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ON Canada and being Canadian
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For some reason, a glaze passes over people’s faces when you say Canada.  
Sandra Gotlieb - Canadian author & wife of former ambassador to the U S. 

Source: Http// www.canadianquoatation.com

I believe that never was a country better adapted to produce a great race of women than this Canada of ours, nor a race of women better adapted a great country.
Emily Murphy - (1868-1933) First woman magistrate in the British Empire and one of the "Famous Five".
 Source Women in History

 
It is wonderful to feel the grandness of Canada in the raw.
Emily Carr, Canadian artist and author.    
Source: www.thinkexist.com

To speak a second language is a lesson in humility and there is no reason why that lesson should be confined to French Canadians.
Gwethalyn Graham - Canadian author 
  Source : www.canadianquotations.com

I feel pride every time I go into a citizenship ceremony and I repeat the Oath of Citizenship and I pledge allegiance to the Queen 
Hon Elinor Caplan - former Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.
Source : Speech May 22, 2001
Canada is pristine and absolutely gorgeous.
Julie Payette, Canadian Astronaut  Source MacLean's Magazine July 1, 2004
My favourite Canadian thing is I feel incredibly loved in this country. When I'm here, I fell like people actually give a sh** about other people.
Maggie Cassella Host of Star TV's I said so.  Source: MacLean's Magazine, July 1, 2004.
This is my country. What I want to express is "here" and I Love it. Amen!
Emily Carr - 1871-1945  Canadian artist and author.  Source: Hundreds and thousands ;  the journals of Emily Carr. Toronto : Clarke Irwin, 1966 Pg 101   See also: 100 Canadian heroines : famous and forgotten faces by Merna Forester  Toronto : Dundurn Press, 2004 pg 61.
It is wonderful to feel the grandness of Canada in the raw , not because she is Canada but because she’s something sublime that you were born into, some great rugged power that you are part of.
Emily Carr (1871-1945) Canadian artist April 16, 1937
Source: Hundreds and Thousands; the Journals of Emily Carr 1966.

 
...the country is too young and too thinly populated to afford an adequate field for exercise of unusual gifts. In consequence, Canada's most celebrated singer is seldom heard at home : the best Canadian pictures are hung in foreign salons ; the best books are published first in London and New York.
Carrie Derick - (1862-1941) 1st  woman university professor in Canada. Source : "Professions and careers open to women" by Carrie Derrick in Women of Canada - their life and work. Ottawa : Minister of Agriculture, 1900 SEE ALSO; 100 Canadian heroines: famous and forgotten faces by Merna Forester  Toronto: Dundurn Press, 2004 Pg 79.
There's something romantic about being Canadian. We're a relatively unpopulated, somewhat civilized and clean and resourceful country. I always push the fact that I'm Canadian.
k.d. Lang - 1961-    Country music performer. Source: Canadian women's whit and wisdom. Compiled by Cori Howard New York : Nine Publishing, 2004 Pg 21.
If it matters at all , it's because we know who we are. I'd never leave Canada. This is my home and I got to be everything I am right here.
Sarah McLachlan - 1968    - musician, composer and singer.
Source: Canadian women's whit and wisdom. Compiled by Cori Howard New York : Nine Publishing, 2004 Pg 22..
We only need to look at what we are really doing in the world and at home and we'll know what it is to be Canadian.
Adrienne Clarkson,  Governor General of Canada. Source : The Ottawa Citizen February 5, 2005 pg B7.
I think we are incredibly lucky here. We have this high standard of life, no big security problems, and I like Canadian society. I like this true openness to cultures and religions, which I think is basic to us; you don't find it in other countries...
Sonja Bata, business woman and founder of the Bata Show Museum. Source : Profile; Sonja Bata in Good Times April 2004 pg. 15.
If the national mental illness of the United States is megalomania that of Canada is paranoid schizophrenia.
Margaret Atwood, award winning author Source: Quotable Canada; a national treasure by John Robert Columbo (North York, Running Press, 1998)
The Canadian people are more practical than imaginative. Romantic tales and poetry would meet with less favour in their eyes than a good political article from their newspapers.
Susana Moodie, (1803-1885) pioneer author. Source:  Introduction to Mark Hurdleston (New York ; DeWitt & Davenport, 1853)
There isn't any one Canada, any average Canadian, any average place, any type.
Miriam Chapin, Author Source: They outgrew Bohemia (1960)
Canada preserving energy and industry with sobriety will overcome all obstacles, and in time will place the very poorest family in a position of substantial comfort that no personal exertion alone could have procured for them elsewhere.
Catherine Parr Traill, (1802-1899) pioneer author. Source: The Canadian Settler's Guide (1855)
Canadians can be radical, but they must be radical in their own peculiar way, and that way must be in harmony with our national traditions and ideals.-
Agnes MacPhail, (1890-1954) First woman elected to the Canadian Parliament
Speech at Canadian Club , Toronto, Ontario March 4, 1935.
 
The Canadian cannot get along without his newspaper an more than an American without his tobacco.
Susana Moodie,(1803-1885) pioneer author. Source: Mark Hurdleston (New York ; Dewitt & Davenport, 1853)

Canadian women,, while they retain the bloom and freshness of youth, are exceedingly pretty; but these charms soon fade, owing, perhaps, to the fierce extremes of their climate, or the withering effect of the dry, metallic air of stoves, and their going to early into company and being exposed, while yet children to the noxious influence of late hours, and the sudden change from heated rooms to the cold, bitter, bitter winter blast

Susanna Moodie  (1803-1885) – Early pioneer and author. Source:  Roughing it in the bush pg 221, 1852.

