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Olive Schreiner
(1855-1920) born on
Mar 24
South African novelist, feminist. She produced the first great South African novel, "The Story of an African Farm," 1883; noted for her powerful intellect, and liberal feminist views.
         
   
F
[Finishing schools] are nicely adapted machines for experimenting on the question, "Into how little space a human being can be crushed?" I have seen some souls so compressed that they would have fitted into a small thimble, and found room to move . . .

R
Everything has two sides --the outside that is ridiculous, and the inside that is solemn.
A
We all enter the world little plastic beings, with so much natural force, perhaps, but for the rest --blank; and the world tells us what we are to be, and shapes us by the ends it sets before us.
N
How hard it is to make your thoughts look anything but imbecile fools when you paint them with ink on paper.
K
The troubles of the young are soon over; they leave no external mark. If you wound the tree in its youth the bark will quickly cover the gash; but when the tree is very old, peeling the bark off . . . you will see the scar there still.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Lyndall, in "The Story of an African Farm," pt. 2, ch. 4, 1883.
R: In "The Story of an African Farm," pt. 2, ch. 4 by Lyndall, 1883.
A: Lyndall, in "The Story of an African Farm," pt. 2, ch. 4, 1883.
N: Lyndall, in "The Story of an African Farm," pt. 2, ch. 4, 1883.
K: Lyndall, in "The Story of an African Farm," pt. 2, ch. 4, 1883.
   


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