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Anne Shannon Monroe

  • ... Self is the narrowest of countries, and its boundaries are soon reached.

  • ... loneliness is but a cutting adrift from our moorings and floating out to the open sea; an opportunity for finding ourselves, our real selves, what we are about, where we are heading during our little time on this beautiful earth.

  • This word 'sacrifice' is the greatest telltale we have regarding misplaced lives. For it can be no sacrifice to give yourself for the thing that is your true work, be it child or picture or poem.

  • We cannot afford to divide ourselves into two compartments, one for work and one for pleasure. Our work must be our pleasure. ... We must do the work that is a pleasure to do, that work that though it wear us to the bone, provides a joyous wearing.

  • ... comparisons are for ever odious.

  • Don't get hung up on a snag in the stream, my dear. Snags alone are not so dangerous — it's the debris that clings to them that makes the trouble. Pull yourself loose and go on.

  • To be able to ignore is often the most saving of graces.

  • ... marriage is man's arrangement for the perpetuation of the state, and love is nature's arrangement for the perpetuation of the species.

  • ... Truth, that fair goddess who comes always with healing in her wings.

  • The old myths had it wrong; woman was really created first, and in her need to mother she asked for a child. The Creator then gave her man, who has ever since been her biggest, first child. For just as surely as the woman must mother, the man must be mothered.

  • 'On our father's side we live till eighty or ninety, but on our mother's side we die early.' Perhaps this is the trouble with so many of us — on one side we die early.

Anne Shannon Monroe, U.S. journalist, writer, lecturer

(1877 - 1942)