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Katharine Fullerton Gerould

  • The separation had never really parted Mary and her father; they had never lost the habit of each other. You see those sympathies sometimes between father and daughter: inarticulate, usually, like the speech of rock to rock, but absolutely indestructible.

  • For never doubt that those souls who live least by the flesh feel themselves most defiled by its defilement.

  • There are only three things worthwhile — fighting, drinking, and making love.

  • ... nothing makes people so worthy of compliments as occasionally receiving them. One is more delightful for being told one is delightful — just as one is more angry for being told one is angry.

  • ... democracy always makes for materialism, because the only kind of equality that you can guarantee to a whole people is, broadly speaking, physical.

  • Do you see any majority, anywhere, in this imperfect and irreligious world, admitting that the minority is precious? That any minority is precious?

  • ... no fashion has ever been created expressly for the lean purse or for the fat woman: the dressmaker's ideal is the thin millionairess.

  • Frenchwomen could not dress like Englishwomen without conviction of sin.

  • Simplicity is an acquired taste. Mankind, left free, instinctively complicates life.

  • The real drawback to 'the simple life' is that it is not simple. If you are living it, you positively can do nothing else. There is not time. For the simple life demands virtually that there shall be no specialization.

  • 'Culture' means a long receptivity to things of the mind and the spirit.

  • The past is discredited because it is not modern. Not to be modern is the great sin. So, perhaps, it is. But every one has, in his day, been modern. And surely even modernity is a poor thing beside immortality. Since we must all die, is it not perhaps better to be a dead lion than a living dog?

  • Originality usually amounts only to plagiarizing something unfamiliar.

  • What passes for an original opinion is, generally, merely an original phrase. Old lamps for new — yes; but it is always the same oil in the lamp.

  • Society, by insisting on conventions, has merely insisted on certain convenient signs by which we may know that a man is considering, in daily life, the comfort of other people.

  • All violations of essential privacy are brutalizing.

  • ... if you are perfectly willing to shock an individual verbally, the next thing you will be doing is to shock him practically.

  • Many of us do not believe in capital punishment, because thus society takes from a man what society cannot give.

  • There are inquiries which are a sort of moral burglary.

  • ... I know exaggerators of both kinds: people whose lies are only picturesque adjectives, and people whose picturesque adjectives are only lies.

  • The indiscreet questioner — and by indiscreet questions I mean questions which it is not conceivably a man's duty either to the community or to any individual to answer — is a marauder, and there is every excuse for treating him as such.

  • ... it is not permissible to lie merely to save one's face. But it is sometimes permissible to lie to save another person's face ...

  • Some of the men and women who will not say in so many words the thing which is not, will deliberately give a false impression. They are not the servants of truth; they are the parasites of truth.

  • On the whole, I should say that the person who likes to lie should never, in any circumstances, be allowed to. Leave the lying to the people who hate it. You will not find them indulging often.

  • ... men demand everything and are not satisfied until sex blinds them into thinking they have got it.

    • Katharine Fullerton Gerould,
    • "An Army With Banners," Harper's Magazine ()
  • [Science] has challenged the super-eminence of religion; it has turned all philosophy out of doors except that which clings to its skirts; it has thrown contempt on all learning that does not depend on it; and it has bribed the skeptics by giving us immense material comforts.

    • Katharine Fullerton Gerould

Katharine Fullerton Gerould, U.S. writer

(1879 - 1944)

Full name: Katharine Elizabeth Fullerton Gerould.