G C Lichtenberg: “It is as if our languages were confounded: when we want a thought, they bring us a word; when we ask for a word, they give us a dash; and when we expect a dash, there comes a piece of bawdy.”

Shel Silverstein : “Talked my head off Worked my tail off Cried my eyes out Walked my feet off Sang my heart out So you see, There’s really not much left of me.” ~

Martin Amis: “Gogol is funny, Tolstoy in his merciless clarity is funny, and Dostoyevsky, funnily enough, is very funny indeed; moreover, the final generation of Russian literature, before it was destroyed by Lenin and Stalin, remained emphatically comic — Bunin, Bely, Bulgakov, Zamyatin. The novel is comic because life is comic (until the inevitable tragedy of the fifth act);...”

Werner Herzog: “We are surrounded by worn-out, banal, useless and exhausted images, limping and dragging themselves behind the rest of our cultural evolution.”

John Gray: "Unlike Schopenhauer, who lamented the human lot, Leopardi believed that the best response to life is laughter. What fascinated Schopenhauer, along with many later writers, was Leopardi’s insistence that illusion is necessary to human happiness."

Justin E.H. Smith: “One should of course take seriously serious efforts to improve society. But when these efforts fail, in whole or in part, it is only humor that offers redemption. So far, human expectations have always been strained, and have always come, give or take a bit, to nothing. In this respect reality itself has the form of a joke, and humor the force of truth.”

विलास सारंग: "… . . 1000 नंतर ज्या प्रकारची संस्कृती रुढ झाली , त्यामध्ये साधारणत्व विश्वात्मकता हे गुण प्राय: लुप्त झाले...आपली संस्कृती अकाली विश्वात्मक साधारणतेला मुकली आहे."

Friday, September 06, 2013

Attired Man Though Has Lost the Trust...आवृत माणसाने मात्र कसा गमावला भरवसा



G.C. Lichtenberg:


"It is a good thing Heaven has not given us the power to alter our bodies as much as we would like to and as much as our theories might happen to require. One man would cover himself with eyes, another with sexual organs, a third with ears, etc."

Desmond Morris:

"There are one hundred and ninety-three living species of monkeys and apes. One hundred and
ninety-two of them are covered with hair. The exception is a naked ape self-named Homo sapiens."


 


If I get to quote one Marathi poem as a tribute to John Gray's book "Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals", 2003,  it would be this:

म. म. देशपांडे - 'भरवसा':

"नंगधडंग खार
नाही विचार
की कुणी पाहतो
चाहतो
हा कावळाही तसाच
कमरेला वस्त्र नाही
बेटय़ाच्या
अनावृत इथे सारे
पशु, पक्षी, वृक्ष, वारे
आवृत माणसाने
मात्र कसा
गमावला भरवसा"

(quoted in Loksatta here.)

The poem ends with these words :

"bare everything here
animals, birds, trees, winds
attired man
though has 
lost the trust."

p.s.

Avadhoot Dongre (अवधूत डोंगरे) informed on July 2 2013:

"...देशपांड्यांचा उल्लेख 'रेघे'वर मागे एकदा आलेला आहे. दिलीप चित्र्यांच्या 'साहित्य आणि अस्तित्त्वभान - ' ह्या शब्दालय प्रकाशनाने प्रकाशित केलेल्या खंडातही या देशपांड्यांच्या एका कवितेबद्दलचं म्हणणं आहे. आणि बहुतेक देशपांड्यांच्या कवितांचं एक पुस्तक पद्मगंधा प्रकाशनाने काढलंय. ही माहिती कदाचित तुम्हाला आधीपासून असेल. पण तुम्ही त्याबद्दल उत्सुकता दाखवलेली दिसली म्हणून..."

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