Fannie Hurst Quotes

Fannie Hurst (October 19, 1885 – February 23, 1968) was an American novelist and short story writer whose works were highly popular during the post-World War I era. Her work combined sentimental, romantic themes with social issues of the day, such as women's rights and race relations. She was one of the most widely read woman authors of the 20th century, and for a time in the 1920s was one of the highest-paid American writers, along with Booth Tarkington. Hurst also actively supported a number of social causes, including feminism, African American equality, and New Deal programs.

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Few enjoy noisy overcrowded functions. But they are a gesture of goodwill on the part of host or hostess, and also on the part of guests who submit to them.

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A woman is not a whole woman without the experience of marriage. In the case of a bad marriage, you win if you lose. Of the two alternatives - bad marriage or none - I believe bad marriage would be better. It is a bitter experience and a high price to pay for fulfillment, but it is the better alternative.

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Nervous hands as if the fingers were dripping from them like icicles.

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Family. A snug kind of word.

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[Wishing her mother had named her Beulah:] At least you did not sit on your beulah.

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Art transcends war. Art is the language of God and war is the barking of men. Beethoven is bigger than war.

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writing is the loneliest job in the world. There's always that frustrating chasm to bridge between the concept and the writing of it. We're a harassed tribe, we writers.

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Luscious feet that listened to the soil and stole its secrets.

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Oh - oh, why is it that the members of a family feel privileged to treat one another with a cruelty they would not exhibit to the merest stranger?

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Any work of art ... is great when it makes you feel that its creator has dipped into your very heart for his sensation.

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The literary wiseacres prognosticate in many languages, as they have throughout so many centuries, setting the stage for new hautmonde in letters and making up the public's mind.

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“But suppose, asks the student of the professor, we follow all your structural rules for writing, what about that "something else" that brings the book alive? What is the formula for that? The formula for that is not included in the curriculum.”

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“I'm not happy when I'm writing, but I'm more unhappy when I'm not.”

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“Any writer worth the name is always getting into one thing or getting out of another thing.”

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“Sex is a discovery”

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