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The irregular and intimate quality of things made ...
by Willa Cather

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

 

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

Success is never so interesting as struggle
- 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

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

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

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

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

A work-room should be like an old shoe;
no matter how shabby,
it's better than a new one.
- 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 stupid believe that to be truthful is easy;
only the artist,
the great artist, knows how difficult it is.
- Willa Cather

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The unpredictable and irregular happenings
of life's cycles are an inherent part of their nature.
There are droughts and heat waves, injuries occur.
The lion eats the zebra -
one is nourished, one dies - neither failed.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I model irregular clothing.
- Jay London

But since the middle of the century in particular,
the music has become very irregular in rhythm.
- Karlheinz Stockhausen

Clocks will go as they are set, but man,
irregular man, is never constant, never certain.
- Thomas Otway

I don't think I'm easy to talk about.
I've got a very irregular head.
And I'm not anything that you think I am anyway.
- Syd Barrett

Through my music teaching and my not absolutely irregular attendance at church,
I became acquainted with the best class of colored people in Jacksonville.
- James Weldon Johnson

Irregular contact with doctors means many men fail
to receive any preventive care for potentially life-threatening conditions.
In addition, when men do seek care, embarrassment can
often prevent them from openly discussing health concerns with their physicians.
- Michael Crapo

Man hath still either toys or care: But hath no root,
nor to one place is tied, but ever restless and irregular,
about this earth doth run and ride.
He knows he hath a home, but scarce knows where;
He says it is so far,
that he has quite forgot how to go there.
- Henry Vaughan

Dare to dream of your great success.
Become intimate with those things
which deeply motivate you
and regularly work toward
the realization of that mission.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four.
Unless there are three other people.
- Orson Welles

Sharing food with another human being is an intimate
act that should not be indulged in lightly.
- M. F. K. Fisher

Be courteous to all, but intimate with few,
and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.
- George Washington

The dialogue between client and architect is about
as intimate as any conversation you can have,
because when you're talking about building a house,
you're talking about dreams.
- Robert A. M. Stern

Muscles are in a most intimate and peculiar sense the organs of the will.
- G. Stanley Hall

There is a very intimate connection between hypnotic phenomena and religion.
- Havelock Ellis

There's something so familial and intimate between a boxer and his trainer.
- Jimmy Smits

I like movies about longing and desperation,
and dark and light things, stories about people struggling to raise children,
and to have relationships and be intimate with each other.
- Laura Dern

The price one pays for pursuing any profession,
or calling, is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side.
- James A. Baldwin

Film is a very intimate medium.
- David Morse

I prefer to explore the most intimate moments,
the smaller, crystallized details we all hinge our lives on.
- Rita Dove

I like the variety.
But basically my choice of films is a small intimate film.
Quiet film, no action, just people in relationships.
That's what I like the most.
- Jerry Goldsmith

Alcohol is like love.
The first kiss is magic, the second is intimate,
the third is routine.
After that you take the girl's clothes off.
- Raymond Chandler

I find Jesus my confidant and companion,
brother and savior; our relationship is intimate,
vulnerable, demanding yet comfortable and reassuring.
- Malcolm Boyd

Discretion is nothing other than the sense of justice
with respect to the sphere of the intimate contents of life.
- Georg Simmel

We can't be intimate because we can't share feelings that we don't have.
- Keith Miller

What the Court really has refused to recognize is the
fundamental interest all individuals have in controlling
the nature of their intimate associations.
- Harry A. Blackmun

As the Church is the aggregate of believers,
there is an intimate analogy between the experience
of the individual believer,
and of the Church as a whole.
- Charles Hodge

Marriage is a coming together for better or for worse,
hopefully enduring, and intimate to the degree of being sacred.
- William O. Douglas

A small venue is so much more intimate and loose.
You can actually be more spontaneous,
I feel.
- Suzy Bogguss

No act can be quite so intimate as the sexual embrace.
- Havelock Ellis

It is not accidental that our greatest art is intimate and not monumental.
- Max Webber

Intimate relationships are a gold mine for literature to explore,
to understand, to describe.
- A. B. Yehoshua

I'm not fond of any of my films in an intimate way,
but Gregory's Girl would be number 4 on my list.
- Bill Forsyth

Writing songs is super intimate.
It's a bit like getting naked.
- Gwen Stefani

Even though money seems such an objective topic,
it can also be the most intimate, and possibly harmful,
part of a relationship.
- Christie Hefner


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