If these sketches should prove the means of deterring one family from sinking their property, and shipwrecking all their hope, by going to reside in the backwoods of Canada, I shall consider myself amply repaid for revealing the secrets of the prison-house, and feel that I have not toiled and suffered in the wilderness in vain.

Susanna Moodie  (1803-1885) early pioneer and author. Source: Roughing it in the bush Vol. 2 1852

My love for Canada was a feeling very nearly allied to that which the condemned criminal entertains for his cell- his only hope of escape being through the portals of the grave.

Susanna Moodie (1803-1885) early pioneer and author. Source:  Roughing it in the bush Vol. 1 1852

Has Canada no poet to describe the glories of his parent land – no painter that can delineate her matchless scenery of land and wave?  Are her children dumb and blind,  that they leave to strangers the task of singing her praise?

Susanna Moodie  (1803-1885) Early pioneer and author in Introduction to Mark Hurdlestone, 1853.

To tell you the truth, in California I missed the wilderness of the Canadian winter. There is something stirring about a blizzard, something elemental about pitting oneself against driving, stinging snow in below zero temperatures. I often think it accounts for the general peacefulness of the Canadian character, all the aggressive energy has been used up n battling and surviving nature. 
Blanch Howard novelist,  and Canadian professor teaching in California.
Source:The Immortal Soul of Edwin Carlysle
, 1977

We have become a country that is willing to embrace its past and to act to build a future together.

Roberta Jamieson President and CEO, National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation
Source: University of Western Ontario, Alumni Gazette Winter 2012.

 

Steeped in our British and French traditions, seasoned by our Native culture and simmered in the broth of multiculturalism, we are a country that loves words, ideas and nature.
Amy Sky, Toronto singer and songwriter. 

Source: Chicken Soup for the Soul: O Canada by Jack Canfield et all. (Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, 2011)

Our people are a symphony, a multi-cultural voice from far and wide we fought, we cried, we came and mad the choice.
Let’s sin as one and harmonize our many different themes
and build the greatest nation four our children and our dreams

Liona Boyd, classical guitarist, songwriter and performer

Source: Lion Boyd CD The Return

Whether we say it in French with an Saguenay accent or in English with an accent from Newfoundland, and wherever we came from or wherever we live, we all share the most precious heritage that can be given to humankind – our Canadian citizenship.
Kim Campbell (1947-   ) 1st woman Prime Minister of Canada
Source: Chicken Soup for the Soul: O Canada by Jack Canfield et all. (Chicken Soup for the Soul
Publishing, 2011)
I believe that never was a country better adapted to produce a great race of woman than this Canada of ours, nor a race of women better adapted to make a great country.
Adrienne Clarkson, Governor Genera of Canada (1939-     )
Source: Speech on the unveiling of the Women are Persons Monument, Calgary Alberta, October 18, 1999.

Canadians have been so busy explaining to the Americans that we aren’t British, and to the British that we aren’t Americans that we haven’t had time to become Canadiana
Helen Gordon McPherson, author and speaker.

Source: Women in Ottawa.blogspon.com
(Accessed January 2014)

