Sylvia Townsend Warner Quotes

Sylvia Townsend Warner Quotes: I wish you could see the two cats drowsing side by side in a Victorian nursing chair, their paws, their ears, their tails complementarily adjusted, their blue eyes blinking open on a single thought of when I shall remember it's their supper time. They might have been composed by Bach for two flutes.
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Sylvia Townsend Warner Quote: I wish I could write librettos for the rest of my life. It is the purest of human pleasures, a heavenly hermaphroditism of being both writer and musician. No wonder that selfish beast Wagner kept it all to himself.
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Quotes about Sylvia Townsend Warner: Theology, Mr. Fortune found, is a more accommodating subject than mathematics; its technique of exposition allows greater latitude. For instance when you are gravelled for matter there is always the moral to fall back upon. Comparisons too may be drawn, leading cases cited, types and antetypes analysed and anecdotes introduced. Except for Archimedes mathematics is singularly naked of anecdotes.
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Quote about Sylvia Townsend Warner: I do apologize for writing by hand - and so badly. I shall soon be like Helen Thomas, notoriously illegible. In her last letter only two words stood out plain: 'Blood pressure.' Subsequent research demonstrated that what she had actually written was 'Beloved friends.
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Sylvia Townsend Warner Sayings: But what are wishes, compared with longings?
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Sylvia Townsend Warner Saying: [John Craske] painted like a man giving witness under oath to a wild story.
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Sayings about Sylvia Townsend Warner: A story demanded to be written, and that is why I have not answered your letter before: a wrong-headed story, that would come blundering like a moth on my window, and stare in with small red eyes, and I the last writer in the world to manage such a subject. One should have more self-control. One should be able to say, Go away. You have come to the wrong inkstand, there is nothing for you here. But I am so weakminded that I cannot even say, Come next week.
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Saying about Sylvia Townsend Warner: I wish I could be a grandmother. It is wanton extravagance to have had a youth with no one to tell of it to when one grows old.
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Sylvia Townsend Warner Quotes: Love is the only real patriation, and without one's dear one sits in a dreary and boring exile.
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Sylvia Townsend Warner Quote: One reason why my memory decays is that I have three cats, all so loving and insistent that they play cat's-cradle with every train of thought. They drove me distracted while I was having influenza, gazing at me with large eyes and saying: O Sylvia, you are so ill, you'll soon be dead. And who will feed us then? Feed us now!
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Quotes about Sylvia Townsend Warner: There are some women ... in whom conscience is so strongly developed that it leaves little room for anything else.
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Quote about Sylvia Townsend Warner: [On an anarchist acquaintance:] Everything in appearance the most alarmist aunt could wish.
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Sylvia Townsend Warner Sayings: Only two things are real to me: my love and my death. In between them, I merely exist as a scatter of senses.
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Sylvia Townsend Warner Saying: The night was at her disposal. She might walk back to Great Mop and arrive very late; or she might sleep out and not trouble to arrive till to-morrow. Whichever she did Mrs Leak would not mind. That was one of the advantages of dealing with witches; they do not mind if you are a little odd in your ways, frown if you are late for meals, fret if you are out all night, pry and commiserate when at length you return. Lovely to be with people who prefer their thoughts to yours, lovely to live at your own sweet will, lovely to sleep out all night!
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