Literary Birthday - 7 December
Happy Birthday, Willa Cather, born 7 December 1873, died 24 April 1947
Willa Cather: 10 Quotes
- Some memories are realities, and are better than anything that can ever happen to one again.
- There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before.
- Every artist makes himself born. It is very much harder than the other time, and longer.
- To note an artist’s limitations is but to define his talent. A reporter can write equally well about everything that is presented to his view, but a creative writer can do his best only with what lies within the range and character of his deepest sympathies.
- Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen.
- It’s all very well to tell us to forgive our enemies; our enemies can never hurt us very much. But oh, what about forgiving our friends?
- Let your fiction grow out of the land beneath your feet.
- Success is never so interesting as struggle.
- Any first rate novel or story must have in it the strength of a dozen fairly good stories that have been sacrificed to it. A good workman can’t be a cheap workman; he can’t be stingy about wasting material, and he cannot compromise.
- When people ask me if it has been a hard or easy road, I always answer with the same quotation, the end is nothing, the road is all.
Cather was an American author who achieved recognition for her novels of frontier life on the Great Plains, in works such as O Pioneers!, My Ántonia, and The Song of the Lark. In 1923 she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for One of Ours.
By Amanda Patterson from Writers Write