How the air of our country is good! Pitch our tent here! Let us live, love and die at home, in our beautiful Canada, which is worth all the countries in the World. This is our last impression and we summarize in these words: long live our beloved country.
Léonise Valois, poet and journalist
Source Linda Kay, Sweet Sixteen :the journey that inspired the Canadian Women’s Press Club (McGill-Queens Press, 2012
We must be honest about the real two solitudes in this country, that between Indigenous and non-Indigenous citizens, and commit to doing tangible things to close the divide in awareness, understanding and relationships.
Marie Wilson, Commissioner of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission 2015
ON being a girl guide
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Each goal attained was like a new badge. Guiding taught me to see goals and achieve them.  
Dr Roberta Bondar -  first Canadian woman is space. 
Source : Girl guide calendar
Chaque objectif attaint était comme un nouvelle badge. Le Guidisme m’a appris ame fixer des objetifs et à les atteindre.
Each goal attained was like a new badge. Guiding taught me to see goals and achieve them.  
Dr Roberta Bondar -  first Canadian woman is space. 
Source : Girl guide calendar1989
Chaque objectif attaint était comme un nouvelle badge. Le Guidisme m’a appris ame fixer des objetifs et à les atteindre.
Guiding gave me self-respect and a sense of ability to do things. It helped give me confidence as an adult to follow my heart.
Heather Bishop, Canadian folk singer and social activist. 
Source : Girl guide calendar1989
Le Guidism m'a appris le respect de moi-même et le sens de la capacité de faire les choses. Il m'a aidée à acquéir la confiance nécessaire en tant qu'adulte, pour suivre l'élan de mon coeur.
Guiding was invaluable in the way it helped to develop leadership skills. It gave me confidence in myself.
Kathy Kreiner, Canadian Olympic gold medalist in skiing. Source : Girl guide calendar1989
Le Guidisme m'a rendu un service précieux en m'aidant à développer les capacités de chef de file. Il m'a donné confiance en moi. 
For a young Guide, Guiding was a feeling of togetherness and team spirit, which led to lasting friendships.
Sheila Copps, Canadian politician and author. Source : Girl guide calendar1989
à une jeune Guide, le Guidism donnait un sentiment d'unité et l'esprit d'équipe, ce qui m'a permis de nouer des liens d'amitié durables.
My Guide leader taught me about kindness, helping others and integrity and honour.
Dini Petty, Canadian journalist and TV personality. Source : Girl guide calendar1989
Ma cheftaine Guide m'a appris la bonté, la nécessite d'aider les autres, l'intégrité et l'honneur.
Camping with Guides was an experience in learning to live with other people that I'll never forget.
Doris Anderson, Canadian journalist, editor, author and feminist. Source : Girl guide calendar1989
Aller en camping avec les Guides m'a enseigné a vivre avec d'autres, c'est une expérience que je n'oublerai jamais.
I learned the priceless skills of co-operation - how to work together towards a common goal.
Carole Taylor, Journalist, Canadian TV. journalist, municipal politician and business woman. Source : Girl guide calendar1989
J'ai appris le aptitudes précieuses de la collaboration - la faculté de travailler ensemble en vue d'un objetif commun.
Guiding opened me to the needs of the individual, the community and of the world.
Dr. Margaret Catley-Carlson, Canadian career diplomat and executive officer. Source : Girl guide calendar1989
Le Guidism m'a fait connaitre les besoins de l'individu, de la collectivité et du monde.
Guiding helped me to develop leadership skills, self-confidence and appreciation of others.
Jean Augustine, Canadian politician, first black woman elected to the Canadian House of Commons. Source : Girl guide calendar1989
Le Guidisme m'a aidée à accquérir les aptitudes de chef de file, la confiance en moi et l'appréciation pour les autres.
Guiding provided me with a sense of belonging and achievement. Also teamwork, self-discipline and new skills.
Maureen McTeer, Canadian lawyer Source : Girl guide calendar1989
Le Guidisme m'a donné un sentiment d'appartenance et d'accomplissement. Il m'a aussi appris le travail d'équipe, l'autodiscipline et de nouvelles aptitudes.
[In Guiding] I felt a sense of camaraderie and community I have kept all my life.
Andrea Martin, Canadian Actress Source : Girl guide calendar1989
J'y ai connu un esprit de carmaraderie et de communauté que j'ai conservé toute ma vie.
Girl Guides is a great organization and one that gives you endless opportunities for girls and women to be leaders and contribute to Canadian society.
Grete Hale, Board Chair Morrison Lamothe Inc. and community leader. Source: Canadian Guider V. 75 no. 1 Winter 2005 pg. 17.
ON being a woman
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Femaleness, as any doctor will tell you, is savage.
Dr Marion Hillard - Canadian Doctor
     Source : http://www.canadianquotations.com/women.html
I think women can save civilization.
Emily Murphy
- Judge and one of the "Famous Five". Source: Poster produced by the Famous Five Foundation.
Je pense que les femmes peuvent sauver la civilsation.
IIn junior high a boy poured water down my shirt and yelled: "now maybe they'll grow."
Pamela Anderson (1967-   )- Buxom actress. Source: A Canadian woman's wit and wisdom. Compiled by Cori Howard New York: Nine Publishers Inc, 2004 pg 40.
People still speak of womanhood as if it were a disease.
Nellie McClung - (1873-1951) politician  
Source: A Canadian woman's wit and wisdom. Compiled by Cori Howard New York: Nine Publishers Inc, 2004 pg 55.
The woman who enriches her husband with her admiration and her ready response gets her reward on hearth, from her husband
Dr. Marion Hilliard (1902-1958) Source: A woman Doctor looks at love and life (1956)
The heart of a woman is seldom cold to those who cherish her offspring.
Catherine Parr Traill,
(1802-1899) pioneer author. Source: Canadian Crusoes (1897)
Do for it! and don't let the basta*** get you down. Women can do anything!
Julia Levy, Biochemist. Source: Source: Claiming the Future; the inspiring lives of twelve Canadian women scientists and scholars. Markham, ON : Pembroke Publishers, 1991 pg. 23
Ayez de l'audace! Et ne laisse personne vous décourager. Les femmes peuvent tout faire!

Julia Levy, biochemiste. Source: Se Batir un avenir: la vie facinante de douze canadiennes érudites. Markham, ON : Pembroke Publishers, 1991 pg. 29

Women accomplish many things throughout their lives,  but so much of it is taken for granted and not applauded as it should be.
Harriet Grant,
Author. Source: Our Grandmothers, Ourselves; reflections of Canadian women.  Edited by Gina Valle  (Vancouver: Raincoast  Books, 1999) p. 41

[Mama]…maintained traditional family values and still worked toward change. I have come to realize that I can be a mother, educator, wife, feminist – each identity not exclusive of the other but impacting on each other and on my development as a woman.
Karen Diaz, Author. Source: Our Grandmothers, ourselves; reflections of Canadian women. Edited by Gina Valle (Vancouver: Raincoast Books, 1999) p. 133.

The usual statement is that I am a remarkable woman because I can do it; the implication is that the average women is too dumb to succeed at a man's task - and I resent that implication, for it is false.
E. Cora Hind. 
(1861-1942) Journalist and agriculturist.   Source: Time Links: The historical web site about Manitoba in the decade from 1910 to 1920
. timelinks.merlin.mb.ca/referenc/db0004.htm  (accessed March 2007)

