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Elinor Glyn

  • ... do you not feel that sometimes in life one's friendships begin by antipathy — sometimes by indifference — and sometimes by that sudden magnetism of sympathy as if in some former life we had been very near and dear, and were only picking up the threads again, and to such two souls there is no feeling that they are strangers.

  • ... she retired to bed, to sleep the sleep of those just persons whose digestions are as strong as their absence of imagination.

  • Some of the women of this select company had been described by an agricultural duke who had stayed there as having just enough sense to come in out of the rain.

  • Passionate jealousy is not a good foster-parent for prudence.

  • The duration of love in a being always depends upon the loved one. I create an emotion in you, as you create one in me. You do not create it in yourself.

  • ... how much better to make no vow; then at least when the cord of attraction snaps, we can go free, still defying the lightning in our untarnished pride.

  • I don't know how it is the most unattractive creatures of every nation seem to be the ones who travel.

  • ... American humor ... is not subtle. It is something that makes you laugh the moment you hear it, you have not to think a scrap.

  • Everything is 'colossalized' — events, fortunes, accidents, climate, conversation, ambitions — everything is in the extreme ... They can't even have a tram run off a line, which in England or France might kill one or two people, without its making a holocaust of half a street full. ... The thing which surprises me is they should still employ animals of normal size; one would expect to see elephants and mammoths drawing the hansoms and carts!

  • Detroit is really the most perfectly laid out city one could imagine, and such an enchanting park and lake, — infinitely better than any town I know in Europe. It ought to be a paradise in about fifty years when it has all matured.

  • No one can control his emotion of love for a woman ... the sentiment he feels, I mean, but the strong man controls the demonstration.

  • Marriage is the aim and end of all sensible girls, because it is the meaning of life.

    • Elinor Glyn,
    • in Harper's Bazaar ()
  • No matter what he does, one always forgives him. It does not depend upon looks either — although this actual person is abominably good-looking — it does not depend upon intelligence or character or — anything — as you say, it is just 'it.'

  • ... romance is the glamour which turns the dust of every-day life into a golden haze.

  • He had that nameless charm, with a strong magnetism, which can only be called 'It.'

    • Elinor Glyn,
    • title story, "It" and Other Stories ()
  • To have 'It,' the fortunate possessor must have that strange magnetism which attracts both sexes. He or she must be entirely unself-conscious and full of self-confidence, indifferent to the effect he or she is producing, and uninfluenced by others. There must be physical attraction, but beauty is unnecessary.

    • Elinor Glyn,
    • title story, "It" and Other Stories ()
  • The early symptoms of the disease [California Curse], which break out almost on arrival in Hollywood, are a sense of exaggerated self-importance and self-centeredness which naturally alienates all old friends. Next comes a great desire for and belief in the importance of money above all else, a loss of the normal sense of humor and proportion and finally, in extreme cases, the abandonment of all previous standards of moral value.

    • Elinor Glyn,
    • 1922, in Anthony Glyn, Elinor Glyn ()
  • Whatever will bring in the most money will happen.

    • Elinor Glyn,
    • in Paul Sann, The Lawless Decade ()

Elinor Glyn, English writer

(1864 - 1943)

Full name: Elinor Sutherland Glyn.