Catherine Drinker Bowen

1899 - 1973

A Quote by Catherine Drinker Bowen

For your born writer, nothing is so healing as the realization that he has come upon the right word.

Catherine Drinker Bowen (1899 - 1973)

Source: Adventures of a Biographer, ch. 11 1946.

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A Quote by Catherine Drinker Bowen

Will the reader turn the page?

Catherine Drinker Bowen (1899 - 1973)

Source: Note posted in her study, quoted in MD, July 1981

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A Quote by Catherine Drinker Bowen on kindness, life, reality, and writing

Writing, I think, is not apart from living. Writing is a kind of double living. The writer experiences everything twice. Once in reality and once in that mirror which waits always before or behind.

Catherine Drinker Bowen (1899 - 1973)

Source: Atlantic, December 1957

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A Quote by Catherine Drinker Bowen on biography, facts, fiction, and writing

In writing biography, fact and fiction shouldn't be mixed. And if they are, the fiction parts should be printed in red ink, the fact parts in black ink.

Catherine Drinker Bowen (1899 - 1973)

Source: Publishers Weekly, March 24, 1958

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A Quote by Catherine Drinker Bowen on conversation, friendship, and music

Chamber music -- a conversation between friends.

Catherine Drinker Bowen (1899 - 1973)

Source: The Last Word - A Treasury of Women's Quotes, by Carolyn Warner, 1992.

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A Quote by Catherine Drinker Bowen on truth

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I speak truth, not so much as I would, but as much as I dare; and I dare a little more, as I grown older.

Catherine Drinker Bowen (1899 - 1973)

Source: Family Portrait, 1970

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A Quote by Catherine Drinker Bowen on bitterness and time

Great artists treasure their time with a bitter and snarling miserliness.

Catherine Drinker Bowen (1899 - 1973)

Source: an Internet collection of quotations.

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A Quote by Catherine Drinker Bowen

Many a man who has known himself at ten forgets himself utterly between ten and thirty.

Catherine Drinker Bowen (1899 - 1973)

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A Quote by Catherine Drinker Bowen on america, belief, day, death, departure, desires, faith, fame, future, heart, immortality, independence, life, mankind, presidency, and work

On the Fourth of July, 1826, America celebrated its Jubilee the Fiftieth Anniversary of Independence. John Adams, second President of the United States, died that day, aged ninety, while from Maine to Georgia bells rang and cannon boomed. And on that sameday, Thomas Jefferson died before sunset in Virginia. In their dying, in that swift, so aptly celebrated double departure, is something which shakes an American to the heart. It was not their great fame, their long lives or even the record of their work that made these two seem indestructible. It was their faith, their bounding, unquenchable faith in the future, their sure, immortal belief that mankind, if it so desired, could be free.

Catherine Drinker Bowen (1899 - 1973)

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A Quote by Catherine Drinker Bowen on arrogance

There is a marvelous turn and trick to British arrogance; its apparent unconsciousness makes it twice as effectual.

Catherine Drinker Bowen (1899 - 1973)

Source: Adventures of a Biographer, ch. 14, 1946.

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