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Alice Duer Miller

  • 'Mother, what is a Feminist?' / 'A Feminist, my daughter, / Is any woman now who cares / To think about her own affairs / As men don't think she oughter.'

    • Alice Duer Miller,
    • "Feminism," Are Women People? ()
  • Men are too emotional to vote. Their conduct at baseball games and political conventions shows this, while their innate tendency to appeal to force renders them particularly unfit for the task of government ... Man's place is the armory.

  • Chivalry, I don't abuse you, / Not at all — the only rub / Is that those who praise you, use you / Very often as a club.

    • Alice Duer Miller,
    • "To Chivalry," Women Are People! ()
  • I went to a steam laundry, / And asked with smile polite: / 'Ladies, why will you work so late?' / They said: 'We think it right / To buy our opera cloaks ourselves, / And so we work at night.'

    • Alice Duer Miller,
    • "The Selfish Creatures," Women Are People! ()
  • With her hands lying palms upward in her lap, she was leaning back with that calm which good breeding brings only to those who believe absolutely in its supremacy.

  • Silences, as every observer knows, have strange characteristics all their own — passionate silences, and hateful silences, and silences full of friendly, purring content.

  • No one has ever explained why it is that parents and guardians consider dull people such safe matrimonial investments for their young charges. Even granting the unsound assumption that dull people are more apt to be content with their own matrimonial fetters, they are certainly more apt to be the cause of discontent in others.

  • Rare indeed is the nature that does not become a little more intense when its own affairs come under discussion.

  • No one really believes in equality who's on top.

  • ... the strongest will is the will that knows how to bend.

  • ... love will not always linger longest / With those who hold it in too clenched a fist.

  • Good manners are the technique of expressing consideration for the feelings of others.

    • Alice Duer Miller,
    • "I Like American Manners," Saturday Evening Post ()
  • It's been my experience, Charlotte, that the crisis never comes as or when you expect.

  • Hate is perhaps the most dynamic of all emotions — fear may immobilize, love may stay the hand, but hate urges to action ...

  • It is always difficult for a woman to be grateful for a form of chivalry that seems to be based on the premise that she is a moron.

  • Young and in love — how magical the phrase! / How magical the fact! Who has not yearned / Over young lovers when to their amaze / They fall in love and find their love returned ...

  • I am American bred / I have seen much to hate here — much to forgive / But in a world where England is finished and dead, / I do not wish to live.

  • Listening is not merely not talking, though even that is beyond most of our powers; it means taking a vigorous, human interest in what is being told us.

    • Alice Duer Miller
  • If it's very painful for you to criticize your friends, you're safe in doing it. But if you take the slightest pleasure in it, that's the time to hold your tongue.

    • Alice Duer Miller
  • It is among the commonplaces of education that we often first cut off the living root and then try to replace its natural functions by artificial means. Thus we suppress the child's curiosity and then when he lacks a natural interest in learning he is offered special coaching for his scholastic difficulties.

    • Alice Duer Miller

Alice Duer Miller, U.S. writer. poet

(1874 - 1942)

Full name: Alice Duer Miller Wise.