Willa Cather

#45832 Willa Cather

We come and go, but the land is always here. And the people who love it and understand it are the people who own it — for a little while. .

Willa Cather Quotes about love
#45833 Willa Cather

No one can build his security upon the nobleness of another person. Two people, when they love each other, grow alike in their tastes and habits and pride, but their moral natures (whatever we may mean by that canting expression) are never welded. The base one goes on being base, and the noble one noble, to the end. .

Willa Cather Quotes about love
#45834 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 Quotes about world
#45835 Willa Cather

The world there was the flat world of the ancients; to the east, a cornfield that stretched to daybreak; to the west, a corral that reached to the sunset; between, the conquests of peace, dearer-bought than those of war. .

Willa Cather Quotes about war
#45836 Willa Cather

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

Willa Cather Quotes about living
#45837 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 Quotes about world
#45838 Willa Cather

Beautiful women, whose beauty meant more than it said... was their brilliancy always fed by something coarse and concealed? Was that their secret? .

Willa Cather Quotes about women
#45839 Willa Cather

He had seen the end of an era, the sunset of the pioneer. He had come upon it when already its glory was nearly spent. So in the buffalo times a traveller used to come upon the embers of a hunter's fire on the prairies, after the hunter was up and gone; the coals would be trampled out, but the ground was warm, and the flattened grass where he had slept and where his pony had grazed, told the story. This was the very end of the road-making West; the men who had put plains and mountains under the iron harness were old; some were poor, and even the successful ones were hunting for rest and a brief reprieve from death. It was already gone, that age; nothing could ever bring it back. The taste and smell and song of it, the visions those men had seen in the air and followed, — these he had caught in a kind of afterglow in their own faces, — and this would always be his. .

Willa Cather Quotes about death
#45840 Willa Cather

Directly under his feet was the French stronghold, — scattered spires and slated roofs flashing in the rich, autumnal sunlight; the little capital which was just then the subject of so much discussion in Europe, and the goal of so many fantastic dreams. .

Willa Cather Quotes about dreams
#45841 Willa Cather

Only solitary men know the full joys of friendship. Others have their family — but to a solitary and an exile his friends are everything. .

Willa Cather Quotes about friendship
#45842 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 Quotes about life
#45843 Willa Cather

The great fact was the land itself, which seemed to overwhelm the little beginnings of human society that struggled in its sombre wastes. It was from facing this vast hardness that the boy's mouth had become so bitter; because he felt that men were too weak to make any mark here, that the land wanted to be let alone, to preserve its own fierce strength, its peculiar, savage kind of beauty, its uninterrupted mournfulness. .

Willa Cather Quotes about beauty
#45844 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 Quotes about art
#45845 Willa Cather

The history of every country begins in the heart of a man or a woman. .

Willa Cather Quotes about art
#45846 Willa Cather

Alexandra drew her shawl closer about her and stood leaning against the frame of the mill, looking at the stars which glittered so keenly through the frosty autumn air. She always loved to watch them, to think of their vastness and distance, and of their ordered march. It fortified her to reflect upon the great operations of nature, and when she thought of the law that lay behind them, she felt a sense of personal security. .

Willa Cather Quotes about love
#45847 Willa Cather

She had never known before how much the country meant to her. The chirping of the insects in the long grass had been like the sweetest music. She had felt as if her heart were hiding down there, somewhere, with the quail and the plover and all the little wild things that crooned or buzzed in the sun. Under the long shaggy ridges, she felt the future stirring. .

Willa Cather Quotes about love
#45848 Willa Cather

Freedom so often means that one isn't needed anywhere. Here you are an individual, you have a background of your own, you would be missed. But off there in the cities there are thousands of rolling stones like me. We are all alike; we have no ties, we know nobody, we own nothing. When one of us dies, they scarcely know where to bury him... We have no house, no place, no people of our own. We live in the streets, in the parks, in the theatres. We sit in restaurants and concert halls and look about at the hundreds of our own kind and shudder. .

Willa Cather Quotes about people
#45849 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; like the larks in this country, that have been singing the same five notes over for thousands of years. .

Willa Cather Quotes about man
#45850 Willa Cather

Perhaps I am like Carrie Jensen, the sister of one of my hired men. She had never been out of the cornfields, and a few years ago she got despondent and said life was just the same thing over and over, and she didn't see the use of it. After she had tried to kill herself once or twice, her folks got worried and sent her over to Iowa to visit some relations. Ever since she's come back she's been perfectly cheerful, and she says she's contented to live and work in a world that's so big and interesting. She said that anything as big as the bridges over the Platte and the Missouri reconciled her. And it's what goes on in the world that reconciles me. .

Willa Cather Quotes about life
#45852 Willa Cather

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

Willa Cather Quotes about live
#45853 Willa Cather

There was about Alexandra something of the impervious calm of the fatalist, always disconcerting to very young people, who cannot feel that the heart lives at all unless it is still at the mercy of storms; unless its strings can scream to the touch of pain. .

Willa Cather Quotes about art
#45854 Willa Cather

The years seemed to stretch before her like the land: spring, summer, autumn, winter, spring; always the same patient fields, the patient little trees, the patient lives; always the same yearning; the same pulling at the chain — until the instinct to live had torn itself and bled and weakened for the last time, until the chain secured a dead woman, who might cautiously be released. .

Willa Cather Quotes about time
#45856 Willa Cather

I tell you there is no such thing as creative hate! .

Willa Cather Quotes about hate
#45857 Willa Cather

Nothing is far and nothing is near, if one desires. The world is little, people are little, human life is little. There is only one big thing — desire. .

Willa Cather Quotes about life
#45858 Willa Cather

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

Willa Cather Quotes about time
#45859 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 Quotes about intelligence
#45860 Willa Cather

The great pines stand at a considerable distance from each other. Each tree grows alone, murmurs alone, thinks alone. They do not intrude upon each other. The Navajos are not much in the habit of giving or of asking help. Their language is not a communicative one, and they never attempt an interchange of personality in speech. Over their forests there is the same inexorable reserve. Each tree has its exalted power to bear. .

Willa Cather Quotes about change
#45861 Willa Cather

What was any art but an effort to make a sheath, 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 Quotes about life
#45862 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 Quotes about desire
#45863 Willa Cather

I keep my mind on it. That's the whole trick, in so far as stage experience goes; keeping right there every second. If I think of anything else for a flash, I'm gone, done for. But at the same time, one can take things in — with another part of your brain, maybe. It's different from what you get in study, more practical and conclusive. There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm. You learn the delivery of a part only before an audience. .

Willa Cather Quotes about time

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