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- Art, it seems to me, should simplify finding what conventions of form and what detail one can do without and yet preserve the spirit of the whole— so that all that one has suppressed and cut away is there to the reader's consciousness as much as if it were in type on the page.
- I shall not die of a cold. I shall die of having lived.
- Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen.
- She used to drag her mattress beside her low window and lie awake for a long while, vibrating with excitement, as a machine vibrates from speed. Life rushed in upon her through that window— or so it seemed. In reality, of course, life rushes from within, not from without. There is no work of art so big or so beautiful that it was not once all contained in some youthful body, like this one which lay on the floor in the moonlight, pulsing with ardor and anticipation. See Google eBooks: The Song of the Lark - Willa Cather