Katherine Anne Porter

Katherine Anne Porter
Katherine Anne Porter
  • Born: May 15, 1890
  • Died: September 18, 1980
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Journalist, Essayist, Short Story Writer, Novelist

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Katherine Anne Porter was an American journalist, essayist, short story writer, novelist, and political activist. Her 1962 novel Ship of Fools was the best-selling novel in America that year, but her short stories received much more critical acclaim. She is known for her penetrating insight; her work deals with dark themes such as betrayal, death and the origin of human evil.

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Freedom is a dangerous intoxicant and very few people can tolerate it in any quantity; it brings out the old raiding, oppressing, murderous instincts; the rage for revenge, for power, the lust for bloodshed. The longing for freedom takes the form of crushing the enemy — there is always the enemy! — into the earth; and where and who is the enemy if there is no visible establishment to attack, to destroy with blood and fire? Remember all that oratory when freedom is threatened again. Freedom, remember, is not the same as liberty. Freedom & Liberty
It is a simple truth that the human mind can face better the most oppressive government, the most rigid restrictions, than the awful prospect of a lawless, frontierless world. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
Experience is what really happens to you in the long run; the truth that finally overtakes you. Truth
Human life itself may be almost pure chaos, but the work of the artist is to take these handfuls of confusion and disparate things, things that seem to be irreconcilable, and put them together in a frame to give them some kind of shape and meaning. Life ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I have not much interest in anyone's personal history after the tenth year, not even my own. Whatever one was going to be was all prepared before that. History
I shall try to tell the truth, but the result will be fiction. Truth
I was right not to be afraid of any thief but myself, who will end by leaving me nothing.
It is such a relief to be told the truth. Truth
It's a man's world, and you men can have it.
Love must be learned, and learned again; there is no end to it. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Most people won't realize that writing is a craft. You have to take your apprenticeship in it like anything else.
One of the marks of a gift is to have the courage of it.
Our being is subject to all the chances of life. There are so many things we are capable of, that we could be or do. The potentialities are so great that we never, any of us, are more than one-fourth fulfilled. Life
Physical infidelity is the signal, the notice given, that all fidelities are undermined.
The real sin against life is to abuse and destroy beauty, even one's own even more, one's own, for that has been put in our care and we are responsible for its well-being. Life
They had both noticed that a life of dissipation sometimes gave to a face the look of gaunt suffering spirituality that a life of asceticism was supposed to give and quite often did not. Life