Willa Sibert Cather Quotes


22 Willa Sibert Cather quotes:



"Sometimes a neighbor whom we have disliked a lifetime for his arrogance and conceit lets fall a single commonplace remark that shows us another side, another man, really; a man uncertain, and puzzled, and in the dark like ourselves."
"Paris is a hard place to leave, even when it rains incessantly and one coughs continually from the dampness."
"The fact that I was a girl never damaged my ambitions to be a pope or an emperor."
"The condition every art requires is, not so much freedom from restriction, as freedom from adulteration and from the intrusion of foreign matter."
"Of all the bewildering things about a new country, the absence of human landmarks is one of the most depressing and disheartening."
"To note an artist's limitations is but to define his talent. A reporter can write equally well about everything that is presented to his view, but a creative writer can do his best only with what lies within the range and character of his deepest sympathies."
"When kindness has left people, even for a few moments, we become afraid of them as if their reason had left them. When it has left a place where we have always found it, it is like shipwreck; we drop from security into something malevolent and bottomless."
"The sun was like a great visiting presence that stimulated and took its due from all animal energy. When it flung wide its cloak and stepped down over the edge of the fields at evening, it left behind it a spent and exhausted world."
"A work-room should be like an old shoe; no matter how shabby, it's better than a new one."
"All the intelligence and talent in the world can't make a singer. The voice is a wild thing. It can't be bred in captivity. It is a sport, like the silver fox. It happens."
"The irregular and intimate quality of things made entirely by the human hand."
"There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before."
"The thing that teases the mind over and over for years, and at last gets itself put down rightly on paper whether little or great, it belongs to Literature."
"Sometimes I wonder why God ever trusts talent in the hands of women, they usually make such an infernal mess of it. I think He must do it as a sort of ghastly joke."
"It does not matter much whom we live with in this world, but it matters a great deal whom we dream of."
"Desire is creation, is the magical element in that process. If there were an instrument by which to measure desire, one could foretell achievement."
"Every artist makes himself born. It is very much harder than the other time, and longer."
"No one can build his security upon the nobleness of another person."
"That is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great."
"When we look back, the only things we cherish are those which in some way met our original want; the desire which formed in us in early youth, undirected, and of its own accord."



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