Literary Birthday - 14 October - Katherine Mansfield

Katherine Mansfield was born 14 October 1888, and died 9 January 1923


  1. 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.
  2. The pleasure of all reading is doubled when one lives with another who shares the same books.
  3. Once we have learned to read, meaning of words can somehow register without consciousness.
  4. I imagine I was always writing. Twaddle it was, too. But better far write twaddle or anything, anything, than nothing at all.
  5. To be alive and to be a ‘writer’ is enough.
  6. 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.
  7. I'm a writer first and a woman after.
  8. The more you are motivated by love, the more fearless and free your actions will be.
  9. Everything in life that we really accept undergoes a change. So suffering must become Love. That is the mystery.
  10. 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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