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Kate Chopin

"... the beginning of things, of a world especially, is necessarily vague, tangled, chaotic, and exceedingly disturbing."

Kate Chopin, The Awakening (1899)

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"The voice of the sea speaks to the soul. The touch of the sea is sensuous, enfolding the body in its soft, close embrace."

Kate Chopin, The Awakening (1899)

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"He greatly valued his possessions, chiefly because they were his, and derived genuine pleasure from contemplating a painting, a statuette, a rare lace curtain -- no matter what -- after he had bought it and placed it among his household gods."

Kate Chopin, The Awakening (1899)

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"The past was nothing to her; offered no lesson which she was willing to heed. The future was a mystery which she never attempted to penetrate. The present alone was significant ... "

Kate Chopin, The Awakening (1899)

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" To be an artist includes much; one must possess many gifts -- absolute gifts -- which have been acquired by one's own effort. And moreover, to succeed, the artist must possess the courageous soul ... the brave soul. The soul that dares and defies."

Kate Chopin, The Awakening (1899)

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"It was easy to know them, fluttering about with extended, protecting wings when any harm, real or imaginary, threatened their precious brood. They were women who idolized their children, worshiped their husbands, and esteemed it a holy privilege to efface themselves as individuals and grow wings as ministering angels."

Kate Chopin, The Awakening (1899)

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"There are some people who leave impressions not so lasting as the imprint of an oar upon the water."

Kate Chopin, The Awakening (1899)

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"She wanted something to happen -- something, anything; she did not know what."

Kate Chopin, The Awakening (1899)

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"I wonder if anyone else has an ear so tuned and sharpened as I have, to detect the music, not of the spheres, but of earth, subtleties of major and minor chord that the wind strikes upon the tree branches. Have you ever heard the earth breathe ... ?"

Kate Chopin, "Mrs. Mobry\'s Reason" (1900), The Storm (1974)

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"I would give up my life for my children, but not myself."

Kate Chopin, The Awakening (1899)

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"She was becoming herself and daily casting aside that fictitious self which we assume like a garment with which to appear before the world."

Kate Chopin, The Awakening (1899)

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Kate Chopin, U.S. writer
(1850 - 1904)

Born Katherine O’Flaherty