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Josephine Herbst

  • No one ever understood disaster until it came.

  • The law is not abstract, impartially arbitrating between conflicting social classes; it is a tool in the hands of those who govern.

    • Josephine Herbst,
    • in The New Masses ()
  • Death clutches me by the ear.

  • She had died with an attic full of things too good to throw away, with bags of old letters hanging from the rafters like beheaded corpses as if the written words of the dead somehow pledged the family to immortality.

  • Over the airways, in movies, experiences have come to be dogmatized to certain kinds of experience at the cost of all others.

  • The world comes second hand — fifth hand — to us and the illusion that it is fresh because it is shown as a picture of an actual place or is given as a 'true account' by some reporter who claims to have been 'there' divides man into incalculable parts without any true center.

Josephine Herbst, U.S. writer, journalist

(1892` - 1969)

Full name: Josephine Herrmann Frey Herbst.