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Elsa Barker

  • I wish you could arrange your life so as to have a little more leisure. I do not want you to be lazy, but the passive conditions of the mind are quite as valuable as the active conditions.

  • Eternity is a circle, a serpent that swallows its own tail.

  • There is almost no limit to the possibilities of the imagination, but to get the full power of it, one must trust one's imagination. If you say to yourself constantly, as the mother says to the child, 'But this is only play; this is not real,' you never can make real the things you have created in thought.

  • Watch for the high tides of yourself and flow up with them; when the inevitable low tides come, either rest or meditate. You cannot escape rhythm. You transcend it by working with it.

  • Only in the stillness of detachment can the soul yield up her secrets.

  • The joy is in the doing, not in the holding fast to that which is done. / Oh, the magic of letting go! It is the magic of the gods. / ... / Yes, there is a magic to holding on to a thing until it is finished and perfect; / But when a thing is finished, whether it be a poem, a love, or a child, let it go. / In that way you are free again and may begin another. It is the secret of eternal youth.

  • There is no death where the inner light shines, irradiating the fields of the within — the beyond — the unattainable attainment. You know where to find me.

  • 'God is. God is,' he said. I do not know how his meaning was conveyed to me, perhaps by sympathy; but it suddenly flashed into my mind that when he said, 'God is,' he expressed the completest realization of God which is possible to the spirit; and when he said, 'God is,' he meant me to understand that there was no being, nothing that is, except God.

  • The man sang as only birds and Italians sing.

  • Our minds are the most mysterious things about us.

  • When I put out to sea, I do not offer advice to the skipper about the management of the ship.

  • ... the cat ... began a low and melancholy calling to the unseen things of the night. There is something strange about cats.

  • The art of detection is finding a common denominator for the fractions of a case.

  • The solving of almost every crime mystery depends on something which seems, at first glance, to bear no relation whatever to the original crime.

Elsa Barker, U.S. writer, journalist, poet, playwright, educator

(1869 - 1954)