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Katherine Anne Porter Quotes: "Love must be learned and learned again; There is no end."

Love must be learned and learned again; There is no end.




Katherine Anne Porter Quotes: "You waste life when you waste good food."

You waste life when you waste good food.




Katherine Anne Porter Quotes: "You shouldn't side-step suffering if you have to go through it to get where you're going."

You shouldn't side-step suffering if you have to go through it to get where you're going.



Katherine Anne Porter Quotes: "Trust your happiness and the richness of your life at this moment. It is as true and as much yours as anything else that ever happened to you."

Trust your happiness and the richness of your life at this moment. It is as true and as much yours as anything else that ever happened to you.




Katherine Anne Porter Quotes: "The real sin against life is to abuse and destroy beauty, even one's own even more, one's own, for that has been put in our care and we are responsible for its well-being."

The real sin against life is to abuse and destroy beauty, even one's own even more, one's own, for that has been put in our care and we are responsible for its well-being.



Katherine Anne Porter Quotes: "What we need now is endless courage."

What we need now is endless courage.



Katherine Anne Porter Quotes: "Each generation must get on the same old merry-go-round, only disguised in a fresh coat of paint."

Each generation must get on the same old merry-go-round, only disguised in a fresh coat of paint.




Katherine Anne Porter Quotes: "I shall try to tell the truth, but the result will be fiction."

I shall try to tell the truth, but the result will be fiction.



Katherine Anne Porter Quotes: "I get so tired of moral bookkeeping."

I get so tired of moral bookkeeping.



Katherine Anne Porter Quotes: "It's a man's world, and you men can have it."

It's a man's world, and you men can have it.



Katherine Anne Porter Quotes: "It is such a relief to be told the truth."

It is such a relief to be told the truth.



Katherine Anne Porter Quotes: "Love must be learned again and again... Hate needs no instruction, but waits only to be provoked."

Love must be learned again and again... Hate needs no instruction, but waits only to be provoked.




Katherine Anne Porter Quotes: "A story is like something you wind out of yourself. Like a spider, it is a web you weave, and you love your story like a child."

A story is like something you wind out of yourself. Like a spider, it is a web you weave, and you love your story like a child.



Katherine Anne Porter Quotes: "Childhood is the fiery furnace in which we are melted down to essentials and that essential shaped for good."

Childhood is the fiery furnace in which we are melted down to essentials and that essential shaped for good.



Katherine Anne Porter Quotes: "No man can be explained by his personal history, least of all a poet."

No man can be explained by his personal history, least of all a poet.



Katherine Anne Porter Quotes: "Those who give the orders are not the ones to die The people who are doing the work and the fighting and the dying, and those who are doing the talking, are not all the same people."

Those who give the orders are not the ones to die The people who are doing the work and the fighting and the dying, and those who are doing the talking, are not all the same people.



Katherine Anne Porter Quotes: "The real sin against life is to abuse and destroy beauty, even one's own."

The real sin against life is to abuse and destroy beauty, even one's own.



Katherine Anne Porter Quotes: "Miracles are instantaneous, they cannot be summoned, but come of themselves, usually at unlikely moments and to those who least expect them."

Miracles are instantaneous, they cannot be summoned, but come of themselves, usually at unlikely moments and to those who least expect them.



Katherine Anne Porter Quotes: "God does not know whether a skin is black or white, He sees only souls."

God does not know whether a skin is black or white, He sees only souls.



Katherine Anne Porter Quotes: "Be respectful of words. They mean something."

Be respectful of words. They mean something.



Katherine Anne Porter Quotes: "Could she fall so low? No, there were limits, and she believed she still knew where some of them were."

Could she fall so low? No, there were limits, and she believed she still knew where some of them were.



Katherine Anne Porter Quotes: "Two-thirds of my energies go in trying to save one-third for work."

Two-thirds of my energies go in trying to save one-third for work.



Katherine Anne Porter Quotes: "Freedom is a dangerous intoxicant and very few people can tolerate it in any quantity."

Freedom is a dangerous intoxicant and very few people can tolerate it in any quantity.



Katherine Anne Porter Quotes: "Every young artist has to do it one way, his [or her] way, and the hell with patterns. Remember who you are and where you are and what you are doing.... And never take advice, including this."

Every young artist has to do it one way, his [or her] way, and the hell with patterns. Remember who you are and where you are and what you are doing.... And never take advice, including this.



Katherine Anne Porter Quotes: "Lovemaking surely must be, for human beings at our present state of development, one of the more private enterprises. Who would want a witness to that entire self-abandonment and helplessness?"

Lovemaking surely must be, for human beings at our present state of development, one of the more private enterprises. Who would want a witness to that entire self-abandonment and helplessness?



Katherine Anne Porter Quotes: "Physical infidelity is the signal, the notice given, that all fidelities are undermined."

Physical infidelity is the signal, the notice given, that all fidelities are undermined.



Katherine Anne Porter Quotes: "They had both noticed that a life of dissipation sometimes gave to a face the look of gaunt suffering spirituality that a life of asceticism was supposed to give and quite often did not."

They had both noticed that a life of dissipation sometimes gave to a face the look of gaunt suffering spirituality that a life of asceticism was supposed to give and quite often did not.



