The past is never where you think you left it.

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Katherine Anne Porter

Katherine Anne Porter

Profession: Journalist
Nationality: American

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The road to death is a long march beset with all evils, and the heart fails little by little at each new terror, the bones rebel at each step, the mind sets up its own bitter resistance and to what end? The barriers sink one by one, and no covering of the eyes shuts out the landscape of disaster, nor the sight of crimes committed there.

The past is never where you think you left it: you are not the same person you were yesterday—oh.

Shut your eyes, said Miss Tanner.

The real sin against life is to abuse and destroy beauty, even one's own even more, one's own, for that has been put in our care and we are responsible for its well-being.

All the old houses that I knew when I was a child were full of books, bought generation after generation by members of the family. Everyone was literate as a matter of course. Nobody told you to read this or not to read that. It was there to read, and we read.

God does not know whether a skin is black or white, He sees only souls.

One of the marks of a gift is to have the courage of it.

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.

Experience is what really happens to you in the long run; the truth that finally overtakes you.

They had both noticed that a life of dissipation sometimes gave to a face the look of gaunt suffering spirituality that a life of asceticism was supposed to give and quite often did not.

The thought of him was a smoky cloud from hell that moved and crept in her head.

It is such a relief to be told the truth.

If I didn't know the ending of a story, I wouldn't begin. I always write my last lines, my last paragraph first, and then I go back and work towards it. I know where I'm going. I know what my goal is. And how I get there is God's grace.

You waste life when you waste good food.