katherine anne porter Quotes

Love must be learned, and learned again; there is no end to it.
— Katherine Anne Porter
Most people won't realize that writing is a craft. You have to take your apprenticeship in it like anything else.
tags: people craft writing
— Katherine Anne Porter
Our being is subject to all the chances of life. There are so many things we are capable of, that we could be or do. The potentialities are so great that we never, any of us, are more than one-fourth fulfilled.
tags: chance
— Katherine Anne Porter
Most people won't realise that writing is a craft. You have to take your apprenticeship in it like anything else.
tags: people craft writing
— Katherine Anne Porter
. . . all that she had had, and all that she had missed, were lost together, and were twice lost in this landslide of remembered losses.
tags: loss lost
— Katherine Anne Porter
A novel is really like a symphony where instrument after instrument has to come in at its own time, and no other.
tags: time novel
— Katherine Anne Porter
Human life itself may be almost pure chaos, but the work of the artist is to take these handfuls of confusion and disparate things, things that seem to be irreconcilable, and put them together in a frame to give them some kind of shape and meaning.
tags: work meaning human chaos confusion artist
— Katherine Anne Porter
First impressions are often signals from the deep that we should credit oftener than we do ...
— Katherine Anne Porter
Miracles are instantaneous, they cannot be summoned, but come of themselves, usually at unlikely moments and to those who least expect them.
tags: moment miracle
— Katherine Anne Porter
A story is like something you wind out of yourself. Like a spider, it is a web you weave, and you love your story like a child.
tags: children child stories
— Katherine Anne Porter
The thing is not to follow a pattern. Follow your own pattern of feeling and thought. The thing is to accept your own life and not try to live someone else's life. Look, the thumbprint is not like any other, and the thumbprint is what you must go by.
tags: live thoughts
— Katherine Anne Porter
Love must be learned and learned again; There is no end.
— Katherine Anne Porter
Be respectful of words. They mean something.
— Katherine Anne Porter
Childhood is the fiery furnace in which we are melted down to essentials and that essential shaped for good.
tags: childhood
— Katherine Anne Porter
Could she fall so low? No, there were limits, and she believed she still knew where some of them were.
— Katherine Anne Porter
I want to go and see the world. I want to know the world like the palm of my hand.
tags: world
— Katherine Anne Porter
Those who give the orders are not the ones to die The people who are doing the work and the fighting and the dying, and those who are doing the talking, are not all the same people.
tags: people work dying fighting die
— Katherine Anne Porter
Adventure is something you seek for pleasure, or even for profit, like a gold rush or invading a country;...but experience is what really happens to you in the long run; the truth that finally overtakes you.
tags: truth experience adventure pleasure
— Katherine Anne Porter
If I didn't know the ending of a story, I wouldn't begin. I always write my last lines, my last paragraph first, and then I go back and work towards it. I know where I'm going. I know what my goal is. And how I get there is God's grace.
tags: work grace god stories write goal
— Katherine Anne Porter
It is my firm belief that all our lives we are preparing to be somebody or something, even if we don't do it consciously. And the time comes one morning when you wake up and find that you have become irrevocably what you were preparing all this time to be.
tags: belief time live
— Katherine Anne Porter
Civilization, let me tell you what it is. First the soldier, then the merchant, then the priest, then the lawyer. The merchant hires the soldier and priest to conquer the country for him. First the soldier, he is a murderer; then the priest, he is a liar; then the merchant, he is a thief; and they all bring in the lawyer to make their laws and defend their deeds, and there you have your civilization!
tags: law civilization
— Katherine Anne Porter
You waste life when you waste good food.
tags: food
— Katherine Anne Porter
What we need now is endless courage.
tags: courage
— Katherine Anne Porter
Perhaps the habit which distinguishes civilized people from others is that of discussion, exchange of opinion and ideas, the ability to differ without quarrelling, to say what you have to say civilly and then to listen civilly to another speaker.
tags: people opinion ideas
— Katherine Anne Porter
if we say I love you, it may be received with doubt, for there are times when it is hard to believe. Say I hate you, and the one spoken to believes it instantly, once for all. ... Love must be learned, and learned again and again; there is no end to it. Hate needs no instruction, but waits only to be provoked ...
tags: time believe hate doubt
— Katherine Anne Porter
All life worth living is difficult, nobody promised us happiness; it is not a commodity you have earned, or shall ever earn. It is a by-product of brave living, and it never comes in the form we expect, or at the season we hoped for, or as the result of our planning for it ...
tags: living worth
— Katherine Anne Porter
The past is never where you think you left it.
tags: past
— Katherine Anne Porter
I will never again attempt to tell any young person what to do - the really gifted don't need advice and the others can't take it.
tags: people advice young
— Katherine Anne Porter
I work whenever I'm let.
tags: work
— Katherine Anne Porter
If you are required to kill someone today, on the promise of a political leader that someone else shall live in peace tomorrow, believe me, you are not only a double murderer, you are a suicide, too.
tags: peace live suicide believe political leader tomorrow
— Katherine Anne Porter
words can never get at the truth.
tags: truth
— Katherine Anne Porter
we know that the Furies do not come uninvited.
— Katherine Anne Porter
Untrained minds have always been a nuisance to the military police of orthodoxy. God-intoxicated mystics and untidy saints with only a white blaze of divine love where their minds should have been, are perpetually creating almost as much disorder within the law as outside it.
tags: law divine military mind
— Katherine Anne Porter
Lovemaking surely must be, for human beings at our present state of development, one of the more private enterprises. Who would want a witness to that entire self-abandonment and helplessness?
tags: present development human
— Katherine Anne Porter
I've been called a stylist until I really could tear my hair out. And I simply don't believe in style. The style is you.
tags: believe tears
— Katherine Anne Porter
Life comes first, an art not rooted in human experience is not worth a damn, but different kinds of minds have different kinds of experience, and all I ask of any man is validity; and there should be place for every type and kind of mind.
tags: men experience human mind worth
— Katherine Anne Porter
Death is loneliness in its purest form ...
tags: death loneliness
— Katherine Anne Porter
The greatest art comes out of warmth and conviction and deep feeling, but then, very few people, even geniuses, have all that.
tags: people
— Katherine Anne Porter
All the old houses that I knew when I was a child were full of books, bought generation after generation by members of the family. Nobody told you to read this or not to read that.
tags: children child book read
— Katherine Anne Porter
I think I've only spent about ten percent of my energies on writing. The other ninety percent went to keeping my head above water.
tags: energy water writing
— Katherine Anne Porter