Katherine Mansfield was born 14 October 1888, and died 9 January 1923
- 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.
- The pleasure of all reading is doubled when one lives with another who shares the same books.
- Once we have learned to read, meaning of words can somehow register without consciousness.
- I imagine I was always writing. Twaddle it was, too. But better far write twaddle or anything, anything, than nothing at all.
- To be alive and to be a ‘writer’ is enough.
- Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinion of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.
- I'm a writer first and a woman after.
- The more you are motivated by love, the more fearless and free your actions will be.
- Everything in life that we really accept undergoes a change. So suffering must become Love. That is the mystery.
- The truth is that every true admirer of the novels cherishes the happy thought that he alone - reading between the lines - has become the secret friend of their author.
Mansfield was a prominent modernist New Zealand writer of short fiction. She settled in the United Kingdom, where she became a friend of modernist writers such as D.H. Lawrence and Virginia Woolf.
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