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The world is like a little marsh filled with mint and white hawthorn.
The only joy I had was writing what was. That book was. It no longer amuses me to be all the things I was when I wrote that. But it is my story as I was then.
The book, you understand, was not written for publication. It was the portrayal of my emotions, the analysis of my own soul life during three months of my nineteenth year. I wrote then all the time, just as I do now, but, though the book is in diary form, it is not a diary.
One must always say things that aim to interest, because in the world one must after all pay for one's keep.
Of poets I put Virgil first - he was greatest.
My intention to lecture is as vague as my intention is to go on the stage. I will never consider an offer to lecture, not because I despise the vocation, but because I have no desire to appear on the public rostrum.
Let me but make a beginning, let me but strike the world in a vulnerable spot, and I can take it by storm.
Just why I sent it to the publishers would be hard to say, but when I had finished it I felt that it was literature, because it is real and because it was well written. And I know that the world wants such things.
It is with pain that I read of the dire effects of my book upon the minds of young girls.
I've never made plans for more than a day ahead.
I would rather be a fairly happy wife and mother.
I was born to be alone, and I always shall be; but now I want to be.
I want to write such things as compel the admiring acclamation of the world at large, such things as are written but once in years, things subtle but distinctly different from the books written every day.
Death And Dying
Trust In God
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