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Olive Schreiner
Native name Olive Emilie Albertina Schriner
Born (1855-03-24)24 March 1855
Wittebergen Reserve, Cape Colony (in present-day Lesotho)
Died 11 December 1920(1920-12-11) (aged 65)
Wynberg, South Africa
Occupation Novelist, suffragist, political activist
Notable works The Story of an African Farm, Woman and Labour

There was never a great man who had not a great mother.
It is finer to bring one noble human being into the world and rear it well… than to kill ten thousand.
Olive Schreiner
No good work is ever done while the heart is hot and anxious and fretted.
Men are like the earth and we are the moon; we turn always one side to them, and they think there is no other, because they don't see it – but there is.
Olive Schreiner
We were equals once when we lay new-born babes on our nurse's knees. We will be equal again when they tie up our jaws for the last sleep.
Olive Schreiner
Perhaps the old monks were right when they tried to root love out; perhaps the poets are right when they try to water it. It is a blood-red flower, with the color of sin; but there is always the scent of a god about it.
Olive Schreiner
How hard it is to make your thoughts look anything but imbecile fools when you paint them with ink on paper.
Olive Schreiner
Our fathers had their dreams; we have ours; the generation that follows will have its own. Without dreams and phantoms man cannot exist.
Olive Schreiner
Everything has two sides – the outside that is ridiculous, and the inside that is solemn.
Olive Schreiner
Power! Did you ever hear of men being asked whether other souls should have power or not? It is born in them.
Olive Schreiner