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Doris Grumbach

  • Praise requires constant renewal and expansion.

  • A hand up is worthier than one's own fist grasping a higher rung of the ladder.

  • My old friend, water, my good companion, my beloved mother and father: I am its most natural offspring.

  • Old age is somewhat like dieting. Every day there is less of us to be observed.

  • Writers are entirely egocentric. To them, few things in their lives have meaning or importance unless they give promise of serving some creative purpose.

  • ... one keeps one's friends better when one is alone. The corollary to this is that one loses one's friends, slowly, when one sees them too often or when they visit for too long a time.

  • Talk uses up ideas ... Once I have spoken them aloud, they are lost to me, dissipated into the noisy air like smoke. Only if I bury them, like bulbs, in the rich soil of silence do they grow.

  • What others regard as retreat from them or rejection of them is not those things at all but instead a breeding ground for greater friendship, a culture for deeper involvement, eventually, with them.

Doris Grumbach, U.S. writer, literary critic

(1918)