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Jessie Fauset

  • I like Paris because I find something here, something of integrity, which I seem to have strangely lost in my own country. It is simplest of all to say that I like to live among people and surroundings where I am not always conscious of 'thou shall not.' I am colored and wish to be known as colored, but sometimes I have felt that my growth as a writer has been hampered in my own country. And so — but only temporarily — I have fled from it.

    • Jessie Fauset,
    • in Paris Tribune ()
  • I am no better than you. You are no worse than I. Whatever I am, you, in your children, may be. Whatever you are, I in my father have been.

  • She saw life as a ghastly skeleton and herself feverishly trying to cover up its bare bones ...

  • Sometimes I think no matter how one is born, no matter how one acts, there is something out of gear with one somewhere, and that must be changed. Life at its best is a grand corrective.

  • Biology transcends society!

  • It was the first time he'd ever seen the family like this, all together, not entertaining, completely themselves, relaxed and at ease like people in dressing gowns and slippers.

  • The old aphorisms are basically sound. First impressions are lasting.

  • Aviation is poetry ... It's the finest kind of moving around, you know, just as poetry is the finest way of using words.

  • She thought of ... how earnestly and deliberately Americans every summer exposed themselves on shore and water to the burning sun in order to obtain the effect which, when natural, they affected so to despise.

  • ... she belonged to that group of Americans which thinks that God or Nature created only one perfect race — the Caucasians.

  • To be a colored man in America ... and enjoy it, you must be greatly daring, greatly stolid, greatly humorous and greatly sensitive. And at all times a philosopher ...

  • 'If only you were you and yet not you!' / There is no peace with you / Nor ever any rest!

    • Jessie Fauset,
    • "Enigma," in Langston Hughes and Arna Bontemps, eds., The Poetry of the Negro 1746-1949 ()

Jessie Fauset, U.S. writer

(1884 - 1961)

Full name: Jessie Redmond Fauset.