Katherine Anne Porter Quotes: "First impressions are often signals from the deep that we should credit oftener than we do."

First impressions are often signals from the deep that we should credit oftener than we do.



Katherine Anne Porter Quotes: "Your mind outwears all sorts of things you may set your heart upon; you can enjoy it when all other things are taken away."

Your mind outwears all sorts of things you may set your heart upon; you can enjoy it when all other things are taken away.



Katherine Anne Porter Quotes: "Evil is dull, that is the worst of it."

Evil is dull, that is the worst of it.



Katherine Anne Porter Quotes: "There are so many things that we are capable of, that we could be or do. The potentialities are so great that we never, any of us, are more than one-fourth fulfilled."

There are so many things that we are capable of, that we could be or do. The potentialities are so great that we never, any of us, are more than one-fourth fulfilled.



Katherine Anne Porter Quotes: "I was right not to be afraid of any thief but myself, who will end by leaving me nothing."

I was right not to be afraid of any thief but myself, who will end by leaving me nothing.



Katherine Anne Porter Quotes: "But the great leveler, Death: not even the gods can defend a man, not even one they love, that day when fate takes hold and lays him out at last."

But the great leveler, Death: not even the gods can defend a man, not even one they love, that day when fate takes hold and lays him out at last.



Katherine Anne Porter Quotes: "Nothing is mine, I have only nothing but it is enough, it is beautiful and it is all mine. Do I even walk about in my own skin or is it something I have borrowed to spare my modesty?"

Nothing is mine, I have only nothing but it is enough, it is beautiful and it is all mine. Do I even walk about in my own skin or is it something I have borrowed to spare my modesty?



Katherine Anne Porter Quotes: "A novel is really like a symphony where instrument after instrument has to come in at its own time, and no other."

A novel is really like a symphony where instrument after instrument has to come in at its own time, and no other.



Katherine Anne Porter Quotes: "Most people won't realise that writing is a craft. You have to take your apprenticeship in it like anything else."

Most people won't realise that writing is a craft. You have to take your apprenticeship in it like anything else.



Katherine Anne Porter Quotes: "If you are required to kill someone today, on the promise of a political leader that someone else shall live in peace tomorrow, believe me, you are not only a double murderer, you are a suicide, too."

If you are required to kill someone today, on the promise of a political leader that someone else shall live in peace tomorrow, believe me, you are not only a double murderer, you are a suicide, too.



Katherine Anne Porter Quotes: "We do not run from the troubles and dangers that are truly ours, and it is better to learn what they are earlier than later, and if we don't run from the others, we are fools."

We do not run from the troubles and dangers that are truly ours, and it is better to learn what they are earlier than later, and if we don't run from the others, we are fools.



Katherine Anne Porter Quotes: "I have not much interest in anyone's personal history after the tenth year, not even my own. Whatever one was going to be was all prepared before that."

I have not much interest in anyone's personal history after the tenth year, not even my own. Whatever one was going to be was all prepared before that.



Katherine Anne Porter Quotes: "Defeat in this world is no disgrace and that is what they cannot understand. If you really fought well and fought for the right thing."

Defeat in this world is no disgrace and that is what they cannot understand. If you really fought well and fought for the right thing.



Katherine Anne Porter Quotes: ". . . all that she had had, and all that she had missed, were lost together, and were twice lost in this landslide of remembered losses."

. . . all that she had had, and all that she had missed, were lost together, and were twice lost in this landslide of remembered losses.



Katherine Anne Porter Quotes: "I will never again attempt to tell any young person what to do - the really gifted don't need advice and the others can't take it."

I will never again attempt to tell any young person what to do - the really gifted don't need advice and the others can't take it.



Katherine Anne Porter Quotes: "Love is purely a creation of the human imagination, it is merely perhaps the most important of all the examples of how the imagination continually outruns the creature it inhabits."

Love is purely a creation of the human imagination, it is merely perhaps the most important of all the examples of how the imagination continually outruns the creature it inhabits.



Katherine Anne Porter Quotes: "I've been called a stylist until I really could tear my hair out. And I simply don't believe in style. The style is you."

I've been called a stylist until I really could tear my hair out. And I simply don't believe in style. The style is you.



Katherine Anne Porter Quotes: "I want to go and see the world. I want to know the world like the palm of my hand."

I want to go and see the world. I want to know the world like the palm of my hand.



Katherine Anne Porter Quotes: "One of the marks of a gift is to have the courage of it."

One of the marks of a gift is to have the courage of it.



Katherine Anne Porter Quotes: "Be bold, and try not to fall in love with your faults. Don't be so afraid of giving yourself away, either, for if yo write, you must. And if you can't face that, better not write."

Be bold, and try not to fall in love with your faults. Don't be so afraid of giving yourself away, either, for if yo write, you must. And if you can't face that, better not write.



Katherine Anne Porter Quotes: "The greatest art comes out of warmth and conviction and deep feeling, but then, very few people, even geniuses, have all that."

The greatest art comes out of warmth and conviction and deep feeling, but then, very few people, even geniuses, have all that.



Katherine Anne Porter Quotes: "who wants to read about success? It is the early struggle which makes a good story."

who wants to read about success? It is the early struggle which makes a good story.