Gertrude Atherton Quotes

Gertrude Atherton Quotes: the curse of human nature is imagination. When a long anticipated moment comes, we always find it pitched a note too low, for the wings of imagination are crushed into its withering sides under the crowding hordes of petty realities.
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Gertrude Atherton Quote: A long while ago an eager group of reformers wrote to me asking if I could suggest anything that would improve the morals of the American people. I replied that the trouble with the American people in general was not lack of morals but lack of brains ...
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Quotes about Gertrude Atherton: New York has always prided itself on its bad manners. That is the real source of our strength.
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Quote about Gertrude Atherton: No country can reach a high stage of civilization without a leisure class ...
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Gertrude Atherton Sayings: The Southerners are the only cooks in the United States. The real difference between the South and the North is that one enjoys itself getting dyspepsia and the other does not.
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Gertrude Atherton Saying: The only real rival of love is Art, for that in itself is a deep personal passion, its function an act of creation, fed by some mysterious perversion of sex, and demanding all the imagination's activities.
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Sayings about Gertrude Atherton: Here is a simple recipe to begin with. Get up every morning with the set intention of writing and go to your desk and sit there for three hours, whether you accomplish anything or not. Before long you will find that you are writing madly, not waiting for inspiration.
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Saying about Gertrude Atherton: if there's a spirit world why don't the ghosts of dead artists get together and inhibit bad playwrights from tormenting first-nighters?
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Gertrude Atherton Quotes: I see no present solution of a great and intricate problem but that the rich should realize their duty to the poor.
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Gertrude Atherton Quote: Writing was my real life and I was more at home with the people of my imagination than with the best I met in the objective world.
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Quotes about Gertrude Atherton: The only two good words that can be said for a hurricane are that it gives sufficient warning of its approach, and that it blows from one point of the compass at a time.
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Quote about Gertrude Atherton: Did any great genius ever enter the world in the wake of commonplace pre-natal conditions? Was a maker of history ever born amidst the pleasant harmonies of a satisfied domesticity? Of a mother who was less than remarkable, although she may have escaped being great? Did a woman with no wildness in her blood ever inform a brain with electric fire? The students of history know that while many mothers of great men have been virtuous, none have been commonplace, and few have been happy.
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Gertrude Atherton Sayings: There is a strong conservative instinct in the average man or woman, born of the hereditary fear of life, that prompts them to cling to old standards, or, if too intelligent to look inhospitably upon progress, to move very slowly. Both types are the brakes and wheelhorses necessary to a stable civilization, but history, even current history in the newspapers, would be dull reading if there were no adventurous spirits willing to do battle for new ideas.
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