Gertrude Atherton

Literary Birthday – 30 October – Gertrude Atherton

Gertrude Atherton was born 30 October 1857, and died 14 June 1948.

Gertrude Atherton Quotes

  1. Authors are far closer to the truths enfolded in mystery than ordinary people, because of that very audacity of imagination which irritates their plodding critics.
  2. The very commonplaces of life are components of its eternal mystery.
  3. Possibly there are few imaginative writers who have not a leaning, secret or avowed, to the occult. The creative gift is in very close relationship with the Great Force behind the universe; for aught we know, may be an atom thereof.
  4. Women love the lie that saves their pride, but never an unflattering truth.
  5. Get up every morning with the set intention of writing and go to your desk and sit there for three hours, whether you accomplish anything or not. Before long you will find that you are writing madly, not waiting for inspiration.
  6. Writing was my real life and I was more at home with the people of my imagination than with the best I met in the objective world.
  7. It took me years to learn that character is fate and that no one can be made over.

Gertrude Atherton was a prominent, prolific American author. Her best-seller Black Oxen was made into a silent movie of the same name. She also wrote short stories, essays, and articles for magazines and newspapers on feminism, politics, and war.


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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 30th October 2014