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Esther Forbes

  • Most American heroes of the Revolutionary period are by now two men, the actual man and the romantic image. Some are even three men — the actual man, the image, and the debunked remains.

  • Nobody can make a monkey out of anyone who isn't a monkey to start with.

  • ... they reminded me of the biggest liar I ever knew personally. Was a farmer, too. Reputation of pretty good farmer at that, but he lied so he had to hire another man to call his pigs.

  • He was so narrow-minded he could see through a keyhole with two eyes.

    • Esther Forbes,
    • in The International Potter ()
  • The whole barn fell into the cellar hole. As she looked towards this glowing pit, she thought of that vaster and crueller bonfire in which her soul would burn forever. She thought well to ask him a little concerning those pains which she later must suffer. He laughed at her. There would be, he said, no pain. Those who served Satan faithfully in this world were never burned in Hell. Was not Satan King of Hell? Why should he burn those who loved and obeyed him? She was stuffed full of lunatic theology. The only souls that suffered in Hell were such of God's subjects as had angered Him and yet made no pact of service with Satan....

  • In old age the secret springs of human nature are apt to come out.

  • Books are only the shadow and life the real thing. I believe this as strongly as any belief I hold.

    • Esther Forbes
  • I also believe that writing becomes worthwhile and vitalized only through a full and exciting life.

    • Esther Forbes

Esther Forbes, U.S. writer, historian

(1891 - 1967)

Full name: Esther Louise Forbes Hoskins.