One does not arise from such a book as Sister Carrie with a smirk of satisfaction; one leaves it infinitely touched.
(H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist, critic. Originally published in A Book of Prefaces (1916). The Vintage Mencken, ch. 7, p. 54, ed. Alistair Cooke, Vintage (1956).
In an essay on Theodore Dreiser.)
Sisters, I a'n't clear what you'd be after. Ef women want any rights more'n dey's got, why don't dey jes take 'em, an' not be talkin' about it?
(Sojourner Truth (c. 1777-1883), African American slave; later an itinerant preacher and advocate of various social reforms including abolition, woman suffrage, and temperance. As quoted in The Narrative of Sojourner Truth, part 2: "Book of Life," by Frances W. Titus (1875).
Truth was recounting to Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) and her family what she had said when asked to address a gathering of women's rights advocates. At this time, she was a guest in the home of Stowe, the famous abolitionist author of Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852). Stowe described the visit in "Sojourner Truth, the Libyan Sibyl," an article first published in the Atlantic Monthly (April 1863) and reprinted by Titus in this book.)
It is with our brothers and sisters that we learn to love, share, negotiate, start and end fights, hurt others, and save face. The basis of healthy (or unhealthy) connections in adulthood is cast during childhood.
(Jane Mersky Leder (20th century), U.S. magazine writer, author. Brothers and Sisters, ch. 3 (1991).)
Before any woman is a wife, a sister or a mother she is a human being. We ask nothing as women but everything as human beings.
(Ida C. Hultin, U.S. minister and suffragist. As quoted in History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 4, ch. 17, by Susan B. Anthony and Ida Husted Harper (1902).
Speaking before the twenty-ninth annual convention of the National Woman Suffrage Association, held January 26-29, 1897, in Des Moines, Iowa. Hultin's address was entitled "The Point of View"; she was from Illinois.)
I stopped reading movie magazines in the beauty parlor a couple of years ago because I could not accommodate any more information about something called the Lennon Sisters.
(Nora Ephron (b. 1941), U.S. author and humorist. Scribble Scrabble, ch. 2 (1978).
Written in 1975. The Lennon Sisters comprised a pleasant, wholesome, bland singing quartet of attractive teenaged sisters. Although they were television personalities, not movie stars, photographs of them and repetitious stories about them were once fan magazine staples.)
I said in my novel that the clergyman is a kind of human Sunday. Jones and I settled that my sister May was a kind of human Good Friday and Mrs. Bovill an Easter Monday or some other Bank Holiday.
(Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 34, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).
The novel to which Butler refers is Ernest Pontifex, or The Way of All Flesh.)