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“[On independence:] What's virtue in man can't be vice in a cat.”
“Whatever an author puts between the two covers of his book is public property; whatever of himself he does not put there is his private property, as much as if he had never written a word.”
“Genius is expansive, irresistible, and irresistibly expansive. If it is in you, no cords can confine it.”
“Every person is responsible for all the good within the scope of his abilities, and for no more — and none can tell whose sphere is the largest.”
“One ought not to write for money, but I consider it a first duty after one has written to exact the highest possible price. It is not a matter which concerns only the writer, but all writers.”
Gail Hamilton, U.S. writer, abolitionist, suffragist
(1833 - 1896)
Real name: Mary Abigail Dodge (see also quotations under that name).