Katherine Mansfield

(14 October 1888 – 9 January 1923 / Wellington)

Katherine Mansfield Quotes

  • ''Were we positive, eager, real—alive? No, we were not. We were a nothingness shot with gleams of what might be.''
    Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923), New Zealand-born British author. Letter, October 11, 1922, to her husband, John Middleton Murry.
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  • ''I'm a writer first and a woman after.''
    Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923), New Zealand-born British author. letter, Dec. 3, 1920, to her husband John Middleton Murry.
  • ''Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinion of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.''
    Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923), New Zealand-born British author. journal entry, Oct. 14, 1922.
  • ''Would you not like to try all sorts of lives—one is so very small—but that is the satisfaction of writing—one can impersonate so many people.''
    Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923), New Zealand-born-British author. Letter, April 24, 1907. Collected Letters, vol. 1, eds. Vincent O'Sullivan and Margaret Scott (1984).
  • ''It's a terrible thing to be alone—yes it is—it is—but don't lower your mask until you have another mask prepared beneath—as terrible as you like—but a mask.''
    Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923), New Zealand-born British author. Letter, July 1917, to her future husband, John Middleton Murry. Collected Letters, vol. 1, eds. Vincent O'Sullivan and Margaret Scott (1984). Mansfield found Murry's style of writing in which he seemed to "abase" himself—at a time when he was most influenced by the style of D.H. Lawrence—"indecent."
  • ''To work—to work! It is such infinite delight to know that we still have the best things to do.''
    Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923), New Zealand-born British author. letter, Dec. 7, 1916, to Bertrand Russell. Collected Letters, vol. 1, eds. Vincent O'Sullivan and Margaret Scott (1984).
  • ''Everything in life that we really accept undergoes a change. So suffering must become Love. That is the mystery.''
    Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923), New Zealand-born British author. The Journal of Katherine Mansfield, entry for Dec. 19, 1920 (1927).
  • ''When we can begin to take our failures nonseriously, it means we are ceasing to be afraid of them. It is of immense importance to learn to laugh at ourselves.''
    Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923), New Zealand-born-British author. The Journal of Katherine Mansfield, Oct. 1922 entry (1927).

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Best Poem of Katherine Mansfield

Autumn Song

Now's the time when children's noses
All become as red as roses
And the colour of their faces
Makes me think of orchard places
Where the juicy apples grow,
And tomatoes in a row.

And to-day the hardened sinner
Never could be late for dinner,
But will jump up to the table
Just as soon as he is able,
Ask for three times hot roast mutton--
Oh! the shocking little glutton.

Come then, find your ball and racket,
Pop into your winter jacket,
With the lovely bear-skin lining.
While the sun is brightly shining,
Let us run and play together
And ...

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Jangling Memory

Heavens above! here's an old tie of your--
Sea-green dragons stamped on a golden ground.
Ha! Ha! Ha! What children we were in those days.

Do you love me enough to wear it now?
Have you the courage of your pristine glories?
Ha! Ha! Ha! You laugh and shrug your shoulders.

Those were the days when a new tie spelt a fortune:

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