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Katherine Anne Porter Quotes

She wished to sit down quietly and wait for her death, but not until she had cut the throats of her man and that girl who were laughing and kissing under the cornstalks.
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Death always leaves one singer to mourn.

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It's a man's world, and you men can have it.

— Katherine Anne Porter

All life worth living is difficult, nobody promised us happiness; it is not a commodity you have earned, or shall ever earn. It is a by-product of brave living, and it never comes in the form we expect, or at the season we hoped for, or as the result of our planning for it ...

— Katherine Anne Porter

What we need is endless courage.

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Freedom is a dangerous intoxicant and very few people can tolerate it in any quantity.

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The arts do live continuously, and they live literally by faith; their names and their shapes and their uses and their basic meanings survive unchanged in all that matters through times of interruption, diminishment, neglect; they outlive governments and creeds and the societies, even the very civilization that produced them. They cannot be destroyed altogether because they represent the substance of faith and the only reality. They are what we find again when the ruins are cleared away.

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Don't sidestep suffering. You have to go through it to get where you're going.

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I've been called a stylist until I really could tear my hair out. And I simply don't believe in style. The style is you.

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Life comes first, an art not rooted in human experience is not worth a damn, but different kinds of minds have different kinds of experience, and all I ask of any man is validity; and there should be place for every type and kind of mind.

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Evil is dull, that is the worst of it ...

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Education must be taken out of the hands of rich illiterates, third rate politicians, and put where it belongs: in the care of scholars. At present the whole University system is rotten to the core, and an appalling waste of time, energy and money ...

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Each generation must get on the same old merry-go-round, only disguised in a fresh coat of paint.

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I think joy is just as instructive as pain, and I like it better. I never meant to suffer any more than I could help; my nature was meant for happiness, a daylight art and living.

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We do know now, all of us, that the most appalling cruelties are committed by apparently virtuous governments in expectation of a great good to come, never learning that the evil done now is the sure destroyer of the expected good.

— Katherine Anne Porter

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