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Edith Sitwell Quotes

A great many people now reading and writing would be better employed keeping rabbits.

Good taste is the worst vice ever invented.

Hot water is my native element. I was in it as a baby, and I have never seemed to get out of it ever since.

I am an unpopular electric eel in a pool of catfish.

I am one of those unhappy persons who inspire bores to the greatest flights of art.

I am patient with stupidity but not with those who are proud of it.

I have often wished I had time to cultivate modesty... but I am too busy thinking about myself.

I have taken this step because I want the discipline, the fire and the authority of the Church. I am hopelessly unworthy of it, but I hope to become worthy.

I wish the government would put a tax on pianos for the incompetent.

My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence.

Poetry is the deification of reality.

Still falls the rain - dark as the world of man, black as our loss - blind as the nineteen hundred and forty nails upon the Cross.

The aim of flattery is to soothe and encourage us by assuring us of the truth of an opinion we have already formed about ourselves.

The poet speaks to all men of that other life of theirs that they have smothered and forgotten.

The public will believe anything, so long as it is not founded on truth.

The trouble with most Englishwomen is that they will dress as if they had been a mouse in a previous incarnation they do not want to attract attention.