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  • A work-room should be like an old shoe; no matter how shabby, it's better than a new one.
    (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 irregular and intimate quality of things made entirely by the human hand.
    (Willa Cather)

  • Writing ought either to be the manufacture of stories for which there is a market demand -- a business as safe and commendable as making soap or breakfast foods -- or it should be an art, which is always a search for something for which there is no market demand, something new and untried, where the values are intrinsic and have nothing to do with standardized values.
    (Willa Cather)

  • Men are all right for friends, but as soon as you marry them they turn into cranky old fathers, even the wild ones. They begin to tell you what's sensible and what's foolish, and want you to stick at home all the time. I prefer to be foolish when I feel like it, and be accountable to nobody.
    (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 stupid believe that to be truthful is easy; only the artist, the great artist, knows how difficult it is.
    (Willa Cather)

  • The dead might as well try to speak to the living as the old to the young.
    (Willa Cather)

  • I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do.
    (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)

  • A child's attitude toward everything is an artist's attitude.
    (Willa Cather)

  • I shall not die of a cold. I shall die of having lived.
    (Willa Cather)

  • He had the uneasy manner of a man who is not among his own kind, and who has not seen enough of the world to feel that all people are in some sense his own kind
    (Willa Cather)

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

  • Trees were so rare in that country, and they had to make such a hard fight to grow, that we used to feel anxious about them, and visit them as if they were persons. It must have been the scarcity of detail in that tawny landscape that made detail so precious.
    (Willa Cather)


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