Elizabeth Hardwick Quotes

Elizabeth Hardwick Quotes.

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Nature should have been pleased to have made this age miserable, without making it also ridiculous.
Elizabeth Hardwick
Adversity is a great teacher, but this teacher makes us pay dearly for its instruction; and often the profit we derive, is not worth the price we paid.
Elizabeth Hardwick
The greatest gift is a passion for reading.
Elizabeth Hardwick
The greatest gift is a passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination.
Elizabeth Hardwick
How certain human beings are able to create works of art is a mystery, and why they should wish to do so, at a great cost to themselves usually, is another mystery. Works are not created by one’s life; every life is rich in material.
Elizabeth Hardwick
The language of the younger generation has the brutality of the city and an assertion of threatening power at hand, not to come. It is military, theatrical, and at its most coherent probably a lasting repudiation of empty courtesy and bureaucratic euphemism.
Elizabeth Hardwick
Now, my novel begins. No, now I begin my novel—and yet I cannot decide whether to call myself I or she.
Elizabeth Hardwick
Gossip, or, as we gossips like to say, character analysis.
Elizabeth Hardwick
Biographers, the quick in pursuit of the dead, research, organize, fill in, contradict, and make in this way a sort of completed picture puzzle with all the scramble turned into a blue eye and the parts of the right leg fitted together.
Elizabeth Hardwick
Sex, without society as its landscape, has never been of much interest to fiction.
Elizabeth Hardwick
While you are living, part of you has slipped away to the cemetery.
Elizabeth Hardwick
The fifties – they seem to have taken place on a sunny afternoon that asked nothing of you except a drifting belief in the moment and its power to satisfy.
Elizabeth Hardwick
The famous carry about with them a great weight of patriarchal baggage-the footnotes of their lives.
Elizabeth Hardwick
Here in the city the worst thing that can happen to a nation has happened: we are a people afraid of its youth.
Elizabeth Hardwick
The future may be an enemy. Time can turn happy days and nights into nothing.
Elizabeth Hardwick
Harvard (across the river in Cambridge) and Boston are two ends of one mustache. … Without the faculty, the visitors, the events that Harvard brings to the life here, Boston would be intolerable to anyone except genealogists, antique dealers, and those who find repletion in a closed local society.
Elizabeth Hardwick
In the long run wives are to be paid in a peculiar coin — consideration for their feelings. As it usually turns out this is an enormous, unthinkable inflation few men will remit, or if they will, only with a sense of being overcharged.
Elizabeth Hardwick
It’s one of the things writing students don’t understand. They write a first draft and are quite disappointed, or often should be disappointed. They don’t understand that they have merely begun, and that they may be merely beginning even in the second or third draft.
Elizabeth Hardwick
Memory – the very skin of life.
Elizabeth Hardwick
Sentences in which I have tried for a certain light tone — many of those have to do with events, upheavals, destructions that caused me to weep like a child.
Elizabeth Hardwick