As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world.
Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I to my friends.
Mental fight means thinking against the current, not with it. It is our business to puncture gas bags and discover the seeds of truth.
Let a man get up and say, Behold, this is the truth, and instantly I perceive a sandy cat filching a piece of fish in the background. Look, you have forgotten the cat, I say.
Yet it is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top.
The older one grows, the more one likes indecency.
Almost any biographer, if he respects facts, can give us much more than another fact to add to our collection. He can give us the creative fact; the fertile fact; the fact that suggests and engenders.
The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages.
It is curious how instinctively one protects the image of oneself from idolatry or any other handling that could make it ridiculous, or too unlike the original to be believed any longer.
Great bodies of people are never responsible for what they do.
They can because they think they can.
I thought how unpleasant it is to be locked out; and I thought how it is worse, perhaps, to be locked in.
Nothing induces me to read a novel except when I have to make money by writing about it. I detest them.
One of the signs of passing youth is the birth of a sense of fellowship with other human beings as we take our place among them.
When the shriveled skin of the ordinary is stuffed out with meaning, it satisfies the senses amazingly.
For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.
That great Cathedral space which was childhood.
It is far harder to kill a phantom than a reality.
These are the soul's changes. I don't believe in ageing. I believe in forever altering one's aspect to the sun. Hence my optimism.
Boredom is the legitimate kingdom of the philanthropic.