Katharine Fullerton Gerould

Katharine Fullerton Gerould (1879-1944) was an American writer, born in Brockton, Massachusetts, and educated at Radcliffe College.

She was a reader in English at Bryn Mawr, 1901-10. Mrs. Gerould was criticized as weighing down a distinct literary talent with an unbending conservatism, which though it did not attract the masses, had a coterie of faithful admirers. In addition to many articles in magazines she published:

  • Vain Obligations (1914)
  • The Great Tradition (1915)
  • Hawaii, Scenes and Impressions (1916)
  • A Change of Air (1917)
  • Modes and Morals (1919), a collection of essays
  • Valiant Dust (1923), a collection of short stories

Famous quotes by katharine fullerton gerould:

    Science has done great things for us; it has also pushed us hopelessly back. For, not content with filling its own place, it has tried to supersede everything else. It has challenged the super-eminence of religion; it has turned all philosophy out of doors except that which clings to its skirts; it has thrown contempt on all learning that does not depend on it; and it has bribed the skeptics by giving us immense material comforts.
    Katharine Fullerton Gerould (1879–1944)

    Originality usually amounts only to plagiarizing something unfamiliar.
    Katharine Fullerton Gerould (1879–1944)

    You can be slum-born and slum-bred and still achieve something worth while; but it is a stupid inverted snobbishness to be proud of it. If one had a right to be proud of anything, it would be of a continued decent tradition back of one.
    Katharine Fullerton Gerould (1879–1944)

    ... if a person is to be unconventional, he must be amusing or he is intolerable: for, in the nature of the case, he guarantees you nothing but amusement. He does not guarantee you any of the little amenities by which society has assured itself that, if it must go to sleep, it will at least sleep in a comfortable chair.
    Katharine Fullerton Gerould (1879–1944)

    No convention gets to be a convention at all except by grace of a lot of clever and powerful people first inventing it, and then imposing it on others. You can be pretty sure, if you are strictly conventional, that you are following genius—a long way off. And unless you are a genius yourself, that is a good thing to do.
    Katharine Fullerton Gerould (1879–1944)