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Margaret Mitchell

"It was the usual masculine disillusionment in discovering that a woman has a brain."

Margaret Mitchell, Gone With the Wind (1936)

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"Until you've lost your reputation, you never realize what a burden it was or what freedom really is."

Margaret Mitchell, Gone With the Wind (1936)

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"Always providing you have enough courage -- or money -- you can do without a reputation."

Margaret Mitchell, Gone With the Wind (1936)

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"What most people don't seem to realize is that there is just as much money to be made out of the wreckage of a civilization as from the upbuilding of one."

Margaret Mitchell, Gone With the Wind (1936)

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"All wars are sacred to those who have to fight them. If the people who started wars didn't make them sacred, who would be foolish enough to fight?"

Margaret Mitchell, Gone With the Wind (1936)

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"... no matter what rallying cries the orators give to the idiots who fight, no matter what noble purposes they assign to wars, there is never but one reason for a war. And that is money. All wars are in reality money squabbles."

Margaret Mitchell, Gone With the Wind (1936)

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"Fighting is like champagne. It goes to the heads of cowards as quickly as of heroes. Any fool can be brave on a battle field when it's be brave or else be killed."

Margaret Mitchell, Gone With the Wind (1936)

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"... the Yankees aren't fiends. They haven't horns and hoofs, as you seem to think. They are pretty much like Southerners -- except with worse manners, of course, and terrible accents."

Margaret Mitchell, Gone With the Wind (1936)

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"Southerners can never resist a losing cause."

Margaret Mitchell, Gone With the Wind (1936)

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"Death and taxes and childbirth! There's never any convenient time for any of them!"

Margaret Mitchell, Gone With the Wind (1936)

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"Everybody's mainspring is different. And I want to say this -- folks whose mainsprings are busted are better dead."

Margaret Mitchell, Gone With the Wind (1936)

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"There ain't nothing from the outside that can lick any of us."

Margaret Mitchell, Gone With the Wind (1936)

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"You kin polish a mule's feet an' shine his hide an' put brass all over his harness an' hitch him ter a fine cah'ige. But he a mule jes' de same. He doan fool nobody."

Margaret Mitchell, Gone With the Wind (1936)

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"... the world can forgive practically anything except people who mind their own business."

Margaret Mitchell, Gone With the Wind (1936)

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"The Old Guard dies but it never surrenders."

Margaret Mitchell, Gone With the Wind (1936)

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"Life's under no obligation to give us what we expect. We take what we get and are thankful it's no worse than it is."

Margaret Mitchell, Gone With the Wind (1936)

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"What is broken is broken -- and I'd rather remember it as it was at its best than mend it and see the broken places as long as I lived."

Margaret Mitchell, Gone With the Wind (1936)

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"My dear, I don't give a damn."

Margaret Mitchell, Gone With the Wind (1936)

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"After all, tomorrow is another day."

Margaret Mitchell, Gone With the Wind (1936)

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"My age is my own private business and I intend to keep it so -- if I can. I am not so old that I am ashamed of my age and I am not so young that I couldn't have written my book and that is all the public needs to know about my age."

Margaret Mitchell, 1936, in Richard Harwell, ed., Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind Letters 1936-1949 (1976)

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"... I have a passionate desire for personal privacy. I want to stand before the world, for good or bad, on the book I wrote, not on what I say in letters to friends, not on my husband and my home life, the way I dress, my likes and dislikes, et cetera. My book belongs to anyone who has the price, but nothing of me belongs to the public."

Margaret Mitchell, 1938, in Richard Harwell, ed., Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind Letters 1936-1949 (1976)

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"It is axiomatic among writers that no one ever sues the writer of an unsuccessful book. Just let a book go over twenty-five thousand copies and it is surprising how many people's feelings are hurt, how many screwballs think their brain children have been stolen, and how many people feel that they have been portrayed in a manner calculated to bring infamy upon them."

Margaret Mitchell, 1944, in Richard Harwell, ed., Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind Letters 1936-1949 (1976)

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Margaret Mitchell, U.S. writer
(1909 - 1949)

Full name: Margaret Munnerlyn Mitchell Marsh.