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Mildred Cable

  • [On the camel:] When it kneels to be laden it always grumbles, growls and shows resentment, but of this the driver takes no notice. He goes on loading up until the moment when the beast suddenly becomes silent; then he knows that the burden is heavy enough, and nothing more is added.

    • Mildred Cable,
    • with Francesca French, The Gobi Desert ()
  • [On the camel:] Its weak point is its morale, and it is here that so much depends on its human master. Discouragement is fatal ... it loses heart, sinks by the wayside and dies.

    • Mildred Cable,
    • with Francesca French, The Gobi Desert ()
  • ... there are camels which have the quality which in humans is called the revolutionary spirit, and the caravan leader fears to keep one of these in his ranks, because its instinct is always toward revolt against authority. One such camel will sometimes break up the discipline of a whole train, for, owing to the mass mentality of the herd, even peaceful beasts are suddenly infected with the spirit of revolt and in a few minutes the whole caravan is in utter disorder.

    • Mildred Cable,
    • with Francesca French, The Gobi Desert ()
  • ... in the desert the detachment of life from all normal intercourse imparts a sense of gravity to every rencontre, and each touch with human beings is fraught with a significance lacking in the too hurried intercourse of ordinary everyday life. On the desert track, there is no such thing as a casual meeting ...

    • Mildred Cable,
    • with Francesca French, The Gobi Desert ()
  • History more often records the brilliant successes and spectacular defeats of contending forces than the effect of war on the common people.

    • Mildred Cable,
    • with Francesca French, The Gobi Desert ()
  • Without water the desert is nothing but a grave ...

    • Mildred Cable,
    • with Francesca French, The Gobi Desert ()

Mildred Cable, English traveler, writer

(1878 - 1952)