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Quotations From ANZIA YEZIERSKA

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  • 1.
    Poverty was an ornament on a learned man like a red ribbon on a white horse.
    Anzia Yezierska (c. 1881-1970), Polish author. Red Ribbon on a White Horse, ch. 9 (1950). Of Poland, in letter from Boruch Shlomoe Mayer to Anzia Yezierska.

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  • 2.
    A man is free to go up as high as he can reach up to; but I, with all my style and pep, can't get a man my equal because a girl is always judged by her mother.
    Anzia Yezierska (c. 1881-1970), Polish author. Fanny, in "The Fat of the Land," Hungry Hearts and Other Stories (1920). Talking of her struggle to escape from the ghetto.

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  • 3.
    Give a beggar a dime and he'll bless you. Give him a dollar and he'll curse you for witholding the rest of your fortune. Poverty is a bag with a hole at the bottom.
    Anzia Yezierska (c. 1881-1970), Polish author. Red Ribbon on a White Horse, ch. 9 (1950).

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  • 4.
    The trouble with us is that the ghetto of the Middle Ages and the children of the twentieth century have to live under one roof.
    Anzia Yezierska (1881?-1970), Polish author. Benny, in "The Fat of the Land," Hungry Hearts and Other Stories (1920).

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