Big doesn't necessarily mean better. Sunflowers aren't better than violets.

— Edna Ferber

The most fantastic Edna Ferber quotes that will inspire your inner self

We no longer build fireplaces for physical warmth—we build them for the warmth of the soul; we build them to dream by, to hope by, to home by.


The goat's business is none of the sheep's concern.


A closed mind is a dying mind.


Living the past is a dull and lonely business;

looking back strains the neck muscles, causing you to bump into people not going your way.


Only amateurs say that they write for their own amusement.

Writing is not an amusing occupation. It is a combination of ditch-digging, mountain-climbing, treadmill and childbirth. Writing may be interesting, absorbing, exhilarating, racking, relieving. But amusing? Never!


It was part of theTexas ritual? We know about champagne and caviar but we talk hog and hominy.


In New York the sky is bluer, and the grass is greener, and the girls are prettier, and the steaks are thicker, and the buildings are higher, and the streets are wider, and the air is finer, than the sky, or the grass, or the girls, or the steaks, or the air of any place else in the world.


The feminine in the man is the sugar in the whisky.

The masculine in the woman is the yeast in the bread. Without these ingredients the result is flat, without tang or flavor.


Being an old maid is like death by drowning, a really delightful sensation after you cease to struggle.


Life can't ever really defeat a writer who is in love with writing, for life itself is a writer's lover until death – fascinating, cruel, lavish, warm, cold, treacherous, constant.


I am not belittling the brave pioneer men but the sunbonnet as well as the sombrero has helped to settle this glorious land of ours.


If men ever discovered how tough women actually are, they would be scared to death.


About Edna Ferber

Quotes 97 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Novelist
Birthday October 16

Life cannot defeat a writer who is in love with writing; for life itself is a writer's love until death.


Books should be cherished, like children, books are for the next generation, like children, like history.


... home isn't always the place where you were born and bred. Home is the place where your everyday clothes are, and where somebody or something needs you.


A woman can look both moral and exciting... if she also looks as if it was quite a struggle.


But always, to her, red and green cabbages were to be jade and burgundy, chrysoprase and prophyry. Life has no weapons against a woman like that.


Spring ... made fair false promises which summer was called upon to keep.


The small town smart set is deadly serious about its smartness.


Emma McChesney was engaged in that nerve-wracking process known as getting things out of the way. When Emma McChesney aimed to get things out of the way she did not use a shovel; she used a road-drag.


Opinion! If every one had so little tact as to give their true opinion when it was asked this would be a miserable world.


All the difference in the world between the movies and the thrill I get out of a play at the theater. Ay, yes! Like fooling around with paper dolls when you could be playing with a real live baby.


I never would just open a door and walk through, I had to bust it down for the hell of it. I just naturally liked doing things the hard way.


It's terrible to realize that you don't learn how to live until you're ready to die; and, then it's too late.


A stricken tree, a living thing, so beautiful, so dignified, so admirable in its potential longevity, is, next to man, perhaps the most touching of wounded objects.


Any man who can look handsome in a dirty baseball suit is an Adonis.

There is something about the baggy pants, and the Micawber-shaped collar, and the skull-fitting cap, and the foot or so of tan, or blue, or pink undershirt sleeve sticking out at the arms, that just naturally kills a man's best points.


Roast Beef, Medium, is not only a food.

It is a philosophy. ... Roast Beef, Medium, is safe, and sane, and sure.


Anything can have happened in Oklahoma. Practically everything has.


Housework's the hardest work in the world. That's why men won't do it.


Writers should be read but not seen. Rarely are they a winsome sight.


The writer is a writer because he cannot help it. It is a compulsion.


People in big empty places are likely to behave very much as the gods did on Olympus.


I never go to weddings. Waste of time. Person can get married a dozen times. Lots of folks do. Family like ours, know everybody in the state of Texas and around outside, why, you could spend your life going to weddings. But a funeral, that's different. You only die once.


Christmas isn't a season. It's a feeling.


Most of the men regarded Europe as a wine list.

In their mental geography Rheims, Rhine, Moselle, Bordeaux, Champagne, or Würzburg were not localities but libations.


Take Texas the way Texas takes bourbon. Straight. It goes down easier.


Nicknames are fond names. We do not give them to people we dislike.


The ideal view for daily writing, hour for hour, is the blank brick wall of a cold-storage warehouse. Failing this, a stretch of sky will do, cloudless if possible.


It's difficult to write a really good short story because it must be a complete and finished reflection of life with only a few words to use as tools. There isn't time for bad writing in a short story.


Writing is not an amusing occupation.

It is a combination of ditch-digging, mountain-climbing, treadmill and childbirth.


A whole roomful of Jews is like a charged battery.

The vitality sparks seem to fly, and frequently the result is a short circuit.


One can summon courage and fortitude to face tragedy;

irritations and frustrations are a cloud of mosquitoes that nip and sting and drive one frantic.


Whoever said love conquers all was a fool. Because almost everything conquers love - or tries to.


There is an interesting resemblance in the speeches of dictators, no matter what country they may hail from or what language they may speak.


I sometimes wonder ... if the land is not destroying the people who inhabit it as the people who inhabit it are destroying the land. A magic continent, a Peculiar Treasure, stuffed with riches, millions in it are starving in the midst of plenty.


[Women] ... is nothin' but little girls in long skirts, and their hair done up.


Any piece of furniture, I don't care how beautiful it is, has got to be lived with, and kicked about, and rubbed down, and mistreated by servants, and repolished, and knocked around and dusted and sat on or slept in or eaten off of before it develops its real character ... A good deal like human beings.


Writing, to be memorable, must be done in a state of impassioned serenity.


Cherry cobbler is shortcake with a soul.

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