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When I was a girl, the West was still young,
by Agnes Smedley

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

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

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

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

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

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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.
- Agnes Smedley

I feel like a person living on the brink of a volcano crater.
- 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 hate female men.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The girl of my dreams is my mother's shadow,
cast upon the distant movie screen of my future.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute and it
seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour
and it seems like a minute. That's relativity.
- Albert Einstein

I honor you, Hero, for you do not play to the crowd.
You play to your own soul.
An audience of one fills the house with its appreciation and applause.
Others follow you, and may attempt to emulate you,
but that is not why you are a hero.
Fame may smile upon you, or it may not.
The world may cheer your name, or you may be the unknown warrior
who rescued comrades in battle,
or taught a young girl how to shed tears of joy.
Whatever you did, you did not do for fame.
If you had, you would not be a Hero.
You are a Hero for your bold courageous inspired action.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl
is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.
- Albert Einstein

When life gets you down -
just put on your big girl panties and deal with it.
- Anonymous humor

Hang tough... big girl panties today.
- Anonymous humor

I want a girl just like good old mom,
who is different in every way.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A wise girl kisses but doesn't love,
listens but doesn't believe,
and leaves before she is left.
- Marilyn Monroe

Growing up, I wanted desperately to please,
to be a good girl.
- Claire Danes

What is free time? I'm a single mother.
My free moments are filled with loving my little girl.
- Roma Downey

Many a man in love with a dimple makes the mistake
of marrying the whole girl.
- Stephen Leacock

I'm a Mommy's Girl - the strongest influence in my young life was my mom.
- Susie Bright

If I can't get the girl, at least give me more money.
- Alan Alda

Who would ever think that so much went on
in the soul of a young girl?
- Anne Frank

I have never been a material girl.
My father always told me never to love anything that cannot love you back.
- Imelda Marcos

The best money advice ever given me was from my father.
When I was a little girl, he told me,
'Don't spend anything unless you have to.'
- Dinah Shore

When you are courting a nice girl
an hour seems like a second.
When you sit on a red-hot cinder
a second seems like an hour.
That's relativity.
- Albert Einstein

Before marriage, a girl has to make love to a man to hold him.
After marriage, she has to hold him to make love to him.
- Marilyn Monroe

When I look in the mirror I see the girl I was when I was growing up,
with braces, crooked teeth, a baby face and a skinny body.
- Heather Locklear

It's not beauty but fine qualities, my girl,
that keep a husband.
- Euripides

I am the Wizard. This world is mine.
I speak. It's done. My realm is fine.
My wand, my tongue. My sword, my voice.
It's good. It's bad. I speak my choice.
I say happy, or I say mad.
I say angry, or I say glad.
I name that drawing on the wall.
It's not graffiti after all.
The past has been broken. The prison's not real.
My word holds the magic - the power to heal.
Intent is my weapon - a sword from above.
Cruel hate, fear, and anger transmute into love.
This world's my joy. This mouth's my toy.
Reborn -I'm a brand new girl or boy.
I choose. I speak. My will is done.
Come join. Come play. This can be fun.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There are two things that are more difficult
than making an after-dinner speech:
climbing a wall which is leaning toward you
and kissing a girl who is leaning away from you.
- Winston Churchill

Any girl can be glamorous.
All you have to do is stand still and look stupid.
- Hedy Lamarr

As a little girl I used to daydream about my real father
coming on a white horse to rescue me.
- Christine Keeler

When I go to a bar, I don't go looking for a girl who
knows the capital of Maine.
- David Brenner

I basically became a cheerleader because I had a very strict mom.
That was my way of being a bad girl.
- Sandra Bullock

My music, my songs are 100 percent inspired by girl power.
- Paulina Rubio

I sit on my duff, smoke cigarettes and watch TV.
I'm not exactly a poster girl for healthy living.
- Lexa Doig

The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping
of females begins when the doctor says:
It's a girl.
- Shirley Chisholm

I wanted to marry a girl just like my mom.
- Michael Bergin

Here's a toast to your new bride who has everything a girl
could want in her life, except for good taste in men.
- Anonymous

A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.
- Coco Chanel

I'm reachable for people, I'm not out of their league.
I'm just a normal girl.
- Alicia Silverstone

I'm a small and normal girl, and stories like mine no one likes to tell.
Fortunately so, because I wouldn't like to play myself.
- Victoria Abril

Not being beautiful was the true blessing.
Not being beautiful forced me to develop my inner resources.
The pretty girl has a handicap to overcome.
- Golda Meir

When a girl's under 21, she's protected by law.
When she's over 65, she's protected by nature.
Anywhere in between she's fair game.
- Stanley Shapiro

I know my husband really loves me because he takes me to have ribs.
He says I'm the only girl he ever took out who actually
ate anything on her plate,
as opposed to pushing it around.
- Julia Barr

I could not work with a girl who did not have a spiritual quality.
- Erich von Stroheim

Back in the day, a pair of tight jeans was enough to
earn a girl a bad reputation.
Now slutty has gone Main Street.
- Linda Chavez

It is rare that one can see in a little boy the promise of a man,
but one can almost always see in a little girl the threat of a woman.
- Alexandre Dumas

As a young girl I think I wanted to be a horse woman.
I loved horses.
- Karen Hughes

Audiences in London called me the girl with the black cherry eyes.
- Maureen O'Hara

I was not going to be a stupid girl singer.
I was going to be way more than that.
- Stevie Nicks

I'm not the girl who always has a boyfriend.
I'm the girl who rarely has a boyfriend.
- Taylor Swift

Love is the delightful interval between meeting a beautiful
girl and discovering that she looks like a haddock.
- John Barrymore

John will never send a boy or girl in a uniform anywhere
in the world because of our need and greed for oil.
- Teresa Heinz


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