Typographic Tuesday: Elizabeth von Arnim

quote by Elizabeth von Arnim

Now don’t get huffy, she’s got a good point. Here is a bit of an excerpt, including and beginning with the quote above, from Elizabeth von Arnim’s book, All the Dogs of My Life:

“I would like, to begin with, to say that although parents, husbands, children, lovers, and friends are all very well, they are not dogs. In my day and turn having been each of the above,—except that instead of husbands I was wives,—I know what I am talking about, and am well acquainted with the ups and downs, the daily ups and downs, the sometimes hourly ones in the thin-skinned, which seem inevitably to accompany human loves.

Dogs are free from these fluctuations. Once they love, they love steadily, unchangingly, till their last breath.

That is how I like to be loved.

Therefore I will write of dogs.

Up to now I have had fourteen, but they weren’t spread over my life equally, and for years and years at a time I had none. This, when first I began considering my dogs, astonished me; I mean, that for years and years I had none. What was I about, I wondered, to allow myself to be dogless? How was it that there were such long periods during which I wasn’t making some good dog happy?”

Elizabeth von Arnim and her dogs

Great picture, and sounds like a pretty good book to me! If you agree, here is a link to it on Amazon.

3 thoughts on “Typographic Tuesday: Elizabeth von Arnim

    • Thank you! Originally Typographic Tuesdays were meant to be quickie posts, but of course I spend a bit too long on them…the good thing is that the quote always leads me to something/someone very interesting. And then the post gets longer!

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