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Nedra Tyre

  • How many people are in anguish at this very moment? Just try to think if you can of the indifference of the sane. ... We ought to be frightened out of our wits at our composure. The people who terrify me are those who don't become alcoholics and who don't end up in madhouses.

  • ... between no widely divergent groups — Socialists and Fascists, liberals and conservatives, moderns and classicists — does the gulf yawn as wide as the one dividing those who do read and those who don't read mystery novels.

  • There's no typical social worker. There're just as many misfits and fools and asses in social work as in anything else. And just as many fine persons.

  • There comes a time for the jailer when he realizes that he is a prisoner too, and his guilt draws a heavier punishment because it has not been named and judged and has not had a sentence set for its expiation.

  • ... the people who earn liberty are not those who live to enjoy that liberty; the inheritors ease into the hard-won liberty without knowing the anguish that was paid for it.

Nedra Tyre, U.S. writer

(1912 - 1990)