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R. A. Lafferty

Data de nascimento: 7. Novembro 1914
Data de falecimento: 18. Março 2002

Raphael Aloysius Lafferty, mais conhecido como R. A. Lafferty foi um escritor americano de ficção científica e fantasia. Também escreveu um conjunto de quatro novelas autobiográficas, livros de história e vários romances. Era reconhecido pelo seu estilo original de utilização da língua, pelo uso de metáforas e pelas estruturas narrativas.

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„I am a great one for winning justice for the lowly, and I do not scare easily.“

—  R. A. Lafferty
Space Chantey (1968), Context: Roadstrum had always believed that he had troubles enough of his own. He seldom borrowed trouble, and never on usurious terms. He knew that it was a solid thing that sheep do not gather in taverns and drink beer, not even potato beer; that they do not sing, not even badly; that they do not tell stories. But a stranger can easily make trouble for himself on a strange world by challenging local customs. "But I am the greet Roadstrum," he said, suddenly and loudly. "I am a great one for winning justice for the lowly, and I do not scare easily. I threw the great Atlas at the wrestle, and who else can say as much? I suffer from the heroic sickness every third day about nightfall, and I am not sure whether this is the third day or not. I say you are men and not sheep. I say: Arise and be men indeed!" "It has been tried before," said Roadstrum's friend, the sheep, "and it didn't work." "You have tried a revolt, and it failed?" "No, no, another man tried to incite us to revolt, and failed." Ch. 5, on Polyphemia

„Put away those damned sophisticated tools and get my stone hammers. That's when I build the good stuff.“

—  R. A. Lafferty
Space Chantey (1968), Context: "I'm doing pretty good. I'm a seminal genius, they say, and I have the most sophisticated tools ever devised to work with. And I do build some good things for them. I'm quite successful. I'll tell you something, though. In the daytime, with all those sophisticated tools, and particularly if someone's watching me, I just stall around. But at night — " "Ah, at night! What do you do then, Hondstarfer?" "Put away those damned sophisticated tools and get my stone hammers. That's when I build the good stuff. Don't give me away, though, Roadstrum. Ch. 8, Hondstarfer of Valhal, speaking of his work as a design engineer.

„Roadstrum had always believed that he had troubles enough of his own. He seldom borrowed trouble, and never on usurious terms.“

—  R. A. Lafferty
Space Chantey (1968), Context: Roadstrum had always believed that he had troubles enough of his own. He seldom borrowed trouble, and never on usurious terms. He knew that it was a solid thing that sheep do not gather in taverns and drink beer, not even potato beer; that they do not sing, not even badly; that they do not tell stories. But a stranger can easily make trouble for himself on a strange world by challenging local customs. "But I am the greet Roadstrum," he said, suddenly and loudly. "I am a great one for winning justice for the lowly, and I do not scare easily. I threw the great Atlas at the wrestle, and who else can say as much? I suffer from the heroic sickness every third day about nightfall, and I am not sure whether this is the third day or not. I say you are men and not sheep. I say: Arise and be men indeed!" "It has been tried before," said Roadstrum's friend, the sheep, "and it didn't work." "You have tried a revolt, and it failed?" "No, no, another man tried to incite us to revolt, and failed." Ch. 5, on Polyphemia

„It succeeded in so twisted a fashion that the Devil himself was puzzled as to whether he had gained or lost ground by it. And he isn't easily puzzled.“

—  R. A. Lafferty, livro Fourth Mansions
Fourth Mansions (1969), Context: "There was a later time when sincere men tried to build an organization as wide as the world to secure the peace of the world. It had been tried before and it had failed before. Perhaps if it failed this time it would not be tried again for a very long while. The idea of the thing was attacked by good and bad men, in good faith and bad. The final realization of it was so close that it could be touched with the fingertips. A gambler wouldn't have given odds on it either way. It teetered, and it almost seemed as though it would succeed. Then members of that group interfered." "And it failed, O'Claire?" "No. It succeeded, Foley, as in the other case. It succeeded in so twisted a fashion that the Devil himself was puzzled as to whether he had gained or lost ground by it. And he isn't easily puzzled." Ch. 4

