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 :: 1893-1993, British Travel Writer

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Absence is one of the most useful ingredients of family life, and to dose it rightly is an art like any other.
~ Freya Stark - [Family]

 

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I have met charming people, lots who would be charming if they hadn't got a complex about the British and everyone has pleasant and cheerful manners and I like most of the American voices. On the other hand I don't believe they have any God and their hats are frightful. On balance I prefer the Arabs.
~ Freya Stark - [America]

 

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Pain and fear and hunger are effects of causes which can be foreseen and known: but sorrow is a debt which someone else makes for us.
~ Freya Stark - [Sorrow]

 

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Perhaps the best function of parenthood is to teach the young creature to love with safety, so that it may be able to venture unafraid when later emotion comes; the thwarting of the instinct to love is the root of all sorrow and not sex only but divinity itself is insulted when it is repressed. To disapprove, to condemn --the human soul shrivels under barren righteousness.
~ Freya Stark - [Parents and Parenting]

 

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The great and almost only comfort about being a woman is that one can always pretend to be more stupid than one is and no one is surprised.
~ Freya Stark - [Women]

 

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The slightest living thing answers a deeper need than all the works of man because it is transitory. It has an evanescence of life, or growth, or change: it passes, as we do, from one stage to the another, from darkness to darkness, into a distance where we, too, vanish out of sight. A work of art is static; and its value and its weakness lie in being so: but the tuft of grass and the clouds above it belong to our own travelling brotherhood.
~ Freya Stark - [Life and Living]

 

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There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.
~ Freya Stark - [Happiness]

 

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