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Quotations From MARY HEATON VORSE

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  • 1.
    Before Lawrence, I had known a good deal about labor, but I had not felt about it. I had not got angry. In Lawrence I got angry. I wanted to do something about it.
    Mary Heaton Vorse (1874-1966), U.S. journalist and labor activist. A Footnote to Folly, ch. 2 (1935). On the personal radicalizing effect of the 1912 Lawrence, Massachusetts millworkers' strike. Vorse went on to become an important radical writer.
  • 2.
    In the end we will listen to the voice of the machines. We will have to. There is no choice. We will not go back to tallow dips while the great shining wheels are there to bring us light.
    Mary Heaton Vorse (1874-1966), U.S. journalist and labor activist. A Footnote to Folly, ch. 25 (1935).

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  • 3.
    ... gathering news in Russia was like mining coal with a hatpin.
    Mary Heaton Vorse (1874-1966), U.S. journalist and labor activist. A Footnote to Folly, ch. 24 (1935). On Russia in 1921, following the Revolution. Vorse was there as a Hearst newspaper correspondent.
  • 4.
    ... no one knows anything about a strike until he has seen it break down into its component parts of human beings.
    Mary Heaton Vorse (1874-1966), U.S. journalist and labor activist. A Footnote to Folly, ch. 23 (1935).
  • 5.
    ... peace is a militant thing ... any peace movement must have behind it a higher passion than the desire for war. No one can be a pacifist without being ready to fight for peace and die for peace.
    Mary Heaton Vorse (1874-1966), U.S. journalist and labor activist. A Footnote to Folly, ch. 5 (1935).

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