Julien Green cytaty
Data urodzenia: 6. Wrzesień 1900
Data zgonu: 13. Sierpień 1998
Julien Green – francuski pisarz katolicki, pochodzenia amerykańskiego .
Debiutował tomem opowiadań "Le voyageur sur la terre" . Był autorem powieści poruszających problemy psychologiczne, moralne i filozoficzne, a także dramatów i dzienników. Wprowadził do powieści francuskiej nowe rodzaje ekspresji, dla której motywami najcharakterystyczniejszymi są ciemne strony życia i postaci potępieńców. W swych pierwszych utworach dokonywał wnikliwej analizy konfliktów uczuciowych, gdzie dominował wpływ Freuda. Jego późniejsza twórczość odzwierciedla zwrot ku katolicyzmowi. Autor przedstawia w niej walkę dobra ze złem.
Członek Akademii Francuskiej od 1971 .
Cytaty Julien Green
„But nowadays my heart is empty and the boxwood has lost its magic scent; yes, absolutely and entirely. The creature that I was no longer exists. When I speak to her she does not understand me; I think of her, already, as of some one I have known but who no longer has any connection with myself.
This sort of death of part of oneself strikes terror into my heart.
Life presents itself to me as a progressive series of annihilations, until in time one arrives at the general destruction of all memory and the barren slumber of one's conscience.“
— Julien Green, Le Visionnaire
„I enter the world called real as one enters a mist. Our life is a book that writes itself and whose principal themes sometimes escape us. We are like characters in a novel who do not always understand what the author wants of them. I don't want to go on playing in a world where everyone cheats. Where everyone cheats - not only men and women, but sometimes even God.“
— Julien Green, Journal
„Paris is a city that might well be spoken of in the plural, as the Greeks used to speak of Athens, for there are many Parises, and the tourists’ Paris is only superficially related to the Paris of the Parisians. The foreigner driving through Paris from one museum to another is quite oblivious to the presence of a world he brushes past without seeing. Until you have wasted time in a city, you cannot pretend to know it well. The soul of a big city is not to be grasped so easily; in order to make contact with it, you have to have been bored, you have to have suffered a bit in those places that contain it. Anyone can get hold of a guide and tick off all the monuments, but within the very confines of of Paris there is another city as difficult to access as Timbuktu once was.“
— Julien Green, Paris
„I am the road running through Paris," says the Seine. 'I have carried off many images since you were a child and reflected many clouds. I am changeable, but as people are: I have my moments of happiness in the June dawn and my sinister times some December evenings. Above all I am inquisitive - you call it being in flood. We have something in common, you everlasting passers-by and I, the fleeing water, which is that we never go back: your time is my space.“
— Julien Green, Paris
„I knew that we counted little in comparison with the universe, I knew that we were nothing; but to be so immeasurably nothing seems in some way both to overwhelm and at the same time to reassure. Those figures, those dimensions beyond the range of human thought, are utterly overpowering. Is there anything whatsoever to which we can cling? Amid that chaos of illusions into which we are cast headlong, there is one thing that stands out as true, and that is---love. All the rest is nothingness, an empty void. We peer down into a huge dark abyss. And we are afraid.“
— Julien Green, Personal record, 1928-1939