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  • Desire is creation, is the magical element in that process. If there were an instrument by which to measure desire, one could foretell achievement.
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  • Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen.
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  • It does not matter much whom we live with in this world, but it matters a great deal whom we dream of.
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  • I tell you there is such a thing as creative hate.
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  • I don't want anyone reading my writing to think about style. I just want them to be in the story.
    (Willa Cather)


  • Art should simplify. That is very nearly the whole of the higher artistic process finding what conventions of form and what detail one can do without and yet preserve the spirit of the whole.
    (Willa Cather)

  • There seemed to be nothing to see no fences, no creeks or trees, no hills or fields. If there was a road, I could not make it out in the faint starlight. There was nothing but land not a country at all, but the material out of which countries are made.
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  • Where are the loves that we have loved beforeWhen once we are alone, and shut the door
    (Willa Cather)

  • Alcohol is perfectly consistent in its effects upon man. Drunkenness is merely an exaggeration. A foolish man drunk becomes maudlin a bloody man, vicious a coarse man, vulgar.
    (Willa Cather)

  • I was something that lay under the sun and felt it, like the pumpkins, and I did not want to be anything more. I was entirely happy. Perhaps we feel like that when we die and become a part of something entire, whether it is sun and air, or goodness and knowledge.
    (Willa Cather)

  • Isn't it queer there are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before like the larks in this country that have been singing the same five notes over for thousands of years
    (Willa Cather)

  • No one person knows much more about writing than another. I expect that when people think they know anything about it, then their case is hopeless.
    (Willa Cather)

  • Elsewhere the sky is the roof of the world, but here the earth is the floor of the sky.
    (Willa Cather)

  • I suppose there were moonless nights and dark ones with but a silver shaving and pale stars in the sky, but I remember them all as flooded with the rich indolence of a full moon.
    (Willa Cather)

  • Old men are like that, you know. It makes them feel important to think they're in love with somebody.
    (Willa Cather)


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