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Anna Louise Strong

  • I am one of those who never knows the direction of my journey until I have almost arrived.

  • We humans are herd animals of the monkey tribe, not natural individuals as lions are. Our individuality is partial and restless; the stream of consciousness that we call 'I' is made of shifting elements that flow from our group and back to our group again. Always we seek to be ourselves and the herd together, not One against the herd.

  • From this haunting feeling of being not wanted, which remained a recurrent haunt through life, I found two ways of escape, both of which in changing form also persisted. One was the invention of gods, the other was personal efficiency in work.

  • It was as if I had worked for years on the wrong side of a tapestry, learning accurately all its lines and figures, yet always missing its color and sheen.

  • One's first responsible job is the great revealer — far more than school.

  • Thus I came to condemn capitalism, not through any oppression endured by me personally, but through that very deification of efficiency which capitalism had taught me, for its own purposes.

  • What the Spanish War began the World War accomplished: America became the world's banker and ceased to be the world's pioneer!

Anna Louise Strong, U.S. journalist, activist

(1885 - 1970)