''Everything in life that we really accept undergoes a change. So suffering must become Love. That is the mystery.''
''It's a terrible thing to be alone—yes it is—it is—but don't lower your mask until you have another mask prepared beneath—as terrible as you like—but a mask.''
''Would you not like to try all sorts of lives—one is so very small—but that is the satisfaction of writing—one can impersonate so many people.''
''Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinion of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.''
''Were we positive, eager, real—alive? No, we were not. We were a nothingness shot with gleams of what might be.''
''When we can begin to take our failures nonseriously, it means we are ceasing to be afraid of them. It is of immense importance to learn to laugh at ourselves.''
''To work—to work! It is such infinite delight to know that we still have the best things to do.''
''I'm a writer first and a woman after.''