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Quotations From NATALIE CLIFFORD BARNEY

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  • 1.
    Youth is not a question of years: one is young or old from birth.
    Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972), U.S.-born French author. quoted in "Samples from Almost Illegible Notebooks," no. 299, Adam (1962).

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  • 2.
    If we keep an open mind, too much is likely to fall into it.
    Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972), U.S.-born French author. quoted in "Samples from Almost Illegible Notebooks," no. 299, Adam (London, 1962).
  • 3.
    There are ... intangible realities which float near us, formless and without words; realities which no one has thought out, and which are excluded for lack of interpreters.
    Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972), U.S.-born French author. quoted in "On Writing and Writers," Adam, no. 299 (London, 1962), trans. by Ezra Pound.
  • 4.
    To be one's own master is to be the slave of self.
    Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972), U.S.-born French author. quoted in "Samples from Almost Illegible Notebooks," no. 299, Adam (London, 1962).
  • 5.
    Why grab possessions like thieves, or divide them like socialists when you can ignore them like wise men?
    Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972), U.S.-born French author. quoted in "My Country 'tis of Thee," no. 299, Adam (London, 1962).
  • 6.
    It is time for dead languages to be quiet.
    Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972), U.S.-born French author. Quoted in "On Writing and Writers," no. 299, Adam (London, 1962), trans. by Ezra Pound.

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  • 7.
    Most virtue is a demand for greater seduction.
    Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972), U.S.-born French author. quoted in "My Country 'tis of Thee," Adam, no. 299 (London, 1962).
  • 8.
    We know all their gods; they ignore ours. What they call our sins are our gods, and what they call their gods, we name otherwise.
    Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972), U.S.-born French author. quoted in "Gods," no. 299, Adam (1962).
  • 9.
    Renouncement: the heroism of mediocrity.
    Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972), U.S.-born French author. Quoted in "Gods," Adam, no. 299 (1962).
  • 10.
    Novels are longer than life.
    Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972), U.S.-born-French author. quoted in Adam, no. 299, "On Writing and Writers," trans. by Ezra Pound (1962).

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