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Kay Boyle

  • Drink was the most fearsome of deceivers ... for it promised one thing and came through with quite another.

    • Kay Boyle,
    • in Kay Boyle with Robert McAlmon, Being Geniuses Together ()
  • Because of my mother, who gave me definitions, I knew what I was committed to in life. ... I had the most satisfactory of childhoods because Mother, small, delicate-boned, witty, and articulate, turned out to be exactly my age.

    • Kay Boyle,
    • in Kay Boyle with Robert McAlmon, Being Geniuses Together ()
  • There is only one history of any importance, and it is the history of what you once believed in, and the history of what you came to believe in, and what cities or country you saw, and what trees you remembered.

    • Kay Boyle,
    • "White as Snow," The White Horses of Vienna ()
  • ... whatever devotion to something else there was in him had been made impure by church taken as a weekly, dutiful thing.

    • Kay Boyle,
    • "Career," The White Horses of Vienna ()
  • ... her voice went up the Major's back and around his neck like a woman's arm.

    • Kay Boyle,
    • "Major Alshuster," The White Horses of Vienna ()
  • Ah, trouble, trouble, there are the two different kinds ... there's the one you give and the other you take.

  • ... the decision to speak out is the vocation and life-long peril by which the intellectual must live.

    • Kay Boyle,
    • in James Vinson, ed., Contemporary Novelists ()
  • Springtime is a season we tend to forget as we grow older, and yet far back in our memories, like the landscape of a country visited long ago, it's always there.

    • Kay Boyle,
    • in Marilyn Yalom, Women Writers of the West Coast: Speaking of Their Lives and Careers ()

Kay Boyle, U.S. writer, poet, educator, political activist

(1903 - 1992)