Elizabeth von Arnim quotes

  • She belongs to the winter that is past, to the darkness that is over, and has no part or lot in the life I shall lead for the next six months. Oh, I could dance and sing for joy that the spring is here! What a ressurection of beauty there is in my garden, and of brightest hope in my heart.
    -- Elizabeth von Arnim

    #Spring #Heart #Winter

  • What a blessing it is to love books.
    -- Elizabeth von Arnim

    #Book #Blessing

  • What a blessing it is to love books. Everybody must love something, and I know of no objects of love that give such substantial and unfailing returns as books and a garden.
    -- Elizabeth von Arnim

    #Educational #Book #Healing

  • If one believed in angels one would feel that they must love us best when we are asleep and cannot hurt each other; and what a mercy it is that once in every twenty-four hours we are too utterly weary to go on being unkind.
    -- Elizabeth von Arnim

    #Hurt #Angel #Twenties

  • ... Why, it would really be being unselfish to go away and be happy for a little, because we would come back so much nicer.
    -- Elizabeth von Arnim

    #Going Away #Littles #Unselfish

  • It is beautiful, beautiful to give; one of the very most beautiful things in life.
    -- Elizabeth von Arnim

    #Beautiful #Giving #Beautiful Things

  • Keep quiet and say one's prayers-certainly not merely the best, but the only things to do if one would be truly happy; but, ashamed of asking when I have received so much, the only form of prayer I would use would be a form of thanksgiving.
    -- Elizabeth von Arnim

    #Prayer #Would Be #Asking

  • There's no safety in love. You risk the whole of life. But the great thing is to risk -to believe, and to risk everything for your belief.
    -- Elizabeth von Arnim

    #Believe #Love You #Safety

  • if you have once thoroughly bored somebody it is next to impossible to unbore him.
    -- Elizabeth von Arnim

    #Bored #Next #Impossible

  • Reading was very important; the proper exercise and development of one's mind was a paramount duty.
    -- Elizabeth von Arnim

    #Reading #Exercise #Mind

  • The longer I live the greater is my respect for manure in all its forms.
    -- Elizabeth von Arnim

    #Form

  • Well, I for one am unable to imagine how anybody who lives with an intelligent and devoted dog can every be lonely.
    -- Elizabeth von Arnim

    #Dog #Lonely #Intelligent

  • For I'm afraid of loneliness; shiveringly, terribly afraid. I don't mean the ordinary physical loneliness, for here I am, deliberately travelled away from London to get to it, to its spaciousness and healing. I mean that awful loneliness of spirit that is the ultimate tragedy of life. When you've got to that, really reached it, without hope, without escape, you die. You just can't bear it, and you die.
    -- Elizabeth von Arnim

    #Fear #Loneliness #Healing

  • I have been much afflicted again lately by visitors . . . and they gave me to understand that if they had had the arranging of the garden it would have been finished long ago - whereas I don't believe a garden is ever finished. They have all gone now, thank heaven.
    -- Elizabeth von Arnim

    #Friendship #Believe #Garden

  • Home is the best place when life begins to wobble.
    -- Elizabeth von Arnim

    #Home

  • Impossible for anyone to conceive the torments of his nights in bed with his beloved one and estranged from her. That turning of backs, that cold space between their two unhappy bodies.
    -- Elizabeth von Arnim

    #Marriage #Night #Two

  • I would recommend to those persons who are inclined to stagnate, whose blood is beginning to thicken sluggishly in their veins, to try keeping four dogs, two of which are puppies.
    -- Elizabeth von Arnim

    #Dog #Blood #Two

  • Life is an admirable arrangement, isn't it, little mother. It is so clever of it to have June in every year and a morning in every day, let alone things like birds, and Shakespeare, and one's work.
    -- Elizabeth von Arnim

    #Mother #Morning #Clever

  • She made him think of his mother, of his nurse, of all things kind and comforting, besides having the attraction of not being his mother or his nurse.
    -- Elizabeth von Arnim

    #Mother #Thinking #Nurse

  • And the summer seems as though it would dream on for ever.
    -- Elizabeth von Arnim

    #Summer #Dream

  • On wet days I will go into the thickest parts of the forest, where the pine needles are everlastingly dry, and when the sun shines I'll lie on the heath and see how the broom flares against the clouds. I shall be perpetually happy, because there will be no one to worry me.
    -- Elizabeth von Arnim

    #Lying #Clouds #Worry

  • Beauty made you love, and love made you beautiful.
    -- Elizabeth von Arnim

    #Beautiful #And Love #Made

  • But it is impossible, I find, to tidy books without ending by sitting on the floor in the middle of a great untidiness and reading.
    -- Elizabeth von Arnim

    #Book #Reading #Sitting

  • When I got to the library I came to a standstill, - ah, the dear room, what happy times I have spent in it rummaging amongst the books, making plans for my garden, building castles in the air, writing, dreaming, doing nothing.
    -- Elizabeth von Arnim

    #Dream #Book #Writing

  • [Walking] is the perfect way of moving if you want to see into the life of things. It is the one way of freedom. If you go to a place on anything but your own feet you are taken there too fast, and miss a thousand delicate joys that were waiting for you by the wayside.
    -- Elizabeth von Arnim

    #Moving #Taken #Journey

  • Books have their idiosyncrasies as well as people, and will not show me their full beauties unless the place and time in which they are read suits them.
    -- Elizabeth von Arnim

    #Book #People #Suits

  • If your lot makes you cry and be wretched, get rid of it and take another; strike out for yourself; don't listen to the shriek of your relations...don't be afraid of public opinion in the shape of the neighbours in the next house, when all the world is before you new and shining, and everything is possible, if you will only be energetic and independent and seize opportunity by the scruff of the neck.
    -- Elizabeth von Arnim

    #Independent #Opportunity #House

  • Who can begin conventional amiability the first thing in the morning?
    -- Elizabeth von Arnim

    #Morning #Firsts

  • I want to be as idle as I can, so that my soul may have time to grow.
    -- Elizabeth von Arnim

    #Soul #May #Want