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Gene Stratton-Porter

  • The Cardinal ... It was as if a pulsing heart of flame passed by when he came winging through the orchard.

  • ... the occasional cries of a lost loon, strayed from its flock in northern migration, fill the swamp with sounds of wailing.

  • ... old Mother Nature, with strident muttering, had set about her annual house cleaning. With her efficient broom, the March wind, she was sweeping every nook and cranny clean. With her scrub-bucket overflowing with April showers, she was washing the face of all creation, and if these measures failed to produce cleanliness to her satisfaction, she gave a final polish with storms of hail.

  • Nature always levies her tribute.

  • ... we never know the timber of a man's soul until something cuts into him deeply and brings the grain out strong. You've the making of a mighty fine piece of furniture ...

  • ... no one in the whole world knows all a man's bignesses and all his littlenesses as his wife does.

  • The world is full of happy people, but no one ever hears of them. You have to fight and make a scandal to get into the papers.

  • The wages of sin are the hardest debts on earth to pay, and they are always collected at inconvenient times and unexpected places.

  • When any man accumulates more than he can earn with his own hands, he begins to enrich himself at the expense of the youth, the sweat, the blood, the joy of his fellow men.

  • Now what is a guest? A thing of a day! A person who disturbs your routine and interferes with important concerns. Why should any one be grateful for company? Why should time and money be lavished on visitors? They come. You overwork yourself. They go. You are glad of it. You return the visit, because it's the only way to have back at them ...

  • ... it takes the very wisest person there is to know when to talk, and when to keep still.

    • Gene Stratton-Porter,
    • Laddie
    • ()
  • Money was their God; work their religion ...

  • It really seems as if failure and hardship make more of a human being of folks than success.

  • I don't so much mind the falling, but I do seem to select the hardest spots to light on.

  • Sometimes it seems to me that the more we get hurt in this world the decenter it makes us.

  • I never knew Eileen to be honest about anything in all her life unless the truth served her better than an evasion.

  • It was not fair; but then, Mahala reflected, there were few things that were fair where young people were concerned.

  • Oh, the blessing, the beautiful blessing of tears!

  • Tears were a blessing; they were a relief; they did wash the ache from the heart, ease brain strain, and encourage the soul.

  • ... the friend in need is the one who is the friend in deed; ... if people were not friends in need, there was every likelihood that they never would be friends again in any conditions that might obtain.

  • The seasons run with swift feet.

  • What was money that it should make such dreadful things of men and women?

  • ... there was nothing in the whole world so dreadful as the power of riches wrongly used.

  • ... a trouble shared is a trouble half endured.

  • Of two evils, I always choose the lesser.

    • Gene Stratton-Porter,
    • in Jeannette Porter Meehan, The Lady of the Limberlost: Life and Letters of Gene Stratton-Porter ()
  • You cannot write on the heart of another what you do not feel yourself.

    • Gene Stratton-Porter,
    • in Jeannette Porter Meehan, The Lady of the Limberlost: Life and Letters of Gene Stratton-Porter ()
  • ... I write as the birds sing, because I must, and usually from the same source of inspiration.

    • Gene Stratton-Porter,
    • in Jeannette Porter Meehan, The Lady of the Limberlost: Life and Letters of Gene Stratton-Porter ()
  • How a big majority of book critics and authors have come to believe and to teach that no book is true to life unless it is true to the worst in life, God knows ...

    • Gene Stratton-Porter,
    • in Jeannette Porter Meehan, The Lady of the Limberlost: Life and Letters of Gene Stratton-Porter ()
  • ... we know by the odour that occasionally we are visited by skunks, which are not poetic but very beautiful.

    • Gene Stratton-Porter,
    • in Jeannette Porter Meehan, The Lady of the Limberlost: Life and Letters of Gene Stratton-Porter ()
  • Be sure that you are right; and then go ahead.

    • Gene Stratton-Porter,
    • motto, in Jeannette Porter Meehan, The Lady of the Limberlost: Life and Letters of Gene Stratton-Porter ()
  • There was an exquisitely beautiful conception in my brain when I did this piece of work all alone from midnight until morning after the experience of a wonderful day. But I was not able to make the consummation anywhere nearly as beautiful as the inspiration. That, I suppose, is the cry of every heart struggling for self-expression.

    • Gene Stratton-Porter,
    • letter to Harriet Monroe, in Jeannette Porter Meehan, The Lady of the Limberlost: Life and Letters of Gene Stratton-Porter ()
  • My publishers will make any kind of a beautiful book I design and send in to them, but ... For poetry they have less use than a rooster would have for skates.

    • Gene Stratton-Porter,
    • in Jeannette Porter Meehan, The Lady of the Limberlost: Life and Letters of Gene Stratton-Porter ()
  • In the economy of nature nothing is ever lost. I cannot believe that the soul of man shall prove the one exception.

    • Gene Stratton-Porter,
    • in Jeannette Porter Meehan, The Lady of the Limberlost: Life and Letters of Gene Stratton-Porter ()
  • One feature about Los Angeles that I particularly love is the chance for association with all kinds of creative artists, a thing I never before have had. I certainly do love a number of the writers, the painters, the musicians, and the sculptors that I meet here. ... Next to the sunshine, I appreciate it the most of anything in California.

    • Gene Stratton-Porter,
    • in Jeannette Porter Meehan, The Lady of the Limberlost: Life and Letters of Gene Stratton-Porter ()
  • [On California:] I am crazy about the mountains, the seas, and the low-hung stars; and the air is the freshest, the cleanest that I ever have had to breathe in all my experience with this world.

    • Gene Stratton-Porter,
    • in Jeannette Porter Meehan, The Lady of the Limberlost: Life and Letters of Gene Stratton-Porter ()
  • To my way of thinking and working, the greatest service a piece of fiction can do any reader is to force him to lay it down with a higher ideal of life than he had when he took it up.

    • Gene Stratton-Porter,
    • in Jeannette Porter Meehan, The Lady of the Limberlost: Life and Letters of Gene Stratton-Porter ()
  • ... I do not believe there is any one study that can be taken up that will broaden the imagination, that will be the source from which will spring more deep thinking and sincere research than the study of astronomy.

    • Gene Stratton-Porter,
    • in Jeannette Porter Meehan, The Lady of the Limberlost: Life and Letters of Gene Stratton-Porter ()

Gene Stratton-Porter, U.S. writer

(1863 - 1924)

Full name: Geneva Grace Stratton-Porter.