Rose Macaulay Quotes

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Rose Macaulay Quotes

Giving is not at all interesting; but receiving is, there is no doubt about it, delightful.
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It is a common delusion that you make things better by talking about them.

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It was a book to kill time for those who like it better dead.

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We know one another's faults, virtues, catastrophes, mortifications, triumphs, rivalries, desires, and how long we can each hang by our hands to a bar. We have been banded together under pack codes and tribal laws.

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Words, those precious gems of queer shape and gay colours, sharp angles and soft contours, shades of meaning laid one over the other down history, so that for those far back one must delve among the lost and lovely litter that strews the centuries. They arrange themselves in the most elegant odd patterns; the sound the strangest sweet euphonious notes; they flute and sing and taber, and disappear, like apparitions, with a curious perfume and a most melodious twang.

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He felt about books as doctors feel about medicines, or managers about plays
cynical but hopeful.

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Life is one long struggle to disinter oneself, to keep one's head above the accumulations, the ever deepening layers of objects ... which attempt to cover one over, steadily, almost irresistibly, like falling snow.

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Nearly all novels are too long.

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Nothing, perhaps, is strange, once you have accepted life itself, the great strange business which includes all lesser strangeness.

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News is like food: it is the cooking and serving that makes it acceptable, not the material itself.

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The very utterness of the crash and ruin, the desperation of the case, might be its hope. On ruins one can begin to build. Anyhow, looking out from ruins one clearly sees; there are no obstructing walls.

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One never feels such distaste for one's countrymen and countrywomen as when one meets them abroad.

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All sorts of articles and letters appear in the papers about women. Profound questions are raised concerning them. Should they smoke? Should they work? Vote? Marry? Exist? Are not their skirts too short, or their sleeves? Have they a sense of humor, of honor, of direction? Are spinsters superfluous? But how seldom similar inquiries are propounded about men.

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Human passions against eternal laws
that is the everlasting conflict.

— Rose Macaulay

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