Quotations From MARGARET ANDERSON


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  • I have never been able to accept the two great laws of humanity—that you're always being suppressed if you're inspired and always being pushed into the corner if you're exceptional. I won't be cornered and I won't stay suppressed.
    Margaret Anderson (1886-1973), U.S. literary editor and autobiographer. My Thirty Years' War, ch. 1 (1930). Anderson founded and edited a charming, influential literary and arts magazine, The Little Review.

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  • Self-preservation is the first responsibility.
    Margaret Anderson (1886-1973), U.S. literary editor and autobiographer. My Thirty Years' War, ch. 5 (1930).
  • ... the great thing to learn about life is, first, not to do what you don't want to do, and, second, to do what you do want to do.
    Margaret Anderson (1886-1973), U.S. literary editor and autobiographer. My Thirty Years' War, ch. 1 (1930). Anderson eschewed "the higher joys of country clubs and bridge," which her parents had expected her to pursue after college, for publishing what would become an influential literary and arts magazine, The Little Review (1914-1929). She also renounced marriage and motherhood for a fairly flamboyant lesbian life.

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  • I began reviewing my life in relation to its objectives. I saw no objects, I saw only states.
    Margaret Anderson (1886-1973), U.S. literary editor and autobiographer. My Thirty Years' War, ch. 6 (1930).

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  • It has been years since I have seen anyone who could even look as if he were in love. No one's face lights up any more except for political conversation.
    Margaret Anderson (1886-1973), U.S. editor and memoirist. The Fiery Fountains, part 1 (1951).

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  • Art to me was a state, it didn't need to be an accomplishment. By any of the standards of production, achievement, performance, I was not an artist. But I always thought of myself as one.
    Margaret Anderson (1886-1973), U.S. editor and memoirist. The Fiery Fountains, part 1 (1951). Anderson did some writing and played the piano, but her main contribution to the arts, except for her three idiosyncratic volumes of memoirs, was to found and edit an influential magazine which promoted the arts: The Little Review (1914-1929).
  • Art is "should be."
    Margaret Anderson (1886-1973), U.S. editor and memoirist. The Strange Necessity, part 1 (1969).
  • Intellectuals are too sentimental for me.
    Margaret Anderson (1886-1973), U.S. editor and memoirist. The Strange Necessity, part 1 (1969).
  • ... people with heavy physical vibrations rule the world.
    Margaret Anderson (1886-1973), U.S. literary editor and autobiographer. My Thirty Years' War, ch. 6 (1930).

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