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Quotations From AGNES E MEYER


 

  • It certainly must have been a relief for the women of the country to realize that one could be a woman and a lady and yet be thoroughly political.
    Agnes E. Meyer (1887-1970), U.S. author, journalist. Letter, July 25, 1952, to Eleanor Roosevelt. Quoted in Joseph P. Lash, Eleanor: The Years Alone (1972).

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  • The world is not merely the world. It is our world. It is not merely an industrial world. It is, above all things, a human world.
    Agnes E. Meyer (1887-1970), U.S. journalist. Out of These Roots, ch. 13 (1953). Meyer was concerned about the negative impact of technological progress on human happiness.

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  • Next to our free political institutions, our free public-school system ranks as the greatest achievement of democratic life in America ...
    Agnes E. Meyer (1887-1970), U.S. journalist. Out of These Roots, ch. 14 (1953).

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  • ... democracy is not only service, action, brotherhood—it is spirit—spirit free, indefinable, all-pervasive, that holds us to its revelations even when we seek to escape them.
    Agnes E. Meyer (1887-1970), U.S. journalist. Out of These Roots, ch. 17 (1953).
  • I want to know and to be and to do.
    Agnes E. Meyer (1887-1970), U.S. journalist. Out of These Roots, ch. 4 (1953). This was Meyer's response, ca. 1909, when she was a senior at Barnard College and a professor asked about her "future plans."
  • ... women become far more cruel than men when they hurl themselves into ruthless competition with the opposite sex.
    Agnes E. Meyer (1887-1970), U.S. journalist. Out of These Roots, ch. 16 (1953).

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  • 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 (1887-1970), U.S. author, journalist. "Living Conditions of the Woolworker," Washington Post (April 10, 1943).

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  • ... dependence upon material possessions inevitably results in the destruction of human character.
    Agnes E. Meyer (1887-1970), U.S. journalist. Out of These Roots, ch. 1 (1953).
  • Tension is ... a prerequisite for creative living.
    Agnes E. Meyer (1887-1970), U.S. journalist. Out of These Roots, ch. 17 (1953).
  • ... most reform movements in our country have been cursed by a lunatic fringe and have mingled sound ideas for social progress with utopian nonsense.
    Agnes E. Meyer (1887-1970), U.S. journalist. Out of These Roots, ch. 4 (1953).
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