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"It is easy to be humble when a greater is preferred; but when an inferior is lifted high above our heads, how can we bear it?"

Constance Fenimore Woolson, Anne (1882)

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"She always says she dislikes the abnormal, it is so obvious. She says the normal is so much more simply complicated and interesting."

Gertrude Stein, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (1933)

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"What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult to each other?"

George Eliot, Middlemarch (1871)

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"Except two breeds — the stupid and the narrowly feline — all women have a touch of the Lesbian: an assertion all good non-analytic creatures refute with horror, but quite true: there is always the poignant intensive personal taste, the flair of inner-sex, in the tenderest friendships of women."

Mary MacLane, I, Mary MacLane: A Diary of Human Days (1917)

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"What harm is there in dreaming, if it eases pain? What good is reality, if it blots out hope? Can a man’s mind be washed without bleaching his soul?"

Bette Bao Lord, Spring Moon: A Novel of China (1981)

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"There is no greater fallacy than the belief that aims and purposes are one thing, while methods and tactics are another. This conception is a potent menance to social regeneration. All human experience teaches that methods and means cannot be separated from the ultimate aim."

Emma Goldman, My Disillusionment in Russia (1923)

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"… there is no creature whose inward being is so strong that it is not greatly determined by what lies outside it."

George Eliot, Middlemarch (1871)

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"O, ye who visit the distressed, do ye know that everything your money can buy, given with a cold, averted face, is not worth one honest tear shed in real sympathy?"

Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin (1856)

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