Katharine Fullerton Gerould

(1879-1944 / Brockton, Massachusetts)

Katharine Fullerton Gerould Quotes

  • ''The very notion of tabu is one of the rightest notions in the world. Better any old tabu than none, for a man cannot be said to be "on the side of the stars" at all, unless he makes refusals.''
    Katharine Fullerton Gerould (1879-1944), U.S. author. Modes and Morals, ch. 7 (1920).
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  • ''When ... did the word "temperament" come into fashion with us?... whatever it stands for, it long since became a great social asset for women, and a great social excuse for men. Perhaps it came in when we discovered that artists were human beings.''
    Katharine Fullerton Gerould (1879-1944), U.S. author. Modes and Morals, ch. 7 (1920).
  • ''... for twenty years ... to speak of culture has meant that one did not have it. The only people who have talked about it have been the people who have thought you could get it at Chautauquas.''
    Katharine Fullerton Gerould (1879-1944), U.S. author. Modes and Morals, ch. 4 (1920). "Chautauquas" were adult summer courses and lectures in the arts, humanities, and sciences. Beginning in the late 1800s, they were organized commercially in 1912 and were successful for many years; they began to decline ca. 1924.
  • ''I have looked warily at anthropologists ever since the day when I went to hear a great Greek scholar lecture on the Iliad, and listened for an hour to talk about bull-roarers and leopard-societies.''
    Katharine Fullerton Gerould (1879-1944), U.S. author. Modes and Morals, ch. 7 (1920). The Iliad was a great Greek epic poem (c. 8th century B.C.) attributed to Homer.
  • ''When the temperamental and unconventional people are not mere plagiarists of dead eccentrics, they lack, in almost every case, the historic sense.''
    Katharine Fullerton Gerould (1879-1944), U.S. author. Modes and Morals, ch. 7 (1920).
  • ''... the aristocracy most widely developed in America is that of wealth.''
    Katharine Fullerton Gerould (1879-1944), U.S. author. Modes and Morals, ch. 2 (1920).
  • ''... if we have a dollar to spend on some wild excess, we shall spend it on a book, not on asparagus out of season.''
    Katharine Fullerton Gerould (1879-1944), U.S. author. Modes and Morals, ch. 1 (1920).
  • ''Many of us do not believe in capital punishment, because thus society takes from a man what society cannot give.''
    Katharine Fullerton Gerould (1879-1944), U.S. author. Modes and Morals, ch. 7 (1920).
  • ''I nearly always find, when I ask a vegetarian if he is a socialist, or a socialist if he is a vegetarian, that the answer is in the affirmative.''
    Katharine Fullerton Gerould (1879-1944), U.S. author. Modes and Morals, ch. 3 (1920).
  • ''... individual freedom and individual equality cannot co-exist. I dare say no one since Thomas Jefferson ... has really believed it.''
    Katharine Fullerton Gerould (1879-1944), U.S. author. Modes and Morals, ch. 4 (1920).

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