Rose Wilder Lane


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Rose Wilder Lane (December 5, 1886 – October 30, 1968) was an American journalist, travel writer, novelist, and political theorist. She is noted—with Ayn Rand and Isabel Paterson—as one of the founding mothers of the American libertarian movement.

Rose Wilder Lane was the first child of Laura Ingalls Wilder and Almanzo Wilder (and their only child to survive into adulthood). Lane's ... more »

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  • ''The question is whether personal freedom is worth the terrible effort, the never-lifted burden and risks of self-reliance.''
    Rose Wilder Lane (1886-1968), U.S. author. As quoted in The Ghost in the Little House, prologue, by William V. Holtz (1993). Said in 1936.
  • I somehow always have this idea that as soon as I can get through this work that's piled up ahead of me, I'll really write a beautiful thing. But I never do. I always have the idea that someday, someh...
    Rose Wilder Lane (1886-1968), U.S. author. As quoted in The Ghost in the Little House, ch. 8, by William V. Holtz (1993). Written sometime in the ...
  • ''Making the best of things is ... a damn poor way of dealing with them.... My whole life has been a series of escapes from that quicksand [ellipses in source].''
    Rose Wilder Lane (1886-1968), U.S. author. As quoted in The Ghost in the Little House, ch. 3, by William V. Holtz (1993). In letters to Guy Moysto...
  • ''That way of life against which my generation rebelled had given us grim courage, fortitude, self-discipline, a sense of individual responsibility, and a capacity for relentless hard work.''
    Rose Wilder Lane (1886-1968), U.S. author. As quoted in The Ghost in the Little House, ch. 2, by William V. Holtz (1993). Written in 1935.
  • ''It was not seen that woman's place was in the home until she began to go out of it; the statement was a reply to an unspoken challenge, it was attempted resistance to irresistible change.''
    Rose Wilder Lane (1886-1965), U.S. author. Old Hometown, ch. 1 (1935).
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