Quotes by: Willa Cather

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Willa Cather
Cather in 1912.
Born Wilella Sibert Cather
(1873-12-07)December 7, 1873
Gore, Virginia, United States
Died April 24, 1947(1947-04-24) (aged 73)
Manhattan, New York, United States
Occupation Novelist
Nationality American
Period 1905–1947

Winter lies too long in country towns; hangs on until it is stale and shabby, old and sullen.
Willa Cather
It does not matter much whom we live with in this world, but it matters a great deal whom we dream of.
Willa Cather
The heart of another is a dark forest, always, no matter how close it has been to one's own.
Willa Cather
The fact that I was a girl never damaged my ambitions to be a pope or an emperor.
Willa Cather
I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do.
Willa Cather
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
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
Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen.
Willa Cather
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
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.
Willa Cather
Every artist makes himself born. It is very much harder than the other time, and longer.
Willa Cather
Desire is creation, is the magical element in that process. If there were an instrument by which to measure desire, one could foretell achievement.
Willa Cather
Paris is a hard place to leave, even when it rains incessantly and one coughs continually from the dampness.
Willa Cather
A work-room should be like an old shoe; no matter how shabby, it's better than a new one.
Willa Cather
The sun was like a great visiting presence that stimulated and took its due from all animal energy. When it flung wide its cloak and stepped down over the edge of the fields at evening, it left behind it a spent and exhausted world.
Willa Cather
The irregular and intimate quality of things made entirely by the human hand.
Willa Cather
Of all the bewildering things about a new country, the absence of human landmarks is one of the most depressing and disheartening.
Willa Cather
Only solitary men know the full joys of frienship. Others have their family; but to a solitary and an exile, his friends are everything.
Willa Cather
The stupid believe that to be truthful is easy; only the artist, the great artist, knows how difficult it is.
Willa Cather
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.
Willa Cather
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