Katherine Anne Porter
Katherine Anne Porter Quotes
''I have no patience with this dreadful idea that whatever you have in you has to come out, that you can't suppress true talent. People can be destroyed; they can be bent, distorted, and completely crippled.''Katherine Anne Porter (1890-1980), U.S. novelist and story writer. As quoted in "Contexts" [poem], Epigram, by Irena Klepfisz (1982).
''The real sin against life is to abuse and destroy beauty, even one's owneven more, one's own, for that has been put in our care and we are responsible for its well-being.''Katherine Anne Porter (1890-1980), U.S. short-story writer, novelist. Herr Freytag, in Ship of Fools, pt. 3 (1962).
''Our being is subject to all the chances of life. There are so many things we are capable of, that we could be or do. The potentialities are so great that we never, any of us, are more than one-fourth fulfilled.''Katherine Anne Porter (1890-1980), U.S. short-story writer, novelist. Interview in Writers at Work, Second Series, ed. George Plimpton (1963).
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A List of Praises
Give praise with psalms that tell the trees to sing,
Give praise with Gospel choirs in storefront churches,
Mad with the joy of the Sabbath,
Give praise with the babble of infants, who wake with the sun,
Give praise with children chanting their skip-rope rhymes,
A poetry not in books, a vagrant mischievous poetry
living wild on the Streets through generations of children.
Give praise with the sound of the milk-train far away