There's no such thing as old age, there is only sorrow.
Beauty is the first present nature gives to women and the first it takes away.
Men are irrelevant.
Young women especially have something invested in being nice people, and it's only when you have children that you realise you're not a nice person at all, but generally a selfish bully.
Take me! Well, not quite take me, love me now, take me eventually
guilt to motherhood is like grapes to wine
She could see that to lose a sibling was hard: it could only seem unnatural:out of time, out of order, a vicious re-run of your own departure into nothingness.
Worry less about what other people think about you, and more about what you think about them.
People give us credit only for what we ourselves believe.
The desire for self-expression afflicts people when they feel there is something of themselves which is not getting through to the outside world.
The greatest things are accomplished by individual people, not by committees or companies.
I love acting. It is so much more real than life.
Fortunately, there is more to life than death. There is for one thing, fiction. A thousand thousand characters to be sent marching out into the world to divert time from its forward gallop to the terrible horizon.
Widows tend either to fade away when husbands die, committing emotional suttee, or else find that a new life burgeons. Here in Christchurch, a lot of burgeoning goes on.
We shelter children for a time; we live side by side with men; and that is all. We owe them nothing, and are owed nothing. I think we owe our friends more, especially our female friends.