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Willa Cather Quotes

(1876-1947), American Author

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.

Category: Arts And Artists

Religion and art spring from the same root and are close kin. Economics and art are strangers.

Category: Arts And Artists

The condition every art requires is, not so much freedom from restriction, as freedom from adulteration and from the intrusion of foreign matter.

Category: Censorship

The irregular and intimate quality of things made entirely by the human hand.

Category: Crafts

Art, it seems to me, should simplify finding what conventions of form and what detail one can do without and yet preserve the spirit of the whole -- so that all that one has suppressed and cut away is there to the reader's consciousness as much as if it were in type on the page.

Category: Editing And Editors

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

Category: Friends And Friendship

The dead might as well try to speak to the living as the old to the young.

Category: Generations

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

Category: Happiness

Nearly all the Escapists in the long past have managed their own budget and their social relations so unsuccessfully that I wouldn't want them for my landlords, or my bankers, or my neighbors. They were valuable, like powerful stimulants, only when they were left out of the social and industrial routine.

Category: Ideals And Idealism

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

Category: Independence

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

Category: Memory

The miracles of the church seem to me to rest not so much upon faces or voices or healing power coming suddenly near to us from afar off, but upon our perceptions being made finer, so that for a moment our eyes can see and our ears can hear what is there about us always.

Category: Miracles

Where there is great love there are always miracles.

Category: Miracles

Sometimes a neighbor whom we have disliked a lifetime for his arrogance and conceit lets fall a single commonplace remark that shows us another side, another man, really; a man uncertain, and puzzled, and in the dark like ourselves.

Category: Neighbors

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

Category: Story And Story-Telling