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Quotations From ALICE FOOTE MACDOUGALL

 

  • ... to many of us ease is far more soul-destroying than trouble.
    Alice Foote MacDougall (1867-1945), U.S. businesswoman. The Autobiography of a Business Woman, ch. 2 (1928).
  • Life is beset by many annoyances, and those that stand out above all are the life- insurance and advertising agents.
    Alice Foote MacDougall (1867-1945), U.S. businesswoman. The Autobiography of a Business Woman, ch. 6 (1928).

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  • ... the opportunity offered by life to women is far in excess of any offered to men. To be the inspiration is more than to be the tool. To create the world, a greater thing than to reform it.
    Alice Foote MacDougall (1867-1945), U.S. businesswoman. The Autobiography of a Business Woman, ch. 3 (1928). Driven by her husband's financial failure to the necessity of supporting her three young children by establishing her own business, MacDougall lamented her children's first material, then emotional, deprivation. Despite her remarkable worldly success, she did not romanticize the benefits of "emancipation" and opposed woman suffrage.

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  • It is the small doubts of timid souls that accomplish their ruin. It is the narrow vision, the fear and trembling hesitation, that constitute defeat.
    Alice Foote MacDougall (1867-1945), U.S. businesswoman. The Autobiography of a Business Woman, ch. 7 (1928).

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  • One must eliminate the traditional and cling to the essential.
    Alice Foote MacDougall (1867-1945), U.S. businesswoman. The Autobiography of a Business Woman, ch. 7 (1928). On overcoming poverty and succeeding in business as a woman entrepreneur.
  • ... for the poor the whole world is a self-constituted critic; your smallest action is open to debate.
    Alice Foote MacDougall, U.S. businesswoman. (1867-1945). The Autobiography of a Business Woman, ch. 7 (1928). MacDougall, a successful coffee house proprietor and coffee, tea, and cocoa merchant, was recalling her earlier years of poverty and struggle.

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  • When one is altering the face of the universe one cannot remember small helpful acts.
    Alice Foote MacDougall (1867-1945), U.S. businesswoman. The Autobiography of a Business Woman, ch. 3 (1928). On her failure to acknowledge a small, but important, order placed with her in the early years of her wholesale coffee business, when she was struggling to establish herself against great odds.

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  • Much of the success of life depends upon keeping one's mind open to opportunity and seizing it when it comes.
    Alice Foote MacDougall (1867-1945), U.S. businesswoman. The Autobiography of a Business Woman, ch. 3 (1928).

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  • To you illness is negligible. You have learned that you can dominate yourself. You know that your body lags, but your soul proceeds upon its triumphant way.
    Alice Foote MacDougall (1867-1945), U.S. businesswoman. The Autobiography of a Business Woman, ch. 7 (1928). On the lessons learned through struggling to become a success in business.
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