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Katharine Tynan Hinkson

  • Oh happy birds! that sing and sing / Down all the windy ways of Spring ...

    • Katharine Tynan Hinkson,
    • "A Nested Bird," Shamrocks ()
  • My hills are like great angels, / Whose wide wings sweep the stars ...

    • Katharine Tynan Hinkson,
    • "The Irish Hills," Shamrocks ()
  • Sweet was April, sweet was April!

    • Katharine Tynan Hinkson,
    • "Cuckoo Song," Ballads and Lyrics ()
  • It is a horrible demoralizing thing to be a lawyer. You look for such low motives in everyone and everything.

    • Katharine Tynan Hinkson,
    • Love of Sisters
    • ()
  • There is an Irish way of paying compliments as though they were irresistible truths which makes what otherwise would be an impertinence, delightful.

    • Katharine Tynan Hinkson,
    • A Red, Red Rose
    • ()
  • There's desolation on the hills and sea / because of the last time that's yet to be.

    • Katharine Tynan Hinkson,
    • "The Last Time," Experiences ()
  • January has only one thing to be said for it: it is followed by February. Nothing so well becomes it as its passing.

    • Katharine Tynan Hinkson,
    • Twenty-Five Years
    • ()
  • Irish people have a trick of over-statement, at which one ceases to wince as one grows older.

    • Katharine Tynan Hinkson,
    • Twenty-Five Years
    • ()
  • I have always believed that hair is a very sure index of character.

    • Katharine Tynan Hinkson,
    • Twenty-Five Years
    • ()
  • Cards, I believe, were devised for the unintellectual, to take the place of gossip.

    • Katharine Tynan Hinkson,
    • Twenty-Five Years
    • ()
  • We never know the good we have till constant friends depart / And leave us just with half a life and half a heart.

    • Katharine Tynan Hinkson,
    • "The Mist That's Over Ireland," Irish Poems ()
  • The kind need kindness most of all.

    • Katharine Tynan Hinkson,
    • The Daughter of the Manor
    • ()
  • It's a strange thing now how people will know they're dying themselves when no one else could suspect anything wrong at all with them.

  • It was always an adventure to write for the Pall Mall in those days. ... Even the payment was an adventure. The editor paid as he liked the poem, so that one received all manner of sums and never knew what to expect. It was so much more interesting.

    • Katharine Tynan Hinkson,
    • The Middle Years
    • ()
  • ... the way with Ireland is that no sooner do you get away from her than the golden mists begin to close about her, and she lies, an Island of the Blest, something enchanted in our dreams. When you come back you may think you are disillusioned, but you know well that the fairy mists will begin to gather about her once more.

    • Katharine Tynan Hinkson,
    • The Middle Years
    • ()
  • Religion dies hard in the Irish.

    • Katharine Tynan Hinkson,
    • The Middle Years
    • ()
  • ... drawbacks are good when you are on holiday. If the holiday were too good you might not want to go home again ...

    • Katharine Tynan Hinkson,
    • The Middle Years
    • ()
  • ... enough is as good as a feast.

    • Katharine Tynan Hinkson,
    • The Years of the Shadow
    • ()
  • Why, if writing was drink I should be a drunkard: I simply could not refrain from it.

    • Katharine Tynan Hinkson,
    • The Years of the Shadow
    • ()
  • The life in which nothing happens goes the fastest, because it has no landmarks.

    • Katharine Tynan Hinkson,
    • The Years of the Shadow
    • ()
  • The trouble with the Irish question always has been that it was an English question.

  • It is a lamb of a house, a dove, a child, a dear kind woman of a house.

  • I have often heard it said that the Irish are too ready to forgive. It is a noble failing.

  • The Irish always jest even though they jest with tears.

  • ... Hope is at the bottom of the Pandora's box of Irish troubles, and I believe proudly and firmly in the ultimate destinies of my country.

    • Katharine Tynan Hinkson
  • Magical country, full of memories and dreams, / My youth lies in the crevices of your hills; / Here in the silk of your grass by the edge of the meadows, / Every flower and leaf has its memories of you.

    • Katharine Tynan Hinkson,
    • "The Old Country," Collected Poems ()
  • Since I have lost the mountains, I / Look for them in the waste of sky, / And think to see at the street's close / The lovely line of blue and rose ...

    • Katharine Tynan Hinkson,
    • "The Exile," Collected Poems ()
  • The country washes to my door / Green miles on miles in soft uproar, / The thunder of the woods, and then / The backwash of green surf again.

    • Katharine Tynan Hinkson,
    • "The Old Love," Collected Poems ()
  • I shall die young though many my years are — / For I was born under a kind star.

    • Katharine Tynan Hinkson,
    • "The Old Love," Collected Poems ()
  • ... often our bad moments are self-propelled ... And the drama is almost exclusively within our heads and hearts.

    • Katharine Tynan Hinkson
  • To be a saint does not exclude fine dresses nor a beautiful house.

    • Katharine Tynan Hinkson

Katharine Tynan Hinkson, Irish poet, novelist

(1861 - 1931)