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The stupid believe that to be truthful is easy;
by Willa Cather

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you ask a stupid question, you may feel stupid;
if you don't ask a stupid question, you remain stupid.
- Tony Rothman

If you want to improve,
be content to be thought foolish and stupid.
- Epictetus

An instructed and intelligent people
are always more decent and orderly
than an ignorant and stupid one.
- Adam Smith

Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge,
but he who hates correction is stupid.
- Anonymous

A man must be both stupid and uncharitable
who believes there is no virtue or truth but on his own side.
- Joseph Addison

It is one of the blessings of old friends
that you can afford to be stupid with them.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Stupid is as stupid does.
- the movie Forrest Gump (1994)

Love is being stupid together.
- Paul Valery

Love interrupts, if you like,
the consequences of your actions,
which in my case is very good news indeed,
because I've done a lot of stupid stuff.
- Bono

I never make stupid mistakes.
Only very, very clever ones.
- John Peel

Everybody is a genius.
But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree,
it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
- Albert Einstein

When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of,
he always declares that it's his duty.
- George Bernard Shaw

I tell people I'm too stupid to know what's impossible.
I have ridiculously large dreams, and half the time they come true.
- Debi Thomas

Success in almost any field depends more on energy
and drive than it does on intelligence.
This explains why we have so many stupid leaders.
- Sloan Wilson

A man likes his wife to be
just clever enough to appreciate his cleverness,
and just stupid enough to admire it.
- Israel Zangwill

Think of how stupid the average person is,
and realize half of them are stupider than that.
- George Carlin

If there are no stupid questions, then what kind of
questions do stupid people ask? Do they get smart just
in time to ask questions?
- Scott Adams

Conservatives are not necessarily stupid,
but most stupid people are conservatives.
- John Stuart Mill

A word to the wise ain't necessary -
it's the stupid ones that need the advice.
- Bill Cosby

There are only two races on this planet -
the intelligent and the stupid.
- John Fowles

Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son.
- the movie National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)

Any girl can be glamorous.
All you have to do is stand still and look stupid.
- Hedy Lamarr

Nobody loves a woman because she is handsome or ugly,
stupid or intelligent.
We love because we love.
- Honore de Balzac

The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure
and the intelligent are full of doubt.
- Bertrand Russell

I wanted to make a film about stupid people that was
very vulgar and deeply stupid.
From that moment on I can hardly be reproached for
making a film that is about stupid people.
- Claude Chabrol

But look, you did not have to be well versed in politics
to know that some stupid things were going on.
It is the counsel's job to stop them,
and instead the coverup was created.
- Fred F. Fielding

Although it is not true that all conservatives are stupid people,
it is true that most stupid people are conservative.
- John Stuart Mill

Memo to White House: Calling voters stupid is not a winning strategy.
- Karl Rove

It is so pleasant to come across people more stupid than ourselves.
We love them at once for being so.
- Jerome K. Jerome

People aren't stupid.
I mean, people remember in 1990, the unemployment rate was 10 percent.
Now it's 4 _ percent.
We've got 1/4 million jobs that we've created.
- Bill Weld

The industry's not stupid.
The industry knows that if those foods are labeled
"genetically engineered,"
the public will shy away and won't take them.
- Jeremy Rifkin

I had rather be an oyster than a man,
the most stupid and senseless of animals.
- George Berkeley

It's a bit embarrassing watching myself,
but I couldn't get someone else to play me,
that would've been stupid.
- Sean Lennon

You even called me stupid in your verse,
and I'm almost agreeing, for where stupidity is involved,
you are quite an expert, friend.
- Franz Grillparzer

How is it that little children are so intelligent and
men so stupid? It must be education that does it.
- Alexandre Dumas


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