65 Ellen Glasgow Quotes from the Famous American Novelist

Ellen Glasgow was a famous novelist and woman’s rights advocate from Virginia.

She had a challenging childhood facing her mother’s death and her brother-in-law’s suicide and also began losing her hearing.

Despite all these obstacles in her life, Glasgow wrote many successful novels that often explored social issues and the experiences of women in society.

Ellen Glasgow Quotes

She was an active supporter of women’s voting rights and worked with other suffragists to push for changes in Virginia.

Further to her writing and activism, Glasgow was also a dedicated animal lover.

She won a Pulitzer Prize in 1942 and left a big portion of her estate to animal welfare organizations after she died in 1945.

Here are some of the best quotes by Ellen Glasgow.

Top 10 Ellen Glasgow Quotes


The worst part of war is that so many people enjoy it. ~ Ellen Glasgow.


The pathos of life is worse than the tragedy. ~ Ellen Glasgow.


The only difference between a rut and a grave are the dimensions. ~ Ellen Glasgow.


For me, the novel is experience illumined by imagination… ~ Ellen Glasgow.


There is no support so strong as the strength that enables one to stand alone. ~ Ellen Glasgow.


Words, like acts, become stale when they are repeated. ~ Ellen Glasgow.


To seize the flying thought before it escapes us is our only touch with reality. ~ Ellen Glasgow.


The government’s like a mule, it’s slow and it’s sure; it’s slow to turn, and it’s sure to turn the way you don’t want it. ~ Ellen Glasgow.


A strange marriage that had been, though most marriages appear strange to spectators. ~ Ellen Glasgow.


What fools people are when they think they can make two lives belong together by saying words over them. ~ Ellen Glasgow.

Famous Ellen Glasgow Quotes


No idea is so antiquated that it was not once modern. No idea is so modern that it will not someday be antiquated. ~ Ellen Glasgow.

Why do all of us, every last one, have to go through hell to find out what we really want?’ ~ Ellen Glasgow.

I have written chiefly because, though I have often dreaded the necessity, I have found it more painful, in the end, not to write. ~ Ellen Glasgow.


Nothing in life is so hard that you can’t make it easier by the way you take it. ~ Ellen Glasgow.

It is lovely, when I forget all birthdays, including my own, to find that somebody remembers me. ~ Ellen Glasgow.

I don’t like human nature, but I do like human beings. ~ Ellen Glasgow.

Thrown into the gutter, yet full of sense and personality. But life was that way. You couldn’t tell what made personality, either in man or dog. ~ Ellen Glasgow.


We love from little motives, not for large reasons. ~ Ellen Glasgow.

Nothing can ruin your life so long as you’re free to get up and run away. ~ Ellen Glasgow.

Misery has made more revolutions than either philanthropy or economics. ~ Ellen Glasgow.


The older I grow the more earnestly I feel that the few joys of childhood are the best that life has to give. ~ Ellen Glasgow.

The age is a vociferous one, and no prophet is without honor who is able to strike an attitude and to speak loud enough to make himself heard. ~ Ellen Glasgow.

The attraction of horror is a mental, or even an intellectual, excitement, but the fascination of the repulsive, so noticeable in contemporary writing, can spring openly from some rotted substance within our civilization… ~ Ellen Glasgow.


To teach one’s self is to be forced to learn twice. ~ Ellen Glasgow.

But, of course only morons would ever think or speak of themselves as intellectuals. That’s why they all look so sad. ~ Ellen Glasgow.


Wise Ellen Glasgow Quotes


Violence commands both literature and life, and violence is always crude and distorted. ~ Ellen Glasgow.

Few forms of life are so engaging as birds. ~ Ellen Glasgow.

I’m not going to lie down and let trouble walk over me. ~ Ellen Glasgow.


Passion alone could destroy passion. All the thinking in the world could not make so much as a dent in its surface. ~ Ellen Glasgow.

I have little faith in the theory that organized killing is the best prelude to peace. ~ Ellen Glasgow.

It is only by knowing how little life has in store for us that we are able to look on the bright side and avoid disappointment. ~ Ellen Glasgow.


He knows so little and knows it so fluently. ~ Ellen Glasgow.

The only natural human beings seem to be those who are making trouble. ~ Ellen Glasgow.

True goodness is an inward grace, not an outward necessity. ~ Ellen Glasgow.


The worst thing about war is that so many people enjoy it. ~ Ellen Glasgow.

What happens is not as important as how you react to what happens. ~ Ellen Glasgow.

Best Ellen Glasgow Quotes

Life is never what one dreams. It is seldom what one desires, but for the vital spirit and the eager mind, the future will always hold the search for buried treasure and the possibility of high adventure. ~ Ellen Glasgow.


All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward. ~ Ellen Glasgow.

I had no place in any coterie, or in any reciprocal self-advertising. I stood alone. I stood outside. I wanted only to learn. I wanted only to write better. ~ Ellen Glasgow.

A tragic irony of life is that we so often achieve success or financial independence after the chief reason for which we sought it has passed away. ~ Ellen Glasgow.

The hardest thing to believe when you’re young is that people will fight to stay in a rut, but not to get out of one. ~ Ellen Glasgow.

Moderation has never yet engineered an explosion. ~ Ellen Glasgow.


Love comes, love goes; but comradeship is woven of an indestructible element. ~ Ellen Glasgow.

Nothing is more consuming, or more illogical, than the desire for remembrance. ~ Ellen Glasgow.

It was a perfect spring afternoon, and the air was filled with vague, roving scents, as if the earth exhaled the sweetness of hidden flowers. ~ Ellen Glasgow.

Popular Ellen Glasgow Quotes

I liked human beings, but I did not love human nature. ~ Ellen Glasgow.

Most women want their youth back again; but I wouldn’t have mine back at any price. The worst years of my life are behind me, and my best ones ahead. ~ Ellen Glasgow.

Too much principle is often more harmful than too little. ~ Ellen Glasgow.

Nothing is so ungrateful as a rising generation; yet, if there is any faintest glimmer of light ahead of us in the present, it was kindled by the intellectual fires that burned long before us. ~ Ellen Glasgow.


Tilling the fertile soil of man’s vanity. ~ Ellen Glasgow.

There wouldn’t be half as much fun in the world if it weren’t for children and men, and there ain’t a mite of difference between them under the skins. ~ Ellen Glasgow.

After a day of rain the sun came out suddenly at five o’clock and threw a golden bar into the deep Victorian gloom of the front parlour. ~ Ellen Glasgow.

Thought-Provoking Ellen Glasgow Quotes

Man is not a rational animal. He may have invented many social philosophies, but he remains incurably biological. ~ Ellen Glasgow.

Mediocrity would always win by force of numbers, but it would win only more mediocrity. ~ Ellen Glasgow.

After all, you can’t expect men not to judge by appearances. ~ Ellen Glasgow.

Insolent youth rides, now, in the whirlwind. For those modern iconoclasts who are without culture possess, apparently, all the courage. ~ Ellen Glasgow.

Preserve, within a wild sanctuary, an inaccessible valley of reverie. ~ Ellen Glasgow.

The hardest thing for me is the sense of impermanence. All passes; nothing returns. ~ Ellen Glasgow.


He who demands little gets it. ~ Ellen Glasgow.

She must face her grief where the struggle is always hardest-in the place where each trivial object is attended by pleasant memories. ~ Ellen Glasgow.

Life may take away happiness. But it can’t take away having had it. ~ Ellen Glasgow.

So these were the 65 popular quotes about Ellen Glasgow.

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