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  • Tragedy is always a mistake; and the loneliness of the deepest thinker, the widest lover, ceases to be pathetic to us so soon as the sun is high enough above the mountains.
    Margaret Fuller (1810-1850), U.S. author, literary critic, journalist. quoted in Margaret Fuller Ossoli, p. 289, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Houghton, Mifflin and Co., Boston (1898).

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  • Put up at the moment of greatest suffering a prayer, not for thy own escape, but for the enfranchisement of some being dear to thee, and the sovereign spirit will accept thy ransom.
    Margaret Fuller (1810-1850), U.S. author, literary critic, journalist. "Recipe to prevent the cold of January from utterly destroying life," January 30, 1841, quoted in Margaret Fuller Ossoli, p. 97, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Houghton, Mifflin and Co., Boston (1898).
  • I myself am more divine than any I see—
    Margaret Fuller (1810-1850), U.S. author, literary critic, journalist. The Letters of Margaret Fuller, vol. I, p. 327, letter, March 1, 1838, to R.W. Emerson, ed. Robert N. Hudspeth, Cornell University Press, Ithaca and London (1983).
  • I am absurdly fearful about this voyage. Various little omens have combined to give me a dark feeling.... Perhaps we shall live to laugh at these. But in case of mishap I should perish with my husband and child, perhaps to be transferred to some happier state.
    Margaret Fuller (1810-1850), U.S. author, literary critic, journalist. letter, April 6, 1850, to Marchioness Visconti Arconati, quoted in Margaret Fuller Ossoli, p. 274, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Houghton, Mifflin and Co., Boston (1898).

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  • But the golden-rod is one of the fairy, magical flowers; it grows not up to seek human love amid the light of day, but to mark to the discerning what wealth lies hid in the secret caves of earth.
    Margaret Fuller (1810-1850), U.S. author, literary critic, journalist. journal entry, September 1840, quoted in Margaret Fuller Ossoli, p. 99, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Houghton, Mifflin and Co., Boston (1898).

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  • Beware of over-great pleasure in being popular or even beloved.
    Margaret Fuller (1810-1850), U.S. writer, lecturer. Letter, December 20, 1840, to her brother. Quoted in Alice Rossi, The Feminist Papers (1973).
  • We need to hear the excuses men make to themselves for their worthlessness.
    Margaret Fuller (1810-1850), U.S. author, literary critic, journalist. quoted in Margaret Fuller Ossoli, p. 289, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Houghton, Mifflin and Co., Boston (1898).
  • Genius will live and thrive without training, but it does not the less reward the watering- pot and pruning-knife.
    Margaret Fuller (1810-1850), U.S. author, literary critic, journalist. quoted in Margaret Fuller Ossoli, p. 289, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Houghton, Mifflin and Co., Boston (1898).
  • A man who means to think and write a great deal must, after six and twenty, learn to read with his fingers.
    Margaret Fuller (1810-1850), U.S. author, literary critic, journalist. quoted in Margaret Fuller Ossoli, p. 289, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Houghton, Mifflin and Co., Boston (1898).
  • The use of criticism, in periodical writing, is to sift, not to stamp a work.
    Margaret Fuller (1810-1850), U.S. author, literary critic, journalist. Papers on Literature and Art, p. 5, Wiley & Putnam, London (1846).

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