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Quotations From ELLEN HENRIETTA SWALLOW RICHARDS

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  • 11.
    If you keep your feathers well oiled the water of criticism will run off as from a duck's back.
    Ellen Henrietta Swallow Richards (1842-1911), U.S. chemist and educator. As quoted in The Life of Ellen H. Richards, ch. 9, by Caroline L. Hunt (1912). Written in the 1870s to a woman student whom she was educating through correspondence courses. Richards had been the first woman to graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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  • 12.
    I had been in the hurrying waters too long not to appreciate an opportunity to lie on the bank and rest, watch others, and gain strength for the coming years.
    Ellen Henrietta Swallow Richards (1842-1911), U.S. chemist and educator. As quoted in The Life of Ellen H. Richards, ch. 4, by Caroline L. Hunt (1912). Written on March 20, 1870, while she was a student at Vassar College.

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  • 13.
    We never can tell how our lives may work to the account of the general good, and we are not wise enough to know if we have fulfilled our mission or not.
    Ellen Henrietta Swallow Richards (1842-1911), U.S. chemist and educator. As quoted in The Life of Ellen H. Richards, ch. 9, by Caroline L. Hunt (1912). Written in the 1870s to a student whom she was urging to persevere in the face of difficulties.

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  • 14.
    New England is the home of all that is good and noble with all her sternness and uncompromising opinions.
    Ellen Henrietta Swallow Richards (1842-1911), U.S. chemist and educator. As quoted in The Life of Ellen H. Richards, ch. 4, by Caroline L. Hunt (1912). Written on December 29, 1869. Richards, a Massachusetts native, was away from home at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York.

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