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Madge Jenison

  • Even if a thing is not beautiful, it is living art if it is someone's experience. To do a thing as nobody else could have done it — if you can wrench that out of yourself — is style. Beauty is well enough, but I think I have found out that truth is greater than that, and any room or shop window or business letter that is honestly drawn from the burning center of someone's belief and not from the general vat of what everybody else does and thinks, has magic in it. There is nothing so magical as life.

  • I am always afraid of talk and charm. You can talk anything into prestige. The talker rules the world.

  • Speak low in bookshops and love.

  • You make a success at writing by hitting 'em in the eye a number of times. You keep hitting 'em in the eye and after awhile they say 'What's this?' Write a great many things.

  • A book is a tool of life. A thinker may even take parts of it out if he needs them and carry them about in his pocket.

Madge Jenison, U.S. writer

(1874 - 1960)