35 Total Quotes

Martha Gellhorn Quotes

Martha Gellhorn
Gradually I came to realize that people will more readily swallow lies than truth, as if the taste of lies was homey, appetizing: a habit.
Martha Gellhorn
#American Journalist #Lies And Lying

Martha Gellhorn
Unless they are immediate victims, the majority of mankind behaves as if war was an act of God which could not be prevented; or they behave as if war elsewhere was none of their business. It would be a bitter cosmic joke if we destroy ourselves due to atrophy of the imagination.
Martha Gellhorn
#War

Martha Gellhorn
Citizenship is a tough occupation which obliges the citizen to make his own informed opinion and stand by it.
Martha Gellhorn
#American Journalist #Citizenship

Martha Gellhorn
I see mysteries and complications wherever I look, and I have never met a steadily logical person.
Martha Gellhorn
#American Journalist #Logical

Martha Gellhorn
People may correctly remember the events of twenty years ago (a remarkable feat), but who remembers his fears, his disgusts, his tone of voice? It is like trying to bring back the weather of that time.
Martha Gellhorn
#Events

Martha Gellhorn
Why do people talk of the horrors of old age? It's great. I feel like a fine old car with the parts gradually wearing out, but I'm not complaining, ... Those who find growing old terrible are people who haven't done what they wanted with their lives.
Martha Gellhorn
#Age And Aging

Martha Gellhorn
It would be a bitter cosmic joke if we destroy ourselves due to atrophy of the imagination.
Martha Gellhorn
#American Journalist #Imagination

Martha Gellhorn
The thing about war is that it has two sides, ... The first is the absolute horror of it. The other thing about it is you meet absolutely marvelous people ... brave and extraordinary people.
Martha Gellhorn
#War

Martha Gellhorn
I used to write letters to the wounded in the Palace Hotel, and I used to drive a station wagon with blood in bottles to a battalion aid station.
Martha Gellhorn
#American Journalist

Martha Gellhorn
People may correctly remember the events of twenty years ago (a remarkable feat), but who remembers his fears, his disgusts, his tone of voice? It is like trying to bring back the weather of that time.
Martha Gellhorn
#Memory

Martha Gellhorn
After the desperate years of their own war, after six years of repression inside Spain and six years of horror in exile, these people remain intact in spirit. They are armed with a transcendent faith; they have never won, and yet they have never accepted defeat.
Martha Gellhorn
#American Journalist

Martha Gellhorn
And though various organizations in America and England collected money and sent food parcels to these refugees, nothing was ever received by the Spanish.
Martha Gellhorn
#American Journalist

Martha Gellhorn
Between his eyes, there were four lines, the marks of such misery as children should never feel. He spoke with that wonderful whisky voice that so many Spanish children have, and he was a tough and entire little boy.
Martha Gellhorn
#American Journalist

Martha Gellhorn
But now that the guerrilla fighting is over, the Spaniards are again men without a country or families or homes or work, though everyone appreciates very much what they did.
Martha Gellhorn
#American Journalist

Martha Gellhorn
From two o'clock one afternoon until the ship docked in England again the next evening at seven, none of the medical personnel stopped work.
Martha Gellhorn
#American Journalist

Martha Gellhorn
Furthermore, they were constantly informed by all the camp authorities that they had been abandoned by the world: they were beggars and lucky to receive the daily soup of starvation.
Martha Gellhorn
#American Journalist

Martha Gellhorn
Germans trained in obedience and dedicated to moral whitewashing are not a new people, nor are they reliable partners for anyone else.
Martha Gellhorn
#American Journalist

Martha Gellhorn
I daresay I was the worst bed partner in five continents.
Martha Gellhorn
#American Journalist

Martha Gellhorn
I didn't write. I just wandered about.
Martha Gellhorn
#American Journalist

Martha Gellhorn
I followed the war wherever I could reach it.
Martha Gellhorn
#American Journalist

Martha Gellhorn
I found out about the Spanish war because I was in Germany when it began.
Martha Gellhorn
#American Journalist

Martha Gellhorn
I only knew about daily life. It was said, well, it isn't everybody's daily life. That is why I started.
Martha Gellhorn
#American Journalist

Martha Gellhorn
If I practised sex, out of moral conviction, that was one thing; but to enjoy it... seemed a defeat.
Martha Gellhorn
#American Journalist

Martha Gellhorn
In the last camp they all ate grass, until the authorities forbade them to pull it up. They were accustomed to having the fruits of their little communal gardens stolen by the guards, after they had done all the work; but at the last camp everything was stolen.
Martha Gellhorn
#American Journalist

Martha Gellhorn
It is alleged that half a million Spanish men, women and children fled to France after the Franco victory.
Martha Gellhorn
#American Journalist

Martha Gellhorn
The French Forces of the Interior, who have scarcely enough to help themselves, try to help their wounded Spanish comrades in arms.
Martha Gellhorn
#American Journalist