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Radclyffe Hall

  • ... clothes, after all, are a form of self-expression.

  • It is bad for the soul to know itself a coward, it is apt to take refuge in mere wordy violence.

  • [On homosexuality:] Our love may be faithful even unto death and beyond — yet the world will call it unclean.

  • ... their anger dug out for itself a deep channel, so that future angers might more easily follow.

  • [On homosexuality:] You're neither unnatural, nor abominable, nor mad; you're as much a part of what people call nature as anyone else; only you're unexplained as yet — you've not got your niche in creation.

  • Man could not live by darkness alone, one point of light he must have for salvation — one point of light.

  • He was one of those very rare architects who refrain from thrusting their views on their clients.

  • Great wars will be followed by great discontents — the pruning knife has been laid to the tree, and the urge to grow throbs through its mutilated branches.

  • ... in this world there is only toleration for the so-called normal.

  • ... the realization of great mutual love can at times be so overwhelming a thing, that even the bravest of hearts may grow fearful.

  • ... she was never attracted to anyone young and whole-hearted and free — she was, in fact, a congenital poacher.

  • ... her loves were so varied that no rule could be discovered by which to judge them. She loved wildly, without either chart or compass ... a thing of torn sails and stricken masts, that never came within sight of a harbor.

  • ... the child is never far to seek in the author.

  • Wars come and wars go but the world does not change: it will always forget an indebtedness which it thinks it expedient not to remember.

  • For Miss Ogilvy had found as her life went on that in this world it is better to be one with the herd, that the world has no wish to understand those who cannot conform to its stereotyped pattern.

  • A great many women can feel and behave like men. Very few of them can behave like gentlemen.

    • Radclyffe Hall,
    • in Naomi (Micky) Jacob, Arena Three ()
  • I claim emphatically that the true invert is born and not made.

    • Radclyffe Hall,
    • in Michael Baker, Our Three Selves: The Life of Radclyffe Hall ()

Radclyffe Hall, English novelist, poet

(1883 - 1943)

Full name: Marguerite Radclyffe Hall.