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What a couple.
by Agnes Smedley

What a couple.
I'm consumed into ashes.
And he's always raking up the ashes and setting them on fire again.
- Agnes Smedley

I feel like a person living on the brink of a volcano crater.
- Agnes Smedley

I hate female men.
- Agnes Smedley

Much that we read of Russia is imagination and desire only.
- Agnes Smedley

 

No one yet knows what a man's province is,
and how far that province, as conceived of today,
is artificial.
- Agnes Smedley

I have no objection to a man being a man,
however masculine that may be.
- Agnes Smedley

Everybody calls everybody a spy, secretly,
in Russia, and everybody is under surveillance.
You never feel safe.
- Agnes Smedley

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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.
- Agnes Smedley

Thousands of women are crushed and made inarticulate
by that system and never develop as their natures would
force them to develop were they in a decent environment.
- Agnes Smedley

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.
- Agnes Smedley

But he like my mother, had certainly come to know that
those who work the most do not make the most money.
It was the fault of the rich, it seemed,
but just how he did not know.
- Agnes Smedley

When I was a girl, the West was still young,
and the law of force, of physical force,
was dominant.
- Agnes Smedley

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.
- Agnes Smedley

For the first week of the Sian events I was a first
aid worker in the streets of Sian.
- Agnes Smedley

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.
- Agnes Smedley

There are many men - such as those often to be found among the Indians -
who are refined until they have qualities often attributed to the female sex.
Yet they are men, and strong ones.
- Agnes Smedley

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.
- Agnes Smedley

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.
- Agnes Smedley

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.
- Agnes Smedley

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.
- Agnes Smedley

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.
- Agnes Smedley

In one hotel, the maid who built the fire fainted in our room.
Exhaustion was the cause.
We talked with her later and learned that she worked
17 hours a day and makes 95 marks a month -
about 50 cents.
- Agnes Smedley

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.
- Agnes Smedley

Yet it is awful to love a person who is a torture to you.
And a fascinating person who loves you and won't hear
of anything but your loving him and living right by
his side through all eternity!
- Agnes Smedley

So I had to be the doctor to these wounded men until
we could remove them to the hospital.
There were fifty-four women and forty little boys with the Red Army prisoners,
and I went daily to take care of them also.
- Agnes Smedley

Life is like jumping out of an airplane without a parachute -
only the last couple seconds are fatal,
but most people are scared to death the whole way down.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There's a couple of things they don't teach you
in Harvard Business School,
one is how to cope with defeat,
the other is how to handle a shotgun.
- The Simpsons Movie (2007)

The only people who benefit from lawsuits are lawyers.
I think we made a couple of them rich.
- Gavin Rossdale

If you made a list of reasons why any couple got married,
and another list of the reasons for their divorce,
you'd have a hell of a lot of overlapping.
- Mignon McLaughlin

Give me a couple of years, and I'll make that actress an overnight success.
- Samuel Goldwyn

A married couple are well suited when both partners
usually feel the need for a quarrel at the same time.
- Jean Rostand

When I jerked it out the head remained in my leg,
where it remains still.
There were a couple of inches of blood on the shaft
of the arrow when I pulled it out.
- George Crook

I don't know what the outcome will be.
I put a couple away for my grandkids,
like that.
So I don't know, who knows? Maybe I'll start building guitars for a living.
- Guy Clark

The past couple years training with Kurt have really
brought inspiration into my skating.
- Kristi Yamaguchi

I do very few standards.
Hardly any.
Other people's tunes that I do are usually obscure tunes,
for the most part, although I do a couple of Duke Ellington
tunes that are well known.
- Mose Allison

I play keyboards and sing.
I've written a couple of songs too.
- Corey Haim

There are a couple of teachers I have had without whose
influence I would not be as happy with who I am.
- Mackenzie Astin

I asked a couple of months ago if anyone would like
to start picketing the gas stations.
- Ron Ziegler

It's hard enough to get any movie made,
and when you take on these tough genres -
and I've done it a couple times -
it just makes the whole struggle more.
- Lawrence Kasdan

The same things we've done the past couple of seasons.
We've worked on the engine and clutch.
We'll try and pick up the performance and consistency
of the car and go back out there.
- Larry Dixon

