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Margaret Bourke-White

  • Nothing attracts me like a closed door.

  • ... I believe a burning purpose attracts others who are drawn along with it and help fulfill it.

  • War makes its own morals.

  • A book, while it is being written, has an intense life of its own which you share.

  • I'm afraid my closely guarded solitude causes some hurt feelings now and then. But how to explain, without wounding someone, that you want to be wholly in the world you are writing about, that it would take two days to get the visitor's voice out of the house so that you could listen to your own characters again?

  • If anyone gets in my way when I am making a picture, I become irrational. I'm never sure what I am going to do, or sometimes even aware of what I do — only that I want that picture.

    • Margaret Bourke-White,
    • in Anne Tucker, ed., The Woman's Eye ()
  • If you banish fear, nothing terribly bad can happen to you.

    • Margaret Bourke-White
  • The beauty of the past belongs to the past. It cannot be imitated today and live.

    • Margaret Bourke-White,
    • 1928, in Vicki Goldberg, ed., Bourke-White ()
  • [Journalists] see a great deal of the world. Our obligation is to pass [what we see] on to others.

    • Margaret Bourke-White
  • Work is something you can count on, a trusted, lifelong friend who never deserts you.

    • Margaret Bourke-White
  • A study of modern photography can make better artists but a study of modern artists cannot make better photographers.

    • Margaret Bourke-White,
    • 1938, in Vicki Goldberg, ed., Bourke-White ()

Margaret Bourke-White, U.S. photojournalist, war correspondent, writer

(1904 - 1971)