Katherine Mansfield

Literary Birthday – 14 October – Katherine Mansfield

Katherine Mansfield was born 14 October 1888, and died 9 January 1923.


  1. Would you not like to try all sorts of lives — one is so very small— but that is the satisfaction of writing — one can impersonate so many people.
  2. The pleasure of all reading is doubled when one lives with another who shares the same books.
  3. Once we have learned to read, meaning of words can somehow register without consciousness.
  4. I imagine I was always writing. Twaddle it was, too. But better far write twaddle or anything, anything, than nothing at all.
  5. To be alive and to be a ‘writer’ is enough.
  6. Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinion of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.
  7. I’m a writer first and a woman after.
  8. The more you are motivated by love, the more fearless and free your actions will be.
  9. Everything in life that we really accept undergoes a change. So suffering must become Love. That is the mystery.
  10. The truth is that every true admirer of the novels cherishes the happy thought that he alone – reading between the lines – has become the secret friend of their author.

Katherine Mansfield was a prominent modernist New Zealand writer of short fiction. A number of her works, including Miss Brill, Prelude, The Garden Party, The Doll’s House, and later works such as The Fly, are frequently found in short story anthologies. She settled in England, where she became a friend of writers such as D.H. Lawrence and Virginia Woolf.

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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 14th October 2014

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  1. oh wow! these quotes resonate so well!

    in fact, quote number one is the reason I decided to be a writer. i could not decide what i wanted to be when i grew up and figured i never had to decide if i was a writer because i could “experience” anything i wanted to experience if i wrote about it!