Jessamyn West

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Mary Jessamyn West (July 18, 1902 – February 23, 1984) was an American Quaker (originally from Indiana) who wrote numerous stories and novels, notably The Friendly Persuasion (1945). She graduated from Fullerton Union High School in 1919 and Whittier College in 1923. There she helped found the Palmer Society, in 1921.

West was born in Vernon, In ...
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11 November 2014
In their sympathies, children feel nearer animals than adults. They frolic with animals, caress them, share with them feelings neither has words for. Have they ever stroked any adult with the love they bestow on a cat? Hugged any grownup with the ecstasy they feel when clasping a puppy?
11 November 2014
Pleasure in irony ... is an ego trip.
11 November 2014
In my time and neighborhood (and in my soul) there was only one standard by which a woman measured success: did some man want her?
11 November 2014
Only a fool would refuse to enter a fool's paradise—when that's the only paradise he'll ever have a chance to enter.
11 November 2014
There are two barriers that often prevent communication between the young and their elders. The first is middle-aged forgetfulness of the fact that they themselves are no longer young. The second is youthful ignorance of the fact that the middle aged are still alive.

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