People must know the past to understand the present

People must know the past to understand the present, and to face the future.

Nellie McClung

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Spectacle of nations

The reason we have the spectacle of nations settling the disputes of the world in the old barbaric way is because the world is suffering from too much masculinity.

Nellie McClung, 1917

Source: http://library2.usask.ca/herstory/nellie.html

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Wisdom is often costly

Wisdom is often costly but it is always worth the price.

Nellie McClung, 1935

Source: Nellie McClung. The Stream Runs Fast: My Own Story. p. 257. 1945

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About the social upheaval

About the Social upheaval in 1919 as World War 1 ended: There are many things the government can do to relieve the situation. There is the taxation of profits… Better and cheaper housing, state care for the sick, so that a family who are so unfortunate to have sickness, will not be further penalized by having to pay for it; old age pensions to relieve the minds of our people from the fear of want.

Nellie McClung, 1919

Source: Candace Savage. Our Nell: A Scrapbook Biography of Nellie L. McClung. p.144. 1979. Also referenced to “The Winnipeg General Strike” transcript, McClung Papers.

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I went into politics

I went into politics quite without apologies to anyone, neither did I go from choice. There comes a time when one cannot do otherwise without loss of self-respect …. And I am here to stay, until we get political recognition.

Nellie McClung, 1914

Source: Candace Savage. Our Nell: A Scrapbook Biography of Nellie L. McClung. p.107-8. 1979 Also referenced to an article by Madge MacBeth in “Canadian Women in the Arts,” Maclean's Sept. 1914.

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Trouble is a sieve

Trouble is a sieve to test our friends; the small ones fall through.

Nellie McClung, 1945

Source: Nellie McClung. The Stream Runs Fast: My Own Story. p.148. 1945.

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Thought and marveled

As I read and thought and marveled, a light shone around me. I knew in that radiance what a writer can be at his best, an interpreter, a revealer of secrets, a heavenly surgeon, a sculptor who can bring an angel out of a stone. And I wanted to write… I wanted to reveal humanity; to make people understand each other; to make the commonplace things divine.

Nellie McClung

Source: Candace Savage. Our Nell: A Scrapbook Biography of Nellie L. McClung. p.28. 1979. Also http://www.edukits.ca/famous/readings_mcclung.html

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What need has a man of brains

What need has a man of brains when he goes into politics? Brainy men make the trouble.

Nellie McClung, 1908

Source: Nellie McClung. Sowing Seeds in Danny. p.108. 1908.

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Taunted into marrying

The world has taunted women into marrying.

Nellie McClung, 1915

Source: Nellie McClung. In Times Like These. p 137. 1972 ed. Also http://library2.usask.ca/herstory/nellie.html

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I am a believer in women

I am a believer in women, in their ability to do things and in their influence and power. Women set the standards for the world, and it is for us, women in Canada, to set the standards high.

Nellie McClung, 1910

Source: Candace Savage. Our Nell: A Scrapbook Biography of Nellie L. McClung. p 48. 1979. Also. http://www.sjr.mb.ca/MS/notable/2007/6MG/mcclung/why.htm

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