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Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired
by 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 PHOTO

Where there is great love,
there are always miracles.
- Willa Cather PHOTO

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

 

Success is never so interesting as struggle
- Willa Cather

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

Where there is great love, there are always wishes.
- Willa Cather

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I shall not die of a cold.
I shall die of having lived.
- Willa Cather

The thing that teases the mind over and over for years,
and at last gets itself put down rightly on paper whether little or great,
it belongs to Literature.
- 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

Give the people a new word and they think they have a new fact.
- Willa Cather

The stupid believe that to be truthful is easy;
only the artist,
the great artist, knows how difficult it is.
- Willa Cather

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

It does not matter much whom we live with in this world,
but it matters a great deal whom we dream of.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

Every artist makes himself born.
It is very much harder than the other time,
and longer.
- Willa Cather

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

That is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great.
- Willa Cather

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

Winter lies too long in country towns;
hangs on until it is stale and shabby,
old and sullen.
- Willa Cather

A work-room should be like an old shoe;
no matter how shabby,
it's better than a new one.
- Willa Cather

Sometimes I wonder why God ever trusts talent in the hands of women,
they usually make such an infernal mess of it.
I think He must do it as a sort of ghastly joke.
- Willa Cather

When we look back, the only things we cherish are those
which in some way met our original want;
the desire which formed in us in early youth,
undirected, and of its own accord.
- 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

To note an artist's limitations is but to define his talent.
A reporter can write equally well about everything
that is presented to his view,
but a creative writer can do his best only with what
lies within the range and character of his deepest sympathies.
- 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

When kindness has left people, even for a few moments,
we become afraid of them as if their reason had left them.
When it has left a place where we have always found it,
it is like shipwreck; we drop from security into something
malevolent and bottomless.
- 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

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

Appreciate again and again, freshly and naively,
the basic goods of life, with awe,
pleasure, wonder and even ecstasy,
however stale these experiences may have become to others.
- Abraham Maslow

If in our daily life we can smile,
if we can be peaceful and happy,
not only we, but everyone will profit from it.
This is the most basic kind of peace work.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet.
We all breathe the same air.
We all cherish our children's future.
And we are all mortal.
- John F. Kennedy

The moment you become miserly you are closed
to the basic phenomenon of life: expansion, sharing.
The moment you start clinging to things,
you have missed the target.
Because things are not the target,
you, your innermost being, is the target -
not a beautiful house, but a beautiful you;
not much money, but a rich you;
not many things, but an open being,
available to millions of things.
- Osho

Misery nourishes your ego -
that's why you see so many miserable people in the world.
The basic, central point is the ego.
- Osho

Terrorism takes us back to ages we thought were long
gone if we allow it a free hand to corrupt democratic
societies and destroy the basic rules of international life.
- Jacques Chirac

The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy,
but that it is a bore.
It is not so much a war as an endless standing in line.
- H. L. Mencken

A safe and nutritionally adequate diet is a basic individual
right and an essential condition for sustainable development,
especially in developing countries.
- Gro Harlem Brundtland

The extension of women's rights is the basic principle of all social progress.
- Charles Fourier

Access to computers and the Internet has become a basic
need for education in our society.
- Kent Conrad

The love of liberty and the sense of human dignity
are the basic elements of the Anarchist creed.
- Frederica Montseny

I only knew basic western trail riding.
Nothing fancy.
- Julie Benz

If your basic premise about the fundamental purpose
of our government is that it must provide for the common defense,
then no other position is possible.
- Don Nickles

You have that one basic string, but it can vibrate in many ways.
But we're trying to get a lot of particles because
experimental physicists have discovered a lot of particles.
- Edward Witten

The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words.
If you can control the meaning of words,
you can control the people who must use the words.
- Philip K. Dick

Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds
wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.
- Carl Sagan

Words are the basic tools, if you are a writer.
- James Houston

I think that the basic philosophy was very good.
It was just be nice to each other, and don't step on
other people's toes and infringe on their freedom.
- Kevin Ayers

I love sport because I love life, and sport is one
of the basic joys of life.
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

I do think actually in this case the government does
get credit for funding some of the basic research.
- Steve Case

My own interest in basic aspects of electron transfer
between metal complexes became active only after I
came to the University of Chicago in 1946.
- Henry Taube

I was interested in nuclei originally with my deuteron
photo work because that was one of the fundamental forces,
and the measurement was basic to new science.
- John Henry Carver

Full participation in government and society has been
a basic right of the country symbolizing the full citizenship
and equal protection of all.
- Charles Rangel

It's basic due diligence to make sure that whenever
a foreign entity acquires a controlling interest in a U.S.
company that national security isn't threatened.
- Dave Reichert

Thirteen thousand dollars a year is not enough to raise a family.
That's not enough to pay your bills and save for their future.
That's barely enough to provide for even the most basic needs.
- Thomas Carper

Right now, America's middle class is struggling to meet their basic needs.
- Ruben Hinojosa

We have now just enshrined, as soon as I sign this bill,
the core principle that everybody should have some
basic security when it comes to their healthcare.
- Barack Obama

The basic discovery about any people is the discovery
of the relationship between men and women.
- Pearl S. Buck

Being 'at the mercy of legislative majorities' is merely
another way of describing the basic American plan:
representative democracy.
- Robert Bork

For many years, I have lived uncomfortably with the
belief that most planning and architectural design
suffers for lack of real and basic purpose.
The ultimate purpose, it seems to me,
must be the improvement of mankind.
- James Rouse

Clean air is a basic right.
The responsibility to ensure that falls to Congress and the president.
- Thomas Carper

The new spirituality is that it will produce an experience
in human encounters in which we become a living demonstration
of the basic spiritual teaching 'We are all one.'
- Neale Donald Walsch

It's important to every American that the law protect
his or her basic liberty.
- Stephen Breyer

I'm still excited at being at a microphone and talking to listeners.
I love that.
It's the most basic element of what I do and I still enjoy it very much.
- Bob Edwards

Because his basic idea that he got from the study of
gall wasps is that everyone's sexuality is unique.
- Bill Condon


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