Quotations From WILLA CATHER
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Where there is great love there are always miracles.Willa Cather (1873-1947), U.S. novelist. Jean Marie Latour, in Death Comes for the Archbishop, book I, ch. IV (1927).
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It was no wonder that her sons stood tall and straight. She was a rich mine of life, like the founders of early races.Willa Cather (1873-1947), U.S. novelist. Jim Burden, in My Antonia, book V, ch. I (1918; rev. 1926). The narrator sums up the symbolic importance Antonia has for him.
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I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do.Willa Cather (1876-1947), U.S. author. Marie, in O Pioneers! pt. 2, ch. 8 (1913).
Whatever we had missed, we possessed together the precious, the incommunicable past.Willa Cather (1873-1947), U.S. novelist. Jim Burden, in My Antonia, book V, ch. III (1918; rev. 1926). The closing words of Jim's narrative; this sums up his sense of what he and Antonia shared.
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The thing that teases the mind over and over for years, and at last gets itself put down rightly on paperwhether little or great, it belongs to Literature.Willa Cather (1873-1947), U.S. novelist. originally published in The Best Stories of Sarah Orne Jewett (1925); repr. In Willa Cather on Writing. The Best Stories of Sarah Orne Jewett, preface, University of Nebraska Press (1988). Cather attributes this remark to her mentor and precursor, Sarah Orne Jewett.
Only solitary men know the full joys of friendship. Others have their familybut to a solitary and an exile his friends are everything.Willa Cather (1876-1947), U.S. author. Shadows on the Rock, bk. 3, ch. 5 (1931).
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From time immemorial the men of the town have been famous seamen, and have divided their energies between fishing and hating the English.Willa Cather (1876-1947), U.S. novelist. Willa Cather in Europe, ch. 8 (1956). Written in the summer of 1902 on a visit to the town of Dieppe during her first trip to France.
The condition every art requires is, not so much freedom from restriction, as freedom from adulteration and from the intrusion of foreign matter.Willa Cather (1876-1947), U.S. author. "Four Letters: Escapism," On Writing (1949). Written 1936.
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Desire is creation, is the magical element in that process. If there were an instrument by which to measure desire, one could foretell achievement.Willa Cather (1873-1947), U.S. novelist. Godfrey St. Peter, in The Professor's House, book I, ch. I (1925). The protagonist, a writer of history books, reflects on the creative process.
She remembered home as a place where there were always too many children, a cross man and work piling up around a sick woman.Willa Cather (1873-1947), U.S. novelist. Jim Burden, in My Antonia, book III, ch. IV (1918; rev. 1926). The narrator sums up Lina Lingard's critique of home and family.
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