Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Katherine Mansfield, pseudonymn of Kathleen Beauchamp, Mrs. J. M. Murry

British Short-Story Writer, Poet, Author

"Regret is an appalling waste of energy. You can't build on it; it's only good for wallowing in."

"Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinion of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth."

"I want, by understanding myself, to understand others. I want to be all that I am capable of becoming... This all sounds very strenuous and very serious. But now that I have wrestled with it, it's no longer so. I feel happy - deep down. All is well."

"Everything in life that we really accept undergoes a change. "

"Could we change our attitude, we should not only see life differently, but life itself would come to be different."

"Everything in life that we really accept undergoes a change."

"Make it a rule of life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy; you can't build on it; it's only for wallowing in."

"Life never becomes a habit to me. It's always a marvel. "

"When we can begin to take our failures seriously, it means we are ceasing to be afraid of them. It is of immense importance to learn to laugh at ourselves."

"When we begin to take our failures non-seriously, it means we are ceasing to be afraid of them."

"To acknowledge the presence of fear is to give birth to failure."

"Make it a rule of life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy, you can't build on it it's only good for wallowing in."