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Susan Ertz

  • All dogs seem to be great linguists, according to their owners. They always understand every word that's said to them.

  • ... for her the whole business of fiction was an arduous putting into words of ideas, pictures, thoughts that continually fought with her to keep their anonymity, their right to a shadowy and secret existence. She never put a thought on paper without feeling as though she were dragging some shrinking little crustacean out of its small shell with a pin.

  • At her writing-table she came together. She often visualized herself as clinging to it by main force and writing down her thoughts while a perfect gale tried to detach her from it and scatter her to the four winds.

  • She ... marveled at the strangeness and mystery of dreams, in which the dreamer is at the same time both inventor and surprised spectator.

  • Love brags so, Lewis, it has such flaunting airs, it talks so much of its own strength and beauty even under the shadow of its own shameful death.

  • ... parsons always seem to be specially horrified about things like sunbathing and naked bodies. They don't mind poverty and misery and cruelty to animals nearly so much.

  • One's own troubles can be borne with fortitude; only a monster of indifference can bear the sufferings of others with fortitude.

  • We were like a lot of clocks, he thought, all striking different hours, all convinced we were telling the right time.

  • The novelists of the nineteeth century had all the luck. They had a huge and easily pleased public and the world they surveyed had every appearance of permanence.

  • Someone has somewhere commented on the fact that millions long for immortality who don't know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

  • He talked with more claret than clarity.

    • Susan Ertz

Susan Ertz, U.S. writer

(1894 - 1985)