11 March 2013

Talking of Katherine Mansfield: 'I want to be all that I am capable of becoming.'

Catherine Downes shares her favourite Katherine Mansfield quotes, which collectively form the reason she created Talking of Katherine Mansfield.

'To acknowledge the presence of fear is to give birth to failure.'

'Here then, is a little summary of what I need. Power, wealth and freedom.'

'Katherine. How badly, how stupidly you manage your life!'

'When I look back over my life all my mistakes have been because I was afraid.'

'Love and Mushrooms. It takes a dreadful lot of toadstools to make you realise that life is not one long mushroom'

'Our own particular self...The moment of direct feeling when we are most ourselves and least personal'

'Risk! Risk anything! care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.'

'I want to be all that I am capable of becoming.'

'Let me take the case of Katherine Mansfield. She has led, ever since she can remember, a very typically false life. Yet, through it all, there have been moments, instants, gleams, when she has felt the possibility of something quite other.'

Talking of Katherine Mansfield is on in Circa Two until Saturday, 16 March. To book, call the Circa Box Office on 801-7992 or visit www.circa.co.nz.

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