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I was born to be a spinster, and, by God, Im going to spin.
— Winifred Holtby —

I am a feminist because I dislike everything that feminism implies. I desire an end to the whole business, the demands for equality, the suggestion of sex warfare, the very name feminist. I want to be about the work in which my real interests like, the writing of novels and so forth. But while inequality exists, while injustice is done and opportunity denied to the great majority of women, I shall have to be a feminist. And I shan't be happy till I get ... a society in which there is no distinction of persons either male or female, but a supreme regard for the importance of the human being. And when that dream is a reality, I will say farewell to feminism, as to any disbanded but victorious army, with honour for its heroes, gratitude for its sacrifice, and profound relief that the hour for its necessity has passed.

— Winifred Holtby

The things that one most wants to do are the things that are probably most worth doing

— Winifred Holtby

And not there, not there, not there,
Your laughing face and your wind-blown hair
Leave not even a ghost in the garden.

— Winifred Holtby

Clever? who said that we all had to be clever? But we have to have courage. The whole position of women is what it is to-day, because so many of us have followed the line of least resistance, and have sat down placidly in a little provincial town, waiting to get married. No wonder that the men have thought that this is all that we are good for.

— Winifred Holtby

What a strange distance there is between ill people and well ones.

— Winifred Holtby

A sense of humor is so handy, isn't it? It lets you see both sides of a question so that you never need do anything.

— Winifred Holtby

This alone is to be feared - the closed mind, the sleeping imagination, the death of the spirit. The death of the body is to that, I think, a little thing.

— Winifred Holtby

I am much perturbed by this business of sickness. Our bodies seem so easily to leap into the saddle where our minds should be. People who are ill become changelings.

— Winifred Holtby

Really, trees are nearly as important as men, and much better behaved.

— Winifred Holtby

Most gay, conversational, careless, lovely city ... where one drinks golden Tokay until one feels most beautiful, and warm and loved - oh, Budapesth!

— Winifred Holtby

It is better to take experience, to suffer, to love, and to remember than to walk unscathed between the fires. I've had most immunities myself - the result of an independent income combined with a personality completely devoid of sexual attractions - the two fires of poverty and passion have therefore never burned me, and I am a lesser person for my safety.

— Winifred Holtby

If we haven't a grouch against Fortune, we seem unable to avoid one against ourselves.

— Winifred Holtby

Those who prepare for war get it.

— Winifred Holtby

If you are rich, you have lovely cars, and jars full of flowers, and books in rows, and a wireless, and the best sort of gramophone and meringues for supper.

— Winifred Holtby

The damned book I am writing is like the driveling of a weak-kneed sea calf. If I were sufficiently strong minded, I should tear it up an start again. But I don't.

— Winifred Holtby

We are so little, so ignorant, so feeble an infant race crawling on a planet between immensities we haven't even begun to understand, that really we have no grounds for either congratulation or despair.

— Winifred Holtby

The only difficulty is to know what bits to choose and what to leave out. Novel-writing is not creation, it is selection.

— Winifred Holtby

[On golf:] One of the most distressing defects of civilization.

— Winifred Holtby

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