Willa Cather

Literary Birthday – 7 December – Willa Cather

Willa Cather was born 7 December 1873, and died 24 April 1947.

Willa Cather: 10 Quotes

  1. Some memories are realities, and are better than anything that can ever happen to one again.
  2. There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before.
  3. Every artist makes himself born. It is very much harder than the other time, and longer.
  4. 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.
  5. Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen.
  6. 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?
  7. Let your fiction grow out of the land beneath your feet.
  8. Success is never so interesting as struggle.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

Willa Cather was an American author who wrote novels of frontier life on the Great Plains. Her works include O Pioneers!My Ántonia, and The Song of the Lark. In 1923 she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for One of Ours.

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Carl Van Vechten, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 7th December 2012