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A burnt dog dreads the fire.

WILLA CATHER, "The Sculptor's Funeral," The Troll Garden

It is easy to pity when once one's vanity has been tickled.

WILLA CATHER, "On the Divide," The Troll Garden

Alcohol is perfectly consistent in its effects upon man. Drunkenness is merely an exaggeration. A foolish man drunk becomes maudlin; a bloody man, vicious; a coarse man, vulgar.

WILLA CATHER, "On the Divide," The Troll Garden

Hunger is a powerful incentive to introspection.

WILLA CATHER, "The Burglar's Christmas," Home Monthly, Dec. 1896

It is a tragic hour, that hour when we are finally driven to reckon with ourselves, when every avenue of mental distraction has been cut off and our own life and all its ineffaceable failures closes about us like the walls of that old torture chamber of the Inquisition.

WILLA CATHER, "The Burglar's Christmas," Home Monthly, Dec. 1896

Winter lies too long in country towns; hangs on until it is stale and shabby, old and sullen.


I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do.


Paris is a hard place to leave, even when it rains incessantly and one coughs continually from the dampness.

WILLA CATHER, The World and the Parish: Willa Cather's Articles and Reviews

For ever and anon the soul becomes weary of the conventions that are not of it, and with a single stroke shatters the civilized lies with which it is unable to cope, and the strong arm reaches out and takes by force what it cannot win by cunning.

WILLA CATHER, "On the Divide," The Troll Garden

Willa Cather Poems - a collection of her poetry.

Willa Cather: Short Plays Index - a collection of short plays.

Willa Cather: One-Act Plays - an index of online scripts.

Willa Cather Bibliography - a list of her writings, as well as biographies and criticism.


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