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Frances Marion

  • What a strange pattern the shuttle of life can weave.

  • The land around San Juan Capistrano is the pocket where the Creator keeps all his treasures. Anything will grow there ...

  • What we claim in spirit can belong to us in reality if we demand it for ourselves.

  • Young folks is like moth millers, you can't keep 'em from the bright lights.

  • Do we really know anybody? Who does not wear one face to hide another?

  • A submissive woman is one who suffers from fear and is without spirit.

  • Civilization is propelling us too quickly into an era where dreams are less important than action, where speed is taking the place of tranquillity.

  • Although he had painted a wondrous heaven to sufferers whose life on earth was a hell, rarely had he found anyone eager for release. Not even the old; sometimes they were the most frightened and clung like birds to the bars of their cage.

  • Promises that you make to yourself are often like the Japanese plum tree — they bear no fruit.

  • What is youth anyway? Nothing but a tight skin.

  • ... in creative minds there is a strong instinct for any progressive movement forward ...

  • I spent my life searching for a man to look up to without lying down.

    • Frances Marion,
    • in Cari Beauchamp, Without Lying Down ()
  • I owe my greatest success to women. Contrary to the assertion that women do all in their power to hinder one another's progress, I have found that it has always been one of my own sex who has given me a helping hand when I needed it.

    • Frances Marion,
    • in Cari Beauchamp, Without Lying Down ()
  • [Upon hearing an acquaintance had expressed annoyance with her:] I can't imagine why she is mad at me; I haven't done anything for her lately.

    • Frances Marion,
    • in Cari Beauchamp, Without Lying Down ()
  • Life is only a short whistle stop.

    • Frances Marion,
    • in Cari Beauchamp, Without Lying Down ()
  • [The most memorable moments in her life:] Leaping into bed with the man I loved.

    • Frances Marion,
    • in Cari Beauchamp, Without Lying Down ()
  • People are as you find them, and sometimes as you want them to be.

    • Frances Marion,
    • in Cari Beauchamp, Without Lying Down ()
  • Characters in the subconscious mind of a writer are not different from prisoners; they are always seeking a way out.

    • Frances Marion,
    • in Cari Beauchamp, Without Lying Down ()
  • ... many women gave me real aid when I stood at the crossroads. Too many women go around these days saying women in important positions don't help their own sex, but that was never my experience. The list is endless, believe me.

    • Frances Marion,
    • in Cari Beauchamp, Without Lying Down ()

Frances Marion, U.S. novelist, screenwriter, actor, director, journalist

(1888 - 1973)

Born: Marion Benson Owens.