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    I came out of the Soviet Union no longer a communist, because I believed in personal freedom.
    — Rose Wilder Lane
    tags: freedom  personal 
     
    The need for Government is the need for force; where force is unnecessary, there is no need for Government.
    — Rose Wilder Lane
    tags: government 
     
    The prairies were dust. Day after day, summer after summer, the scorching winds blew the dust and the sun was brassy in a yellow sky. Crop after crop failed. Again and again the barren land must be mortgaged for taxes and food and next year's seed. The agony of hope ended when there was not harvest and no more credit, no money to pay interest and taxes; the banker took the land. Then the bank failed.
    — Rose Wilder Lane
    tags: food  sky  summer  hope  money  banker  tax  year 
     
    As an American I am of course fundamentally opposed to democracy and to anyone advocating or defending democracy, which in theory and practice is the basis of socialism.
    — Rose Wilder Lane
    Our quilts were more than useful, they had the faint sentimentality of a pressed flower. And no more beauty. We did not value them for their appearance, but for the memories in them, for their good wearing qualities and the thrift they represented.
    — Rose Wilder Lane
    Two deep human desires were at war ... the longing for stability, for form, for permanence, which in its essence is the desire for death, and the opposing hunger for movement, change, instability and risk, which are life. Men came from the east and built these American towns because they wished to go no farther, and the towns they built were shaped by the urge to go onward.
    — Rose Wilder Lane
    tags: death  desires  men  human  risk  longing  hunger  war  american 
     
    Houses are the abiding joys; they are the most emotion-stirring of all things. An automobile is regarded with fond affection, a typewriter becomes the inseparable companion, clothes can stir sentimentality, and the bit of bric-a-brac is a toy one would weep to see torn away - but houses are real, deep, emotional things. How much excitement in the cutting of a window, what enormous importance in the angle of a roof!
    — Rose Wilder Lane
    The Democratic Party is now a political mechanism having a genuine political principle: national socialism.
    — Rose Wilder Lane
    I somehow always have this idea that as soon as I can get through this work that's piled up ahead of me, I'll really write a beautiful thing. But I never do. I always have the idea that someday, somehow, I'll be living a beautiful life.
    — Rose Wilder Lane
    tags: work  living  beautiful  write  ideas 
     
    Writing fiction is ... an endless and always defeated effort to capture some quality of life without killing it.
    — Rose Wilder Lane
    tags: writing  fiction  quality 
     
    Curiosity is the hunger of the human mind.
    — Rose Wilder Lane
    tags: human  curiosity  hunger  mind 
     
    Men in Government monopolize the necessary use of force; they are not using their energies productively; they are not milking cows. To get butter, they must use guns; they have nothing else to use.
    — Rose Wilder Lane
    tags: men  energy  government 
     
    I am now a fundamentalist American; give me time and I will tell you why individualism, laissez-faire and the slightly restrained anarchy of capitalism offer the best opportunities for the development of the human spirit.
    — Rose Wilder Lane
    Plants and animals repeat routine, but men who are not restrained will go into the future like explorers into a new country.
    — Rose Wilder Lane
    tags: animals  men  future 
     
    No state, no government exists. What does in fact exist is a man, or a few men, in power over many men.
    — Rose Wilder Lane
    tags: men  power  facts  government 
     
    Nothing whatever but the constitutional law, the political structure, of these United States protects any American from arbitrary seizure of his property and his person, from the Gestapo and the Storm Troops, from the concentration camp, the torture chamber, the revolver at the back of his neck in a cellar.
    — Rose Wilder Lane
    That way of life against which my generation rebelled had given us grim courage, fortitude, self-discipline, a sense of individual responsibility, and a capacity for relentless hard work.
    — Rose Wilder Lane
    We are never aware of the present; each instant of living becomes perceptible only when it is past, so that in a sense we do not live at all, but only remember living.
    — Rose Wilder Lane
    tags: living  live  past 
     
    no one in a group of three is the same person he (she, it) is in a group of two. No more than he is the same in a group of two as he is alone.
    — Rose Wilder Lane
    tags: people  alone 
     
    There is a city myth that country life was isolated and lonely; the truth is that farmers and their families then had a richer social life than they have now. They enjoyed a society organic, satisfying and whole, not mixed and thinned with the life of town, city and nation as it now is.
    — Rose Wilder Lane
    tags: truth  society 
     
    Happiness is something that comes into our lives through doors we don't even remember leaving open.
    — Rose Wilder Lane
    tags: happiness  live 
     
    What I can't understand is, how can anybody figure now that the government can support us, when we support the government.
    — Rose Wilder Lane
    tags: government 
     
    I am too sick to work and haven't money enough to last 2 months and pay income tax. I want to keep going but do not see quite how, and there is no alternative - rather than justify my mother's 25-year dread of my "coming back on her, sick", I must kill myself. If she has to pay funeral costs, at least she will cut them to the bone and I will not be here to endure her martyrdom and prolong it by living.
    — Rose Wilder Lane
    tags: work  living  money  mother  tax 
     
    Constant repetition dulls receptivity ..
    — Rose Wilder Lane
    Making the best of things is a damn poor way of dealing with them. My life has been a series of escapes from that quicksand.
    — Rose Wilder Lane
    tags: poor 
     
    It was not seen that woman's place was in the home until she began to go out of it; the statement was a reply to an unspoken challenge, it was attempted resistance to irresistible change.
    — Rose Wilder Lane
    tags: challenge 
     
    Life is a thin narrowness of taken-for-granted, a plank over a canyon in a fog.
    — Rose Wilder Lane
    All men are brothers and each man is free.
    — Rose Wilder Lane
    tags: men 
     
    I'm not "filled with my art". I ain't got no art. I've got only a kind of craftsman's skill, and make stories as I make biscuits or embroider underwear or wrap up packages.
    — Rose Wilder Lane
    tags: stories 
     
    I can imagine nothing more wonderful than always wanting to keep a man...It's this NOT wanting to keep them, and yet not quite being able to disentangle one's self, never quite having the ruthlessness to stike at the hands on the gunwale with an oar until they let go - that's the horrible thing.
    — Rose Wilder Lane
    tags: self  imagine 
     
    I so much like real things - the realities that come naturally from the depths of us like - what shall I say? - the way trees grow, from some inner essential principle of them, just expressing itself.
    — Rose Wilder Lane
    tags: reality  real 
     
    The longest lives are short; our work lasts longer.
    — Rose Wilder Lane
    tags: work  live 
     
    The first twenty years of my life were wasted...I didn't fit my environment, and I didn't know any other.
    — Rose Wilder Lane
    tags: environment  year 
     
    The real protection of life and property, always and everywhere.
    — Rose Wilder Lane
    The question is whether personal freedom is worth the terrible effort, the never-lifted burden and risks of self-reliance.
    — Rose Wilder Lane
    An Old World revolution is only a movement around a motionless center; it never breaks out of the circle. Firm in the center is belief in Authority.
    — Rose Wilder Lane
    As novices, we think we're entirely responsible for the way people treat us. I have long since learned that we are responsible only for the way we treat people.
    — Rose Wilder Lane
    tags: people 
     
    I ask myself, 'why am I so lazy?' and am too lazy to reply.
    — Rose Wilder Lane
    tags: lazy 
     
    A kiss without a mustache is like an egg without salt.
    — Rose Wilder Lane
    tags: kiss 
     
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    rose wilder lane
    Birth    : December 5, 1886
    Death  : October 30, 1968
    Occupation  : Journalist