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Motivational Natalie Clifford Barney Quotes and Sayings

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

Barney’s salon was held at her home at 20 rue Jacob in Paris’s Left Bank for more than 60 years and brought together writers and artists from around the world, including many leading figures in French literature along with American and British Modernists of the Lost Generation.

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She was openly lesbian and began publishing love poems to women under her own name as early as 1900, considering scandal as “the best way of getting rid of nuisances” (meaning heterosexual attention from young males). She wrote in both French and English. In her writings, she supported feminism and pacifism. 


Inspirational Natalie Clifford Barney Quotes


“Entrepreneurship is the last refuge of the trouble-making an individual.”-Natalie Clifford Barney


“Fatalism is the lazy man’s way of accepting the inevitable.”-Natalie Clifford Barney


“How many inner resources one needs to tolerate a life of leisure without fatigue.”-Natalie Clifford Barney


“If we keep an open mind, too much is likely to fall into it.”-Natalie Clifford Barney


“It is time for dead languages to be quiet.”-Natalie Clifford Barney


“Lovers should also have their days off.”-Natalie Clifford Barney

Natalie Clifford Barney
Natalie Clifford Barney

“Most virtue is a demand for greater seduction.”-Natalie Clifford Barney




“Novels are longer than life.”-Natalie Clifford Barney


“Renouncement: the heroism of mediocrity.”-Natalie Clifford Barney


“The advantage of love, at first sight, is that it delays the second sight.”-Natalie Clifford Barney


“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


“Time engraves our faces with all the tears we have not shed.”-Natalie Clifford Barney


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


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


“Would that well-thinking people be replaced by thinking ones.”-Natalie Clifford Barney


“Youth is not a question of years: one is young or old from birth.”-Natalie Clifford Barney