No life is so hard that you can't make it easier by the way you take it for example by seeing it how it could be worse and then being grateful it isn't.
For me, the novel is experience illumined by imagination ...
What a man marries for's hard to tell ... an' what a woman marries for's past findin' out.
Evidently, whatever else marriage might prevent, it was not a remedy for isolation of spirit.
O God, let me write books! Please, God, let me write books!
Pessimism is the affectation of youth, the reality of age.
I liked human beings, but I did not love human nature.
The worst thing about war is that so many people enjoy it.
. . . this rage - I have never forgotten it - contained every anger, every revolt I had ever felt in my life - the way I felt when I saw the black dog hunted, the way I felt when I watched old Uncle Henry taken away to the almshouse, the way I felt whenever I had seen people or animals hurt for the
The truth is I've got the land on my back, an' it's drivin' me. Land is a hard driver.
Nothing is more trying than nerves to people who have none.
True goodness is an inward grace, not an outward necessity.
for my own purpose, I defined the art of fiction as experience illuminated.
Nothing is more consuming, or more illogical, than the desire for remembrance. Ellen Glasgo
Cynicism is a sure sign of youth.
The share of the sympathetic publisher in the author's success - the true success so different from the ephemeral - is apt to be overlooked in these blatant days, so it is just as well that some of us should keep it in mind.
The hardest thing to believe when you're young is that people will fight to stay in a rut, but not to get out of one.
Do you know there is always a barrier between me and any man or woman who does not like dogs?
I have written chiefly because, though I have often dreaded the necessity, I have found it more painful, in the end, not to write.
Moderation has never yet engineered an explosion
There wouldn't be half as much fun in the world if it weren't for children and men, and there ain't a mite of difference between them under the skins.
Women like to sit down with trouble - as if it were knitting.
The only difference between a rut and a grave are the dimensions.
In the past few years, I have made a thrilling discovery ... that until one is over sixty, one can never really learn the secret of living. One can then begin to live, not simply with the intense part of oneself, but with one's entire being.
the great novels have marched with the years. They are the contemporaries of time.
The older I grow the more earnestly I feel that the few joys of childhood are the best that life has to give.
I haven't much opinion of words. They're apt to set fire to a dry tongue, that's what I say.
Although the primitive in art may be both interesting and impressive, as portrayed in American fiction it is conspicuous for dullness alone. Drab persons living drab lives, observed by drab minds and reported in drab writing ...
Theories have nothing to do with life ...
... the novel, as a living force, if not as a work of art, owes an incalculable debt to what we call, mistakenly, the new psychology, to Freud, in his earlier interpretations, and more truly, I think, to Jung.