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  • We were equals once when we lay new-born babes on our nurse's knees. We will be equal again when they tie up our jaws for the last sleep.
    Olive Schreiner (1855-1920), South African writer, feminist. Lyndall to Waldo, in The Story of an African Farm, pt. 2, ch. 4 (1883).

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  • The troubles of the young are soon over; they leave no external mark. If you wound the tree in its youth the bark will quickly cover the gash; but when the tree is very old, peeling the bark off, and looking carefully, you will see the scar there still. All that is buried is not dead.
    Olive Schreiner (1855-1920), South African writer, feminist. The Story of an African Farm, pt. 1, ch. 13 (1883).

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  • There was never a great man who had not a great mother.
    Olive Schreiner (1855-1920), South African writer, feminist. Lyndall, in The Story of an African Farm, pt. 2, ch. 4 (1883).

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  • Men are like the earth and we are the moon; we turn always one side to them, and they think there is no other, because they don't see it—but there is.
    Olive Schreiner (1855-1920), South African writer, feminist. Lyndall, in The Story of an African Farm, pt. 2, ch. 4 (1883).

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  • Our fathers had their dreams; we have ours; the generation that follows will have its own. Without dreams and phantoms man cannot exist.
    Olive Schreiner (1855-1920), British novelist. The Story of an African Farm, ch. 13 (1883). First published under the pseudonym "Ralph Iron."
  • How hard it is to make your thoughts look anything but imbecile fools when you paint them with ink on paper.
    Olive Schreiner (1855-1920), South African writer, feminist. Lyndall, in The Story of an African Farm, pt. 2, ch. 4 (1883).
  • Perhaps the old monks were right when they tried to root love out; perhaps the poets are right when they try to water it. It is a blood-red flower, with the colour of sin; but there is always the scent of a god about it.
    Olive Schreiner (1855-1920), South African writer, feminist. The Story of an African Farm, pt. 2, ch. 8 (1883).

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  • Everything has two sides—the outside that is ridiculous, and the inside that is solemn.
    Olive Schreiner (1855-1920), South African writer, feminist. Lyndall, in The Story of an African Farm, pt. 2, ch. 4 (1883).
  • If Nature here wishes to make a mountain, she runs a range for five hundred miles; if a plain, she levels eighty; if a rock, she tilts five thousand feet of strata on end; our skies are higher and more intensely blue; our waves larger than others; our rivers fiercer. There is nothing measured, small nor petty in South Africa.
    Olive Schreiner (1855-1920), South African writer, feminist. Thoughts on South Africa, ch. 1 (1892).

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