22 Total Quotes

Freya Stark Quotes

To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.
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#English Writer #Feelings

Pain and fear and hunger are effects of causes which can be foreseen and known: but sorrow is a debt which someone else makes for us.
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#English Writer #Causes

Perhaps the best function of parenthood is to teach the young creature to love with safety, so that it may be able to venture unafraid when later emotion comes; the thwarting of the instinct to love is the root of all sorrow and not sex only but divinity itself is insulted when it is repressed. To disapprove, to condemn /the human soul shrivels under barren righteousness.
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#Love

On the whole, age comes more gently to those who have some doorway into an abstract world-art, or philosophy, or learning-regions where the years are scarcely noticed and the young and old can meet in a pale truthful light
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#Age And Aging

The great and almost only comfort about being a woman is that one can always pretend to be more stupid than one is and no one is surprised.
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#English Writer #Comfort

There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.
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#English Writer #Happiness

The most ominous of fallacies - the belief that things can be kept static by inaction
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#Mistakes

Good days are to be gathered like grapes, to be trodden and bottled into wine and kept for age to sip at ease beside the fire. If the traveler has vintaged well, he need trouble to wander no longer; the ruby moments glow in his glass at will.
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#Memories

Christmas... is not an eternal event at all, but a piece of one's home that one carries in one's heart...
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#Christmas

Few are the giants of the soul who actually feel that the human race is their family circle.
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#English Writer

I have met charming people, lots who would be charming if they hadn't got a complex about the British and everyone has pleasant and cheerful manners and I like most of the American voices. On the other hand I don't believe they have any God and their hats are frightful. On balance I prefer the Arabs.
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#America

The slightest living thing answers a deeper need than all the works of man because it is transitory. It has an evanescence of life, or growth, or change: it passes, as we do, from one stage to the another, from darkness to darkness, into a distance where we, too, vanish out of sight. A work of art is static; and its value and its weakness lie in being so: but the tuft of grass and the clouds above it belong to our own travelling brotherhood.
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#Life

It is only the amateur [gardener] like myself who becomes obsessed and rejoices with a sadistic pleasure in weeds that are big and bad enough to pull, and at last, almost forgetting the flowers altogether, turns into a Reformer.
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#Flowers

If we are strong, and have faith in life and its richness of surprises, and hold the rudder steadily in our hands. I am sure we will sail into quiet and pleasent waters for our old age.
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#English Writer

One is so apt to think of people's affection as a fixed quantity, instead of a sort of moving se with the tide always going out or coming in but still fundamentally there: and I believe this difficulty in making allowance for the tide is the reason for half the broken friendships.
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#Affection

Christmas... is not an eternal event at all, but a piece of one's home that one carries in one's heart.
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#English Writer

Perhaps the best function of parenthood is to teach the young creature to love with safety, so that it may be able to venture unafraid when later emotion comes; the thwarting of the instinct to love is the root of all sorrow and not sex only but divinity itself is insulted when it is repressed. To disapprove, to condemn --the human soul shrivels under barren righteousness.
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#Parents And Parenting

Curiosity is the one thing invincible in Nature.
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#English Writer