Up to the age of 18 a woman needs good parents, from 18-35 she needs good looks, from 35-55 she needs personality and from 55 on , she needs money.
Holly Armstrong. Public Relations consultant. Source: Speech to the Lemington Kiwanis Club, Liberty Magazine, September 1963.
Empower women and you will see a decrease in poverty, illiteracy, disease and violence.
Michaelle Jean
(1957-   ) Governor General of Canada 2006-   Source: Speech on the occasion of International Women’s Day Kabul Afghanistan, Thursday March 8, 2007
I am a believer in women, in their ability to do things and in their influence and power. Women set the standards for the world, and it is for us, women in Canada, to set the standards high.
Nellie McClung (1873-1951) stated in 1910. Source: The rural Womyn Zone. Rural women in Canada
http://ruralwomyn.net/canada_women.html (Accessed February 3, 2008)
I am well aware there's always going to be men who are physically stronger than I am. I think women make up for that difference in mental tenacity. It is important for women to get out and challenge themselves There isn't anything stopping women from doing it whatsoever.
Denise Martin,
First Canadian woman to reach the North Pole (1997) Source: People: Denise Martin. Section 15.ca (accessed May 23, 2008)
Women Perhaps do things differently from men, who would probably think more about goals and distances and such. I think we paid attention to our emotional wellbeing and how er could encourage each other. A group of women out on the ice needs to be creative about some of the physical problems we encountered. We relied on each other. And we made just as good time as some of the male trips.
Denise Martin,
First Canadian woman to reach the North Pole (1997) Source: People: Denise Martin. Section 15.ca (accessed May 23, 2008)
And we women to whom has been committed the trust of mothering the world must rid ourselves of fear - and unite together in all countries to protect and save the human race.
Ishbel, Countess of Aberdeen wife of Governor General of Canada, in her President's address to the International Council of Women, Dunbroonik, 1936.
The purpose of a women's life is just the same as the purpose of a man's life- that she may make the best possible contribution to the generation in which she is living.
Louise McKinney,
Member of the Famous 5.
Source: http:/www.abheritage.ca/famous5/achievements/louise_mckinney.html (accessed 8/9/2010) 
In those days of feminism, (the 1960's sic) everything was new. We were making it up. We were creating feminist theory as we went along, to the extent where, you know, you decide not to accept the "givens". Everything was up for grabs.
Bonnie Sherr Klein (1941-   ) A quadriplegic, Klein is an award winning film producer who is a strong social advocate for making the world a better place with the accent on disabilities. Source: Gail Vanstone D is for daring: the woman behind the films of Studio D. Toronto: Sumach Press, 2007 page 131.
We need to support our unique qualities as women because the world needs our qualities---consensus building, the way we resolve conflicts---.
Roberta Louise Jamieson (1953-  ) First woman chief of the Six Nations. Source: Herstory: The Canadian women's calendar. Coteau Books, 2006 Page 16.  
All I have to say is this. I'm sick and tired of all this "woman" business. In all the time I've bee in the House of Commons I've never asked to anything on the ground that I was a woman. If I didn't deserve it on my own merit I didn't want it! That's all I have to say.  -speech at women's luncheon during firs CCF. convention, Regina. Saskatchewan July 1953
Agnes Macphail(1890-1954) first woman elected to the Canadian Parliament.
I admit to the House [of Commons], that no one has eve objected to women working. The only thing they have ever objected to, is paying women for working.
Gladys Strum first woman to head a provincial political party in Canada.
I consider it downright impertinence for a man on a farm to talk about supporting his wife. When she cooks his meals and sews and mends for him and his children from dawn until dusk, what is she doing if she is not supporting herself
Francis Marion Beynon (1884-1951) Canadian Writer  

Stop giving your power away to men, to your parents your boss, your mortgage, your religion, your culture and your kids. Own your power by using your voice and your creativity. Make your own decisions. Banish fear and embrace passion. Speak your truth . All of these things will allow you to live life authentically --- and it is through this portal your empowerment is achieved.

Grace Cirocco, Canadian motivational Speaker and author.
Source: Interview with an inspiring woman by Penny. Discovering She May 14, 2011 (Accessed December 2011)

Non Canadians

A woman is like a tea bag. You never know how strong she is until she gets into hot water.
Eleanor Roosevelt - former First Lady of the US, author and lecturer.
Source: www.quotedb.com
ON change
Change has to come from within. It’s ours. The government can’t do it. Its an act of imposition and oppression even if it’s a really good idea. Because it’s not ours. We have to do it.
Patricia Monture-Angus (1958-2010 Lawyer, activist, educator, author, scholar and mother.
Talking is the antidote for oppression and injustice.
 
Sally Armstrong,, Canadian author. Source: Sally Armstrong, Source: Assent of women: A New Age is Dawning For Every Mother’s Daughter. (Vintage Canada, 2013)
Once those initial steps have been taken, achieving change is more about effort and patience.
Sally Armstrong,, Canadian author.
Source: Sally Armstrong, Assent of women: A New Age is Dawning For Every Mother’s Daughter. (Vintage Canada, 2013) 
Change does not occur because we want it to occur or because it’s fair for a just society. Change occurs because people engage in the process.
Marilou McPhedran. Canadian Lawyer and human rights advocate.
Source: Sally Armstrong, Assent of women: A New Age is Dawning For Every Mother’s Daughter. (Vintage Canada, 2013)
 

 
ON courage TOP OF PAGE
Surely the true definition of courage is to do the thing you are afraid to do
Georgia Binnie Clark - (1871-1947) Canadian farmer  Source: Rebel women : Achievements beyond the ordinary ( Series - Amazing stories) by Linda Kupecek. Canmore, AB : Altitude Publishing, 2003.
The thing about being first is that there are some people that take exception to you being there.
Zanana Akande ( 1937-  ) The first black woman to be elected to the Ontario legislature and first Canadian Black woman to be appointed to a provincial government cabinet position. Source:  SWAY online
http://swaymag.ca September 17, 2010 Accessed June 2011.
What shall we say of those who have again taken their lives in their hands and escaped to this desolate, cold country, where they are again strangers in a strange land...Is not the person who can improve under such circumstances a hero....?
Mary Bibb (1820-1877) abolitionist, first Black woman journalist in Canada.
Source: Canada. Historic Sites and Monuments Board. Submission Report 2002 - Person 2002 page 883
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ON doctors and medicine

