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Elizabeth Corbett

  • If you loved, sooner or later you always lost; that was the penalty you had to pay for loving. Grief can be endured — somehow. But how poor and bare would be a life which had nothing to grieve over!

  • ... there are times when the one thing you haven't counts more than all the riches that may be yours.

  • ... he had the terrific stubbornness of an essentially weak nature.

  • Worrying about where to begin puts you in a fair way to waste your life worrying, without getting noticeably closer to beginning.

  • Anybody who is stupid enough often stumbles on an effect that could never be thought up by the most brilliant. I suspect that there is a thing which you might call the genius of stupidity.

  • When people speak of Time's healing magic, they are simply being euphemistic about our human tendency — and perhaps necessity — to forget.

  • Most trouble is unnecessary. Between the indignity of being born and the agony of dying enough bad things must of necessity happen to people. But we can't be satisfied with that. We have to go to work and see how much additional trouble we can create. Misunderstanding, turmoil, effort put on all the wrong things, and then more misunderstanding.

  • ... if the Republicans don't bring prosperity, who on earth is going to?

Elizabeth Corbett, U.S. writer

(1887 - 1981)

Full name: Elizabeth Frances Corbett.