If I move one way, I lose a couple votes.
If I move another way, I lose a couple votes.
- Charles Grassley

Every week Rangers have different former players come out at half-time.
Spurs should have a couple a former players on the board,
who know what the supporters want.
- Graham Roberts

It will be a difficult couple of days.
It's difficult now and it will be difficult tomorrow.
- Gary Neville

I'll fly Away took place in the 50's and 60's in America's South,
and there are a couple of scenes where me and my friends
are supposed to be skinny dipping with these girls.
- Jeremy London

I've always wanted to work with Paul Newman.
I had a couple opportunities in the past,
and I didn't take advantage of it, so it was really
fun to be working with him.
- Ed Harris

I think more and more people want to live alone.
You can be a couple without being in each other's pockets.
I don't see why you have to share the same bathroom.
- Jeanne Moreau

In tennis, you can make a couple of mistakes and still win.
Not in golf.
I played three rounds in that Tahoe event,
and I was drained.
Mentally, not physically.
- Pete Sampras

In the last couple of years I've been picking up my guitar again.
- Peabo Bryson

Marriage is an institution and that's where a couple finish up.
- Les Dawson

I couldn't do anything.
I'd work in a department store for a couple of weeks,
but I couldn't hack it.
I couldn't even type!
I had no skills whatsoever outside of show business.
- Helen Reddy

I've often talked about that, and I've been asked that
a couple of times and my feeling are that if you have a good show,
a bad host will not even hurt the show.
- Wink Martindale

Stephen Hawking said he spent most of his first couple
of years at Cambridge reading science fiction (and I believe that,
because his grades weren't all that great).
- Frederik Pohl

Before trying a novel I wrote a couple of plays.
- James Merrill

The first couple of days on the detox diet aren't pleasant.
- Carol Vorderman

I wanted to be the kind of woman who would attract
a certain kind of man that I could respect.
That was my thinking.
It had to do with the kind of couple I would be a part of.
- Lisa Kudrow

I wanted to make a movie, because the whole life of
the movies appealed to me.
You work hard for three or four months,
then you don't work at all for a couple of months.
- Gregory Hines

After a couple years of occasional lessons with Pass
I moved to Boston to attend the New England Conservatory.
- Mark White

I wouldn't even get elected.
I'd probably deck a couple of people,
too which would not play very well with the national media.
- Tim Robbins

Around the property I have here, I'm about to put an all weather race track.
I'm about to build stables.
I'm about to ship over a couple of my thoroughbreds from England.
- Davy Jones

I must confess I took a couple or three jobs just for the money.
- Jessica Walter

The biggest rap on me is that I don't find a Watergate every couple of years.
Well, Watergate was unique.
It's not something Carl Bernstein, I,
or the Washington Post caused.
- Bob Woodward

On average, Australians watch more than three hours of television a day,
compared with 12 minutes a day spent by the average
couple talking to each other.
- Hugh Mackay

My first student film was Orientation,
which was basically the set-up for Animal House.
There are a couple of scenes that we later borrowed in some form.
- Ivan Reitman

I'm not trying to find another thing that's wrong with me,
but I'm such a nice person, and I have a couple of
drinks and I'm really good fun and then I'm really not fun.
- Tracey Emin

Yes well I've done three movies with Samuel L. Jackson,
so I've met him a couple of times already.
Well, I see him everyday, but its only on the screen.
- Trevor Rabin

There are a couple of projects that are sort of on the plate;
I haven't closed any of them yet.
I'm trying to figure out which one is going to be the best one for me.
- Jay Hernandez

No, I did night clubs right here in Los Angeles.
My partner, Phil Erickson, put me in the business,
a guy from my home town, a dear friend who we just
lost a couple of months ago.
- Dick Van Dyke

I play a couple basic folks songs and break them down.
I did that on a six string.
I can't recall all the songs on it.
There's some finger picking on it.
- Roger McGuinn

I was never really comfortable doing comedy.
Though it was good the first couple of years,
there were problems, and it became a stifling experience.
I was happy it ended.
- Rick Schroder

I remember a tour where we played 50 cities in 56 days.
We also went to Europe a couple of times.
- Jack Irons

Well, I do have some maiden aunts that are not quite
like the aunts in the book,
but I definitely do have a couple of them,
and a couple of old aunties.
- Donna Tartt


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