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Margaret Mitchell

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

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

  • Always providing you have enough courage — or money — you can do without a reputation.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • ... 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.

  • 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.

  • ... 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.

  • Southerners can never resist a losing cause.

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

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

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

  • 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.

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

  • The Old Guard dies but it never surrenders.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • My dear, I don't give a damn.

  • After all, tomorrow is another day.

  • 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 ()
  • ... 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 ()
  • 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 ()
  • Hardships make or break people.

  • Apologies, once postponed, become harder and harder to make, and finally impossible.

  • The liar was the hottest to defend his veracity, the coward his courage, the ill-bred his gentlemanliness, and the cad his honor.

Margaret Mitchell, U.S. writer

(1909 - 1949)

Full name: Margaret Munnerlyn Mitchell Marsh.