Willa Cather

United States writer who wrote about frontier life (1873-1947)

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Where there is great love, there are always wishes.
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.
Give the people a new word and they think they have a new fact.
I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do.
No one can build his security upon the nobleness of another person.
Only solitary men know the full joys of friendship. Others have their family --but to a solitary and an exile his friends are everything.
Only solitary men know the full joys of frienship. Others have their family but to a solitary and an exile, his friends are everything.
Religion and art spring from the same root and are close kin. Economics and art are strangers.
She used to drag her mattress besider her low window and lie awake for a long while, vibrating with excitement, as a machine vibrates from speed. Life rushed in upon her through that window - or so it seemed. In reality, of course, life rushes from within, not from without. There is no work of art so big or so beautiful that is was not once all contained in some youthful body, like this one which lay on the floor in the moonlight, pulsing with ardor and anticipation.
Some memories are realities, and are better than anything that can ever happen to one again.
The dead might as well try to speak to the living as the old to the young.
The irregular and intimate quality of things made entirely by the human hand.
There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.
Winter lies too long in country towns hangs on until it is stale and shabby, old and sullen.

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