Natalie Clifford Barney

(1876-1972 / Dayton, Ohio)

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  • ''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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  • ''Lovers should also have their days off.''
    Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972), U.S.-born French author. Quoted in George Wickes, The Amazon of Letters, ch. 10 (1976).
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  • ''Time engraves our faces with all the tears we have not shed.''
    Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972), U.S.-born-French author. Quoted in George Wickes, The Amazon of Letters, ch. 10 (1976).
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  • ''Fatalism is the lazy man's way of accepting the evitable.''
    Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972), U.S.-born French author. Quoted in George Wickes, The Amazon of Letters, ch. 10 (1976).
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  • ''How many inner resources one needs to tolerate a life of leisure without fatigue''
    Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972), U.S.-born French author. Quoted in George Wickes, The Amazon of Letters, ch. 10 (1976).
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  • ''Renouncement: the heroism of mediocrity.''
    Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972), U.S.-born French author. Quoted in "Gods," Adam, no. 299 (1962).
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  • ''Would that well-thinking people should be replaced by thinking ones.''
    Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972), U.S.-born French author. quoted in "Gods," no. 299, Adam (London, 1962).
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  • ''Eternity—waste of time.''
    Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972), U.S.-born-French author. quoted in "Gods," Adam, no. 299 (1962).
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  • ''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).
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  • ''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).
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