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Jane Harrison

  • ... ritual makes, as it were, a bridge between real life and art ...

  • ... ritual is the bridge by which man passes, the ladder by which he climbs from earth to heaven. ... We must not pull down the ladder till we are sure the last angel has climbed.

  • I have elsewhere tried to show that Art is not the handmaid of Religion, but that Art in some sense springs out of Religion, and that between them is a connecting link, a bridge, and that bridge is Ritual.

  • Marriage, for a woman at least, hampers the two things that made life to me glorious — friendship and learning.

  • [On old age:] A good and pleasant time. It is true you are shouldered off the stage, but then you are given such a comfortable front stall as spectator, and, if you have really played your part, you are more content to sit down and watch.

  • It was always the dream of my childhood to sit upon an iceberg with a bear.

    • Jane Harrison,
    • in Jessie G. Stewart, Jane Ellen Harrison: A Portrait From Letters ()

Jane Harrison, English classical scholar, writer, archaeologist

(1850 - 1928)

Full name: Jane Ellen Harrison.