All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward.— Ellen Glasgow
The most spectacular Ellen Glasgow quotes that are little-known but priceless
A tragic irony of life is that we so often achieve success or financial independence after the chief reason for which we sought it has passed away.
No life is so hard that you can't make it easier by the way you take it.
To teach one's self is to be forced to learn twice.
All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward.
All change is not growth; all movement is not forward.
The older I grow the more earnestly I feel that the few joys of childhood are the best that life has to give.
I have little faith in the theory that organized killing is the best prelude to peace.
It is human nature to overestimate the thing you've never had.
Nothing in life is so hard that you can't make it easier by the way you take it.
Life is never what one dreams. It is seldom what one desires, but for the vital spirit and the eager mind, the future will always hold the search for buried treasure and the possibility of high adventure.
Women are one of the Almighty's enigmas to prove to men that He knows more than they do.
Words, like acts, become stale when they are repeated.
The government's like a mule, it's slow and it's sure;
it's slow to turn, and it's sure to turn the way you don't want it.
Violence commands both literature and life, and violence is always crude and distorted.
Mediocrity would always win by force of numbers, but it would win only more mediocrity.
Though it sounds absurd, it is true to say I felt younger at sixty than I felt at twenty.
Women like to sit down with trouble - as if it were knitting.
He felt with the force of a revelation that to throw up the clods of earth manfully is as beneficent as to revolutionize the world. It was not the matter of the work, but the mind that went into it, that counted -- and the man who was not content to do small things well would leave great things undone.
I haven't much opinion of words. They're apt to set fire to a dry tongue, that's what I say.
No matter how vital experience might be while you lived it, no sooner was it ended and dead than it became as lifeless as the piles of dry dust in a school history book.
Moderation has never yet engineered an explosion
Nothing is more consuming, or more illogical, than the desire for remembrance.
It was a perfect spring afternoon, and the air was filled with vague, roving scents, as if the earth exhaled the sweetness of hidden flowers.
Some women like to sit down with trouble as if it were knitting.
After a day of rain the sun came out suddenly at five o'clock and threw a golden bar into the deep Victorian gloom of the front parlour
I revolted from sentimentality, less because it was false than because it was cruel.
But there is, I have learned, no permanent escape from the past.
It may be an unrecognized law of our nature that we should be drawn back, inevitably, to the place where we have suffered most.
. . . every tree near our house had a name of its own and a special identity. This was the beginning of my love for natural things, for earth and sky, for roads and fields and woods, for trees and grass and flowers; a love which has been second only to my sense of enduring kinship with birds and animals, and all inarticulate creatures.
The pathos of life is worse than the tragedy.
He knows so little and knows it so fluently.
There is no support so strong as the strength that enables one to stand alone.
No, one couldn't make a revolution, one couldn't even start a riot, with sheep that asked only for better browsing.
it is wiser to be conventionally immoral than unconventionally moral.
It isn't the immorality they object to, but the originality.
I agree with every word you write, and I can prove this in no better way than by taking your advice from beginning to end.
Dignity is an anachronism.
Evidently, whatever else marriage might prevent, it was not a remedy for isolation of spirit.
The suitable is the last thing we ever want.
Conscience represents a fetich to which good people sacrifice their own happiness, bad people their neighbors'.
... the ordinary is simply the universal observed from the surface, that the direct approach to reality is not without, but within. Touch life anywhereand you will touch universality wherever you touch the earth.
The hardest thing for me is the sense of impermanence. All passes; nothing returns.
What was time itself but the bloom, the sheath enfolding experience? Within time, and with time alone, there was life - the gleam, the quiver, the heartbeat, the immeasurable joy and anguish of being.
First, I was an idealist (that was early - fools are born, not made, you know);
next I was a realist; now I am a pessimist, and, by Jove! if things get much worse I'll become a humorist.
There is a terrible loneliness in the spring.
Youth is the season of tragedy and despair.
Youth is the time when one's whole life is entangled in a web of identity, in a perpetual maze of seeking and of finding, of passion and of disillusion, of vague longings and of nameless griefs, of pity that is a blade in the heart, and of 'all the little emptiness of love.
Doesn't all experience crumble in the end to mere literary material?
The worst thing about war is that so many people enjoy it.
Nothingis so ungrateful as a rising generation;
yet, if there is any faintest glimmer of light ahead of us in the present, itwas kindled by the intellectual fires that burned long before us.
I never saw the man yet that came out of politics as clean as he went into 'em.
Energy had fastened upon her like a disease.
nations decay from within more often than they surrender to outward assault.