Mary Antin

Born: June 13, 1881

Die: May 15, 1949

Occupation: Author

Quotes of Mary Antin

Mary Antin

Such creatures of accident are we, liable to a thousand deaths before we are born. But once we are here, we may create our own world, if we choose.

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Mary Antin

His struggle for a bare living left him no time to take advantage of the public evening school. In time he learned to read, to follow a conversation or lecture; but he never learned to write correctly;...

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Mary Antin

The apex of my civic pride and personal contentment was reached on the bright September morning when I entered the public school.

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Mary Antin

We are not born all at once, but by bits. The body first, and the spirit later; and the birth and growth of the spirit, in those who are attentive to their own inner life, are slow and exceedingly painful....

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Mary Antin

It is only that my illusion is more real to me than reality. And so do we often build our world on an error, and cry out that the universe is falling to pieces, if any one but lift a finger to replace...

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Mary Antin

On a royal birthday every house must fly a flag, or the owner would be dragged to a police station and be fined twenty-five rubles.

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Mary Antin

A long past vividly remembered is like a heavy garment that clings to your limbs when you would run.

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Mary Antin

There was one public school for boys, and one for girls, but Jewish children were admitted in limited numbers - only ten to a hundred; and even the lucky ones had their troubles.

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Mary Antin

You heard on all sides that the brightest Jewish children were turned down if the examining officers did not like the turn of their noses.

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Mary Antin

You went up to be examined with the other Jewish children, your heart heavy about that matter of your nose.

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Mary Antin

It is painful to be consciously of two worlds. The Wandering Jew in me seeks forgetfulness. I am not afraid to live on and on, if only I do not have to remember too much. A long past vividly remembered...

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Mary Antin

A little instruction in the elements of chartography—a little practice in the use of the compass and the spirit level, a topographical map of the town common, an excursion with a road map—would have...

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Mary Antin

The czar always got his dues, no matter if it ruined a family.

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Mary Antin

It is not that I belong to the past, but the past that belongs to me.

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Mary Antin

Among the liveliest of my memories are those of eating and drinking; and I would sooner give up some of my delightful remembered walks, green trees, cool skies, and all, than to lose my images of suppers...

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Mary Antin

Our mothers are racked with the pains of our physical birth; we ourselves suffer the longer pains of our spiritual growth.

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