Margaret Anderson

(1886-1973 / Indianapolis, Indiana)

Margaret Anderson Quotes

  • ''Life for me has been exactly what I thought it would be—a cake, which I have eaten and had too.''
    Margaret Anderson (1886-1973), U.S. editor and memoirist. The Fiery Fountains, part 1 (1951). The founder and editor of an influential arts journal, The Little Review (1914-1929), Anderson—a beautiful and stylish woman—had known many important writers and artists, had lived in France for nearly twenty years, had experienced at least three great loves, had played and enjoyed fine music, and had largely managed to eke out a living without doing work that she disliked--or, much of the time, any work at all.
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  • ''INTELLECTUALS DO NOT HAVE AESTHETIC EXPERIENCES.''
    Margaret Anderson (1886-1973), U.S. editor and memoirist. The Strange Necessity, part 1 (1969). Anderson referred to this as part of the "credo" for her renowned literary and arts journal, The Little Review (1914-1929).
  • ''Art is "should be."''
    Margaret Anderson (1886-1973), U.S. editor and memoirist. The Strange Necessity, part 1 (1969).
  • ''I defied nothing at all. I ignored the law because I didn't know it existed. It didn't occur to me that anyone would want to curb my inspiration.''
    Margaret Anderson (1886-1973), U.S. editor and memoirist. The Strange Necessity, part 1 (1969). For several months in the teens of the century, Anderson and a small entourage connected with The Little Review (1914-1929), an important but unremunerative arts magazine that she had founded, set up five tents on a public beach along Lake Michigan north of Chicago. They could not afford rent and had dedicated themselves to spending what little money they had on publishing the magazine. Upon its being pointed out to her later that she had "defied the law" by living on the beach, she said this.
  • ''... today ... photographers prefer disfigurement to adornment. It is now chic to do your worst to people.''
    Margaret Anderson (1886-1973), U.S. editor and memoirist. The Strange Necessity, part 1 (1969). Anderson was reacting to a type of portrait photography that was currently fashionable, and exposed, rather than idealized, the subject's face; Diane Arbus and Richard Avedon were prominent among the photographers who popularized it. Their subjects often appeared grotesque and probably looked much worse than they did in person.
  • ''Intellectuals are too sentimental for me.''
    Margaret Anderson (1886-1973), U.S. editor and memoirist. The Strange Necessity, part 1 (1969).
  • ''I have always fought for ideas—until I learned that it isn't ideas but grief, struggle, and flashes of vision which enlighten.''
    Margaret Anderson (1886-1973), U.S. editor and memoirist. The Strange Necessity, part 1 (1969).
  • ''Modern photographers can reduce bones to formlessness, and change a face of the most strange, exquisite and unfathomable beauty into the face of a clubwoman.''
    Margaret Anderson (1886-1973), U.S. editor and memoirist. The Strange Necessity, part 1 (1969). Anderson was reacting to a type of portrait photography that was currently fashionable, and exposed, rather than idealized, the subject's face; Diane Arbus and Richard Avedon were prominent among the photographers who popularized it. Their subjects often appeared grotesque and probably looked much worse than they did in person.
  • ''It would be ... better to be judged by one's superiors than by one's peers. ...In a trial before his superiors, any criminal would stand a chance of justice.''
    Margaret Anderson (1886-1973), U.S. editor and memoirist. The Strange Necessity, part 1 (1969).

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