Edith Sitwell

Literary Birthday – 7 September – Edith Sitwell

Edith Sitwell was born 7 September 1887, and died 9 December 1964.

Nine Quotes

  1. It is a part of the poet’s work to show each man what he sees but does not know he sees.
  2. I am patient with stupidity but not with those who are proud of it.
  3. I have often wished I had time to cultivate modesty…But I am too busy thinking about myself.
  4. The public will believe anything, so long as it is not founded on truth.
  5. The trouble with most Englishwomen is that they will dress as if they had been a mouse in a previous incarnation they do not want to attract attention.
  6. Vulgarity is, in reality, nothing but a modern, chic, pert descendant of the goddess Dullness.
  7. Poetry is the deification of reality.
  8. Eccentricity is not, as dull people would have us believe, a form of madness. It is often a kind of innocent pride, and the man of genius and the aristocrat are frequently regarded as eccentrics because genius and aristocrat are entirely unafraid of and uninfluenced by the opinions and vagaries of the crowd.
  9. My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence.

Edith Sitwell was a British poet and critic. She was the eldest of the three literary Sitwells. She is the author of The Queens and the Hive.

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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 7th September 2013