24 Total Quotes

Katherine Porter Quotes

Human life itself may be almost pure chaos, but the work of the artist is to take these handfuls of confusion and disparate things, things that seem to be irreconcilable, and put them together in a frame to give them some kind of shape and meaning.
Katherine Porter
#American Journalist

Physical infidelity is the signal, the notice given, that all fidelities are undermined.
Katherine Porter
#American Journalist

I shall try to tell the truth, but the result will be fiction.
Katherine Porter
#American Journalist #Fiction

I have not much interest in anyone's personal history after the tenth year, not even my own. Whatever one was going to be was all prepared before that.
Katherine Porter
#Biography

Our being is subject to all the chances of life. There are so many things we are capable of, that we could be or do. The potentialities are so great that we never, any of us, are more than one-fourth fulfilled.
Katherine Porter
#Life #Quote of the Day #Potential

I was right not to be afraid of any thief but myself, who will end by leaving me nothing.
Katherine Porter
#American Journalist

Most people won't realize that writing is a craft. You have to take your apprenticeship in it like anything else.
Katherine Porter
#American Journalist

Love must be learned, and learned again; there is no end to it.
Katherine Porter
#American Journalist #Love #Quote of the Day

A cultivated style would be like a mask. Everybody knows it's a mask, and sooner or later you must show yourself -- or at least, you show yourself as someone who could not afford to show himself, and so created something to hide behind. You do not create a style. You work, and develop yourself; your style is an emanation from your own being.
Katherine Porter
#Style

Experience is what really happens to you in the long run; the truth that finally overtakes you.
Katherine Porter
#American Journalist

You can't write about people out of textbooks, and you can't use jargon. You have to speak clearly and simply and purely in a language that a six-year-old child can understand; and yet have the meanings and the overtones of language, and the implications, that appeal to the highest intelligence.
Katherine Porter
#People #Language

It's a man's world, and you men can have it.
Katherine Porter
#American Journalist

It is such a relief to be told the truth
Katherine Porter
#Truth

They had both noticed that a life of dissipation sometimes gave to a face the look of gaunt suffering spirituality that a life of asceticism was supposed to give and quite often did not.
Katherine Porter
#Dissipation

One of the marks of a gift is to have the courage of it.
Katherine Porter
#American Journalist #Courage

I have a great deal of religious symbolism in my stories because I have a very deep sense of religion and also I have religious training. And I suppose you don't say, "I'm going to have the flowering judas tree stand for betrayal, but of course it does.
Katherine Porter
#Religion #Betrayal