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Vera Brittain

29 December 1893 – 29 March 1970

British feminist, author and pacifist, mother of Shirley Williams.

 

Meek wifehood is no part of my profession; I am your friend, but never your possession.

 

Politics are usually the executive expression of human immaturity.

 

I know one husband and wife who, whatever the official reasons given to the court for the break up of their marriage, were really divorced because the husband believed that nobody ought to read while he was talking and the wife that nobody ought to talk while she was reading.

 

How fortunate we were who still had hope I did not then realise; I could not know how soon the time would come when we should have no more hope, and yet be unable to die.

Testament of Youth, 1933

 

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