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Jessamyn West (1902 – 1984)

American Quaker who wrote numerous stories and novels, notably The Friendly Persuasion (1945).
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Jessamyn West
Only a fool would refuse to enter a fool's paradise—when that's the only paradise he'll ever have a chance to enter.
West quotes
In my time and neighborhood (and in my soul) there was only one standard by which a woman measured success: did some man want her?
In their sympathies, children feel nearer animals than adults. They frolic with animals, caress them, share with them feelings neither has words for. Have they ever stroked any adult with the love they bestow on a cat? Hugged any grownup with the ecstasy they feel when clasping a puppy?

West Jessamyn quotes
We can love an honest rogue, but what is more offensive than a false saint?
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