"And the woman who could win the respect of man was often the woman who could knock him down with her bare fists and sit on him until he yelled for help."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."Agnes Smedley on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."Agnes Smedley on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."Agnes Smedley on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."Agnes Smedley on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."Agnes Smedley on Abraham Lincoln
"Like all my family and class, I considered it a sign of weakness to show affection to have been caught kissing my mother would have been a disgrace, and to have shown affection for my father would have been a disaster."
"Much that we read of Russia is imagination and desire only."
"Now, being a girl, I was ashamed of my body and my lack of strength. So I tried to be a man. I shot, rode, jumped, and took part in all the fights of the boys."
"My mother listened to all the news from the camp during the strike. She said little, especially when my father or the men who worked for him were about I remember her instinctive and unhesitating sympathy for the miners."