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Nancy Hale

  • The ultimate egocentricity of guilt.

  • It seems as if when you try to do just one thing and nothing but, you can't do it at all. You do everything better if there's more than one thing.

  • Mine! There isn't any such thing as mine. The world slips slithering through my fingers.

  • Creation lives alone in a small temple. Only one may worship at a time.

  • ... one must find one's natural home, not try to construct it.

  • In order to go anywhere it is necessary to be where one is.

  • To do anything, it is first necessary to be doing nothing.

  • The dark has to be contained in the light or the light will be contained in the dark.

  • If civilization ever achieves a higher standard of what constitutes normality, it will have been the neurotic who led the way.

  • We might likewise say that humans are the neurotics of the animal world, in that they are the only animals who must choose to be instead of just instinctively being.

  • The dead hand of research lies heavy on too many novels.

    • Nancy Hale,
    • in Richard Thruelsen and John Kobler, eds., Adventures of the Mind, 2nd series ()
  • Malicious gossip ... takes the place of creation in noncreative lives ...

    • Nancy Hale,
    • in Richard Thruelsen and John Kobler, eds., Adventures of the Mind, 2nd series ()
  • ... what man can imagine he may one day achieve.

    • Nancy Hale,
    • in Richard Thruelsen and John Kobler, eds., Adventures of the Mind, 2nd series ()
  • ... imagination is new reality in the process of being created. It represents the part of the existing order that can still grow.

    • Nancy Hale,
    • in Richard Thruelsen and John Kobler, eds., Adventures of the Mind, 2nd series ()
  • After my mother's death, I began to see her as she had really been ... It was less like losing someone than discovering someone.

    • Nancy Hale
  • The more specific you are, the more universal you are.

    • Nancy Hale
  • ... this mysterious thing, artistic talent: the key to so much freedom, the escape from so much suffering.

Nancy Hale, U.S. writer

(1908 - 1989)