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Laura Riding Quote: “The problem of good and evil is not the problem of good and evil, but only the problem of evil. In opposition to good there are evil characters, but there are no good characters in opposition to evil. Evil is arguable, but good is not. Therefore the Devil always wins the argument.”

The problem of good and evil is not the problem of good and evil, but only the problem of evil. In opposition to good there are evil characters, but there are no good characters in opposition to evil. Evil is arguable, but good is not. Therefore the Devil always wins the argument.

— Laura Riding



Laura Riding Quote: “We live on the circumference of a hollow circle. We draw the circumference, like spiders, out of ourselves: it is all criticism of criticism.”

We live on the circumference of a hollow circle. We draw the circumference, like spiders, out of ourselves: it is all criticism of criticism.

— Laura Riding


Laura Riding Quote: “Until the missing story of ourselves is told, nothing besides told can suffice us: we shall go on quietly craving it.”

Until the missing story of ourselves is told, nothing besides told can suffice us: we shall go on quietly craving it.

— Laura Riding


Laura Riding Quote: “We wait, all, for a story of us that shall reach to where we are. We listen for our own speaking; and we hear much that seems our speaking, yet makes us strange to ourselves.”

We wait, all, for a story of us that shall reach to where we are. We listen for our own speaking; and we hear much that seems our speaking, yet makes us strange to ourselves.

— Laura Riding


Laura Riding Quote: “Truth rings no bells.”

Truth rings no bells.

— Laura Riding


Laura Riding Quote: “Women are strangers in the country of man...”

Women are strangers in the country of man...

— Laura Riding


Laura Riding Quote: “Appearances do not deceive if there are enough of them.”

Appearances do not deceive if there are enough of them.

— Laura Riding


Laura Riding Quote: “Poetry is a sleep-maker for that which sits up late in us listening for the footfall of the future on to-day’s doorstep.”

Poetry is a sleep-maker for that which sits up late in us listening for the footfall of the future on to-day’s doorstep.

— Laura Riding


Laura Riding Quote: “Woman is the symbol to man of the uncleanness of bodily existence, of which he purifies himself by putting her to noble uses. She thus has for him a double, contradictory significance; she is the subject of his bawdry and the subject of his romance.”

Woman is the symbol to man of the uncleanness of bodily existence, of which he purifies himself by putting her to noble uses. She thus has for him a double, contradictory significance; she is the subject of his bawdry and the subject of his romance.

— Laura Riding


Laura Riding Quote: “Conversation succeeds conversation, Until there’s nothing left to talk about Except truth, the perennial monologue, And no talker to dispute it but itself.”

Conversation succeeds conversation, Until there’s nothing left to talk about Except truth, the perennial monologue, And no talker to dispute it but itself.

— Laura Riding


Laura Riding Quote: “My function as a writer is not story-telling but truth-telling: to make things plain.”

My function as a writer is not story-telling but truth-telling: to make things plain.

— Laura Riding


Laura Riding Quote: “The object of all religious activity is to mingle the human and the non-human, and the lower gods represent that which is cast back to the human from the non-human – human gods merely, practice-gods who embody the errors which man makes in first conceiving the non-human.”

The object of all religious activity is to mingle the human and the non-human, and the lower gods represent that which is cast back to the human from the non-human – human gods merely, practice-gods who embody the errors which man makes in first conceiving the non-human.

— Laura Riding


Laura Riding Quote: “Poetry brings all possible experience to the same degree: a degree in the consciousness beyond which the consciousness itself cannot go.”

Poetry brings all possible experience to the same degree: a degree in the consciousness beyond which the consciousness itself cannot go.

— Laura Riding


Laura Riding Quote: “In religion is much tiredness of people, a giving over of their doing to Someone Else.”

In religion is much tiredness of people, a giving over of their doing to Someone Else.

— Laura Riding


Laura Riding Quote: “Ideas are the old-age of art. Artists have to keep young; they must not think too much – thought is death, while art is life. Such was Emile’s viewpoint.”

Ideas are the old-age of art. Artists have to keep young; they must not think too much – thought is death, while art is life. Such was Emile’s viewpoint.

— Laura Riding


Laura Riding Quote: “I met God. ‘What,’ he said, ‘you already?’ ‘What,’ I said, ’you still?”