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Words of fire will surly be spoken in defense of the unborn person and they will convert our hearts and minds. They must, or our society will perish.
Ann Roche Muggeridge, journalist, author. Globe and Mail, February 2, 1988 on ruling of the Supreme  Court of Canada. Source Dictionary of Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo (Toronto: Stoddart, 1991) p 2.
The abortion issue. It's a wonder that we still describe it as such when neither side can bear to listen to the other's arguments and no one can ever really win.
Anne Collins, Journalist. in an article Birth enforcement, Saturday Night, November 1989. Source: Dictionary of Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo (Toronto; Stoddart, 1991. p 2.
Non Canadians
A male gynecologist is like an auto mechanic who never owned a car.
Carrie Snow - American screenwriter and actor.
ON education

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A girl does not – or, at least, should not – go to a university merely to shine as clever students take honors, get through and then do something very brilliant. Nay, she goes – or should go – to prepare herself for living, not alone in the finite but in the infinite, she goes to have her mind broadened and her power of observation cultivated. She goes to study her own life in all the bewildering perplexities of its being. In short, she goes to find out the best, easiest and most effective way of living the life that God and nature planned out for her life.
Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)     author of Anne of Green Gables.
 
   
The want of education and moral training is the only real barrier that exists between the different classes of men. Nature, reason, and Christianity recognize no other. Pride may say Nay; but Pride was always a liar, and a great hater of the truth.
Susanna Moodie
-(1803-1885)  Canadian author. Source: Life in the Clearing,  1853
Educate a boy and you educate a man. Educate a girl and you educate a family.
Adelaide Hoodless (1857-1910)-  Canadian social activist and founder of the Women's Institutes.
 
I think teenagers in the [United] States grow up too fast. In Canada, kids are exposed to different things. Like school is very different, it’s not nearly as social. Canadian teenagers see it as a much more serious place.
Neve Campbell - actress
   Source:   www. thinkexist.com
Without knowledge the world is bereft of culture. And so we must be educators and students both.
Roberta Bondar
(1945-   )- Canada's first woman in space.  Source http://www.robertabondar.ca
A child's individuality is the divine spark in him. Let it burn.
Agnes Deans Cameron - educator, adventurer, writer and lecturer. Source: Lind L. Hale "Agnes Deans Cameron" Dictionary of Canadian biography Vo. XIV Pg 169.
The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a hearth to be lighted.
Irene Parlby - 1868-1905. - politician and member of the "Famous Five" Source: The reluctant politician: the story of Irene Parlby [videorecording] Toronto : White Pine pictures, 2002 (Series : a scattering of seeds)
There is no use trying to train the mind of a child when his body is starved or abused...
Nina Moore Jamieson, author. Source: The Hockey Stick (1921)
These public schools are the bedrock of the society we have built, and public libraries have a place right alongside them. The two are interwoven. They are the warp and woof of our democracy. We still need to ensure that all our citizens have this access to knowledge, to the skills and opportunities that they need if they are to participate responsibly in society. Our schools and libraries are essential to this success, to the social equality that Canadians are working so hard to build.
Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Governor General of Canada.  Source: Speech on the Occasion of a Luncheon Hosted by the Regina Public Library, Regina, Monday May 16, 2005. http;//www.gg.ca/media/doc.asp?lang=e&DocID=4443 (accessed May 18, 2005.
Ces écoles publiques sont la pierre d'assise de la société que nous avons bâtie, et les bibliothèques publiques se situent au même rang. Les unes ne vont pas sans les autres. Ensemble, elles forment la chaîne et la trame de notre démocratie. Il faut continuer de veiller à ce que tous les citoyens aient accès au savoir, aux compétences et aux occasions dont ils ont besoin pour pouvoir participer d'une manière responsable à la société. Nos écoles et nos bibliothèques sont essentielles à ce succès, à l'égalité sociale que les Canadiens s'efforcent tant d'atteindre.
Son Excellence la très honorable Adrienne Clarkson Source: Discours à l’occasion d’un déjeuner offert par la Bibliothèque publique de Regina Regina, le lundi 16 mai 2005 (trouvé May 18, 2005)
Take a smattering of everything. Enjoy life and do what interests you.
Charlotte Keen, geophysicist Source: Claiming the Future; the inspiring lives of twelve Canadian women scientists and scholars. Markham, ON : Pembroke Publishers, 1991 pg. 19
...d'étudier un peur de tout, de profiter de al vie de de fair ce qui les intéresse.
Charlotte Keen, Géophysicienne Source:
Se Batir un avenir: la vie facinante de douze canadiennes érudites. Markham, ON : Pembroke Publishers, 1991 pg. 21
Education is intellectual travel - go out with confidence and explore the world with your mind and your own eyes.
Geraldine Kenney-Wallace, Chemist/physicist
Source: Claiming the Future; the inspiring lives of twelve Canadian women scientists and scholars. Markham, ON : Pembroke Publishers, 1991 pg. 44
Etudier, c'est voyager par l'ésprit - partez avec confiance, ouvrez bien vos yeux, explorez le monde en vous servant de toutes vos faculteé intellectuelles.
Geraldine Kenney-Wallace, chemiste/physicienne. Source: Se Batir un avenir: la vie facinante de douze canadiennes érudites. Markham, ON : Pembroke Publishers, 1991 pg. 51

Without knowledge, the world is bereft of culture. And so we must be educators and students both. At some point, an educator must broaden the net to include all issues relevant to humanity's challenges.

