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Katherine Mansfield
Born (1888-10-14)14 October 1888
Wellington, New Zealand
Died 9 January 1923(1923-01-09) (aged 34)
Fontainebleau, France
Pen name Katherine Mansfield
Nationality New Zealand (British subject)
Literary movement Modernism
Spouse George Bowden, John Middleton Murry
Partner Ida Constance Baker
Relatives Arthur Beauchamp (grandfather)
Harold Beauchamp (father)
Elizabeth von Arnim (cousin)

Would you not like to try all sorts of lives – one is so very small – but that is the satisfaction of writing – one can impersonate so many people.
Katherine Mansfield
I want, by understanding myself, to understand others. I want to be all that I am capable of becoming.
Katherine Mansfield
When we can begin to take our failures seriously, it means we are ceasing to be afraid of them. It is of immense importance to learn to laugh at ourselves.
Katherine Mansfield
Some couples go over their budgets very carefully every month. Others just go over them.
Katherine Mansfield
I want to be all that I am capable of becoming.
The pleasure of all reading is doubled when one lives with another who shares the same books.
Katherine Mansfield
Make it a rule of life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy, you can't build on it it's only good for wallowing in.
Katherine Mansfield
What do you want most to do? That's what I have to keep asking myself, in the face of difficulties.
Katherine Mansfield
It's a terrible thing to be alone – yes it is – it is – but don't lower your mask until you have another mask prepared beneath – as terrible as you like – but a mask.
Katherine Mansfield
It is of immense importance to learn to laugh at ourselves.
Life never becomes a habit to me. It's always a marvel.
Could we change our attitude, we should not only see life differently, but life itself would come to be different.
Katherine Mansfield
Whenever I prepare for a journey I prepare as though for death. Should I never return, all is in order.
Katherine Mansfield
Once we have learned to read, meaning of words can somehow register without consciousness.
Katherine Mansfield
If only one could tell true love from false love as one can tell mushrooms from toadstools.
Katherine Mansfield
Looking back, I imagine I was always writing. Twaddle it was too. But better far write twaddle or anything, anything, than nothing at all.
Katherine Mansfield
This is not a letter but my arms around you for a brief moment.
I love the rain. I want the feeling of it on my face.
Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.
Katherine Mansfield
Everything in life that we really accept undergoes a change.
I'm a writer first and a woman after.
I always felt that the great high privilege, relief and comfort of friendship was that one had to explain nothing.
Katherine Mansfield