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Eudora Welty Quote: “A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away.”

A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away.

— Eudora Welty



Eudora Welty Quote: “No art ever came out of not risking your neck.”

No art ever came out of not risking your neck.

— Eudora Welty


Eudora Welty Quote: “A sheltered life can be a daring life as well. For all serious daring starts from within.”

A sheltered life can be a daring life as well. For all serious daring starts from within.

— Eudora Welty


Eudora Welty Quote: “The excursion is the same when you go looking for your sorrow as when you go looking for your joy.”

The excursion is the same when you go looking for your sorrow as when you go looking for your joy.

— Eudora Welty


Eudora Welty Quote: “All experience is an enrichment rather than an impoverishment.”

All experience is an enrichment rather than an impoverishment.

— Eudora Welty


Eudora Welty Quote: “Long before I wrote stories, I listened for stories. Listening for them is something more acute than listening to them.”

Long before I wrote stories, I listened for stories. Listening for them is something more acute than listening to them.

— Eudora Welty


Eudora Welty Quote: “Both reading and writing are experiences – lifelong – in the course of which we who encounter words used in certain ways are persuaded by them to be brought mind and heart within the presence, the power, of the imagination.”

Both reading and writing are experiences – lifelong – in the course of which we who encounter words used in certain ways are persuaded by them to be brought mind and heart within the presence, the power, of the imagination.

— Eudora Welty


Eudora Welty Quote: “I cannot remember a time when I was not in love with them – with the books themselves, cover and binding and the paper they were printed on, with their smell and their weight and with their possession in my arms, captured and carried off to myself.”

I cannot remember a time when I was not in love with them – with the books themselves, cover and binding and the paper they were printed on, with their smell and their weight and with their possession in my arms, captured and carried off to myself.

— Eudora Welty


Eudora Welty Quote: “Location pertains to feelings – feelings are bound up in place.”

Location pertains to feelings – feelings are bound up in place.

— Eudora Welty


Eudora Welty Quote: “I’m a great reader that never has time to read.”

I’m a great reader that never has time to read.

— Eudora Welty


Eudora Welty Quote: “Once you’re into a story everything seems to apply-what you overhear on a city bus is exactly what your character would say on the page you’re writing. Wherever you go, you meet part of your story.”

Once you’re into a story everything seems to apply-what you overhear on a city bus is exactly what your character would say on the page you’re writing. Wherever you go, you meet part of your story.

— Eudora Welty


Eudora Welty Quote: “I was always my own teacher.”

I was always my own teacher.

— Eudora Welty


Eudora Welty Quote: “The events in our lives happen in a sequence in time, but in their significance to ourselves they find their own order the continuous thread of revelation.”

The events in our lives happen in a sequence in time, but in their significance to ourselves they find their own order the continuous thread of revelation.

— Eudora Welty


Eudora Welty Quote: “All serious daring starts from within.”

All serious daring starts from within.

— Eudora Welty


Eudora Welty Quote: “The strands are all there; to the memory nothing is ever lost.”

The strands are all there; to the memory nothing is ever lost.

— Eudora Welty


Eudora Welty Quote: “How can you go out on a limb if you do not know your own tree? No art ever came out of not risking your neck. And risk – experiment – is a considerable part of the joy of doing.”

How can you go out on a limb if you do not know your own tree? No art ever came out of not risking your neck. And risk – experiment – is a considerable part of the joy of doing.

— Eudora Welty


Eudora Welty Quote: “One place comprehended can make us understand other places better.”

One place comprehended can make us understand other places better.

— Eudora Welty


Eudora Welty Quote: “A story is not the same thing when it ends as it was when it began.”

A story is not the same thing when it ends as it was when it began.

— Eudora Welty


Eudora Welty Quote: “My own words, when I am at work on a story, I hear too as they go, in the same voice that I hear when I read in books. When I write and the sound of it comes back to my ears, then I act to make changes. I have always trusted this voice.”

My own words, when I am at work on a story, I hear too as they go, in the same voice that I hear when I read in books. When I write and the sound of it comes back to my ears, then I act to make changes. I have always trusted this voice.

— Eudora Welty


Eudora Welty Quote: “The first act of insight is throw away the labels.”

The first act of insight is throw away the labels.

— Eudora Welty


Eudora Welty Quote: “Greater than scene is situation. Greater than situation is implication. Greater than all of these is a single, entire human being, who will never be confined in any frame.”

Greater than scene is situation. Greater than situation is implication. Greater than all of these is a single, entire human being, who will never be confined in any frame.

— Eudora Welty


Eudora Welty Quote: “The mystery lies in the use of language to express human life.”

The mystery lies in the use of language to express human life.

— Eudora Welty


Eudora Welty Quote: “I had to grow up and learn to listen for the unspoken as well as the spoken-and to know a truth.”

I had to grow up and learn to listen for the unspoken as well as the spoken-and to know a truth.

— Eudora Welty


Eudora Welty Quote: “Indeed, learning to write may be part of learning to read. For all I know, writing comes out of a superior devotion to reading.”

Indeed, learning to write may be part of learning to read. For all I know, writing comes out of a superior devotion to reading.

— Eudora Welty


Eudora Welty Quote: “Dialogue has to show not only something about the speaker that is its own revelation, but also maybe something about the speaker that he doesn’t know but the other character does know.”

Dialogue has to show not only something about the speaker that is its own revelation, but also maybe something about the speaker that he doesn’t know but the other character does know.

