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Vita Sackville-West Quotes





Ambition, old as mankind, the immemorial weakness of the strong.
[Ambition]
 

Among the many problems which beset the novelist, not the least weighty is the choice of the moment at which to begin his novel.
 

Authority has every reason to fear the skeptic, for authority can rarely survive in the face of doubt.
 

I worshipped dead men for their strength, forgetting I was strong.
 

Men of my age live in a state of continual desperation.
 

Not seeing is half-believing.
 

Nothing shows up the difference between the things said or read, so much as the daily experience of it.
 

So prodigal was I of youth, Forgetting I was young; I worshipped dead men for their strength, Forgetting I was strong.
[Self Acceptance]
 

The writer catches the changes of his mind on the hop. Growth is exciting; growth is dynamic and alarming. Growth of the soul, growth of the mind.
 

There are no signposts in the sea.
 

Travel is the most private of pleasures. There is no greater bore than the travel bore. We do not in the least want to hear what he has seen in Hong-Kong.
 

What is beautiful is good, and who is good will soon be beautiful.
 

Women, like men, ought to have their youth so glutted with freedom they hate the very idea of freedom.