Kate Chopin was an American novelist and short story writer who rose to prominence in the latter half of the 19th century and is considered by some literary scholars as one of the earliest feminist writers from her country. Chopin started off as a writer fairly late in her life after her husband’s business failed but her work, which primarily consisted of short stories and essays quickly made it to some of the best known magazines of the time. The publications with which she worked included some of the biggest names like ‘The Atlantic Monthly’, ‘The Youth Companion’, ‘The Century Magazine’ and ‘Vogue’. Two of her most well-known short story collections include ‘Bayou Folk’ published in 1894 and ‘ A Night in Acadie’ published three years later. Some noted short stories written by Chopin include ‘Desiree’s Baby’, ‘The Story of an Hour’ and ‘The Storm’ among others. On the other hand, she had also written two novels, ‘At Fault’ and ‘The Awakening’. The latter is often regarded as one of her finest works. Chopin was a writer and thinker far ahead of her time. We bring to you a collection of thoughts, sayings and quotes by Kate Chopin which have been excerpted from her novels, writings and short stories. Here are some of the best known quotes and thoughts by Kate Chopin that would certainly give you a glimpse into her mind.
Even as a child she had lived her own small life within herself. At a very early period she had apprehended instinctively the dual life - that outward existence which conforms, the inward life which questions.
Does he write to you? Never a line. Does he send you a message? Never a word. It is because he loves you, poor fool, and is trying to forget you, since you are not free to listen to him or to belong to him.
There are some people who leave impressions not so lasting as the imprint of an oar upon the water.
But the beginning of things, of a world especially, is necessarily vague, tangled, chaotic, and exceedingly disturbing. How few of us ever emerge from such beginning! How many souls perish in its tumult!
I would give up the unessential; I would give my money, I would give my life for my children; but I wouldn't give myself.