Alice Foote MacDougall


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  • ''... to many of us ease is far more soul-destroying than trouble.''
    Alice Foote MacDougall (1867-1945), U.S. businesswoman. The Autobiography of a Business Woman, ch. 2 (1928).
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  • ''Success is an absurd, erratic thing. She arrives when one least expects her and after she has come may depart again almost because of a whim.''
    Alice Foote MacDougall (1867-1945), U.S. businesswoman. The Autobiography of a Business Woman, ch. 3 (1928). MacDougall was a self-made, and very successful, wholesale merchant and restaurateur.
  • ''... there was already too much ignorance in government. I could see no good in increasing the illiterate, uneducated vote.''
    Alice Foote MacDougall (1867-1945), U.S. businesswoman. The Autobiography of a Business Woman, ch. 3 (1928). The successful, self-made, New York City business entrepreneur was explaining her opposition to woman suffrage. It is not clear why she considered women to be preponderantly "illiterate" and "uneducated."
  • ''Life is beset by many annoyances, and those that stand out above all are the life- insurance and advertising agents.''
    Alice Foote MacDougall (1867-1945), U.S. businesswoman. The Autobiography of a Business Woman, ch. 6 (1928).
  • ''Poverty is relative, and the lack of food and of the necessities of life is not necessarily a hardship. Spiritual and social ostracism, the invasion of your privacy, are what constitute the pain of poverty.''
    Alice Foote MacDougall (1867-1945), U.S. businesswoman. The Autobiography of a Business Woman, ch. 7 (1928). Before making a great success in the restaurant and wholesale beverage businesses, MacDougall and her three children had been thrust into deep poverty by her husband's financial failure. Raised in wealth and high social standing, she had been forced to ask relatives for help and was humiliated by their presumptuous inquiries about her life style and expenditures.
  • ''Really to succeed, we must give; of our souls to the soulless, of our love to the lonely, of our intelligence to the dull. Business is quite as much a process of giving as it is of getting.''
    Alice Foote MacDougall (1867-1945), U.S. businesswoman. The Autobiography of a Business Woman, ch. 6 (1928).
  • ''... for the poor the whole world is a self-constituted critic; your smallest action is open to debate.''
    Alice Foote MacDougall, U.S. businesswoman. (1867-1945). The Autobiography of a Business Woman, ch. 7 (1928). MacDougall, a successful coffee house proprietor and coffee, tea, and cocoa merchant, was recalling her earlier years of poverty and struggle.
  • ''Work ... becomes at once a delight and a tyrant. For even when the time comes and you can relax, you hardly know how.''
    Alice Foote MacDougall (1867-1945), U.S. businesswoman. The Autobiography of a Business Woman, ch. 7 (1928). On becoming a self-made, successful, business entrepreneur.
  • ''... the opportunity offered by life to women is far in excess of any offered to men. To be the inspiration is more than to be the tool. To create the world, a greater thing than to reform it.''
    Alice Foote MacDougall (1867-1945), U.S. businesswoman. The Autobiography of a Business Woman, ch. 3 (1928). Driven by her husband's financial failure to the necessity of supporting her three young children by establishing her own business, MacDougall lamented her children's first material, then emotional, deprivation. Despite her remarkable worldly success, she did not romanticize the benefits of "emancipation" and opposed woman suffrage.

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