Quotes by Agnes Smedley

Agnes Smedley

American journalist and writer

Alive from: 1892-1950

Category: Media | Writers (Contemporary)

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    And the woman who could win the respect of man was often the woman who could knock him down with her bare fists and sit on him until he yelled for help.
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    But I see no reason why a woman should not grow and develop in all those outlets which are suited to her nature, it matters not at all what they may be.
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    Everybody calls everybody a spy, secretly, in Russia, and everybody is under surveillance. You never feel safe.
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    For months it seemed that a revolution was certain. But instead, slavery seems more likely now. The working class no longer has the physical resistance for a revolution, and the Entente is too strong, and Russia is too weak.
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    For the first week of the Sian events I was a first aid worker in the streets of Sian.
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    Germany is in terrible condition this year. This is particularly true of the working masses, who are so undernourished that tuberculosis is having a rich harvest, particularly of adolescent children.
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    I feel like a person living on the brink of a volcano crater.
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    I have no objection to a man being a man, however masculine that may be.
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    I joined another circle and the leader gave us a little leaflet in very small print, asking us to read it carefully and then come prepared to ask questions. It was a technical Marxist subject and I did not understand it nor did I know what questions to ask.
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    In the little hall leading to it was a rack holding various Socialist or radical newspapers, tracts, and pamphlets in very small print and on very bad paper. The subjects treated were technical Marxist theories.
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    Like all my family and class, I considered it a sign of weakness to show affection; to have been caught kissing my mother would have been a disgrace, and to have shown affection for my father would have been a disaster.
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    More and more do I see that only a successful revolution in India can break England's back forever and free Europe itself. It is not a national question concerning India any longer; it is purely international.
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    Much that we read of Russia is imagination and desire only.
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    My mother listened to all the news from the camp during the strike. She said little, especially when my father or the men who worked for him were about I remember her instinctive and unhesitating sympathy for the miners.
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    Now, being a girl, I was ashamed of my body and my lack of strength. So I tried to be a man. I shot, rode, jumped, and took part in all the fights of the boys.
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