Willa Cather

«Her secret? It is every artist's secret--passion. That is all. It is an open secret, and perfectly safe. Like heroism, it is inimitable in cheap materials.»

Willa Cather


«Miracles surround us at every turn, if we but sharpen our perceptions to them.»

Willa Cather


«I was entirely happy. Perhaps we feel like that when we die and become a part of something entire, whether it is sun and air. or goodness and knowledge. At any rate, that is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great. When it comes to one, it comes as naturally as sleep.»

Willa Cather


«Trees were so rare in that country, and they had to make such a hard fight to grow, that we used to feel anxious about them, and visit them as if they were persons.»

Willa Cather


«Religion is different from everything else; because in religion seeking is finding.»

Willa Cather


«I only knew the schoolbooks said he "died in the wilderness, of a broken heart."»

Willa Cather


«The land belongs to the future, Carl; that's the way it seems to me. How many of the names on the county clerk's plat will be there in fifty years? I might as well try to will the sunset over there to my brother's children. We come and go, but the land is always here. And the people who love it and understand it are the people who own it--for a little while.»

Willa Cather


«Only a Woman, divine, could know all that a woman can suffer.»

Willa Cather


«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?»

Willa Cather


«Where there is great love, there are always miracles.»

Willa Cather


«What was any art but a mold to imprison for a moment the shining elusive element which is life itself- life hurrying past us and running away, to strong to stop, too sweet to lose.»

Willa Cather


«I shall do nothing to discourage my patient, Monseigneur, any more than I shall bleed him, as many good people urge me to do. The mind, too, has a kind of blood; in common speech we call it hope.»

Willa Cather


«That is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great. When it comes to one, it comes as naturally as sleep.»

Willa Cather


«The world is little, people are little, human life is little. There is only one big thing — desire.»

Willa Cather


«I prefer to be foolish when I feel like it, and be accountable to nobody.»

Willa Cather


«The mind, too, has a kind of blood; in common speech we call it hope.»

Willa Cather


«Only solitary men know the full joys of friendship. Others have their family; but to a solitary and an exile his friends are everything.»

Willa Cather


«He knew he would always remember her, standing there with that expectant, forward-looking smile, enough to turn the future into summer.»

Willa Cather


«I was something that lay under the sun and felt it, like the pumpkins, and I did not want to be anything more. I was entirely happy. Perhaps we feel like that when we die and become a part of something entire, whether it is sun and air, or goodness and knowledge. At any rate, that is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great. When it comes to one, it comes as naturally as sleep.»

Willa Cather


«One might almost say that an apparition is human vision corrected by divine love. I do not see you as you really are, Joseph; I see you through my affection for you. The Miracles of the Church seem to me not to rest so much upon faces or voices or healing power coming suddenly near to us from afar off, but upon our perceptions being made finer, so that for a moment our eyes can see and our ears can hear what is there about us always.»

Willa Cather