Olive Schreiner, South African Writer ( March 24, 1855 - December 11, 1920 )

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There was never a great man who had not a great mother.~Olive Schreiner

Mother Great Man

Perhaps the old monks were right when they tried to root love out; perhaps the poets are right when they try to water it. It is a blood-red flower, with the color of sin; but there is always the scent of a god about it.~Olive Schreiner

Love Flower God

Everything has two sides - the outside that is ridiculous, and the inside that is solemn.~Olive Schreiner

Everything Two Outside

No good work is ever done while the heart is hot and anxious and fretted.~Olive Schreiner

Work Fear Good

We were equals once when we lay new-born babes on our nurse's knees. We will be equal again when they tie up our jaws for the last sleep.~Olive Schreiner

Sleep Equal Up

It is finer to bring one noble human being into the world and rear it well... than to kill ten thousand.~Olive Schreiner

World Human Noble

How hard it is to make your thoughts look anything but imbecile fools when you paint them with ink on paper.~Olive Schreiner

Thoughts Look You

Our fathers had their dreams; we have ours; the generation that follows will have its own. Without dreams and phantoms man cannot exist.~Olive Schreiner

Dreams Man Generation

Power! Did you ever hear of men being asked whether other souls should have power or not? It is born in them.~Olive Schreiner

Power Men You

Men are like the earth and we are the moon; we turn always one side to them, and they think there is no other, because they don't see it - but there is.~Olive Schreiner

Moon Men Earth