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Ann Fairbairn

  • This — this thing of the spirit you call God — and I thoroughly understand your differentiation between the exterior entity some people worship and the interior presence — cannot occupy the human soul at the same time that it is occupied by hatred. A simple matter of what might be called spiritual physics.

  • Who's to say where wisdom ends and cowardice begins? At times they run courses that are close to parallel, and the ends and beginnings are hard to spot.

  • ... she was feeling him over with the fingers of her mind as she would a vegetable, seeking soft spots or rot, not trusting him for a moment until she felt she had reason to trust.

  • ... death, when it comes, takes more than just the life of him whose forehead it touches.

  • ... oppression does not remain static. It carries the seed of its own destruction.

  • Why — why — why! ... Ask it of everything your mind touches, and let your mind touch everything!

  • ... things troubles young uns worse'n they does us older folks.

  • It ['dreamy'] was an adjective current at the time, and Lou used it as though she was afraid it would go out of style or vanish from the vocabulary before she had exhausted its possibilities.

  • God damn to hell a world in which the human mind is at the mercy of those who hate the color of the body that houses it!

  • ... got to see it, hear it, touch it, smell it, know it by our own senses to believe it — if it's good. But if it's bad — it's true.

  • There ain't nothing perfect. 'Cept maybe a new baby — .

Ann Fairbairn, U.S. writer, journalist

(1902 - 1972)

Real name: Dorothy Tait.