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Susan Glaspell

  • But mayn't desertion be a brave thing? A fine thing? To desert a thing we've gone beyond — to have the courage to desert it and walk right off from the dead thing to the live thing — ?

  • She had observed that it was from those who had never sailed stormy waters came the quickest and harshest judgments on bad seamanship in heavy seas.

  • I can't think of any sorrow in the world that a hot bath wouldn't help, just a little bit.

  • It is through suppression that hells are formed in us.

  • Why if it wasn't for psychoanalysis you'd never find out how wonderful your own mind is!

  • Seems nothing draws men together like killing other men.

  • ... you can't put out a light just because it may light the wrong person.

  • The only man who knows just what he thinks at the present moment is the man who hasn't done any new thinking in the past ten years.

  • ... be the most you can be, so life will be more because you were.

  • A new town was only the same town in a different place.

    • Susan Glaspell,
    • "His Smile," The Pictorial Review ()
  • There is no architect / Can build as the muse can; / ... She lays her beams in music, / In music every one ...

  • Even though you've given up a past it hasn't given you up. It comes uninvited — and sometimes half welcome.

  • Some days are happy days — of themselves, as if for their own sakes. They seem to be enjoying themselves, regardless of what use may be made of them.

  • Resentment opens no door and breeds no courage.

  • To cease to love — that is defeat.

  • Hurts of childhood live on; in one form or other they are there to the end.

  • The facts of another's life do not illumine. Only when we know the heart can we know that life. Only the feeling that made the days can light them.

  • Strength diminishes when it seems we are spending it in vain.

  • What we seek we do not find — that would be too trim and tidy for so reckless and opulent a thing as life. It is something else we find.

Susan Glaspell, U.S. novelist, playwright

(1882 - 1948)