Abigail Scott Duniway quotes

  • The young women of today, free to study, to speak, to write, to choose their occupation, should remember that every inch of this freedom was bought for them at a great price. It is for them to show their gratitude by helping onward the reforms of their own times, by spreading the light of freedom and of truth still wider. The debt that each generation owes to the past it must pay to the future.
    -- Abigail Scott Duniway

    #Gratitude #Writing #Past

  • It's odd that men feel they must protect women, since for the most part they must be protected from men.
    -- Abigail Scott Duniway

    #Men #Chivalry #Odd

  • Any fool can make a quilt; and, after we had made a couple of dozen over twenty years ago, we quit the business with a conviction that nobody but a fool would spend so much time in cutting bits of dry goods into yet small bits and sewing them together again, just for the sake of making believe that they were busy at practical work.
    -- Abigail Scott Duniway

    #Quilts #Couple #Believe

  • The debt that each generation owes to the past, it must pay to the future.
    -- Abigail Scott Duniway

    #Helping Others #Past #Debt

  • When women's true history shall have been written, her part in the upbuilding of this nation will astound the world.
    -- Abigail Scott Duniway

    #World #Freethinker

  • Sorrow is only one of the lower notes in the oratorio of our blessedness.

  • We ought to approach this challenge [of global warming] with a sense of profound joy and gratitude: that we are the generation about which, a thousand years from now, philharmonic orchestras and poets and singers will celebrate by saying, they were the ones that found it within themselves to solve this crisis and lay the basis for a bright and optimistic human future.

  • Almost anyone can be an author; the business is to collect money and fame from this state of being.

  • I’m not a fan of ‘write what you know.’ If you don’t know, find out. I knew nothing about the Bible before I started writing ‘The Year of Living Biblically.’ That was kind of the point – to learn.

  • If the first requisite for writing well about food is a good appetite, the second is to put in your apprenticeship as a feeder when you have enough money to pay the check but not enough to produce indifference of the total.

  • Far better to think historically, to remember the lessons of the past. Thus, far better to conceive of power as consisting in part of the knowledge of when not to use all the power you have. Far better to be one who knows that if you reserve the power not to use all your power, you will lead others far more successfully and well.

  • Any city may have one period of magnificence, like Boston or New Orleans or San Francisco, but it takes a real one to keep renewing itself until the past is perennially forgotten.

  • In my opinion, most of the great men of the past were only there for the beer - the wealth, prestige and grandeur that went with the power.

  • The present enables us to understand the past, not the other way round.

  • I didn't think about anything past tomorrow because anything past tomorrow was just like cloud busting - it depended soley on the person looking at the clouds and it could rain any minute