The past is never where you think you left it.

— Katherine Anne Porter

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The real sin against life is to abuse and destroy beauty, even one's own --even more, one's own, for that has been put in our care and we are responsible for its well-being.

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If we say I love you, it may be received with doubt, for there are times when it is hard to believe. Say I hate you, and the one spoken to believes it instantly, once for all. ... Love must be learned, and learned again and again; there is no end to it. Hate needs no instruction, but waits only to be provoked.

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All life worth living is difficult, nobody promised us happiness;

it is not a commodity you have earned, or shall ever earn. It is a by-product of brave living, and it never comes in the form we expect, or at the season we hoped for, or as the result of our planning for it.

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It is my firm belief that all our lives we are preparing to be somebody or something, even if we don't do it consciously. And the time comes one morning when you wake up and find that you have become irrevocably what you were preparing all this time to be.

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You waste life when you waste good food.

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Human life itself may be almost pure chaos, but the work of the artist is to take these handfuls of confusion and disparate things, things that seem to be irreconcilable, and put them together in a frame to give them some kind of shape and meaning.

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The real sin against life is to abuse and destroy beauty, even one's own even more, one's own, for that has been put in our care and we are responsible for its well-being.

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Each generation must get on the same old merry-go-round, only disguised in a fresh coat of paint.

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I get so tired of moral bookkeeping.

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It's a man's world, and you men can have it.

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Adventure is something you seek for pleasure, or even for profit, like a gold rush or invading a country;...but experience is what really happens to you in the long run; the truth that finally overtakes you.

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It is such a relief to be told the truth.

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About Katherine Anne Porter

Quotes 128 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Journalist
Birthday October 16

Childhood is the fiery furnace in which we are melted down to essentials and that essential shaped for good.

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Love must be learned again and again... Hate needs no instruction, but waits only to be provoked.

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No man can be explained by his personal history, least of all a poet.

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I don't believe in intuition. When you get sudden flashes of perception, it is just the brain working faster than usual. But you've been getting ready to know it for a long time, and when it comes, you feel you've known it always.

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The real sin against life is to abuse and destroy beauty, even one's own.

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It is a man's world, and you men can have it.

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I have not much interest in anyone's personal history after the tenth year, not even my own. Whatever one was going to be was all prepared before that.

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God does not know whether a skin is black or white, He sees only souls.

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One little human truth is that opinionated people don't hold much with other people's opinions, and it is a great pleasure to some of them to be able to ascribe incurable defects, such as belonging to a certain sex; or base motives, or lack of understanding, to anyone whose views they disagree with.

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Be respectful of words. They mean something.

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You can't write about people out of textbooks, and you can't use jargon.

You have to speak clearly and simply and purely in a language that a six-year-old child can understand; and yet have the meanings and the overtones of language, and the implications, that appeal to the highest intelligence.

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Experience is what really happens to you in the long run; the truth that finally overtakes you.

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Miracles are instantaneous, they cannot be summoned, but come of themselves, usually at unlikely moments and to those who least expect them.

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Every young artist has to do it one way, his [or her] way, and the hell with patterns. Remember who you are and where you are and what you are doing.... And never take advice, including this.

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Physical infidelity is the signal, the notice given, that all fidelities are undermined.

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Lovemaking surely must be, for human beings at our present state of development, one of the more private enterprises. Who would want a witness to that entire self-abandonment and helplessness?

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I was right not to be afraid of any thief but myself, who will end by leaving me nothing.

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...with the most infinite tenderness I have ever known in my life, he put his arms around me, gently, gently, and I embraced him around the neck, and we touched...

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Most people won't realise that writing is a craft.

You have to take your apprenticeship in it like anything else.

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Defeat in this world is no disgrace and that is what they cannot understand.

If you really fought well and fought for the right thing.

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There are so many things that we are capable of, that we could be or do.

The potentialities are so great that we never, any of us, are more than one-fourth fulfilled.

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Even St. Teresa said, "I can pray better when I'm comfortable," and she refused to wear her haircloth shirt or starve herself. I don't think living in cellars and starving is better for an artist than it is for anybody else.

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I've been called a stylist until I really could tear my hair out.

And I simply don't believe in style. The style is you.

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They had both noticed that a life of dissipation sometimes gave to a face the look of gaunt suffering spirituality that a life of asceticism was supposed to give and quite often did not.

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A novel is really like a symphony where instrument after instrument has to come in at its own time, and no other.

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First impressions are often signals from the deep that we should credit oftener than we do.

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Love is purely a creation of the human imagination, it is merely perhaps the most important of all the examples of how the imagination continually outruns the creature it inhabits.

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I have a great deal of religious symbolism in my stories because I have a very deep sense of religion and also I have a religious training. And I suppose you don't say, `I'm going to have the flowering judas tree stand for betrayal,' but of course it does.

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If you are required to kill someone today, on the promise of a political leader that someone else shall live in peace tomorrow, believe me, you are not only a double murderer, you are a suicide, too.

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Be bold, and try not to fall in love with your faults.

Don't be so afraid of giving yourself away, either, for if yo write, you must. And if you can't face that, better not write.

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I love to praise what I love, and I won't for a minute believe that love is blind -- indeed, it gives clearness without sharpness, and surely that is the best light in which to look at anything.

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The greatest art comes out of warmth and conviction and deep feeling, but then, very few people, even geniuses, have all that.

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who wants to read about success? It is the early struggle which makes a good story.

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I always knew one thing, that life is made bearable and possible and liveable by the relations of one human being to another, the individual love and gentleness between persons, or in any case, the unbreakable bond that grows and fastens lives together in all sorts of mysterious ways.

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Writing does not exclude the full life; it demands it.

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One of the marks of a gift is to have the courage of it.

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All the old houses that I knew when I was a child were full of books, bought generation after generation by members of the family. Nobody told you to read this or not to read that.

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