Quotations From ROSE WILDER LANE


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  • That way of life against which my generation rebelled had given us grim courage, fortitude, self-discipline, a sense of individual responsibility, and a capacity for relentless hard work.
    Rose Wilder Lane (1886-1968), U.S. author. As quoted in The Ghost in the Little House, ch. 2, by William V. Holtz (1993). Written in 1935.

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  • Making the best of things is ... a damn poor way of dealing with them.... My whole life has been a series of escapes from that quicksand [ellipses in source].
    Rose Wilder Lane (1886-1968), U.S. author. As quoted in The Ghost in the Little House, ch. 3, by William V. Holtz (1993). In letters to Guy Moyston dated August 25, 1924, and July 11, 1925. The daughter of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the famous "Little House" books for children, Lane had grown up very poor.

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  • It was not seen that woman's place was in the home until she began to go out of it; the statement was a reply to an unspoken challenge, it was attempted resistance to irresistible change.
    Rose Wilder Lane (1886-1965), U.S. author. Old Hometown, ch. 1 (1935).

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  • The question is whether personal freedom is worth the terrible effort, the never-lifted burden and risks of self-reliance.
    Rose Wilder Lane (1886-1968), U.S. author. As quoted in The Ghost in the Little House, prologue, by William V. Holtz (1993). Said in 1936.

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  • Writing fiction is ... an endless and always defeated effort to capture some quality of life without killing it.
    Rose Wilder Lane (1886-1965), U.S. author. Old Hometown, ch. 1 (1935). In addition to writing books of her own, Lane helped her mother, Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957), develop her famous series of autobiographical "Little House" books for children.

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  • I somehow always have this idea that as soon as I can get through this work that's piled up ahead of me, I'll really write a beautiful thing. But I never do. I always have the idea that someday, somehow, I'll be living a beautiful life. And that, too ... [ellipsis in source]
    Rose Wilder Lane (1886-1968), U.S. author. As quoted in The Ghost in the Little House, ch. 8, by William V. Holtz (1993). Written sometime in the 1920s.

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