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Carolyn Wells

(1869-1942 / the United States)

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  • ''I have always hated biography, and more especially, autobiography. If biography, the writer invariably finds it necessary to plaster the subject with praises, flattery and adulation and to invest him with all the Christian graces. If autobiography, the same plan is followed, but the writer apologizes for it.''
    Carolyn Wells (1862-1942), U.S. author. The Rest of My Life, ch. 1 (1937). Written in her own autobiography.
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  • ''... as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, the ideal library is in the wish of its maker.''
    Carolyn Wells (1862-1942), U.S. author. The Rest of My Life, ch. 16 (1937).
  • ''There are many ways of discarding [books]. You can give them to friends,—or enemies,—or to associations or to poor Southern libraries. But the surest way is to lend them. Then they never come back to bother you.''
    Carolyn Wells (1862?-1942), U.S. author. The Rest of My Life, ch. 16 (1937).
  • ''To take pride in a library kills it. Then, its motive power shifts over to the critical if admiring visitor, and apologies are necessary and acceptable and the fat is in the fire.''
    Carolyn Wells (1862-1942), U.S. author. The Rest of My Life, ch. 16 (1937).
  • ''... ideals, standards, aspirations,—those are chameleon words, and take color from their speakers,—often false tints. A scholarly man of my acquaintance once told me that he traveled a thousand miles into the desert to get away from the word uplift, and it was the first word he heard after he reached his destination.''
    Carolyn Wells (1862-1942), U.S. author. The Rest of My Life, ch. 4 (1937).
  • ''It is the interest one takes in books that makes a library. And if a library have interest it is; if not, it isn't.''
    Carolyn Wells (1862-1942), U.S. author. The Rest of My Life, ch. 16 (1937). Wells primarily wrote popular novels.
  • ''All through the nineties I met people. Crowds of people. Met and met and met, until it seemed that people were born and hastily grew up, just to be met.''
    Carolyn Wells (1862-1942), U.S. author. The Rest of My Life, ch. 14 (1937).
  • ''... advice is one of those things it is far more blessed to give than to receive.''
    Carolyn Wells (1862-1942), U.S. author. The Rest of My Life, ch. 5 (1937).
  • ''I am more fond of achieving than striving. My theories must prove to be facts or be discarded as worthless. My efforts must soon be crowned with success, or discontinued.''
    Carolyn Wells (1862-1942), U.S. author. The Rest of My Life, ch. 4 (1937). Wells wrote, in addition to other works, the popular "Fleming Stone" detective series.

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A Great Lady

This is the Queen of Nonsense Land,
She wears her bonnet on her hand;
She carpets her ceilings and frescos her floors,
She eats on her windows and sleeps on her doors.
Oh, ho! Oh, ho! to think there could be
A lady so silly-down-dilly as she!

She goes for a walk on an ocean wave,
She fishes for cats in a coral cave;

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