Katherine Anne Porter Quotes

Most popular Katherine Anne Porter Quotes

The past is never where you think you left it.

the past

Imagination continually outruns the creature it inhabits.


Physical infidelity is the signal, the notice given, that all the fidelities are undermined.


You do not create a style.  You work, and develop yourself; your style is an emanation from your own being.


Love must be learned, and learned again and again; there is no end to it.  Hate needs no instruction, but waits only to be provoked.

love and hate

The quarrel between them was a terrible treadmill they mounted together and tramped round and round until they were wearied out or in despair.


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.
— Katherine Anne Porter


They lie flat on their noses at first in what appears to be a drunken slumber, then flat on their backs kicking and screaming, demanding impossibilities in a foreign language.


Adventure is something you seek for pleasure, or even for profit, like a gold rush or invading a country; for the illusion of being more alive than ordinarily, the thing you will to occur.


Marriage is a public declaration of  a man and a woman that they have formed a secret alliance, with the intention to belong to, and share with each other, a mystical estate; mystical exactly in the sense that the real experience cannot be communicated to others, nor explained even to oneself on rational grounds.
— Katherine Anne Porter