"It is impossible ..." Quote of Elizabeth Stuart Phelps

Tuesday, November 11, 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.
Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
Elizabeth Stuart Phelps (1844-1911), U.S. novelist and short story writer. Chapters from a Life, ch. 1 (1897). On receiving her first payment for writing, She was very young and was paid $2.50 for a "pious little contribution" to "some extremely orthodox young people's periodical."
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