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Men like frivolity—before marriage; but they demand all the sterner virtues afterwards.

—Nellie McClung

I am glad . . . that I kept alive my own ambitions even when it would have been much easier to become "a home-loving heart who had no thought beyond her children."

—Nellie McClung, 1931


I want to leave something behind when I go; some small legacy of truth, some word that will shine in a dark place.

—Nellie McClung



In Canada we are developing a pattern of life and I know something about one block of that pattern . . . I helped make it.

—Nellie McClung





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




Canada is destined to be one of the great nations of the world and Canadian women must be ready for citizenship.

—Nellie McClung, The Stream Runs Fast




Sex prejudice and the male superiority complex, built up since time began, will not go out in one generation. And we, who have emerged from the shadows of the past, and are set free from many of its illusions, but are not yet received as members in full standing of the human family, chafe under some of its restrictions that are still laid upon us.

—Nellie McClung, 1929

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