Roberta Bondar. First Canadian woman in space, photographer, environmentalist, author. Source: Roberta Bondar Website  http://www.robertabondar.com    (Accessed March 2007)

The want of education and moral training is the only real barrier that exists between the different classes of men. Nature, reason, and Christianity recognize no other. Pride may say Nay; but Pride was always a liar, and a great hater of the truth.
Susanna Moodie Early pioneer and author.  Source:  Life in the clearing  1853 Chapter 3.

If I could teach one thing to the next generation it would be that no one should accept the status Quo
Daurene Lewis (1943-2013) 1st Black woman mayor of a Canadian City.
Source: “She was Canada’s 1st Black female mayor” by Allison Lawlor Globe and Mail February 12, 2013.
 

ON environment

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There’s an old saying which goes: Once the last tree is cut and the last river poisoned, you will find you cannot eat your money.
Joyce McLean - Canadian Director , Environmental Affairs, Toronto Hydro Energy Services Inc.  
Source: http://canadianquotations.com
Get outside. Be Outside. We're living in a society where it's increasingly possible not to interact with the natural world. That is a very dangerous thing.
Severn Cullis-Suzuki.  Source: Influential and intriguing Canadians by Stephanie Kim Gibson. (Rubicon Books, 2003)
It is not ideas alone that can stop injustices oppression and idiocies like urban renewal or slum clearance. It is people who have to do that.
Jane Jacobs (1944-205) internationally respected Urban architect. Source: " An urban legend" by Sandra Martin. Maclean's Vol. 110 no. 42 October 20, 1997 page 86.
No one waves a wand and solves the world's problem's. That's an illusion...Don't worry about the big abstract problems. No one, not even government can solve. Deal with problems close to home.  1977
Jane Jacobs (1944-2005 internationally respected urban architect. Source: Herstory; The Canadian Woman's Calendar 2000 (Silver anniversary edition) Coteau Books, 1999 page 7.
I would rather be on the governing board of the Canadian Radio Corporation than on the board of the greatest university in the world, for radio is the greatest university. Everyone belongs to it – and no one can be excluded because they have not passed.
Nellie McClung (1873-1951) writer, social activist and politician.
ON equality

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My allegiance is to ideas, and most especially to the extraordinary idea of individual Liberty.
Barbara Amiel (1940-   ) journalist.

 
   

If members of my sex appear at times to be inadequate, it must be because a wise God created them to match the men.
E. Cora Hind (1861-1942) Journalist, agriculturalist, woman’s rights advocate.
Source: The Beaver December 1994-January 1995, page 40.

 
   
Women should never accept the back of the bus behind men. It is one of our traditions that there should be balance between men and women. That doesn't mean we should always be in front of men, but that their needs to be a balance. Women need to know that they con succeed.
Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond (1963-  ) first aboriginal Canadian woman to be on the bench in Saskatchewan. Source: "Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond: a story of determination and reward" in  The Indigenous Times. Christmas Edition 1998 Page 13.
 
…the roots of CAAWS lie in the consistent under-representation of women in all facets of sport that has left women mute and frustrated.
The Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS)
     
Source:  http://www.caaws.ca
Feminism is based on social justice, for it claims but the equality of rights and possibility between men and women.
Idola Saint-Jean - 1880-1945. - social activist.
Source: 100 Canadian heroines : famous and forgotten faces by Merna Forester  Toronto : Dundurn Press, 2004 pg 221.

We still think of a powerful man as a born leader and a powerful woman as an anomaly.
Margaret Atwood - Canadian author 
Source: quotedb.com

I do not want to be the angel of any home, I want for myself what I want for other women, Absolute equality. After that is secured then men and women can take turns at being angels.
Agnes MacPhail,  (1890-1954) Canadian politician , Canada's first woman Member of Parliament.
Source : Debates of the House of Commons  February 26, 1925.
I consider it downright impertinence for a man on a farm to talk about supporting his wife. When she cooks his meals and sews and mends for him and his children from dawn until dusk, what is she doing if she is not supporting herself?
Francis Marion Beyon - Canadian author   
Source:  Women in History www.niagara.com/~merrwill/quotes

Women should have economic security on a basis of equality with men. No woman can be free so long as she is economically dependent upon a man no matter how kid or generous that man my be.
Gertrude Telford - Canadian pacifist and social activist. 
Source: Women in history www.niagara.com/~merrwill/quotes

The women who have achieved success in the various fields of labour have won the victory for us, but unless we all follow
up and press onward the advantage will be lost. Yesterday’s successes will not do for today!     
Nellie McClung
(1873-1951)- Canadian suffragist and author. Source: Women in history www.niagara.com/~merrwill/quotes

Women are not persons in matters of rights and privileges.
British North America Act, 1867.

I do not want to be the angel of any home. I want for myself what I want for other women, absolute equality. After that is secured then men and women can take turns at being angels.
Agnes Macphail - Canada's first woman Member of Parliament. Source: Canada Monthly, June 1963.
We sought to establish a personal individuality of women.
Henrietta Muir Edwards - one of the "Famous Five"
Sources: Poster produced by the Famous Five Foundation.
A woman's guess is much more accurate than a man's certainty.
Flo Whyard - Journalist and editor, former Yukon Council Member 
Source: The Gazette, University of Western Ontario, Spring 2004.
Until all of us have made it, none of us have made it.
Rosemary Brown - Canadian politician, first black woman elected to parliament
To me it is a dreadful thing that women should not only bear the physical agony of child bearing as a result of sin or weakness, but should bear a stigma of shame all through life when the men, the partners in their degradation [are] not only allowed to go 'scot free' but [are] socially accepted in the circles from which the women are outcasts.
Cairine Wilson - first woman appointed to the Canadian Senate 1930. Source : "Senator Cairine Wilson - woman"  by Norma Phillips Muir in Canadian Home Journal June 1930 pg. 96 as quoted in the book First person : a biography of Cairine Wilson, Canada's first woman senator by Valerie Knowles  Toronto, Dundurn Press, 1988 pg. 94.
Building equality is lots of mortar and once in awhile a brick is put in place with lots more mortar. It is a lot of work and it takes time.
Nancy Ruth, co-founder of CoolWomen.ca and Leaf. Source: Notes from a speech given in Ottawa October 21, 2004.
...women have not only proved their capacity for governing great nations, but have shewn [sic] wonderful capacity of affairs and proved herself to be a true helpmate and co-worker, instead of a servant and plaything of a man!
Anna Leonowens - 1831-1915 author and educator. Source: Anna Leonowens by Leslie Smith Dow Beach, N.S. : Pottersfield Press 1991 pg 108. SEE ALSO 100 Canadian heroines; famous and forgotten faces by Merna Forester  Toronto: Dundurn Press, 2004 pg 134
The true liberation of women cannot take place without the liberation of me.
Thérèse Casgrain,   (1896-1981)  Social activist. Source: A woman in a man's world, 1972

