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Helen Foster Snow

  • To be a Marxist does not mean that one becomes a Communist party member. There are as many varieties of Marxists as there are of Protestants.

    • Helen Foster Snow,
    • "Women and Kuomintang," Women in Modern China ()
  • The war between the artist and writer and government or orthodoxy is one of the tragedies of humankind. One chief enemy is stupidity and failure to understand anything about the creative mind. For a bureaucratic politician to presume to tell any artist or writer how to get his mind functioning is the ultimate in asininity.

    • Helen Foster Snow,
    • "Women and Education," Women in Modern China ()
  • Freedom to think requires not only freedom of expression but also freedom from the threat of orthodoxy and being outcast and ostracized.

    • Helen Foster Snow,
    • "Women and Education," Women in Modern China ()
  • ... one can judge a civilization by the way it treats its women.

    • Helen Foster Snow,
    • "Bound Feet and Straw Sandals," Women in Modern China ()
  • The essence of all religion is to be willing to risk your life for a belief — not for survival.

  • Revolution devours its own parents as well as its own children.

  • ... history, like nature, has its own economy, its own balancing of forces in the final accounting. Nothing can be lost, except to awareness.

Helen Foster Snow, U.S. journalist, China scholar

(1907 - 1997)

When writing from China, she used the name Nym Wales.