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Kathleen Winsor

  • Half the joys and half the sorrows of this world are discovered in bed.

  • It took no sharp eye to see at a glance that the Londoner was a different breed from the country Englishman. He was arrogant with the knowledge of his power, for he was the kingdom and he knew it.

  • I think Americans love success — but hate the people who have it.

  • [Sex] is something big and cosmic. What else do we have? There's only birth and death and the union of two people — and sex is the only one that happens to us more than once.

  • ... war makes strangers bedfellows ...

  • Charm ... is the ability to make someone else think that both of you are pretty wonderful.

  • ... there are two kinds of people in the world: those who have to please others, and those who have to please themselves.

  • ... most people are so busy knocking themselves out trying to do everything they think they should do, they never get around to what they want to do.

  • ... the end of anything is a relief. In every relationship, even the most valuable, there are certain unpleasant tensions — and the ending of it snaps those taut inner wires.

  • But I have always thought the only genius that's worth anything is the genius for hard work.

  • ... there are only two ways to make a lot [of money] while you're young: One is to entertain the public; and the other is to cheat it.

  • ... success is often harder to take than failure ...

  • I guess experience is just learning at first hand the things you knew all along anyway.

  • There's an old press-agents' slogan that's good advice: Don't read your publicity — weigh it.

  • I've got a penny-ante talent, out of which I try to drum up a living for myself. And what nobody seems to realize is that it's just as difficult to get a bad idea as a good one.

  • What a relief it was to have anything done, finished, over with for good. So you could throw it out of your life and forget it and go on to something new. Some of her happiest moments had been spent cleaning out closets or drawers, throwing things away, knowing that whatever the symbolism they had had for her, she was destroying it. Each time she finished with something or someone and knew that she had finished forever, it gave her in some sense the illusion of having been granted a new beginning to life—as new as anything could be once you had been born and started the implacable process of dying.

  • ... I only met him by accident. No, I don't know why I said that. I guess you meet everyone by accident.

  • There's one thing I've always known: You can let people suspect anything else about you, but you must never let them suspect you of knowing what you're doing.

  • ... maybe that's all anyone who writes or paints or sculpts is doing anyway — excusing themselves for refusing to live like other people or be like them.

  • Don't miss me, for the love of God. If you miss me I'll still feel bound, I'll still feel guilty, I'll still feel tied to you.

  • Everything matters, but nothing matters very much.

Kathleen Winsor, U.S. writer

(1919 - 2003)