Quotations From WILLA CATHER

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  • Artistic growth is, more than it is anything else, a refining of the sense of truthfulness. The stupid believe that to be truthful is easy; only the artist, the great artist, knows how difficult it is.
    Willa Cather (1876-1947), U.S. author. The Song of the Lark, pt. 6, ch. 11 (1915).

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  • ...of all the shoddy foreigners one encounters, there are none so depressing as the London shoddy.
    Willa Cather (1876-1947), U.S. novelist. Willa Cather in Europe, ch. 5 (1956). Written on July 22, 1902.

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  • The fact that I was a girl never damaged my ambitions to be a pope or an emperor.
    Willa Cather (1873-1947), U.S. novelist. Originally published in The Home Monthly (December 1897). review of Eugene Sue, The Wandering Jew, repr. In The World and the Parish: Willa Cather's Articles and Reviews, 1893-1902, vol. 1, ed. William M. Curtin, University of Nebraska Press (1970).

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  • The history of every country begins in the heart of a man or a woman.
    Willa Cather (1876-1947), U.S. author. O Pioneers! pt. 1, ch. 5 (1913).

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  • Of all the bewildering things about a new country, the absence of human landmarks is one of the most depressing and disheartening.
    Willa Cather (1873-1947), U.S. novelist. O Pioneers! Part 1, ch. 2 (1913).
  • Religion and art spring from the same root and are close kin. Economics and art are strangers.
    Willa Cather (1876-1947), U.S. author. Article first published in Commonweal (April 17, 1936). On Writing, "Four Letters: Escapism," (1949).

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