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Katharine Fullerton Gerould Quotes

All violations of essential privacy are brutalizing.

Civilization is merely an advance in taste: accepting, all the time, nicer things, and rejecting nasty ones.

Conventional manners are a kind of literacy test for the alien who comes among us.

Educational legislation nowadays is largely in the hands of illiterate people, and the illiterate will take good care that their illiteracy is not made a reproach on them.

Funny how people despise platitudes, when they are usually the truest thing going. A thing has to be pretty true before it gets to be a platitude.

Hard indeed, in a world which has come to feel that it is more important to have an automobile to get away from home with, than to have a home which you might like to stay in.

Ignorance of what real learning is, and a consequent suspicion of it; materialism, and a consequent intellectual laxity, both of these have done destructive work in the colleges.

One of the reasons, surely, why women have been credited with less perfect veracity than men is that the burden of conventional falsehood falls chiefly on them.

Originality usually amounts only to plagiarizing something unfamiliar.

Simplicity is an acquired taste. Mankind, left free, instinctively complicates life.

Social distinctions concern themselves ultimately with whom you may and may not marry.

The real drawback to the simple life is that it is not simple. If you are living it, you positively can do nothing else. There is not time.

There is no morality by instinct. There is no social salvation in the end without taking thought; without mastery of logic and application of logic to human experience.

You can bear anything if it isn't your own fault.