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- I tell you loneliness is the thing to master. Courage and fear, love, death are only parts of it and can easily be ruled afterwards. If I make myself master my own loneliness there will be peace or safety: and perhaps these are the same.
- Notebook entry, quoted in Gellhorn: A Twentieth Century Life (2003) by Caroline Moorehead, p. 88.
- 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.
- Letter as quoted in Gellhorn: A Twentieth Century Life (2003) written by Caroline Moorehead, pg. 142.
- War happens to people, one by one. That is really all I have to say and it seems to me I have been saying it forever. 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.
- Letter as quoted in Gellhorn: A Twentieth Century Life (2003) written by Caroline Moorehead.
- Nothing is better for self-esteem than survival.
- Travels with Myself and Another: A Memoir (1978) by Martha Gellhorn.