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Bel Kaufman

  • Love is the ultimate giving, an expression of one's best self.

  • Time collapses and expands like an erratic accordion ...

  • The frightening thing is their unquestioning acceptance of whatever is taught to them by anyone in front of the room. This has nothing to do with rebellion against authority; they rebel, all right, and loudly. But it doesn't occur to them to think.

  • Never mind the cream; it will always rise to the top. It's the skim milk that needs good teachers.

  • But if there is such a thing as social commitment in literature, I think it must manifest itself in a reader's awareness of the human condition, in the writer's touching some common nerve ending. I think this kind of social commitment, like a lady's slip, should be there but it must not show.

    • Bel Kaufman,
    • in Elizabeth Janeway, ed., The Writer's World ()
  • For many, the public library is the only quiet place in an unquiet world; a refuge from the violence and ugliness outside; the only space available for privacy of work or thought. For many it is the only exposure to books waiting on open shelves to be taken home, free of charge. As a former student put it, 'in a liberry, it's hard to avoid reading.'

    • Bel Kaufman,
    • "The Liberry," in New York Times ()

Bel Kaufman, German-born U.S. educator, writer

(1911)

Full name: Bella Kaufman.