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Ellen Maury Slayden

  • I am so glad to have spent my life largely where the figures and events of history stir the dullest scene as in ... Washington, which, if it has little history behind, is at least engaged in the daily manufacture of more.

  • Flag waving becomes more frantic every day. Two years ago people were 'just crazy about' the tango and the turkey trot, and now the same class has taken up patriotism. Much of the talk is the merest cant, more still the seething of small minds with the unaccustomed excitement of an idea.

  • She has a fatal facility in writing, does her voluminous magazine work without a typewriter, and challenges me, a new-found friend, to a correspondence with a letter of twelve pages and a short story of three sheets as a postscript. There is not a blot, an erasure or an abbreviation, thirty lines to a page, and so fine that her pen might be a hummingbird's quill. And alas! my answer will look as if I had written it with shoe polish and a toothbrush ...

Ellen Maury Slayden, U.S. political figure

(1960 - 1926)