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Gladys Taber

  • Father was the most unreconciled taxpayer I ever knew.

  • ... history records the large events or the general condition of society, but only an individual can put down the way of life in a small town ...

  • June in New England is like a lover's dream made tangible.

    • Gladys Taber,
    • "Diary of Domesticity," in Ladies' Home Journal ()
  • When Father smiled, it was like the sun coming out, and spring and summer in your heart.

  • He ran up the beach, but that was natural for he never walked. Even in Commencement processions he was always gaining on the man ahead of him.

  • My own recipe for world peace is a bit of land for everyone.

  • A house with no fireplace is a house without a heart.

  • ... dog lovers are a good breed themselves.

  • The creative instincts, the love force must be nourished with every beat of our hearts until they overbalance the destructive instincts.

  • ... the real evidence of growing older is that things level off in importance ... Days are no longer jagged peaks to climb; time is a meadow, and we move over it with level steps.

  • Nothing makes a house cozier than cats.

  • A cat is, by and large, sophisticated and complex, and capable of creating three-act plays around any single piece of action.

  • Faith is a curious thing. It must be renewed; it has its own spring.

  • ... catching something is purely a by-product of our fishing. It is the act of fishing that wipes way all grief, lightens all worry, dissolves fear and anxiety.

  • ... April is hope.

  • I know of nothing to compare with the welcome a dog gives you when you come home.

  • Happiness is a thing of now.

  • If I had Aladdin's lamp and the usual three wishes, the first would always be, 'Give me the first day of June.'

  • A good recipe for a human reducing breakfast is a lot of good things to eat, and three spaniels and two cats to eat with.

  • The curious thing about fishing is that you never want to go home. If you catch something, you can't stop. If you don't catch anything, you hate to leave in case something might bite.

  • My general attitude toward life when I first get up is of deep suspicion, verging on hatred. ... I am simply basted together until after breakfast.

  • Old houses, I thought, do not belong to people ever, not really, people belong to them.

  • Almost all words do have color and nothing is more pleasant than to utter a pink word and see someone's eyes light up and know it is a pink word for him or her too.

  • ... I cannot imagine a cat in an Obedience ring, running around in the hot sun and doing things on command. For it would not make sense. Whereas a dog is tolerant of your not making sense and only wants to fix things so you are happy.

  • ... I love both the way a dog looks up to me and a cat condescends to me.

  • Some of the days in November carry the whole memory of summer as a fire opal carries the color of moonrise.

  • ... Christmas is a kindling of new fires.

  • ... there is a kind of immortality in every garden.

  • ... the tentacles of today reach out like an octopus to swallow yesterday.

  • Perhaps what makes friendship and love exciting is the continuing discovery of another personality.

  • Life is a process of discovery, of new perceptions.

  • Pride may go before a fall, but jealousy goes before destruction.

  • Being a good neighbor is an art which makes life richer.

  • April is a promise of what's to come.

  • Cat lovers know that every cat is remarkable.

  • ... nothing decorates a home like books. There they are, waiting to decorate the mind, too!

  • Long cold nights mark November's return, grey rains fall, wind walks in the bronze oak leaves.

  • November wind has a sound different from any other. It is easy to imagine the cave of the winds in some mythical Northland where the winds are born and the gods send them out to conquer the quiet air.

  • ... Christmas is a bridge. We need bridges as the river of time flows past. Today's Christmas should mean creating happy hours for tomorrow and reliving those of yesterday.

  • What would happen if all the populations on the planet simply refused to fight human beings they did not even know?

  • Whoever decided that comic valentines were a good idea should have been sent away to think it over.

  • Most cats feel that bird-catching is their duty; the instinct goes back to prehistoric times. Amber keeps in practice by chasing moths.

  • ... Americans tend to believe they can do anything with or without any training or experience.

  • We need time to dream, time to remember, and time to reach the infinite. Time to be.

    • Gladys Taber
  • Nothing renews my interest in cooking like a whole shelf of fresh herbs.

  • Autumn writes her signature in the zinnias.

  • February is a short month, often bitter and wild, but it also has the Thaw, which is the promise of spring to come.

Gladys Taber, U.S. archaeologist, writer

(1899 - 1980)

Real name: Leonae Bagg