I am absolutely convinced that women’s participation in the life of cities and villages guarantees progress.

Michaelle Jean Governor General of Canada 2006-   Speech on the occasion of International Women’s Day Kabul Afghanistan, Thursday March 8, 2007 Source www.gg.ca (accessed April 2007)

I do hope that it [women’s war efforts sic] will in some measure open the eyes of humanity to the truth that the women who bear and train the nation’s sons should have some voice in the political issues that may send those sons to die on the battlefields.’
Lucy Maude Montgomery (1874-1942) speaking about extending votes to women. Author of Anne of Green Gables.   Source:
http://confederationcentre.com/english/collecting/collecting-1-6.html (accessed June 2008)

One of the things that struck me as a child was that my own people were not in positions of authority, and I thought that was unacceptable and I guess in a way I felt that in some small way I would be able to change that by going on to higher education.
Roberta Jamieson (1953-   )  First aboriginal woman lawyer in Canada. Source: Roberta Jamieson: Chief Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. Contemporary Canadian Biographies. Thompson Gale, August 2003. (Accessed online June 2008.)

We’re still not graduating the numbers we should be. We could have more doctors, more lawyers, more MBA’s. And we need them desperately. We know from experience that when our people serve our own people, we have incredible success. (2003)
Roberta Jamieson (1953-   ) Chief Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. Source: Contemporary Canadian Biographies. Thompson Gale, August 2003. (Accessed online June 2008.)

Let's not confuse having some voice about family finances, occasionally going out to work while married, making tiny inroads into some traditionally male professions....with domination of men. We're still a long, long way from equality with men -- and a thousand light years from domination.  ( 1964)
Doris Anderson. Source: Chatelaine 1964 as reported in A woman's agenda 2003.: Celebrating movers and shakers. Second Story Press, 2002 pages October 1-5.
In our day to day lives, we know the feeling of exhilaration that comes from earning out keep, from making our own way in life. While we need to recognize that most need to work to support themselves or their families, we should not deny the pride and satisfaction that come from a productive place in society. In our society, women were denied that for centuries. They could work in the home, but paid work was not an option. Women around the world are fighting for recognition of the productive role they play, and for access to paid work and better work conditions. We shouldn't take what we have for granted and we should do what is in our power to help other women achieve their dreams.
Doris Atcheson stated in July 2004. Doris is a proud trained Wartime Nurse of World War ll
. Source: Section 15.ca accessed June 2007.
Promoting gender equality is not only a woman’s issue, it is a human issue. It is a matter of human dignity and not only fundamental justice, but national justice. Source: Speech on the unveiling of the Women are Persons Monument, Calgary Alberta, October 18, 1999 
 
ON getting older

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I’ve never understood why people consider youth a time of freedom and joy. It’s probably because they have forgotten their own.
Margaret Atwood - Canadian author  
source: http//:memorablequotations.com/atwood

Twenty can’t be expected to tolerate sixty in all things, and sixty gets bored stiff with twenty’s eternal love affairs.
Emily Carr - Canadian artist 
source: http://www.memorablequotations.com/carr

I am not interested in age. People who tell their age are silly. You're as old as you feel.
Elizabeth Arden - Canadian born beauty entrepreneur.
Source : http://www.houseofquotes.com/authors/Elizabeth_Arden.htm
Age doesn't always bring wisdom, but I figure that by the time you reach 60 you ought to have realized that you can live any way you want to as long as you can handle the fallout.
Corinne Allan, Canadian social activist Source Ya Ya Canada www.yayacanada.com
This may be the only culture [North America] that does not respect old age, or know that the elderly are the keepers of the stories, mysteries and tribal lore of the culture.
Betty Nickerson, Canadian author as told to the annual conference of the Canadian Association of Gerontology.
Source: Harbour Publishing www.harbourpublishing.com July 4, 2004.
Age doesn't bring wisdom, but I figure that by the time you reach 60 you ought to have realized that you can live any way you want to as long as you can handle the fallout. And with death skulking nearer all the time, how bad could any earthly consequences be?
Corinne Allan - Ottawa Ontario Source : YayaCanada .com October 2004.
Age is just a number on your license. I may be pushing the limits, but every day I get up to work out, I don't feel old, I feel eager to go out and carry out my mission.
Lori Ann Muenger - when she was 38 years old and an Olympic gold medal winner in cycling. Source: "Olympic track: Muenger scores sprint gold for Canada by Timothy Carlson in Velo News: the journal of competitive cycling. Byline dated August 22, 2004.
After the fruit has got its growth is should juice up and mellow. God forbid I should live long enough to ferment and rot and fall to the ground in a squish.
Emily Carr - (1871-1945) Artist. Source: Canadian Cyberquotes. Ottawa Citizen December 31, 2004 Pg F11.

