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Willa Cather Quotes: "There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm."

There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.




Willa Cather Quotes: "The heart of another is a dark forest, always, no matter how close it has been to one's own."

The heart of another is a dark forest, always, no matter how close it has been to one's own.



Willa Cather Quotes: "Where there is great love there are always wishes."

Where there is great love there are always wishes.



Willa Cather Quotes: "Her secret? It is every artist's secret--passion. That is all. It is an open secret, and perfectly safe. Like heroism, it is inimitable in cheap materials."

Her secret? It is every artist's secret--passion. That is all. It is an open secret, and perfectly safe. Like heroism, it is inimitable in cheap materials.




Willa Cather Quotes: "I only knew the schoolbooks said he "died in the wilderness, of a broken heart.""More than him has done that, " said Antonia sadly, and the girls murmured assent."

I only knew the schoolbooks said he "died in the wilderness, of a broken heart.""More than him has done that, " said Antonia sadly, and the girls murmured assent.



Willa Cather Quotes: "I prefer to be foolish when I feel like it, and be accountable to nobody."

I prefer to be foolish when I feel like it, and be accountable to nobody.



Willa Cather Quotes: "Old people, who have felt blows and toil and known the world's hard hand, need, even more than children do, a woman's tenderness."

Old people, who have felt blows and toil and known the world's hard hand, need, even more than children do, a woman's tenderness.




Willa Cather Quotes: "Religion is different from everything else because in religion seeking is finding."

Religion is different from everything else because in religion seeking is finding.



Willa Cather Quotes: "No one can build his security upon the nobleness of another person."

No one can build his security upon the nobleness of another person.



Willa Cather Quotes: "No one can builu her security upon the nobleness of another person."

No one can builu her security upon the nobleness of another person.



Willa Cather Quotes: "And I advise ye to think well, he told her It's better to be a stray dog in this world than a man without money. I've tried it both ways, and I know. A poor man stinks, and God hates him."

And I advise ye to think well, he told her It's better to be a stray dog in this world than a man without money. I've tried it both ways, and I know. A poor man stinks, and God hates him.



Willa Cather Quotes: "It seems to me that the pleasure one feels in a work of art is just one thing that one does not have to explain."

It seems to me that the pleasure one feels in a work of art is just one thing that one does not have to explain.




Willa Cather Quotes: "Either a building is part of a place or it is not. Once that kinship is there, time will only make it stronger."

Either a building is part of a place or it is not. Once that kinship is there, time will only make it stronger.



Willa Cather Quotes: "Trees were so rare in that country, and they had to make such a hard fight to grow, that we used to feel anxious about them, and visit them as if they were persons."

Trees were so rare in that country, and they had to make such a hard fight to grow, that we used to feel anxious about them, and visit them as if they were persons.



Willa Cather Quotes: "What was any art but a mould in which to imprison for a moment the shining elusive element which is life itself - life hurrying past us and running away, too strong to stop, too sweet to lose."

What was any art but a mould in which to imprison for a moment the shining elusive element which is life itself - life hurrying past us and running away, too strong to stop, too sweet to lose.



Willa Cather Quotes: "There is only one big thing-desire. And before it when it is big all is little."

There is only one big thing-desire. And before it when it is big all is little.



Willa Cather Quotes: "What was any art but a mold to imprison for a moment the shining elusive element which is life itself- life hurrying past us and running away, to strong to stop, too sweet to lose."

What was any art but a mold to imprison for a moment the shining elusive element which is life itself- life hurrying past us and running away, to strong to stop, too sweet to lose.



Willa Cather Quotes: "I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do."

I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do.



Willa Cather Quotes: "Some memories are realities and are better than anything that can ever happen to one again."

Some memories are realities and are better than anything that can ever happen to one again.



Willa Cather Quotes: "I shall not die of a cold. I shall die of having lived."

I shall not die of a cold. I shall die of having lived.



Willa Cather Quotes: "Miracles surround us at every turn, if we but sharpen our perceptions to them."

Miracles surround us at every turn, if we but sharpen our perceptions to them.



Willa Cather Quotes: "He knew he would always remember her, standing there with that expectant, forward-looking smile, enough to turn the future into summer."