„The idea of the thing was attacked by good and bad men, in good faith and bad.“

—  R. A. Lafferty, livro Fourth Mansions
Fourth Mansions (1969), Context: "There was a later time when sincere men tried to build an organization as wide as the world to secure the peace of the world. It had been tried before and it had failed before. Perhaps if it failed this time it would not be tried again for a very long while. The idea of the thing was attacked by good and bad men, in good faith and bad. The final realization of it was so close that it could be touched with the fingertips. A gambler wouldn't have given odds on it either way. It teetered, and it almost seemed as though it would succeed. Then members of that group interfered." "And it failed, O'Claire?" "No. It succeeded, Foley, as in the other case. It succeeded in so twisted a fashion that the Devil himself was puzzled as to whether he had gained or lost ground by it. And he isn't easily puzzled." Ch. 4

„Believe me, all these plantations are sowed with good seed. But the Enemy from the Beginning also sows the red blight“

—  R. A. Lafferty
The Flame is Green (1971), Context: “The world is a garden,” the old man said. “It is a farm, a plantation, a sheep-ranch. In the garden are the cities also; they too are a great part of the planting. Believe me, all these plantations are sowed with good seed. But the Enemy from the Beginning also sows the red blight: these are the charlocks, the tares, called zizania in the Vulgate. Do not be fooled as to what it is and who sowed it. Do not be fooled in the factory or the arsenal, in the ship-yard or the shop; do not be fooled on the bleak farms or in the crowded city, in the club or in the workers’ hall or in the drawing room. The wrong thing that is sowed is the red weed, the red blight. And the Enemy has done this. "Or let us say that we have a green thing growing forever. Everything that is done is done by it. And on it we also have the red parasite crunching forever: and everything that is undone is undone by that. The parasite will present itself as a modern thing. It will call itself the Great Change. Less often, and warily, it will call itself the Great Renewal. But it can never be another thing than the Red Failure returned. It is a disease, it is a scarlet fever, a typhoid, a diphtheria; it is the Africa disease, it is the red leprosy, it is the crab-cancer. It is the death of the individual and of the corporate soul. And incidentally, but very often, it is also the death of the individual and of the corporate body. We are asked to swear fealty to the parasite disease which the enemy sowed from the beginning. I will not do it, and I hope that you will not." Ch. 5 : Muerte De Boscaje

„We are asked to swear fealty to the parasite disease which the enemy sowed from the beginning. I will not do it, and I hope that you will not.“

—  R. A. Lafferty
The Flame is Green (1971), Context: “The world is a garden,” the old man said. “It is a farm, a plantation, a sheep-ranch. In the garden are the cities also; they too are a great part of the planting. Believe me, all these plantations are sowed with good seed. But the Enemy from the Beginning also sows the red blight: these are the charlocks, the tares, called zizania in the Vulgate. Do not be fooled as to what it is and who sowed it. Do not be fooled in the factory or the arsenal, in the ship-yard or the shop; do not be fooled on the bleak farms or in the crowded city, in the club or in the workers’ hall or in the drawing room. The wrong thing that is sowed is the red weed, the red blight. And the Enemy has done this. "Or let us say that we have a green thing growing forever. Everything that is done is done by it. And on it we also have the red parasite crunching forever: and everything that is undone is undone by that. The parasite will present itself as a modern thing. It will call itself the Great Change. Less often, and warily, it will call itself the Great Renewal. But it can never be another thing than the Red Failure returned. It is a disease, it is a scarlet fever, a typhoid, a diphtheria; it is the Africa disease, it is the red leprosy, it is the crab-cancer. It is the death of the individual and of the corporate soul. And incidentally, but very often, it is also the death of the individual and of the corporate body. We are asked to swear fealty to the parasite disease which the enemy sowed from the beginning. I will not do it, and I hope that you will not." Ch. 5 : Muerte De Boscaje

„I will set a Wednesday-term to the monster.“

—  R. A. Lafferty
Space Chantey (1968), Context: "'Monday and Tuesday and Monday and Tuesday and Monday and Tuesday,' so the poor slaves had to sing in their labor for the puca. And finally a great savior broke the charm. 'And Wednesday too' he said, and then it was all over with." "Roadstrum is the great savior who breaks the charm," Roadstrum announced. "I will set a Wednesday-term to the monster. But there are other elements in this…" On confronting the Siren-Zo of Sireneca, in Ch. 4

„My complaint won't hold for ninety days. I accuse you people of eating men.“

—  R. A. Lafferty
Space Chantey (1968), Context: "Strangers may not lodge complaints till they have been in residence here for ninety days," the Cacique said, "and no stranger has ever remained with us that long." "My complaint won't hold for ninety days. I accuse you people of eating men." Ch. 5

