Quotations From LUCY LARCOM


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  • The whole world of thought lay unexplored before me,—a world of which I had already caught large and tempting glimpses, and I did not like to feel the horizon shutting me in, even to so pleasant a corner as this.
    Lucy Larcom (1824-1893), U.S. poet and teacher. A New England Girlhood, ch. 9 (1889). On her yearning for the education denied her when her family's poverty forced her into mill work at age 11 and later into assisting with her older sister's domestic work. Eventually, Larcom became a teacher and a noted poet.

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  • ... we did not call ourselves ladies. We did not forget that we were working-girls, wearing coarse aprons suitable to our work, and that there was some danger of our becoming drudges.
    Lucy Larcom (1824-1893), U.S. poet and teacher. A New England Girlhood, ch. 8 (1889). At age 11, Larcom had become a millworker.

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  • ... it is the greatest of all mistakes to begin life with the expectation that it is going to be easy, or with the wish to have it so.
    Lucy Larcom (1824-1893), U.S. poet and teacher. A New England Girlhood, ch. 11 (1889). Larcom was forced to become a mill worker at age 11 after her father died, leaving a destitute widow and eight young children.

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  • I defied the machinery to make me its slave. Its incessant discords could not drown the music of my thoughts if I would let them fly high enough.
    Lucy Larcom (1824-1893), U.S. poet and teacher. A New England Girlhood, ch. 8 (1889). Larcom became a mill worker at age 11 to alleviate her family's poverty after her father died.

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  • We might all place ourselves in one of two ranks—the women who do something, and the women who do nothing; the first being of course the only creditable place to occupy.
    Lucy Larcom (1824-1893), U.S. poet and teacher. A New England Girlhood, ch. 9 (1889). Larcom began earning her living as a mill worker in Lowell, Massachusetts, at age 11.

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