“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. Additional Source.