He knew he would always remember her, standing there with that expectant, forward-looking smile, enough to turn the future into summer.



Willa Cather Quotes: "That is happiness: to be dissolved into something completely great."

That is happiness: to be dissolved into something completely great.



Willa Cather Quotes: "The old man smiled. 'I shall not die of a cold, my son. I shall die of having lived."

The old man smiled. 'I shall not die of a cold, my son. I shall die of having lived.



Willa Cather Quotes: "Paris is a hard place to leave, even when it rains incessantly and one coughs continually from the dampness."

Paris is a hard place to leave, even when it rains incessantly and one coughs continually from the dampness.



Willa Cather Quotes: "I am enjoying to a full that period of reflection which is the happiest conclusion to a life of action."

I am enjoying to a full that period of reflection which is the happiest conclusion to a life of action.



Willa Cather Quotes: "All the intelligence and talent in the world can't make a singer. The voice is a wild thing. It can't be bred in captivity. It is a sport, like the silver fox. It happens."

All the intelligence and talent in the world can't make a singer. The voice is a wild thing. It can't be bred in captivity. It is a sport, like the silver fox. It happens.



Willa Cather Quotes: "That is happiness to be dissolved into something complete and great."

That is happiness to be dissolved into something complete and great.



Willa Cather Quotes: "The fact that I was a girl never damaged my ambitions to be a pope or an emperor."

The fact that I was a girl never damaged my ambitions to be a pope or an emperor.



Willa Cather Quotes: "Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen."

Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen.



Willa Cather Quotes: "Some memories are realities and are better than anything that can ever happen to one again."

Some memories are realities and are better than anything that can ever happen to one again.



Willa Cather Quotes: "Pittsburgh was even more vital, more creative, more hungry for culture than New York. Pittsburgh was the birthplace of my writing."

Pittsburgh was even more vital, more creative, more hungry for culture than New York. Pittsburgh was the birthplace of my writing.



Willa Cather Quotes: "There are some things you learn best in calm and some in storm."

There are some things you learn best in calm and some in storm.



Willa Cather Quotes: "Where there is great love, there are always miracles."

Where there is great love, there are always miracles.



Willa Cather Quotes: "Only a Woman, divine, could know all that a woman can suffer."

Only a Woman, divine, could know all that a woman can suffer.



Willa Cather Quotes: "It's by understanding me, and the boys, and mother, that you have helped me. I expect that is the only way one person ever really can help another."

It's by understanding me, and the boys, and mother, that you have helped me. I expect that is the only way one person ever really can help another.



Willa Cather Quotes: "I suppose the test of one's decency is how much of a fight one can put up after one has stopped caring, and after one has found that one can never please the people they wanted to please."

I suppose the test of one's decency is how much of a fight one can put up after one has stopped caring, and after one has found that one can never please the people they wanted to please.



Willa Cather Quotes: "As in most families, the mere struggle to have anything of one's own, to be one's self at all, creates an element of strain that keeps everybody almost at the breaking point."

As in most families, the mere struggle to have anything of one's own, to be one's self at all, creates an element of strain that keeps everybody almost at the breaking point.



Willa Cather Quotes: "I guess everybody thinks about old times, even the happiest people."

I guess everybody thinks about old times, even the happiest people.



Willa Cather Quotes: "Art it seems to me should simplify."

Art it seems to me should simplify.



Willa Cather Quotes: "The world is little, people are little, human life is little. There is only one big thing — desire."

The world is little, people are little, human life is little. There is only one big thing — desire.



Willa Cather Quotes: "I tell you there is no such thing as creative hate!"

I tell you there is no such thing as creative hate!



Willa Cather Quotes: "Prayers said by good people are always good prayers"

Prayers said by good people are always good prayers



Willa Cather Quotes: "There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before."

There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before.



Willa Cather Quotes: "In this world people have to pay an extortionate price for any exceptional gift whatever."

In this world people have to pay an extortionate price for any exceptional gift whatever.



Willa Cather Quotes: "Only solitary men know the full joys of friendship. Others have their family but to a solitary and an exile his friends are everything."

Only solitary men know the full joys of friendship. Others have their family but to a solitary and an exile his friends are everything.