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Gladys Taber

"Father was the most unreconciled taxpayer I ever knew."

Gladys Taber, Especially Father (1948)

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"... 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 ..."

Gladys Taber, Especially Father (1948)

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

Gladys Taber, "Diary of Domesticity," in Ladies' Home Journal (1946)

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"When Father smiled, it was like the sun coming out, and spring and summer in your heart."

Gladys Taber, Especially Father (1948)

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"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."

Gladys Taber, Especially Father (1948)

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

Gladys Taber, The Book of Stillmeadow (1948)

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

Gladys Taber, The Book of Stillmeadow (1948)

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

Gladys Taber, The Book of Stillmeadow (1948)

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

Gladys Taber, The Book of Stillmeadow (1948)

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"... 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."

Gladys Taber, The Book of Stillmeadow (1948)

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"Nothing makes a house cozier than cats."

Gladys Taber, The Book of Stillmeadow (1948)

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

Gladys Taber, The Book of Stillmeadow (1948)

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

Gladys Taber, The Book of Stillmeadow (1948)

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"... 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."

Gladys Taber, The Book of Stillmeadow (1948)

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"... April is hope. "

Gladys Taber, The Book of Stillmeadow (1948)

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

Gladys Taber, The Book of Stillmeadow (1948)

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"Happiness is a thing of now. "

Gladys Taber, The Book of Stillmeadow (1948)

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

Gladys Taber, The Book of Stillmeadow (1948)

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"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."

Gladys Taber, The Book of Stillmeadow (1948)

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"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."

Gladys Taber, The Book of Stillmeadow (1948)

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"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."

Gladys Taber, The Book of Stillmeadow (1948)

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

Gladys Taber, Stillmeadow Daybook (1955)

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"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."

Gladys Taber, Stillmeadow Daybook (1955)

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"... 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."

Gladys Taber, Stillmeadow Daybook (1955)

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

Gladys Taber, Stillmeadow Daybook (1955)

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

Gladys Taber, Stillmeadow Daybook (1955)

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

Gladys Taber, Stillmeadow Daybook (1955)

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

Gladys Taber, Stillmeadow Daybook (1955)

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

Gladys Taber, Harvest of Yesterdays (1976)

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

Gladys Taber, Harvest of Yesterdays (1976)

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

Gladys Taber, Harvest of Yesterdays (1976)

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

Gladys Taber, Harvest of Yesterdays (1976)

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

Gladys Taber, Harvest of Yesterdays (1976)

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

Gladys Taber, Still Cove Journal (1981)

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"Cat lovers know that every cat is remarkable."

Gladys Taber, Still Cove Journal (1981)

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

Gladys Taber, Still Cove Journal (1981)

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

Gladys Taber, Still Cove Journal (1981)

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"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."

Gladys Taber, Still Cove Journal (1981)

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"... 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."

Gladys Taber, Still Cove Journal (1981)

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

Gladys Taber, Still Cove Journal (1981)

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

Gladys Taber, Still Cove Journal (1981)

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

Gladys Taber, Still Cove Journal (1981)

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

Gladys Taber, Still Cove Journal (1981)

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

Gladys Taber

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"Nothing renews my interest in cooking like a whole shelf of fresh herbs."

Gladys Taber, Country Chronicle (1974)

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"Autumn writes her signature in the zinnias."

Gladys Taber, Country Chronicle (1974)

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"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, Country Chronicle (1974)

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Gladys Taber, U.S. archaeologist, writer
(1899 - 1980)

Real name: Leonae Bagg