Elizabeth Stuart Phelps

Andover, Massachusetts
Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
Andover, Massachusetts

Quotes

11 November 2014
Out of my discomforts, which were small enough, grew one thing for which I have all my life been grateful—the formation of fixed habits of work.
11 November 2014
A literary woman's best critic is her husband ...
11 November 2014
It is in the comprehension of the physically disabled, or disordered ... that we are behind our age.... sympathy as a fine art is backward in the growth of progress ...
11 November 2014
Truth, like climate, is common property ...
11 November 2014
The literary artist will ... portray what he knows, and little else. Imagination is built upon knowledge, and his dreams will rest upon his facts. He is worth to the world just about what he has learned from it, and no more.
11 November 2014
It is impossible to forget the sense of dignity which marks the hour when one becomes a wage-earner.... I felt that I had suddenly acquired value—to myself, to my family, and to the world.
11 November 2014
... while I may paint in the tints or outlines of rocks and beaches, dawns and harbor, fleet and wharf, I never draw portraits of my neighbors or of my friends.
11 November 2014
I can remember no time when I did not understand that my mother must write books because people would have and read them; but I cannot remember one hour in which her children needed her and did not find her.
11 November 2014
It is not in our drawing-rooms that we should look to judge of the intrinsic worth of any style of dress. The street-car is a truer crucible of its inherent value.
11 November 2014
Surely it is one of the simplest laws of taste in dress, that it shall not attract undue attention from the wearer to the worn.

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