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John Cowper Powys

Data urodzenia: 8. Październik 1872
Data zgonu: 17. Czerwiec 1963

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John Cowper Powys – angielski poeta, prozaik i eseista.

W swojej twórczości podejmował na ogół tematykę filozoficzną. Jego pierwszym sukcesem była powieść Wolf Solent , łącząca realistyczą obserwację świata ludzi i przyrody z medytacją i wnikliwą autoanalizą psychologiczną. Zainteresowanie dziejami legendarnymi i historią, często ubarwioną przez bujną wyobraźnię, znalazły swój wyraz w innych jego powieściach: A Glastonbury Romance , Owen Glendower , Atlantis . Powys był też autorem licznych tomów esei, m.in. The Meaning of Culture oraz The Pleasures of Literature .

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Cytaty John Cowper Powys

„Even the most purely rational minds who find the universe in "pure thought" are driven against their rational will to visualize this "pure thought" and to give it body and form and shape and movement.“

—  John Cowper Powys
Context: One of the curious psychological facts, in connection with the various ways in which various minds function, is the fact that when in these days we seek to visualize, in some pictorial manner, our ultimate view of life, the images which are called up are geometrical or chemical rather than anthropomorphic. It is probable that even the most rational and logical among us as soon as he begins to philosophize at all is compelled by the necessity of things to form in the mind some vague pictorial representation answering to his conception of the universe. Most minds see the universe of their mental conception as something quite different from the actual stellar universe upon which we all gaze. Even the most purely rational minds who find the universe in "pure thought" are driven against their rational will to visualize this "pure thought" and to give it body and form and shape and movement. Chapter I

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„We philosophize for the same reason that we move and speak and laugh and eat and love. In other words, we philosophize because man is a philosophical animal.… We may be as sceptical as we please. Our very scepticism is the confession of an implicit philosophy.“

—  John Cowper Powys
Context: My answer to the question "Why do we philosophize?" is as follows. We philosophize for the same reason that we move and speak and laugh and eat and love. In other words, we philosophize because man is a philosophical animal.… We may be as sceptical as we please. Our very scepticism is the confession of an implicit philosophy. Chapter I

„The eternal conflict between love and malice is the eternal contest between life and death. And this contest is what the complex vision reveals, as it moves from darkness to darkness.“

—  John Cowper Powys
Context: This swallowing up of life in nothingness, this obliteration of life by nothingness is what the emotion of malice ultimately desires. The eternal conflict between love and malice is the eternal contest between life and death. And this contest is what the complex vision reveals, as it moves from darkness to darkness. Chapter I

„Love, in spite of all rational knowledge to the contrary, is always in the mood of believing in miracles.“

—  John Cowper Powys
Context: The influence of friendship upon culture differs from that of love, in that it assumes the basic idiosyncrasies of personal taste to be unalterable. Love, in spite of all rational knowledge to the contrary, is always in the mood of believing in miracles. p. 170

„We are all creators. We all create a mythological world of our own out of certain shapeless materials.“

—  John Cowper Powys
Context: Not the wretchedest man or woman but has a deep secretive mythology with which to wrestle with the material world and to overcome it and pass beyond it. Not the wretchedest human being but has his share in the creative energy that builds the world. We are all creators. We all create a mythological world of our own out of certain shapeless materials. p. 222

„It is strange how few people make more than a casual cult of enjoying Nature.“

—  John Cowper Powys, A Glastonbury Romance
Context: It is strange how few people make more than a casual cult of enjoying Nature. And yet the earth is actually and literally the mother of us all. One needs no strange spiritual faith to worship the earth. p. 178

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