Margaret Anderson

(1886-1973 / Indianapolis, Indiana)

Margaret Anderson Quotes

  • ''I began reviewing my life in relation to its objectives. I saw no objects, I saw only states.''
    Margaret Anderson (1886-1973), U.S. literary editor and autobiographer. My Thirty Years' War, ch. 6 (1930).
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  • ''... people with heavy physical vibrations rule the world.''
    Margaret Anderson (1886-1973), U.S. literary editor and autobiographer. My Thirty Years' War, ch. 6 (1930).
  • ''Self-preservation is the first responsibility.''
    Margaret Anderson (1886-1973), U.S. literary editor and autobiographer. My Thirty Years' War, ch. 5 (1930).
  • ''... the great thing to learn about life is, first, not to do what you don't want to do, and, second, to do what you do want to do.''
    Margaret Anderson (1886-1973), U.S. literary editor and autobiographer. My Thirty Years' War, ch. 1 (1930). Anderson eschewed "the higher joys of country clubs and bridge," which her parents had expected her to pursue after college, for publishing what would become an influential literary and arts magazine, The Little Review (1914-1929). She also renounced marriage and motherhood for a fairly flamboyant lesbian life.
  • ''I have never been able to accept the two great laws of humanity—that you're always being suppressed if you're inspired and always being pushed into the corner if you're exceptional. I won't be cornered and I won't stay suppressed.''
    Margaret Anderson (1886-1973), U.S. literary editor and autobiographer. My Thirty Years' War, ch. 1 (1930). Anderson founded and edited a charming, influential literary and arts magazine, The Little Review.
  • ''I was always pretending that I was a poor-working-girl, always forgetting that I was really poor M also a working girl.''
    Margaret Anderson (1886-1973), U.S. literary editor and autobiographer. My Thirty Years' War, ch. 1 (1930). On her first full year in Chicago, as a working woman independent of her parents. Raised in affluence, she was now on her own, living hand-to-mouth as a book reviewer and literary editor.
  • ''It has been years since I have seen anyone who could even look as if he were in love. No one's face lights up any more except for political conversation.''
    Margaret Anderson (1886-1973), U.S. editor and memoirist. The Fiery Fountains, part 1 (1951).
  • ''Art to me was a state, it didn't need to be an accomplishment. By any of the standards of production, achievement, performance, I was not an artist. But I always thought of myself as one.''
    Margaret Anderson (1886-1973), U.S. editor and memoirist. The Fiery Fountains, part 1 (1951). Anderson did some writing and played the piano, but her main contribution to the arts, except for her three idiosyncratic volumes of memoirs, was to found and edit an influential magazine which promoted the arts: The Little Review (1914-1929).
  • ''I was as repelled by the French as I was attracted by their country.''
    Margaret Anderson (1886-1973), U.S. editor and memoirist. The Fiery Fountains, part 1 (1951). Anderson lived in France for more than twenty years, beginning in the early 1920s. She was especially annoyed by French penuriousness.
  • ''As I look at the human story I see two stories. They run parallel and never meet. One is of people who live, as they can or must, the events that arrive; the other is of people who live, as they intend, the events they create.''
    Margaret Anderson (1886-1973), U.S. editor and memoirist. The Fiery Fountains, part 1 (1951). Anderson, a spirited and original personality, placed herself in the second category.

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