"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."
"We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot."Agnes Smedley on Eleanor Roosevelt
"That which does not kill us makes us stronger."Agnes Smedley on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."Agnes Smedley on Helen Keller
"Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men."Agnes Smedley on John F. Kennedy
"The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places."Agnes Smedley on Ernest Hemingway
"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."
"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."
"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."