Willa Cather Quotes

20 Willa Cather quotes:

"Ugly accidents happen . . . always have and always will. But the failures are swept back into the pile and forgotten. They don`t leave any lasting scar in the world, and they don`t affect the future. The things that last are the good things. The people who forge ahead and do something, they really count."
Author: Cather Quotes Category: Accidents Quotes
"I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do."
"I shall not die of a cold. I shall die of having lived."
"Only solitary men know the full joys of frienship. Others have their family; but to a solitary and an exile, his friends are everything."
Author: Cather Quotes Category: American Author Quotes Exile Quotes
"Winter lies too long in country towns; hangs on until it is stale and shabby, old and sullen."
"What was any art but a mould in which to imprison for a moment the shining elusive element which is life itself - life hurrying past us and running away, too strong to stop, too sweet to lose."
"The miracles of the church seem to me to rest not so much upon faces or voices or healing power coming suddenly near to us from afar off, but upon our perceptions being made finer, so that for a moment our eyes can see and our ears can hear what is there about us always."
"The heart of another is a dark forest, always, no matter how close it has been to one's own."
"Some memories are realities, and are better than anything that can ever happen to one again."
"The dead might as well try to speak to the living as the old to the young."
"Give the people a new word and they think they have a new fact."
"Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen."
"There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm."
"Where there is great love, there are always wishes."
"Writing ought either to be the manufacture of stories for which there is a market demand -- a business as safe and commendable as making soap or breakfast foods -- or it should be an art, which is always a search for something for which there is no market demand, something new and untried, where the values are intrinsic and have nothing to do with standardized values."
"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, puzzled and in the dark like ourselves"
Author: Cather Quotes Category: Arrogance Quotes
"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."
"Where there is great love, there are always miracles."
"If youth did not matter so much to itself it would never have the heart to go on"
Author: Cather Quotes Category: Heart Quotes
"He had the uneasy manner of a man who is not among his own kind, and who has not seen enough of the world to feel that all people are in some sense his own kind"
Author: Cather Quotes Category: Kindness Quotes

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