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Agnes Smedley

  • Subjection of any kind and in any place is beneath the dignity of man ... the highest joy is to fight by the side of those who for any reason of their own making or ours, are unable to develop to full human stature.

  • To die would have been beautiful. But I belong to those who do not die for the sake of beauty.

  • I have loved and bitterness left me for that hour. But there are times when love itself is bitter.

  • But settled things were enemies to me and soon lost their newness and color. The unknown called.

  • But there were years when, in search of what I thought was better, nobler things I denied these, my people, and my family. I forgot the songs they sung — and most of those songs are now dead; I erased their dialect from my tongue; I was ashamed of them and their ways of life. But now — yes, I love them; they are a part of my blood; they, with all their virtues and their faults, played a great part in forming my way of looking at life.

  • I believe only in money, not in love or tenderness. Love and tenderness meant only pain and suffering and defeat. I would not let it ruin me as it ruined others! I would speak only with money, hard money.

Agnes Smedley, U.S. writer, foreign correspondent

(1892 - 1950)