone. That is where the writer scores over his fellows: he catches the changes of his mind on the hop. Growth is exciting; growth is dynamic and alarming. Growth of the soul, growth of the mind; how the observation of last year seems childish, superficial; how this year — even this week — even with this new phrase — it seems to us that we have grown to a new maturity. It may be a fallacious persuasion, but at least it is stimulating, and so long as it persists, one does not stagnate.
I look back as through a telescope, and see, in the little bright circle of the glass, moving flocks and ruined cities.

„Days I enjoy are days when nothing happens,
When I have no engagements written on my block,
When no one comes to disturb my inward peace“

—  Vita Sackville-West

"Days I enjoy", quoted in Vita and Virginia: The Work and Friendship of V. Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf (1993) by Suzanne Raitt, p. 89
Kontext: Days I enjoy are days when nothing happens,
When I have no engagements written on my block,
When no one comes to disturb my inward peace,
When no one comes to take me away from myself
And turn me into a patchwork, a jig-saw puzzle,
A broken mirror that once gave a whole reflection,
Being so contrived that it takes too long a time
To get myself back to myself when they have gone.

„She walks among the loveliness she made,
Between the apple-blossom and the water“

—  Vita Sackville-West

She walks among the patterned pied brocade,
Each flower her son, and every tree her daughter.
"The Island", in Bulletin of the Garden Club of America (1929), p. 1, also in Collected Poems (1934), p. 54

„I have some weeks in which to steel
My heart and teach myself to feel
Only a sober tenderness
Where once was passion's loveliness.“

—  Vita Sackville-West

"And so it ends", a poem cited as probably directed to her sister-in-law, Gwen St. Aubyn, in V. Sackville-West : A Critical Biography (1974) by Michael Stevens, p. 91
Kontext: And so it ends,
We who were lovers may be friends.
I have some weeks in which to steel
My heart and teach myself to feel
Only a sober tenderness
Where once was passion's loveliness.

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