Ellen Glasgow Quotes

Ellen Glasgow Quotes: The only natural human beings seem to be those who are making trouble.
... though not invariably the worst choice, war is always an obscene horror.
idealism, that gaudy coloring matter of passion, fades when it is brought beneath the trenchant white light of knowledge. Ideals, like mountains, are best at a distance.
. . . every tree near our house had a name of its own and a special identity. This was the beginning of my love for natural things, for earth and sky, for roads and fields and woods, for trees and grass and flowers; a love which has been second only to my sense of enduring kinship with birds and animals, and all inarticulate creatures.
you can't fit the same religion to every man any mo' than you can the same pair of breeches. The big man takes the big breeches an' the little man takes the small ones, an' it's jest the same with religion. It may be cut after one pattern, but it's might apt to get its shape from the wearer inside. Why, thar ain't any text so peaceable that it ain't drawn blood from somebody.
1. Always wait between books for the springs to fill up and flow over. 2. Always preserve within a wild sanctuary, an inaccessible valley of reveries. 3. Always, and as far as it is possible, endeavor to touch life on every side; but keep the central vision of the mind, the inmost light, untouched and untouchable.
The age is a vociferous one, and no prophet is without honor who is able to strike an attitude and to speak loud enough to make himself heard.
The only difference between a rut and a grave are the dimensions.
Of one thing alone I am very sure: it is a law of our nature that the memory of longing should survive the more fugitive memory of fulfillment.
Preserve, within a wild sanctuary, an inaccessible valley of reverie.
Do you know there is always a barrier between me and any man or woman who does not like dogs?
A tragic irony of life is that we so often achieve success or financial independence after the chief reason for which we sought it has passed away.
Violence commands both literature and life, and violence is always crude and distorted.
Conscience represents a fetich to which good people sacrifice their own happiness, bad people their neighbors'.
I have watchedmany literary fashions shoot up and blossom, and then fade and drop.... Yet with the many that I have seen comeand go, I have never yet encountered a mode of thinking that regarded itself as simply a changing fashion, and not as an infallible approach to the right culture.
the great novels have marched with the years. They are the contemporaries of time.
The attraction of horror is a mental, or even an intellectual, excitement, but the fascination of the repulsive, so noticeable incontemporary writing, can spring openly from some rotted substance within our civilization ...
it is wiser to be conventionally immoral than unconventionally moral. It isn't the immorality they object to, but the originality.
Women are one of the Almighty's enigmas to prove to men that He knows more than they do.