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Mavis Gallant

  • Success can only be measured in terms of distance traveled.

  • Decide what the rest of your life is to be. Whatever you are now, you might be forever.

  • Now that he was rich he was not thought ignorant any more, but simply eccentric.

  • ... appeals to memory were never perfectly answered.

  • She had the loaded handbag of someone who camps out and seldom goes home, or who imagines life must be full of emergencies.

  • The vocation exists, and so does the gift; but vocation and gift are seldom of equal proportions, and I suppose that the struggle to equate them is the true and secret tension.

    • Mavis Gallant,
    • in Susan Cahill, ed., Women and Fiction 2 ()
  • I still do not know what impels anyone sound of mind to leave dry land and spend a lifetime describing people who do not exist. If it is child's play, an extension of make believe — something one is frequently assured by people who write about writing — how to account for the overriding wish to do that, just that, only that, and consider it as rational an occupation as riding a bicycle over the Alps?

  • There are a great many opinions in this world, and a good half of them are professed by people who have never been in trouble.

    • Mavis Gallant

Mavis Gallant, Canadian writer

(1922)

Full name: Mavis Leslie Young Gallant.