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Mary MacLane

  • I write every day. Writing is a necessity — like eating.

  • Are there many things in this cool-hearted world so utterly exquisite as the pure love of one woman for another woman?

  • When a man and a woman love one another that is enough. That is marriage. A religious rite is superfluous. And if the man and woman live together without the love, no ceremony in the world can make it a marriage.

  • May I never, I say, become that abnormal, merciless animal, that deformed monstrosity — a virtuous woman.

  • The art of Good Eating has two essential points: one must eat only when one is hungry, and one must take small bites.

  • Genius, apart from natural sensitiveness, is prone equally to unreasoning joy and to bitterest morbidness.

  • The highest thing one can do in literature is to succeed in saying that thing which one meant to say. There is nothing better than that — to make the world see your thoughts as you see them.

  • However great one's gift of language may be, there is always something that one cannot tell.

  • But in my life, in my personality, there is an essence of falseness and insincerity. A thin, fine vapor of fraud hangs always over me and dampens and injures some things in me that I value.

  • Do you think a man is the only creature with whom one may fall in love?

  • I have read of women who have been strongly, grandly brave. Sometimes I have dreamed that I might be brave. The possibilities of this life are magnificent.

  • A genius who does not know that he is a genius is no genius.

  • ... at this point I meet Me face to face. I am Mary MacLane: of no importance to the wide bright world and dearly and damnably important to Me.

  • Except two breeds — the stupid and the narrowly feline — all women have a touch of the Lesbian: an assertion all good non-analytic creatures refute with horror, but quite true: there is always the poignant intensive personal taste, the flair of inner-sex, in the tenderest friendships of women.

Mary MacLane, U.S. diarist

(1881 - 1929)