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The Quotable Cabell

James Branch Cabell, 1923, inscribed by Cabell

"Tell the rabble my name is Cabell."                                A rhyme James Branch Cabell made to indicate the proper pronunciation of his name, as quoted in The Reader's Encyclopedia of American Literature

 "The desire to write perfectly of beautiful happenings is, as the saying runs, old as the hills — and as immortal." The Certain Hour

“Time Changes all things and cultivates even in herself an appreciation of irony, and, therefore, why shouldn’t I have changed a trifle?” The Certain Hour

”There is not any memory with less satisfaction than the memory of some temptation we resisted.” Jurgen

"Good and evil keep very exact accounts... and the face of every man is their ledger." Jurgen

“The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.” The Silver Stallion

”I too was once a dreamer: and in dreams there are lessons.” The High Place

"The would-be nonconformist is compelled, by-and-by, to accept in this world his decreed heritage, whether as an heir or an assign; and he accepts likewise the requirements, the enforced requirements, of his heritage....There is none who survives to middle-age but has learned, in one way or another, to accept in this world his inheritance. Time teaches us, indeed, that almost all human living is an exercise of acceptance rather than of action; and a career...far less of doing things than of having things done to you." Let me Lie.