Language is surely too small a vessel to contain these emotions of mind and body that have somehow awakened a response in the spirit.
What a terrible thing could be freedom. Trees were free when they were uprooted by the wind; ships were free when they were torn from their moorings; men were free when they were cast out of their homes—free to starve, free to perish of cold and hunger.
A great many women can feel and behave like men. Very few of them can behave like gentlemen.
You're neither unnatural, nor abominable, nor mad; you're as much a part of what people call nature as anyone else; only you're unexplained as yet -- you've not got your niche in creation. ~ The Well of Loneliness, 1928
in this world there is only toleration for the so-called normal.
[On homosexuality:] Our love may be faithful even unto death and beyond - yet the world will call it unclean.
I have put my pen at the service of some of the most persecuted and misunderstood people in the world. So far as I know nothing of the kind has ever been attempted before in fiction.
The world hid its head in the sands of convention, so that by seeing nothing it might avoid Truth.
Do try to remember this: even the world's not so black as it is painted" -Valerie to Stephen (pg. 408)
the realization of great mutual love can at times be so overwhelming a thing, that even the bravest of hearts may grow fearful.
clothes, after all, are a form of self-expression.
It is bad for the soul to know itself a coward, it is apt to take refuge in mere wordy violence.
Man could not live by darkness alone, one point of light he must have for salvation -- one point of light.
Life's not all beer and skittles
Wars come and wars go but the world does not change: it will always forget an indebtedness which it thinks it expedient not to remember.
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