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The fact that I was a girl never damaged my ambitions
by Willa Cather

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

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

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

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

 

Success is never so interesting as struggle
- Willa Cather

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

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

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

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

Every artist makes himself born.
It is very much harder than the other time,
and longer.
- 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 dead might as well try to speak to the living as the old to the young.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 kill an error is as good a service as,
and sometimes even better than,
the establishing of a new truth or fact.
- Charles Darwin

I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.
- Socrates

Believe that life is worth living,
and your belief will help create the fact.
- William James

The fact is, that to do anything in the world worth doing,
we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger,
but jump in and scramble through as well as we can.
- Robert Cushing

Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact.
Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.
- Marcus Aurelius

Cause and effect are two sides of one fact.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We cannot change our past.
We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.
We cannot change the inevitable.
The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have,
and that is our attitude.
I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me
and 90% how I react to it.
- Charles R. Swindoll

Friends love misery, in fact.
Sometimes, especially if we are too lucky
or too successful or too pretty,
our misery is the only thing that endears us to our friends.
- Erica Jong

Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say,
abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.
- George Eliot

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.
Attitude to me is more important than facts.
It is more important than the past, than education, than money,
than circumstances, than failures, than success,
than what other people think or say or do.
It is more important than appearance, gift, or skill.
It will make or break a company ... a church ... a home.
The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day
regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.
We cannot change our past ...
we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.
We cannot change the inevitable.
The only thing we can do is play on the string we have,
and that is our attitude.
I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me
and 90 percent how I react to it.
And so it is with you ...
we are in charge of our attitudes.
- Charles Swindoll

All the Buddhas of all the ages have been
telling you a very simple fact:
Be - don't try to become.
Within these two words, be and becoming,
your whole life is contained.
Being is enlightenment, becoming is ignorance.
- Osho

The mind exists in time, in fact the mind is time;
it exists in the past and the future.
And remember, time consists of only two tenses,
the past and the future.
The present is not part of time,
the present is part of eternity.
- Osho

Now there is one outstanding important fact regarding spaceship earth,
and that is that no instruction book came with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Science is organized common sense where many a beautiful
theory was killed by an ugly fact.
- Thomas Huxley

The fact that I exist is a perpetual surprise.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact.
Every appearance in nature corresponds to some state of the mind,
and that state of the mind can only be described
by presenting that natural appearance as its picture.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The great tragedy of science - the slaying of a beautiful
hypothesis by an ugly fact.
- Thomas Huxley

Equality is the soul of liberty; there is,
in fact, no liberty without it.
- Frances Wright

I can't let important policy decisions hinge on the
fact that an election is coming up every 90 days.
- Gerhard Schroeder

The fact that some geniuses were laughed at does
not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses.
They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton,
they laughed at the Wright brothers.
But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.
- Carl Sagan

Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth
can ever turn it into a fact.
- Honore de Balzac

It is a scientific fact that your body will not absorb
cholesterol if you take it from another person's plate.
- Dave Barry

A simple fact that is hard to learn is that the time
to save money is when you have some.
- Joe Moore

I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability
of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.
- Henry David Thoreau

The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born -
that there is a genetic factor to leadership.
This myth asserts that people simply either
have certain charismatic qualities or not.
That's nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true.
Leaders are made rather than born.
- Warren G. Bennis

If the new American father feels bewildered and even defeated,
let him take comfort from the fact that whatever he
does in any fathering situation has a fifty percent chance of being right.
- Bill Cosby

If it weren't for the fact that the TV set and the
refrigerator are so far apart,
some of us wouldn't get any exercise at all.
- Joey Adams

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

It is a fact that cannot be denied:
the wickedness of others becomes our own wickedness
because it kindles something evil in our own hearts.
- Carl Jung

A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of
labor and the fact that honor lies in honest toil.
- Grover Cleveland

Jealousy is a disease, love is a healthy condition.
The immature mind often mistakes one for the other,
or assumes that the greater the love, the greater the jealousy -
in fact, they're almost incompatible;
one emotion hardly leaves room for the other.
Both at once can produce unbearable turmoil.
- Robert Heinlein

You know they say the most dangerous person of the
world is a member of the United States Congress just
home from a three-day fact-finding trip.
- Johnny Isakson

Belief creates the actual fact.
- William James

I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded.
In fact, if anything, I am the prod.
- Winston Churchill


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