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Gwen Bristow

  • ... nothing's easier than believing we understand experiences we've never had.

  • They're destroying tomorrow, and tomorrow is forever.

  • The rich and powerful want to believe in their right to be rich and powerful, so they justify it by saying they are inherently superior to the poor and lowly.

  • ... uproar against a new idea, and laws to prevent anybody's accepting it, nearly always can be regarded as a signal that the new idea is just about to be taken for granted. ... they didn't start making laws to prohibit the teaching of evolution until everybody was about to take it for granted.

  • Hell hath no fury like a fanatic asked to find a reason for what he's doing. He simply wants to do it, and generally he wants to do it because he observes, often unconsciously, that something new is coming into existence and he doesn't like it, and he's going out with fire and sword to hold it back.

  • No human being can destroy the structure of a marriage except the two who made it. It is the one human edifice that is impregnable except from within.

  • ... being made happy isn't receiving something new, it's being made to understand what we have.

  • We always hate the school room where we learn hard lessons. But then we love it, because that's the school that taught us all we know, and gave us all the strength we have.

  • Love and hate, Miss Kendra, are not two opposite things. They're like the front of your hand and the back of it, Two sides of the same thing. They both mean, this person matters to me.

Gwen Bristow, U.S. writer

(1903 - 1980)