Natalie Clifford Barney Quotes

Natalie Clifford Barney (October 31, 1876 – February 2, 1972) was an American playwright, poet and novelist who lived as an expatriate in Paris.

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Natalie Clifford Barney


When you're in love you never really know whether your elation comes from the qualities of the one you love, or if it attributes them to her; whether the light which surrounds her like a halo comes from you, from her, or from the meeting of your sparks.

Natalie Clifford Barney

#Attributes #Halo #Light #Love #Meeting #Qualities #Sparks


Tea - that perfume that one drinks, that connecting hyphen ...

Natalie Clifford Barney

#Connecting #Perfume


Time engraves our faces with all the tears we have not shed.

Natalie Clifford Barney


Youth is not a question of years: one is young or old from birth.

Natalie Clifford Barney

#Birth #Question #Youth


Avoid that romantic trap: saying more than you feel, forcing yourself to feel more than you've said!

Natalie Clifford Barney

#Forcing


Perhaps a reign of powerful women is necessary to make, or unmake when need be, powerful men. Women would not waste so readily and uselessly the lives they had such care and pain in bearing. Why should they submit to the massacre of the innocent, one generation after another ... and allow them to be brought up as live-stock for the inevitable killing?

Natalie Clifford Barney


“How many inner resources one needs to tolerate a life of leisure without fatigue”

Natalie Clifford Barney

#Fatigue #Inner Life #Leisure #Life #Needs #Resources


“To be one's own master is to be the slave of self.”

Natalie Clifford Barney

#Self #Slave


“Why grab possessions like thieves, or divide them like socialists, when you can ignore them like wise men?”

Natalie Clifford Barney

#Grab #Men #Possessions #Thieves


“There are intangible realities which float near us, formless and without words; realities which no one has thought out, and which are excluded for lack of interpreters.”

Natalie Clifford Barney

#Excluded #Float #Formless #Intangible #Thought #Us #Words


“Lovers should also have their days off.”

Natalie Clifford Barney

#Also #Days #Lovers #Off #Their


“Fatalism is the lazy man's way of accepting the inevitable.”

Natalie Clifford Barney

#Accepting #Fatalism #Inevitable #Lazy



Eternity: what a waste of time.

Natalie Clifford Barney

#Time #Waste #Waste Of Time


Sensuality, wanting a religion, invented Love.

Natalie Clifford Barney

#Religion #Wanting