André Malraux cytaty

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André Malraux

Data urodzenia: 3. Listopad 1901
Data zgonu: 23. Listopad 1976
Natępne imiona: André-Georges Malraux

André Malraux – francuski pisarz, eseista, z wykształcenia orientalista i archeolog.



Cytaty André Malraux

„Biurokraci należą prawdopodobnie do narodowych zabytków i dlatego tak trudno jest ich zniszczyć.“

—  André Malraux

Źródło: Leksykon złotych myśli, wyboru dokonał Krzysztof Nowak, Warszawa 1998.

„What is man? A miserable little pile of secrets.“

—  André Malraux, książka Antimémoires

Antimémoires, preface (1967)
This preface paraphrases a line of dialogue from his own earlier work: "A man is what he hides: a miserable little pile of secrets."
Oryginał: (fr) L'homme est ce qu'il cache : un misérable petit tas de secrets.

„Once the masterpiece has emerged, the lesser works surrounding it fall into place; and it then gives the impression of having been led up to and foreseeable, though actually it is inconceivable — or, rather, it can only be conceived of once it is there for us to see it.“

—  André Malraux

Part III, Chapter VI
Les voix du silence [Voices of Silence] (1951)
Kontekst: Once the masterpiece has emerged, the lesser works surrounding it fall into place; and it then gives the impression of having been led up to and foreseeable, though actually it is inconceivable — or, rather, it can only be conceived of once it is there for us to see it. It is not a scene that has come alive, but a latent potentiality that has materialized. Suppose that one of the world's masterpieces were to disappear, leaving no trace behind it, not even a reproduction; even the completest knowledge of its maker's other works would not enable the next generation to visualize it. All the rest of Leonardo's oeuvre would not enable us to visualize the Mona Lisa; all Rembrandt's, the Three Crosses or The Prodigal Son; all Vermeer's, The Love Letter; all Titian's, the Venice Pietà; all medieval sculpture, the Chartres Kings or the Naumburg Uta. What would another picture by the Master of Villeneuve look like? How could even the most careful study of The Embarkation for Cythera, or indeed that of all Watteau's other works conjure up L'Enseigne de Gersaint, had it disappeared?

„Mutilation is the scar left by the struggle with Time, and a reminder of it — Time which is as much a part of ancient works of art as the material they are made of, and thrusts up through the fissures, from a dark underworld, where all is at once chaos and determinism.“

—  André Malraux

Part IV, Chapter VII
Les voix du silence [Voices of Silence] (1951)
Kontekst: Our characteristic response to the mutilated statue, the bronze dug up from the earth, is revealing. It is not that we prefer time-worn bas-reliefs, or rusted statuettes as such, nor is it the vestiges of death that grip us in them, but those of life. Mutilation is the scar left by the struggle with Time, and a reminder of it — Time which is as much a part of ancient works of art as the material they are made of, and thrusts up through the fissures, from a dark underworld, where all is at once chaos and determinism.

„It was not man, the individual, nor even the Supreme Being, that Robespierre set up against Christ; it was that Leviathan, the Nation.“

—  André Malraux

Part IV, Chapter I
Les voix du silence [Voices of Silence] (1951)
Kontekst: An individualism which has got beyond the stage of hedonism tends to yield to the lure of the grandiose. It was not man, the individual, nor even the Supreme Being, that Robespierre set up against Christ; it was that Leviathan, the Nation.

„Neither revolution nor war consists in doing what one pleases.“

—  André Malraux

Part 2, Section 2, Chapter 12
L'espoir [Man's Hope] (1938)
Kontekst: There are not fifty ways of fighting, there is only one, and that is to win. Neither revolution nor war consists in doing what one pleases.

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