Mediocrity would always win by force of numbers, but it would win only more mediocrity. Ellen Gla
I have little faith in the theory that organized killing is the best prelude to peace.
No idea is so antiquitated that it was not once modern. No idea is so modern that it will not some day be antiquitated . . . to seize the flying thought before it escapes us is our only touch with reality.
Spring was running in a thin green flame over the valley.
Cruelty is the only sin.
Happiness is a hardy annual.
Most women want their youth back again; but I wouldn't have mine back at any price. The worst years of my life are behind me, and my best ones ahead.
I was always a feminist, for I liked intellectual revolt as much as I disliked physical violence. On the whole, I think women havelost something precious, but have gained, immeasurably, by the passing of the old order.
What happens is not as important as how you react to what happens.
Conscience represents a fetich to which good people sacrifice their own happiness, bad people their neighbors'.
I have watchedmany literary fashions shoot up and blossom, and then fade and drop.... Yet with the many that I have seen comeand go, I have never yet encountered a mode of thinking that regarded itself as simply a changing fashion, and not as an infallible approach to the right culture.
Passion alone could destroy passion. All the thinking in the world could not make so much as a dent in its surface.
... the ordinary is simply the universal observed from the surface, that the direct approach to reality is not without, but within. Touch life anywhereand you will touch universality wherever you touch the earth.
What happens is not as important as how you react to what happens. Ellen Gla
Spring, which germinated in the earth, moved also with a strange restlessness, in the hearts of... women. As the weeks passed, inextinguishable hope, which mounts with the rising sap, looked from their faces.
... beauty, like ecstasy, has always been hostile to the commonplace. And the commonplace, under its popular label of the normal,has been the supreme authority for Homo sapiens since the days when he was probably arboreal.
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.
I'm not going to lie down and let trouble walk over me.
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.
She must face her grief where the struggle is always hardest-in the place where each trivial object is attended by pleasant memories.
But there is, I have learned, no permanent escape from the past. It may be an unrecognized law of our nature that we should be drawn back, inevitably, to the place where we have suffered most.
you could have forgiven my committing a sin if you hadn't feared that I had a committed a pleasure as well.
irony is an indispensable ingredient of the critical vision; it is the safest antidote to sentimental decay.
But youth isn't happy. Youth is sadder than age.
though pleasure may be purchasable, happiness cannot be bought for a price.
To seize the flying thought before it escapes us is our only touch with reality.
The hardest thing for me is the sense of impermanence. All passes; nothing returns.
Borrowed illusions are better than none ...
Nothing is more trying than nerves to people who have none.
No, one couldn't make a revolution, one couldn't even start a riot, with sheep that asked only for better browsing.