— Eudora Welty


Eudora Welty Quote: “From the first I was clamorous to learn...”

From the first I was clamorous to learn...

— Eudora Welty


Eudora Welty Quote: “Suppose you meet me in the woods.”

Suppose you meet me in the woods.

— Eudora Welty


Eudora Welty Quote: “Learning stamps you with its moments. Childhood’s learning is made up of moments. It isn’t steady. It’s a pulse.”

Learning stamps you with its moments. Childhood’s learning is made up of moments. It isn’t steady. It’s a pulse.

— Eudora Welty


Eudora Welty Quote: “We are the breakers of our own hearts.”

We are the breakers of our own hearts.

— Eudora Welty


Eudora Welty Quote: “Radio, sewing machine, bookends, ironing board and that great big piano lamp – peace, that’s what I like. Butterbean vines planted all along the front where the strings are.”

Radio, sewing machine, bookends, ironing board and that great big piano lamp – peace, that’s what I like. Butterbean vines planted all along the front where the strings are.

— Eudora Welty


Eudora Welty Quote: “A whole tree of lightning stood in the sky. She kept looking out the window, suffused with the warmth from the fire and with the pity and beauty and power of her death. The thunder rolled.”

A whole tree of lightning stood in the sky. She kept looking out the window, suffused with the warmth from the fire and with the pity and beauty and power of her death. The thunder rolled.

— Eudora Welty


Eudora Welty Quote: “Never think you’ve seen the last of anything.”

Never think you’ve seen the last of anything.

— Eudora Welty


Eudora Welty Quote: “A thing is incredible, if ever, only after it is told – returned to the world it came out of.”

A thing is incredible, if ever, only after it is told – returned to the world it came out of.

— Eudora Welty


Eudora Welty Quote: “My mother read secondarily for information; she sank as a hedonist into novels. She read Dickens in the spirit in which she would have eloped with him.”

My mother read secondarily for information; she sank as a hedonist into novels. She read Dickens in the spirit in which she would have eloped with him.

— Eudora Welty


Eudora Welty Quote: “Write about what you don’t know about what you know.”

Write about what you don’t know about what you know.

— Eudora Welty


Eudora Welty Quote: “Beware of a man with manners.”

Beware of a man with manners.

— Eudora Welty


Eudora Welty Quote: “Travel itself is part of some longer continuity.”

Travel itself is part of some longer continuity.

— Eudora Welty


Eudora Welty Quote: “My continuing passion is to part a curtain, that invisible veil of indifference that falls between us and that blinds us to each other’s presence, each other’s wonder, each other’s human plight.”

My continuing passion is to part a curtain, that invisible veil of indifference that falls between us and that blinds us to each other’s presence, each other’s wonder, each other’s human plight.

— Eudora Welty


Eudora Welty Quote: “When I read, I hear what’s on the page. I don’t know whose voice it is, but some voice is reading to me, and when I write my own stories, I hear it, too.”

When I read, I hear what’s on the page. I don’t know whose voice it is, but some voice is reading to me, and when I write my own stories, I hear it, too.

— Eudora Welty


Eudora Welty Quote: “There’s still a strange moment with every book when I move from the position of writer to the position of reader and I suddenly see my words with the eyes of the cold public. It gives me a terrible sense of exposure, as if I’d gotten sunburned.”

There’s still a strange moment with every book when I move from the position of writer to the position of reader and I suddenly see my words with the eyes of the cold public. It gives me a terrible sense of exposure, as if I’d gotten sunburned.

— Eudora Welty


Eudora Welty Quote: “Human life is fiction’s only theme.”

Human life is fiction’s only theme.

— Eudora Welty


Eudora Welty Quote: “Making reality real is art’s responsibility.”

Making reality real is art’s responsibility.

— Eudora Welty


Eudora Welty Quote: “At the time of writing, I don’t write for my friends or myself either; I write for it, for the pleasure of it.”

At the time of writing, I don’t write for my friends or myself either; I write for it, for the pleasure of it.

— Eudora Welty


Eudora Welty Quote: “Look for where the sky is brightest along the horizon. That reflects the nearest river. Strike out for a river and you will find habitation.”

Look for where the sky is brightest along the horizon. That reflects the nearest river. Strike out for a river and you will find habitation.

— Eudora Welty


Eudora Welty Quote: “I like the feeling of being able to confront an experience and resolve it as art.”

I like the feeling of being able to confront an experience and resolve it as art.

— Eudora Welty


Eudora Welty Quote: “It had been startling and disappointing to me to find out that story books had been written by people, that books were not natural wonders, coming of themselves like grass.”

It had been startling and disappointing to me to find out that story books had been written by people, that books were not natural wonders, coming of themselves like grass.

— Eudora Welty


Eudora Welty Quote: “The greatest mystery is unsheathed reality itself.”

The greatest mystery is unsheathed reality itself.

— Eudora Welty


Eudora Welty Quote: “Reading Chekhov was just like the angels singing to me.”

Reading Chekhov was just like the angels singing to me.

— Eudora Welty


Eudora Welty Quote: “If you haven’t surprised yourself, you haven’t written.”

If you haven’t surprised yourself, you haven’t written.

— Eudora Welty


Eudora Welty Quote: “To write honestly and with all our powers is the least we can do, and the most.”

To write honestly and with all our powers is the least we can do, and the most.

— Eudora Welty

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