It is lovely, when I forget all birthdays, including my own, to find that somebody remembers me.

-Ellen Glasgow
Ellen Glasgow

1. Always wait between books for the springs to fill up and flow over. 2. Always preserve within a wild sanctuary, an inaccessible valley of reveries. 3. Always, and as far as it is possible, endeavor to touch life on every side; but keep the central vision of the mind, the inmost light, untouched and untouchable.

Ellen Glasgow
I've liked life well enough, but I reckon I'll like death even better as soon as I've gotten used to the feel of it. ... I shouldn't be amazed to find it less lonely than life after I'm once safely settled.
Ellen Glasgow

No matter how vital experience might be while you lived it, no sooner was it ended and dead than it became as lifeless as the piles of dry dust in a school history book.

Ellen Glasgow
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.
Ellen Glasgow

Give the young half a chance and they will create their own future, they will even create their own heaven and earth.

Ellen Glasgow
It would appear, from the best examples, that the proper way of beginning a preface to one's work is with a humble apology for having written at all.
Ellen Glasgow

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.

Ellen Glasgow
Like all born politicians, their eye was for the main chance rather than for the argument, and they found it easier to forswear a conviction than to forego a comfort.
Ellen Glasgow

irony is an indispensable ingredient of the critical vision; it is the safest antidote to sentimental decay.

Ellen Glasgow
Women are one of the Almighty's enigmas to prove to men that He knows more than they do.