• I know enough to know that no woman should ever marry a man who hated his mother

    Martha Gellhorn
  • A broken heart is such a shabby thing, like poverty and failure and the incurable diseases which are also deforming. I hate it and am ashamed of it, and I must somehow repair this heart and put it back into its normal condition, as a tough somewhat scarred but operating organ

    Martha Gellhorn
  • The only way I can pay back for what fate and society have handed me is to try, in minor totally useless ways, to make an angry sound against injustice

    Martha Gellhorn
  • What the trees can do handsomely-greening and flowering, fading and then the falling of leaves-human beings cannot do with dignity, let alone without pain

    Martha Gellhorn
  • It is high time that I learn to be more careful about hope, a reckless emotion for travelers. The sensible approach would be to the expect the worst, the very worst, that way you avoid grievous disappointment and who knows with a tiny bit of luck, you might even have a moderately pleasant surprise, like the difference between hell and purgatory

    Martha Gellhorn
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