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Wilfred Thesiger

Data urodzenia: 3. Czerwiec 1910
Data zgonu: 24. Sierpień 2003

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Sir Wilfred Patrick Thesiger także Mubarak bin London – brytyjski podróżnik, odkrywca i pisarz, znany ze swoich podróży po Arabii i wieloletniego pobytu wśród Madanów opisanych w książkach Arabian Sands i The Marsh Arabs .

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Cytaty Wilfred Thesiger

„The harder the life the finer the type“

— Wilfred Thesiger
Context: The harder the life the finer the type and there’s no doubt about that; the easier you make life the lower goes your standards. Interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swjcpS6EpV4&feature=youtu.be&t=17m43s. 2001.

„I think the harder the life, the finer the type“

— Wilfred Thesiger
Context: I think the harder the life, the finer the type, yes, and I certainly felt this about the Bedu. When I went there, I felt that the difficulty was going to be living up physically to the hardships of their life. But, on the contrary, it was the difficulty of meeting their high standards: their generosity, their patience, their loyalty, their courage and all these things. And they had a quality of nobility. Answer to “Do you think that hardship and, indeed, suffering bring nobility?” Interview with Sir David Attenborough first broadcast on Channel 4 in August 1994. Wilfred Thesiger in Africa, edited by Chris Morton and Philip Grover (2010), p. 82.

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„Regretfully, however, I realize that the maps I made helped others, with more material aims, to visit and corrupt a people whose spirit once lit the desert like a flame.“

— Wilfred Thesiger
Context: Yet I wondered fancifully if he had seen more clearly than they did, had sensed the threat which my presence implied – the approaching disintegration of his society and the destruction of his beliefs. Here especially it seemed that the evil that comes with sudden change would far outweigh the good.  While I was with the Arabs I wished only to live as they lived and, now that I have left them, I would gladly think that nothing in their lives was altered by my coming.  Regretfully, however, I realize that the maps I made helped others, with more material aims, to visit and corrupt a people whose spirit once lit the desert like a flame. p. 68.

„No man can live this life and emerge unchanged. He will carry, however faint, the imprint of the desert, the brand which marks the nomad; and he will have within him the yearning to return, weak or insistent according to his nature. For this cruel land can cast a spell which no temperate clime can match.“

— Wilfred Thesiger
Context: A cloud gathers, the rain falls, men live; the cloud disperses without rain, and men and animals die. In the deserts of southern Arabia there is no rhythm of the seasons, no rise and fall of sap, but empty wastes where only the changing temperature marks the passage of the years. It is a bitter, desiccated land which knows nothing of gentleness or ease….. No man can live this life and emerge unchanged. He will carry, however faint, the imprint of the desert, the brand which marks the nomad; and he will have within him the yearning to return, weak or insistent according to his nature. For this cruel land can cast a spell which no temperate clime can match. Prologue. p. 1.

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„God, you must be a couple of pansies.“

— Wilfred Thesiger
Newby, Eric (1958). A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush. Secker & Warburg. The final sentence of the book as Thesiger watches Newby and Hugh Carless inflate their air beds

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