Catherine Drinker Bowen Quotes

Catherine Drinker Bowen Quotes: In early days, I tried not to give librarians any trouble, which was where I made my primary mistake. Librarians like to be given trouble; they exist for it, they are geared to it. For the location of a mislaid volume, an uncatalogued item, your good librarian has a ferret's nose. Give her a scent and she jumps the leash, her eye bright with battle.
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Catherine Drinker Bowen Quote: A woman's biography - with about eight famous historical exceptions - so often turns out to be the story of a man and the woman who helped his career.
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Quotes about Catherine Drinker Bowen: All the others arts are lonely. We paint alone--my picture, my interpretation of the sky. My poem, my novel. But in music--ensemble music, not soloism--we share. No altruism this, for we receive tenfold what we give.
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Quote about Catherine Drinker Bowen: Writers seldom choose as friends those self-contained characters who are never in trouble, never unhappy or ill, never make mistakes, and always count their change when it is handed to them.
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Catherine Drinker Bowen Sayings: Great artists treasure their time with a bitter and snarling miserliness.
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Catherine Drinker Bowen Saying: One of the marks of true genius is a quality of abundance. A rich, rollicking abundance, enough to give indigestion to ordinary people. Great artists turn it out in rolls, in swatches. They cover whole ceilings with paintings, they chip out a mountainside in stone, they write not one novel but a shelf full. It follows that some of their work is better than other. As much as a third of it may be pretty bad. Shall we say this unevenness is the mark of their humanity - of their proud mortality as well as of their immortality?
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