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Agnes E. Meyer

  • What the Nation must realize is that the home, when both parents work, is non-existent. Once we have honestly faced that fact, we must act accordingly.

    • Agnes E. Meyer,
    • "Living Conditions of the Woolworker," in The Washington Post ()
  • We have become morally confused as a people, and possess neither the human sympathy nor the corporate will to put our inner convictions into practice. We are split personalities.

  • We have forgotten that democracy must live as it thinks and think as it lives.

  • Fortunate are the people whose roots are deep.

  • Dependence upon material possessions inevitably results in the destruction of human character.

  • Tension is ... a prerequisite for creative living.

  • Adolescence always has its tragic aspects. It is only a question of degree.

  • A certain amount of flexibility in the social structure is an advantage, but the mass migrations now habitual in our nation are disastrous to the family and to the formation of individual character. It is impossible to create a stable society if something like a third of our people are constantly moving about. We cannot grow fine human beings, any more than we can grow fine trees, if they are constantly torn up by the roots and transplanted.

  • In the pursuit of an educational program to suit the bright and the not so bright, we have watered down a rigid training for the elite until we now have an educational diet in many of our public high schools that nourishes neither the classes nor the masses.

  • ... my growing realization that the idealized father of my childhood was a myth of my own making had a disastrous effect on me. ... it is one thing to read a Dickens novel and quite another to have a Micawber in the family.

  • The art of leadership is one which the wicked, as a rule, learn more quickly than the virtuous.

  • The children are always the chief victims of social chaos.

  • ... our government system has become so complex, so specialized, and so varied that it is slowly but surely being taken over by the trained specialist and the professional civil servant who are just as apt to obstruct progress as to further it ...

  • If Americans could understand what a painful, searing experience it is when Negro children first begin to realize that the mere color of their skin is to be the source of a lifelong discrimination, it might do more to end our cruelty toward the Negro than all the preaching on justice and equality.

  • [On Herbert Hoover:] I disliked him enormously especially when he clinked his change during one of the Beethoven Quartets. Chance makes great men of some queer people, or rather I should say prominent men. One thing that Washington has clearly taught me is that prominent men are very rarely great men.

    • Agnes E. Meyer,
    • in Katharine Graham, Katharine Graham's Washington ()
  • [On Herbert Hoover:] Only what is done by Hoover, is of any meaning to him. He is a big man but he cannot bear rivalry of any sort. He is tortured by the fact that his vision is greater than his ability to execute. That is why he will compromise and does constantly compromise in any and every way, to achieve his purposes. For the first time I fully realized Eugene's difficulties with Hoover, and his with Eugene. Poor Eugene is trying to save the country, and the President is trying to save Hoover.

    • Agnes E. Meyer,
    • in Katharine Graham, Katharine Graham's Washington ()
  • [On her husband after Hoover lost his reelection bid:] Perhaps like an Oriental widow he is expected to hurl himself upon his Master's funeral pyre. I think Hoover would like to go down to his political grave with all his retainers, household and even the pet dogs buried with him like the Iranian or Scythian chiefs.

    • Agnes E. Meyer,
    • in Katharine Graham, Katharine Graham's Washington ()

Agnes E. Meyer, U.S. writer, war correspondent, social worker

(1887 - 1970)

Full name: Agnes Elizabeth Ernst Meyer.