He knows so little and knows it so fluently.
What fools people are when they think they can make two lives belong together by saying words over them.
it is easy to convince a man who already thinks as you do ...
Life is never what one dreams. It is seldom what one desires, but for the vital spirit and the eager mind, the future will always hold the search for buried treasure and the possibility of high adventure.
To teach one's self is to be forced to learn twice.
Yes, I learned long ago that the only satisfaction of authorship lies in finding the very few who understand what we mean. As for outside rewards, there is not one that I have ever discovered.
... though not invariably the worst choice, war is always an obscene horror.
Mediocrity would always win by force of numbers, but it would win only more mediocrity.
It is lovely, when I forget all birthdays, including my own, to find that somebody remembers me.
The suitable is the last thing we ever want.
Doesn't all experience crumble in the end to mere literary material?
Though it sounds absurd, it is true to say I felt younger at sixty than I felt at twenty.
I'm not going to lie down and let trouble walk over me.
The surest way of winning love is to look as if you didn't need it.
I ain't never seen no head so level that it could bear the lettin' in of politics.
Violence commands both literature and life, and violence is always crude and distorted. Ellen Glasgo
Women like to sit down with trouble - as if it were knitting. Ellen Glasgo
convictions ... are always getting in the way of opportunities.
Knowledge, like experience, is valid in fiction only after it has dissolved and filtered down through the imagination into reality.
I suppose I am a born novelist, for the things I imagine are more vital and vivid to me than the things I remember.
After all, you can't expect men not to judge by appearances.
What happens is not as important as how you react to what happens.
to be honest and yet popular is almost as difficult in literature as it is in life.
One cannot lay a foundation by scattering stones, nor is a reputation for good work to be got by strewing volumes about the world ...
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.
In her single person she managed to produce the effect of a majority.
Give the young half a chance and they will create their own future, they will even create their own heaven and earth.
Moderation has never yet engineered an explosion
Youth is the period of harsh judgments, and a man seldom learns until he reaches thirty that human nature is made up not of simples, but of compounds.
The older I grow the more earnestly I feel that the few joys of childhood are the best that life has to give.