Catherine Drinker Bowen Famous Quotes & Sayings

24 Catherine Drinker Bowen Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

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I have noted that, barring accidents, artists whose powers wear best and last longest are those who have trained themselves to work under adversity. Great artists treasure their time with a bitter and snarling miserliness. Catherine Drinker Bowen Sayings: I have noted that, barring accidents, artists whose powers wear best and last longest are
Artists often think they are going to die before their time. They seem to possess a heightened sense of the passing of the hours. Catherine Drinker Bowen Sayings: Artists often think they are going to die before their time. They seem to possess
If art has a purpose, it is to interpret life, reproduce it in fresh visions. Catherine Drinker Bowen Sayings: If art has a purpose, it is to interpret life, reproduce it in fresh visions.
One of the marks of true genius is a quality of abundance. A rich, rollicking abundance, enough to give indigestion to ordinary people. Great artists turn it out in rolls, in swatches. They cover whole ceilings with paintings, they chip out a mountainside in stone, they write not one novel but a shelf full. It follows that some of their work is better than other. As much as a third of it may be pretty bad. Shall we say this unevenness is the mark of their humanity - of their proud mortality as well as of their immortality? Catherine Drinker Bowen Sayings: One of the marks of true genius is a quality of abundance. A rich, rollicking
Writing is not apart from living. Writing is a kind of double living. Catherine Drinker Bowen Sayings: Writing is not apart from living. Writing is a kind of double living.
Your concert-goer, though he feed upon symphony as a lamb upon milk, is no true lover if he play no instrument. Your true lover does more than admire the muse; he sweats a little in her service. Catherine Drinker Bowen Sayings: Your concert-goer, though he feed upon symphony as a lamb upon milk, is no true
A woman's biography - with about eight famous historical exceptions - so often turns out to be the story of a man and the woman who helped his career. Catherine Drinker Bowen Sayings: A woman's biography - with about eight famous historical exceptions - so often turns out
Many a man who has known himself at ten forgets himself utterly between ten and thirty. Catherine Drinker Bowen Sayings: Many a man who has known himself at ten forgets himself utterly between ten and
People who carry a musical soul about them are, I think, more receptive than others. They smile more readily. One feels in them a pleasant propensity toward the lesser sins, a pleasing readiness also to admit the possibility that on occasion they may be in the wrong
they may be mistaken.
Catherine Drinker Bowen Sayings: People who carry a musical soul about them are, I think, more receptive than others.
Will the reader turn the page? Catherine Drinker Bowen Sayings: Will the reader turn the page?
In writing biography, fact and fiction shouldn't be mixed. And if they are, the fictional points should be printed in red ink, the facts printed in black ink. Catherine Drinker Bowen Sayings: In writing biography, fact and fiction shouldn't be mixed. And if they are, the fictional
I speak truth, not so much as I would, but as much as I dare; and I dare a little more, as I grown older. Catherine Drinker Bowen Sayings: I speak truth, not so much as I would, but as much as I dare;
Writers seldom choose as friends those self-centered characters who are never in trouble, never make mistakes, and always count their change as it is handed to them. Catherine Drinker Bowen Sayings: Writers seldom choose as friends those self-centered characters who are never in trouble, never make
What pioneer ever had chart and a lighthouse to steer by? Catherine Drinker Bowen Sayings: What pioneer ever had chart and a lighthouse to steer by?
History is, in its essence, exciting; to present it as dull is, to my mind, stark and unforgivable misrepresentation. Catherine Drinker Bowen Sayings: History is, in its essence, exciting; to present it as dull is, to my mind,
In early days, I tried not to give librarians any trouble, which was where I made my primary mistake. Librarians like to be given trouble; they exist for it, they are geared to it. For the location of a mislaid volume, an uncatalogued item, your good librarian has a ferret's nose. Give her a scent and she jumps the leash, her eye bright with battle. Catherine Drinker Bowen Sayings: In early days, I tried not to give librarians any trouble, which was where I
There is a marvelous turn and trick to British arrogance; its apparent unconsciousness makes it twice as effectual. Catherine Drinker Bowen Sayings: There is a marvelous turn and trick to British arrogance; its apparent unconsciousness makes it
What the writer needs is an empty day ahead. Catherine Drinker Bowen Sayings: What the writer needs is an empty day ahead.
It is a great, a pleasant thing to have a friend with whom to walk, untroubled, through the woods, by the stream, saying nothing, at peace
the heart all clean and quiet and empty, ready for the spirit that may choose to be its guest.
Catherine Drinker Bowen Sayings: It is a great, a pleasant thing to have a friend with whom to walk,
For your born writer, nothing is so healing as the realization that he has come upon the right word. Catherine Drinker Bowen Sayings: For your born writer, nothing is so healing as the realization that he has come
Writing, I think, is not apart from living. Writing is a kind of double living. The writer experiences everything twice. Once in reality and once in that mirror which waits always before or behind. Catherine Drinker Bowen Sayings: Writing, I think, is not apart from living. Writing is a kind of double living.
Biographers, by their very nature, want to know everything about everybody, dead or alive. Catherine Drinker Bowen Sayings: Biographers, by their very nature, want to know everything about everybody, dead or alive.
All the others arts are lonely. We paint alone
my picture, my interpretation of the sky. My poem, my novel. But in music
ensemble music, not soloism
we share. No altruism this, for we receive tenfold what we give.
Catherine Drinker Bowen Sayings: All the others arts are lonely. We paint alonemy picture, my interpretation of the sky.
Colonial America had looked upon (lawyers) as mere tradesmen who earned a questionable living by cleverness and chicanery. Catherine Drinker Bowen Sayings: Colonial America had looked upon (lawyers) as mere tradesmen who earned a questionable living by