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Katherine Mansfield
October 14, 1888 - January 9, 1923
Nationality: New Zealander
Category: Author
Subcategory: New Zealander Author

I always felt that the great high privilege, relief and comfort of friendship was that one had to explain nothing.


Once we have learned to read, meaning of words can somehow register without consciousness.


Life never becomes a habit to me. It's always a marvel.


Make it a rule of life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy, you can't build on it it's only good for wallowing in.


The pleasure of all reading is doubled when one lives with another who shares the same books.


Could we change our attitude, we should not only see life differently, but life itself would come to be different.


When we can begin to take our failures seriously, it means we are ceasing to be afraid of them. It is of immense importance to learn to laugh at ourselves.


What do you want most to do? That's what I have to keep asking myself, in the face of difficulties.


I'm a writer first and a woman after.


Some couples go over their budgets very carefully every month. Others just go over them.


I love the rain. I want the feeling of it on my face.


Whenever I prepare for a journey I prepare as though for death. Should I never return, all is in order.


It is of immense importance to learn to laugh at ourselves.


Everything in life that we really accept undergoes a change.


I want, by understanding myself, to understand others. I want to be all that I am capable of becoming.


This is not a letter but my arms around you for a brief moment.


Would you not like to try all sorts of lives - one is so very small - but that is the satisfaction of writing - one can impersonate so many people.


Looking back, I imagine I was always writing. Twaddle it was too. But better far write twaddle or anything, anything, than nothing at all.


Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.


If only one could tell true love from false love as one can tell mushrooms from toadstools.


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