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Caroline Gordon

  • Ralph ate too much; he was already too heavy for his age. ... Ralph was a regular Crewfrew, like his mother — people who were always digging their graves with their teeth.

  • She seemed always on the point of doing something for you, better, of course, than you could do it for yourself.

  • He had read somewhere that the desire of a man is for a woman, and the desire of a woman is to be desired.

  • It was strange how you could never form any conclusion from what women said. It was not that they did not know what they were talking about, but you never drew the right conclusions.

  • As a rule, one must write a great many words before one learns to write well.

  • A first book often has enough material in it for half a dozen.

  • ... passion, once unleashed, has a way of unleashing other passions — a principle adhered to as firmly by the police force of any large modern city as by the Greek tragedians.

  • There are other great writers who are not read properly in their own day for the reason, perhaps, that their readers are not yet born. What they have to say to their own generation is said so at cross-purposes and with such apparent irrelevance that it is not understood. They are, as it were, giants who tower above their own age to cast their shadows across the next.

  • A book — a well-composed book — is a magic carpet on which we are wafted to a world that we cannot enter in any other way.

Caroline Gordon, U.S. novelist, literary critic

(1895 - 1981)

Full name: Caroline Ferguson Gordon.