„The place itself, and ne'er a good word spoke of it,
You shiver when you even make a joke of it.“

—  R. A. Lafferty
Space Chantey (1968), Context: p>The place itself, and ne'er a good word spoke of it, You shiver when you even make a joke of it.Though some go cocky, gaily in hand-basket there, The most fare sadly in a clammy casket there…Undying pain and gaping loss, no doubt of it. A wide way leading in and no way out of it! But none have told the blackest horror shrouded there — Tall teeming terror‚ but it sure is crowded there.</p On Hellpepper Planet, Ch. 7

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„Lend ear while things incredible we bring about
And Spacemen dead and deathless yet we sing about“

—  R. A. Lafferty
Space Chantey (1968), Context: Lend ear while things incredible we bring about And Spacemen dead and deathless yet we sing about:— And some were weak and wan, and some were strong enough, And some got home, but damn it took them long enough! Ch. 1

„The witch has been playing a semantic trick on us.“

—  R. A. Lafferty
Space Chantey (1968), Context: The witch has been playing a semantic trick on us. We were already pretty salty animals when we came here! It is toy animals she has turned us into. We have been working against ourselves, trying to be men again, but to be her idea of men, since we live in her context. But she does not know real animals, or men. … Be you not toys any longer! Stir up the wild business in you. You have to be real animals before you can be men. Ch. 6

„That, you see, is the hell of it.“

—  R. A. Lafferty
Space Chantey (1968), Context: This petty place cannot be Hell, Roadstrum? Ah, but it is my friend. That, you see, is the hell of it. Tiresias, Ch. 7

„Beware of those who use words to mean their opposites. At the same time have pity on them, for usually this trick is their only stock in trade.“

—  R. A. Lafferty
The Flame is Green (1971), Context: Things are set up as contraries that are not even in the same category. Listen to me: the opposite of radical is superficial, the opposite of liberal is stingy; the opposite of conservative is destructive. Thus I will describe myself as a radical conservative liberal; but certain of the tainted red fish will swear that there can be no such fish as that. Beware of those who use words to mean their opposites. At the same time have pity on them, for usually this trick is their only stock in trade. Ch. 5 : Muerte De Boscaje

„We desire very much that none of us be dead. And we will fight till all of you are dead only if it is absolutely necessary.“

—  R. A. Lafferty
Space Chantey (1968), Context: I do not understand your custom in this, but we do not intend to fight until all of us are dead. We desire very much that none of us be dead. And we will fight till all of you are dead only if it is absolutely necessary. Captain Roadstrum to Bjorn, on planet Valhal, also known as Lamos, in Ch. 2

„For all other crimes we give asylum, for the most heinous crime in the universe we give no asylum.“

—  R. A. Lafferty
Space Chantey (1968), Context: "For one crime there is no asylum even in the Club," whispered Horace the Snake, who had sharp ears for whispering. "For all other crimes we give asylum, for the most heinous crime in the universe we give no asylum." "What is the most heinous crime in the universe?" Roadstrum asked. "Killing a songbird." Ch. 7

„This is the Exact Center of the Universe.“

—  R. A. Lafferty
Space Chantey (1968), Context: They were down on Kentron-Kosmon, an insignificant world. And yet, in the middle of Space-Port there (a cow pasture rather; it wasn't much of a spaceport) there was a nice plaque of electrum and on it was lettered: This is the Exact Center of the Universe. Ch. 4

„Let us emphasize that it was hard to get into.“

—  R. A. Lafferty
Space Chantey (1968), Context: It was the most exclusive club in the world, in all the worlds, and this is a mighty pale statement to make about it. Let us emphasize that it was hard to get into. On "The Club" AKA the High Liar's Club, Ch. 7

„You show signs of levity, and that is the one thing not permitted here. This place is for serious persons only.“

—  R. A. Lafferty
Space Chantey (1968), Context: You show signs of levity, and that is the one thing not permitted here. This place is for serious persons only. If you are not serious now, by hell you'll get serious pretty quick! Tiresias, Ch. 7

„Make no mistake, this only seems“

—  R. A. Lafferty
Space Chantey (1968), Context: p>His soaring vaunt escaped the blooming ears of us, He's gone, he's dead, he's dirt, he disappears from us! Be this the death of highest thrust of human all? The flaming end of bright and shining crewmen all?Destroyed? His road is run? It's but a bend of it; Make no mistake, this only seems</p

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

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