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Ferdydurke Ferdydurke by Witold Gombrowicz
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“Man is profoundly dependent on the reflection of himself in another man's soul, be it even the soul of an idiot.”
Witold Gombrowicz, Ferdydurke
“Our element is unending immaturity.”
Witold Gombrowicz, Ferdydurke
“Great! I've written something stupid, but I haven't signed a contract with anyone to produce solely wise and perfect works. I gave vent to my stupidity...and here I am, reborn.”
Witold Gombrowicz, Ferdydurke
“Great poetry must be admired, because it is great and because it is poetry, and so we admire it.”
Witold Gombrowicz, Ferdydurke
“Wielka Poezja będąc wielką i będąc poezją nie może nie zachwycać nas, a więc zachwyca!”
Witold Gombrowicz, Ferdydurke
“Beauty beheld in solitude is even more lethal.”
Witold Gombrowicz, Ferdydurke
“Against the background of general freakishness the case of my particular freakishness was lost.”
Witold Gombrowicz, Ferdydurke
“You, oh mature ones, keep company solely with other mature ones, and your maturity is so mature that it can only chum up with maturity!”
Witold Gombrowicz, Ferdydurke
“I am a collection of the family's body parts.”
Witold Gombrowicz, Ferdydurke
“I could have protested of course, who says I couldn't--I could have risen to my feet at any moment, walked up to them, and--no matter how difficult it would have been--made it abundantly clear that I was not seventeen but thirty. I could have--yet I couldn't because I didn't want to, the only thing I wanted was to prove that I was not an old-fashioned boy!”
Witold Gombrowicz, Ferdydurke
“Joey, it's high time, dear child. What will people say? If you don't want to be a doctor, at least be a womanizer, or a fancier of horses, be something... be something definite...”
Witold Gombrowicz, Ferdydurke
“A universal style is one that knows how to embrace lovingly those not quite developed. ”
Witold Gombrowicz, Ferdydurke
“Don't change the beggar into a conqueror, because it was the beggar who led you to conquest.”
Witold Gombrowicz, Ferdydurke
“Many a beauty in her own room behaves repulsively till one splits one's sides.”
Witold Gombrowicz, Ferdydurke
“If he [the Artist] were to take up the pen it would be...to better express his individuality and explain it to others; or else to put his internal affairs in order...to deepen and sharpen his relationship with his fellow men because other souls exert an immense and creative influence on our soul; or to try to fight for a world as he would like it to be, for a world that is indispensable to his life.”
Witold Gombrowicz, Ferdydurke
“And just as he had earlier, during their lunch hour, insinuated the problem of innocence to the formalists - which had incensed them and boosted their immaturity a hundredfold - he was now making an issue of my modern legs. And there I was, listening and lapping it all up - his linking the calves of my legs with those of the new generation - and coming to feel the cruelty of youth toward old calves! And there was also a kind of leg camaraderie with the schoolgirl, plus a clandestine, voluptuous collusion of legs, plus leg patriotism, plus the impudence of young legs, plus leg poetry, plus young-blooded pride in the calf of the leg, and a cult of the calf of the leg. Oh, what a fiendish body part!”
Witold Gombrowicz, Ferdydurke
“Byla to veliká odbornice na čekání, mírná, pasivní, nesmělá, a proto ji často bolely zuby, neboť se skvěle hodila do čekárny u zubaře a její zuby o tom věděly.”
Witold Gombrowicz, Ferdydurke
“¿Quién de nosotros sabría admirar a los grandes genios, si en la escuela no se le hubiese puesto bien en la cabeza que son grandes genios?”
Witold Gombrowicz, Ferdydurke
“There is nothing that the mature hate more, there is nothing that disgusts them more, than immaturity”
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“La normalidad es un equilibrista sobre el abismo de la anormalidad. ¡Cuántas ocultas demencias contiene el orden cotidiano!”
Witold Gombrowicz, Ferdydurke

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