Vita Sackville-West Quotes

Walking in Karnak was like walking into one of Piranesi’s Prison, solidified suddenly into stone, and grown to natural, nay to heroic size. Piled on fantastic ruin, obelisks pricked the sky; the colossal aisle soared, its base plunged in the deepest shadow, its head lifted to the moon; shafts of light struck the columns, lay […]

To hope for Paradise is to live in Paradise, a very different thing from actually getting there.

I suppose the pleasure of country life lies really in the eternally renewed evidences of the determination to live.

I have come to the conclusion, after many years of sometimes sad experience, that you cannot come to any conclusion at all.

Travel is the most private of pleasures. There is no greater bore than the travel bore. We do not in the least want to hear what he has seen in Hong Kong.

Ambition, old as mankind, the immemorial weakness of the strong.

Perhaps it would be better to go the whole hog and cut oneself off entirely from the outside world. A merely negative form of protest, I fear, against conditions one does not like; for resentment is vain unless one has an alternative to offer.