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Carl Clinton Van Doren

Data di nascita: 10. Settembre 1885
Data di morte: 18. Luglio 1950

Carl Clinton Van Doren è stato uno scrittore e critico letterario statunitense, vincitore del premio Pulitzer nel 1939 per il libro biografico su Benjamin Franklin. Era fratello di Mark Van Doren e zio di Charles Van Doren.



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Frasi Carl Clinton Van Doren

„Opinion has swung back and forth, while the Constitution itself has grown into a strong yet flexible organism, generally, if now and then slowly, responsive to the national circumstances and necessities.“

—  Carl Van Doren

Preface
The Great Rehearsal (1948)
Contesto: The most momentous chapter in American history is the story of the making and ratifying of the Constitution of the United States. The Constitution has so long been rooted so deeply in American life — or American life rooted so deeply in it — that the drama of its origins is often overlooked. Even historical novelists, who hunt everywhere for memorable events to celebrate, have hardly touched the event without which there would have been a United States very different from the one that now exists; or might have been no United States at all.
The prevailing conceptions of those origins have varied with the times. In the early days of the Republic it was held, by devout friends of the Constitution, that its makers had received it somewhat as Moses received the Tables of the Law on Sinai. During the years of conflict which led to the Civil War the Constitution was regarded, by one party or the other, as the rule of order or the misrule of tyranny. In still later generations the Federal Convention of 1787 has been accused of evolving a scheme for the support of special economic interests, or even a conspiracy for depriving the majority of the people of their liberties. Opinion has swung back and forth, while the Constitution itself has grown into a strong yet flexible organism, generally, if now and then slowly, responsive to the national circumstances and necessities.

„The measure of the creator is the amount of life he puts Into his work. The measure of the critic is the amount of life he finds there.“

—  Carl Van Doren

The Roving Critic (1923), p. 20
Contesto: Neither creator nor critic can make himself universal by barely taking thought about it. He is what he lives. The measure of the creator is the amount of life he puts Into his work. The measure of the critic is the amount of life he finds there.

„The most momentous chapter in American history is the story of the making and ratifying of the Constitution of the United States. The Constitution has so long been rooted so deeply in American life — or American life rooted so deeply in it — that the drama of its origins is often overlooked.“

—  Carl Van Doren

Preface
The Great Rehearsal (1948)
Contesto: The most momentous chapter in American history is the story of the making and ratifying of the Constitution of the United States. The Constitution has so long been rooted so deeply in American life — or American life rooted so deeply in it — that the drama of its origins is often overlooked. Even historical novelists, who hunt everywhere for memorable events to celebrate, have hardly touched the event without which there would have been a United States very different from the one that now exists; or might have been no United States at all.
The prevailing conceptions of those origins have varied with the times. In the early days of the Republic it was held, by devout friends of the Constitution, that its makers had received it somewhat as Moses received the Tables of the Law on Sinai. During the years of conflict which led to the Civil War the Constitution was regarded, by one party or the other, as the rule of order or the misrule of tyranny. In still later generations the Federal Convention of 1787 has been accused of evolving a scheme for the support of special economic interests, or even a conspiracy for depriving the majority of the people of their liberties. Opinion has swung back and forth, while the Constitution itself has grown into a strong yet flexible organism, generally, if now and then slowly, responsive to the national circumstances and necessities.

„The most familiar quotations are the most likely to be misquoted.“

—  Carl Van Doren

As quoted in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (1941) by Alice Mary Smyth, p. vii
Contesto: The most familiar quotations are the most likely to be misquoted. Some misquotations are still variable, some have settled down to false versions that have obscured the true ones. They have passed over from literature into speech.

„During the years of conflict which led to the Civil War the Constitution was regarded, by one party or the other, as the rule of order or the misrule of tyranny.“

—  Carl Van Doren

Preface
The Great Rehearsal (1948)
Contesto: The most momentous chapter in American history is the story of the making and ratifying of the Constitution of the United States. The Constitution has so long been rooted so deeply in American life — or American life rooted so deeply in it — that the drama of its origins is often overlooked. Even historical novelists, who hunt everywhere for memorable events to celebrate, have hardly touched the event without which there would have been a United States very different from the one that now exists; or might have been no United States at all.
The prevailing conceptions of those origins have varied with the times. In the early days of the Republic it was held, by devout friends of the Constitution, that its makers had received it somewhat as Moses received the Tables of the Law on Sinai. During the years of conflict which led to the Civil War the Constitution was regarded, by one party or the other, as the rule of order or the misrule of tyranny. In still later generations the Federal Convention of 1787 has been accused of evolving a scheme for the support of special economic interests, or even a conspiracy for depriving the majority of the people of their liberties. Opinion has swung back and forth, while the Constitution itself has grown into a strong yet flexible organism, generally, if now and then slowly, responsive to the national circumstances and necessities.

„The parallel between 1787 and 1948 is naturally not exact. Even if it were, 1787 would have no authority over 1948. Each age must make or keep its own government and determine its own future.“

—  Carl Van Doren

Preface
The Great Rehearsal (1948)
Contesto: The parallel between 1787 and 1948 is naturally not exact. Even if it were, 1787 would have no authority over 1948. Each age must make or keep its own government and determine its own future. Nor do those citizens of the world who In 1948 desire to see a federal world government created assume that the process would have to follow the example of the United States of 1787 in the details of the new government. The Federal Convention did not follow any single example. Neither should a General Conference of the United Nations be expected to.

„A classic is a book that doesn't have to be written again.“

—  Carl Van Doren

As quoted in "Bermudian" (November 1950) by James Thurber

„The race of man, while sheep in credulity, are wolves for conformity.“

—  Carl Van Doren

As quoted in Building A Speech (1990) by Sheldon Metcalfe

„Yes, it's hard to write. But it's harder not to.“

—  Carl Van Doren

As quoted in 'Writing with Authors Kids Love : Writing Exercises by Authors of Children's Literature (1998) by Kathryn L. Johnson, p. 2

„Whoever says he knows that immortality is a fact is merely hoping that it is.“

—  Carl Van Doren

Origine: Why I am Not a Believer (1926), p. 140

„There is no trustworthy evidence as to a god's absolute existence.“

—  Carl Van Doren

Origine: Why I am Not a Believer (1926), p. 139

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