It does not matter much whom we live with in this world, but it matters a great deal whom we dream of.

- Willa Cather

I shall not die of a cold. I shall die of having lived.

- Willa Cather

There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before.

- Willa Cather

Sometimes a neighbor whom we have disliked a lifetime for his arrogance and conceit lets fall a single commonplace remark that shows us another side, another man, really; a man uncertain, and puzzled, and in the dark like ourselves.

- Willa Cather

No one can build his security upon the nobleness of another person.

- Willa Cather

Only solitary men know the full joys of frienship. Others have their family; but to a solitary and an exile, his friends are everything.

- Willa Cather

The dead might as well try to speak to the living as the old to the young.

- Willa Cather

The miracles of the church seem to me to rest not so much upon faces or voices or healing power coming suddenly near to us from afar off, but upon our perceptions being made finer, so that for a moment our eyes can see and our ears can hear what is there about us always.

- Willa Cather

When kindness has left people, even for a few moments, we become afraid of them as if their reason had left them. When it has left a place where we have always found it, it is like shipwreck; we drop from security into something malevolent and bottomless.

- Willa Cather

Paris is a hard place to leave, even when it rains incessantly and one coughs continually from the dampness.

- Willa Cather