„My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece“

Letzte Aktualisierung 21. September 2021. Geschichte
Claude Monet Foto
Claude Monet15
französischer Maler des Impressionismus 1840 - 1926

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George Sand Foto

„It was there he composed these most beautiful of short pages which he modestly entitled the Preludes. They are masterpieces.“

—  George Sand French novelist and memoirist; pseudonym of Lucile Aurore Dupin 1804 - 1876

On Chopin's Preludes in Histoire de Ma Vie (1902-04), Vo. IV, p. 439
Kontext: It was there he composed these most beautiful of short pages which he modestly entitled the Preludes. They are masterpieces. Several bring to mind visions of deceased monks and the sound of funeral chants; others are melancholy and fragrant; they came to him in times of sun and health, in the clamor of laughing children under he window, the faraway sound of guitars, birdsongs from the moist leaves, in the sight of the small pale roses coming in bloom on the snow. … Still others are of a mournful sadness, and while charming your ear, they break your heart. There is one that came to him through an evening of dismal rain — it casts the soul into a terrible dejection. Maurice and I had left him in good health one morning to go shopping in Palma for things we needed at out "encampment." The rain came in overflowing torrents. We made three leagues in six hours, only to return in the middle of a flood. We got back in absolute dark, shoeless, having been abandoned by our driver to cross unheard of perils. We hurried, knowing how our sick one would worry. Indeed he had, but now was as though congealed in a kind of quiet desperation, and, weeping, he was playing his wonderful Prelude. Seeing us come in, he got up with a cry, then said with a bewildered air and a strange tone, "Ah, I was sure that you were dead." When he recovered his spirits and saw the state we were in, he was ill, picturing the dangers we had been through, but he confessed to me that while waiting for us he had seen it all in a dream, and no longer distinguished the dream from reality, he became calm and drowsy while playing the piano, persuaded that he was dead himself. He saw himself drowned in a lake. Heavy drops of icy water fell in a regular rhythm on his breast, and when I made him listen to the sound of the drops of water indeed falling in rhythm on the roof, he denied having heard it. He was even angry that I should intepret this in terms of imitative sounds. He protested with all his might — and he was right to — against the childishness of such aural imitations. His genius was filled with the mysterious sounds of nature, but transformed into sublime equivalents in musical thought, and not through slavish imitation of the actual external sounds. His composition of that night was surely filled with raindrops, resounding clearly on the tiles of the Charterhouse, but it had been transformed in his imagination and in his song into tears falling upon his heart from the sky. … The gift of Chopin is [the expression of] the deepest and fullest feelings and emotions that have ever existed. He made a single instrument speak a language of infinity. He could often sum up, in ten lines that a child could play, poems of a boundless exaltation, dramas of unequalled power.

Benito Mussolini Foto

„I want to make my own life a masterpiece.“

—  Benito Mussolini Duce and President of the Council of Ministers of Italy. Leader of the National Fascist Party and subsequent Republican… 1883 - 1945

Talks with Mussolini (1932), quoting earlier remarks
As quoted in " Duce (1922-42)" in TIME magazine (2 August 1943) http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,777927-4,00.html
Variante: I shall make my own life a masterpiece.

Stefan Szczesny Foto

„My garden, by the sea“

—  Stefan Szczesny German painter and sculptor 1951

Mustique (2002)

Alice Walker Foto
Clive Staples Lewis Foto

„Thus up from the garden to the Gardener, from the sword to the Smith. to the life-giving Life and the Beauty that makes beautiful.“

—  Clive Staples Lewis, buch A Grief Observed

A Grief Observed (1961)
Kontext: But perhaps I lack the gift. I see I've described her as being like a sword. That's true as far as it goes. But utterly inadequate by itself, and misleading. I ought to have said 'But also like a garden. Like a nest of gardens, wall within wall, hedge within hedge, more secret, more full of fragrant and fertile life, the further you explore.'
And then, of her, and every created thing I praise, I should say 'in some way, in its unique way, like Him who made it.'
Thus up from the garden to the Gardener, from the sword to the Smith. to the life-giving Life and the Beauty that makes beautiful.

Shahrukh Khan Foto

„I believe that my wife is the most beautiful woman in the world.“

—  Shahrukh Khan Indian actor, producer and television personality 1965

From interview with Pratim D. Gupta

Leo Buscaglia Foto
Frances Hodgson Burnett Foto

„And this, my lovely child, is your garden.“

—  Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden (1909)

James Patterson Foto
Attila the Stockbroker Foto

„My wardrobe is like a garden
oh, I don't know how I've got the gall!
my wardrobe is just like a wardrobe —
it's not like a garden at all!“

—  Attila the Stockbroker punk poet, folk punk musician and songwriter 1957

"My Wardrobe", from Cautionary Tales for Dead Commuters (1985)

Thierry Henry Foto

„I would love this place to be my garden.“

—  Thierry Henry French association football player 1977

On Arsenal's old stadium.

Letitia Elizabeth Landon Foto

„The earth is my altar, the sky is my dome, mind is my garden, the heart is my home and I'm always at home — yea, I'm always at Om.“

—  Eden ahbez American songwriter and recording artist 1908 - 1995

Tape recording to Joe Romersa
Shadowbox Studio

Gerald Durrell Foto

„We have inherited an incredibly beautiful and complex garden, but the trouble is that we have been appallingly bad gardeners.“

—  Gerald Durrell naturalist, zookeeper, conservationist, author and television presenter 1925 - 1995

Two in the Bush (1966)
Kontext: We have inherited an incredibly beautiful and complex garden, but the trouble is that we have been appallingly bad gardeners. We have not bothered to acquaint ourselves with the simplest principles of gardening. By neglecting our garden, we are storing up for ourselves, in the not very distant future, a world catastrophe as bad as any atomic war, and we are doing it with all the bland complacency of an idiot child chopping up a Rembrandt with a pair of scissors. We go on, year after year, all over the world, creating dust bowls and erosion, cutting down forests and overgrazing our grasslands, polluting one of our most vital commodities — water — with industrial filth and all the time we are breeding with the ferocity of the Brown Rat, and wondering why there is not enough food to go round. We now stand so aloof from nature that we think we are God. This has always been a dangerous supposition.

William Goldman Foto

„My heart was now a secret garden and the walls were very high.“

—  William Goldman, buch The Princess Bride

Variante: Her heart was a secret garden and the walls were very high.
Quelle: The Princess Bride

Jorge Luis Borges Foto

„I leave to the various futures (not to all) my garden of forking paths.“

—  Jorge Luis Borges Argentine short-story writer, essayist, poet and translator, and a key figure in Spanish language literature 1899 - 1986

The Garden of Forking Paths (1942), The Garden of Forking Paths

Frances Burney Foto
Filippo Tommaso Marinetti Foto

„.. there is no longer any beauty except the struggle. Any work of art that lacks a sense of aggression can never be a masterpiece.“

—  Filippo Tommaso Marinetti Italian poet and editor, founder of the Futurist movement 1876 - 1944

In the 'First Futurist Manifesto,' Filippo Marinetti, 1909; as quoted in Critical Writings: Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, New Edition, quoted in the text on the Back Cover, Macmillan, 7 Apr 2007

Rudyard Kipling Foto

„Gardens are not made by singing 'Oh, how beautiful!' and sitting in the shade.“

—  Rudyard Kipling English short-story writer, poet, and novelist 1865 - 1936

Quelle: Complete Verse

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