I met God. ‘What,’ he said, ‘you already?’ ‘What,’ I said, ’you still?

— Laura Riding


Laura Riding Quote: “Women, ever since there have been women, have had a way of being people.”

Women, ever since there have been women, have had a way of being people.

— Laura Riding


Laura Riding Quote: “Shakespeare alternated between musical surrenders to social prestige and magnificent fits of poetic remorse.”

Shakespeare alternated between musical surrenders to social prestige and magnificent fits of poetic remorse.

— Laura Riding


Laura Riding Quote: “There can be no literary equivalent to truth.”

There can be no literary equivalent to truth.

— Laura Riding


Laura Riding Quote: “A child should be allowed to take as long as she needs for knowing everything about herself, which is the same as learning to be herself. Even twenty-five years if necessary, or even forever. And it wouldn’t matter if doing things got delayed, because nothing is really important but being oneself.”

A child should be allowed to take as long as she needs for knowing everything about herself, which is the same as learning to be herself. Even twenty-five years if necessary, or even forever. And it wouldn’t matter if doing things got delayed, because nothing is really important but being oneself.

— Laura Riding


Laura Riding Quote: “Every woman must live by some sense of victory over disappointments, and Olympias was not the sort of woman to find compensation in her own powers of self-control and endurance.”

Every woman must live by some sense of victory over disappointments, and Olympias was not the sort of woman to find compensation in her own powers of self-control and endurance.

— Laura Riding


Laura Riding Quote: “If what you write is true, it will not be so because of what you are as a writer but because of what you are as a being. There can be no literary equivalent to truth.”

If what you write is true, it will not be so because of what you are as a writer but because of what you are as a being. There can be no literary equivalent to truth.

— Laura Riding


Laura Riding Quote: “All literature is written by the old to teach the young how to express themselves so that they in turn may write literature to teach the old how to express themselves. All literature is written by mentally precocious adolescents and by mentally precocious senescents.”

All literature is written by the old to teach the young how to express themselves so that they in turn may write literature to teach the old how to express themselves. All literature is written by mentally precocious adolescents and by mentally precocious senescents.

— Laura Riding


Laura Riding Quote: “I believe that misconceptions about oneself that one does not correct where possible act as a bad magic.”

I believe that misconceptions about oneself that one does not correct where possible act as a bad magic.

— Laura Riding


Laura Riding Quote: “A religion addresses the longing in us to have that said from which we can go on to speak of next and next things rightly, in their immediate time – the telling of what came first and before done forever.”

A religion addresses the longing in us to have that said from which we can go on to speak of next and next things rightly, in their immediate time – the telling of what came first and before done forever.

— Laura Riding


Laura Riding Quote: “Every thought sounds like a footfall, Till a thought like a boot kicks down the wall.”

Every thought sounds like a footfall, Till a thought like a boot kicks down the wall.

— Laura Riding


Laura Riding Quote: “Evil I had never found satisfactorily placeable as an integral element of the universal, or total, content of existence. Indeed, evil is evil just because there is no logical place for it, no room in reality for it. It is unreal, and yet real as something unreal.”

Evil I had never found satisfactorily placeable as an integral element of the universal, or total, content of existence. Indeed, evil is evil just because there is no logical place for it, no room in reality for it. It is unreal, and yet real as something unreal.

— Laura Riding


Laura Riding Quote: “Nature is what you don’t have to trouble about. It looks after itself.”

Nature is what you don’t have to trouble about. It looks after itself.

— Laura Riding


Laura Riding Quote: “To tell one comprehensive story of how it has happened that what is is, one which shall hold true, come what may, now-after – a story that whatever comes shall perfectly continue or confirm: such is the ideal motive of religions.”

To tell one comprehensive story of how it has happened that what is is, one which shall hold true, come what may, now-after – a story that whatever comes shall perfectly continue or confirm: such is the ideal motive of religions.

— Laura Riding


Laura Riding Quote: “Spiritually, the society we have is the society of men with women present only in adjunctive relation to them, not the society of men and women in reciprocal relation. We do not have the society of human beings.”

Spiritually, the society we have is the society of men with women present only in adjunctive relation to them, not the society of men and women in reciprocal relation. We do not have the society of human beings.

— Laura Riding

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