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Dorothy Miller Richardson

  • Deep down in everyone was sorrow and certainty.

  • No future life could heal the degradation of having been a woman. Religion in the world had nothing but insults for women.

  • ... its lamplit walls were dear to her, with the extraordinary same dearness of all walls seen in tranquillity.

  • Quotations are feeble; you always regret making them.

  • ... until it had been clearly explained that men were always and always partly wrong in all their ideas, life would be full of poison and secret bitterness. Men fight about their philosophies and religions, there is no certainty in them; but their contempt for women is flawless and unanimous.

  • A happy childhood is perhaps the most-fortunate gift in life.

  • Life ought to be lived on a basis of silence, where truth blossoms.

  • You think Christianity is favorable to women? On the contrary. It is the Christian countries that have produced the prostitute and the most vile estimations of women in the world.

  • Every thought vibrates through the universe.

  • Whatever might be the truth about heredity, it was immensely disturbing to be pressed upon by two families, to discover, in their so different qualities, the explanation of oneself.

  • Women who are not living ought to spend all their time cracking jokes. In a rotten society women grow witty; making a heaven while they wait.

  • ... the Church will go on being a Royal Academy of Males.

  • Night is torment. That is why people go to sleep. To avoid clear sight and torment.

  • ... by inventing the telephone we've damaged the chances of telepathy.

  • Clear thought makes clear speech.

  • The better you hear a thing put, the more certain you are there's another view.

  • The difference between you and me is that you think to live and I live to think.

  • He played the game, thinking of nothing else. Understood the style and rhythm of all in the incidental movements. The others were different. They had learned their tennis; could remember a time when they did not play. Playing did not take them back to the beginning of life. Was not pure joy to them.

  • Men would always rather be made love to than talked at.

  • It's only in silence that you can judge of your relationship to a person.

  • Real speech can only come from complete silence. Incomplete silence is as fussy as deliberate conversation.

  • Her cheeks flushed at the indecency of being seen, dying and then dead. If only she could get it over and lay herself out decent before anyone came in to see and meddle.

    • Dorothy Miller Richardson,
    • "Death," in Weekly Westminster ()
  • People is themselves when they are children, and not again till they know they'm dying.

    • Dorothy Miller Richardson,
    • "Death," in Weekly Westminster ()
  • Death must be got through as life had been, just somehow.

    • Dorothy Miller Richardson,
    • "Death," in Weekly Westminster ()
  • In the midst of the happiness they brought there was always a lurking shadow. The shadow of incompatibility; of the impossibility of being at once bound and free. The garden breeds a longing for the wild; the wild a homesickness for the garden.

  • The joy of a party is the newness of people to each other, renewed strikingness of humanity. They love each other, to distraction. Really to distraction. Before they fall into conversation and separate. ... The strangeness, and the hopes aroused by strangeness, are illusions. Mirages arising wherever people gather expectantly together.

  • Marriage is not an institution, it is an intuition.

  • Dancing brings an endlessness in which nothing matters but to go on dancing — in a room, till the walls disappear — in the open, till the sky, moving as you dance, seems to cleave and let you through.

  • Suddenly a mist of green on the trees, as quiet as thought.

  • Yet the worst to bear was the discovery of the hatred these innocent sounds could inspire. Still there unchanged, pure helpless hatred, rising up as it had risen in childhood, against forced association with unalterable personal habits ...

  • Life is creation. Self and circumstances the raw material.

  • Coercion. The unpardonable crime.

Dorothy Miller Richardson, English writer

(1873 - 1957)