Willa Cather

American author

Lived from: 1876-1947

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: Willa Cather

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    The condition every art requires is, not so much freedom from restriction, as freedom from adulteration and from the intrusion of foreign matter.
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    Art, it seems to me, should simplify finding what conventions of form and what detail one can do without and yet preserve the spirit of the whole - so that all that one has suppressed and cut away is there to the reader's consciousness as much as if it were in type on the page.
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    Artistic growth is, more than it is anything else, a refining of the sense of truthfulness. The stupid believe that to be truthful is easy; only the artist, the great artist, knows how difficult it is.
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    Give the people a new word and they think they have a new fact.
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    I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do.
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    No one can build his security upon the nobleness of another person.
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    Only solitary men know the full joys of friendship. Others have their family - but to a solitary and an exile his friends are everything.
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    Religion and art spring from the same root and are close kin. Economics and art are strangers.
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    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.
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    That is happiness: to be dissolved into something complete and great.
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    The dead might as well try to speak to the living as the old to the young.
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    The irregular and intimate quality of things made entirely by the human hand.
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    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.
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    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.
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    There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before.
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