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Quotations From FANNY KEMBLE


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  • I want to do everything in the world that can be done.
    Fanny Kemble (1809-1893), British actress. Journal of a Residence in America, entry for September 11, 1832 (1835).

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  • ... here I am on board the Pacific, bound for America, having left home and all the world behind.
    Fanny Kemble (1809-1893), British actress. Journal of a Residence in America, entry for August 1, 1832 (1835).

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  • Simplicity is a great element of good breeding.
    Fanny Kemble (1809-1893), British actor. Further Records, 1848-1883, vol. 1; entry dated January 20, 1875 (1891).
  • Everything overworks everybody here.
    Fanny Kemble (1809-1893), British actor. Further Records, 1848-1883, vol. 1; entry dated December 31, 1874 (1891). Kemble, who was married to an American and living in Philadelphia, was referring specifically to the strenuous work of the Christmas season, but also to the extraordinary exertions of life in the United States generally. Her point of contrast was her native England.
  • Trust a woman—as a DOCTOR!—NEVER!
    Fanny Kemble (1809-1893), British actress. As quoted in Pioneer Work for Women, ch. 5, by Elizabeth Blackwell (1895). The reaction of the prominent Shakespearean actress when approached in 1857 by Drs. Blackwell and Maria E. Zackrzewska for a donation to their "New York Infirmary for Women and Children," which had opened in May of that year.

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  • Rome ... seems to me the place in the world where one can best dispense with happiness ....
    Fanny Kemble (1809-1893), British actor. Further Records, 1848-1883, vol. 2; entry dated December 22, 1853 (1891). Kemble was travelling through Europe and staying briefly in Rome.

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