Sometimes very young children can look at the old, and a look passes between them, conspiratorial, sly and knowing. It's because neither are human to the middling ones...
Margaret Lawrence, award winning author Source: The Stone angel (1964)

Those that we envied at 20 we pity at 30.
Susanne Marney, author. Source The Unhappy house (1909)

 

Grandmothers should be ruling the world. I say this without a hint of a joke. Grandmothers see the future in a way others do not. As the world of the flesh decays,  the life of the spirit flowers. Grandmothers a a field of wildly blooming exquisite and riotous flowers.
Joy  Kogawa (1936-   ) author and ethnic activist. Order of Canada Source: Our Grandmothers, Ourselves; reflections of Canadian women. Edited by Gina Valle. (Vancouver:  Raincoast Books, 1999) forward.

As a species, grannies are uniquely loving, long-sighted - viscerally connected to past and future. In a cut-flower world grandmothers connect. Their boundless hearts encompass the generations.
Joy  Kogawa (1936-   ) author and ethnic activist. Order of Canada. Source: Our Grandmothers, Ourselves; reflections of Canadian women. Edited by Gina Valle.(Vancouver: Raincoast Books, 1999) forward

Age is a cage and I go there, hands up, nudged by a fake revolver.
Phyllis Webb, Author. Source : Small satisfaction, 1962.
I've reached an age where I can't use my youth as an excuse for my ignorance any more.
Janet Bonellie, Source: Tamarack Review No 44 1967 pg 17.
I’m tired of this ‘senior stuff’. It’s getting boring. I’m tired of everyone thinking I’m so great just because I’m old!
Rosaleen Diana Leslie Dickson (1921-   ) Journalist, publisher, author, webmaster, playright, mother, and great granny. Source: Rosaleen Cyberqueen by Sharon Rockey in Freelance writing.  http://www.webspinstudios.com/byline/portfolio/rosaleen.html (accessed April 2008)
Another belied of mine: that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise.
Margaret Atwood (1939   ) Award winning author. Source: Http://thinkexist.com (Accessed March 23, 2008)

 [Being retired].. I’m not held to a regular schedule as I was during my active years and that is something I cherish very much.”
Marjorie Bowker, (1906-2006) First woman Family court judge in Alberta.  Source: Marjorie Bowker, 90, judge, best selling author. Toronto Star, September 5, 2006.

Twenty can’t be expected to tolerate sixty in all things, and sixty gets bored stiff with twenty's eternal love affairs.
Emily Carr (1871-1945) August 12, 1934  
Source Hundreds and Thousands; the Journals of Emily Carr 1966

 
Life is shorter than you think There is never a way to tell people how fast the years go by after 65.
Catherine Gildiner, Canadian  Author 
Source: an observation made by an elderly child psychiatrist in her novel Seduction (2005)

 
Often we learn songs when it is too late to sing
Carol Parsons Author
Source: Emily Carr as I knew her , 1954

Being old is really quite and adventure. You could never imagine.
Rosaleen Dickson  (1921-  )  award winning journalist  Spoken at Media Club of Ottawa meeting August 20, 2011.

ON Heroes

Society needs heroes to rejuvenate, re-energize and renew itself with visions of the possible. That's what heroes do.

Roberta Bondar. First Canadian woman in space, photographer, environmentalist, author. Source: Roberta Bondar Website  http://www.robertabondar.com    (Accessed March 2007)

ON history

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Women’s history has taken place mostly in the private sphere, and as such has been largely ignored.
Nicola Lyle, Author. Source Our grandmothers, ourselves; reflections of Canadian women. Edited by Gina Valle. (Vancouver: Raincoast Books, 1999) p. 85

The history of Acadians has never been written down as see by its people. Its been written by historians from outside. These historians sometimes had reason not to write the truth or didn't know the truth or didn't know the small things which become the big things , the inside story, what we in France call la petit histoire. History is made by the kings and lords, But la petit histoire is made by the people.
Antonine Maillet, Acadian author quoted by Isabel Vincent in the  Toronto Globe and Mail, June 24, 1989. Source: Dictionary of Canadian Quotations by Robert Columbo. (Toronto: Stoddart, 1991) p. 3
ON housework

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With all the technology in the 21st century why have they not invented the self cleaning toilet bowl!
Dawn Monroe (1945-   ) Librarian, author. Source: myself April 2008)

Houseworkers as unpaid and often unnoticed people in our labour force... have to make do with moral approval.
Source: "Angels in the house"  Herstory: a Canadian Women's Calendar 1993 Coteau Books, 1992 page 36.

I am a marvelous housekeeper.  Every time I leave a man I keep his house.
Zsa Zsa Gabor - American actor who was married at least 8 times!

I'm not going to vacuum 'til Sears makes one you can ride on.
Roseanne Barr - American actor and comedienne
Non Canadians
My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first being, hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint.
Erma Bombeck - American author
ON fashion

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 What I have to say is far more important than how long my eyelashes are -
  
Alanis Morissette - Canadian Pop singer 
Source : Canquote   http://www.ottres.ca/hconline/canquotes/canquote.html?message=&obnumber=2600


 

Non Canadians

If high heels were so wonderful, men would still be wearing them.
Sue Grafton - American author
ON life

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Women as well as men, in all ages and in all places, have danced on the earth, danced the life dance, danced joy, danced grief, danced despair, and danced hope. Literally danced all these and more, and danced them figuratively and metaphorically, by their very lives.
Margaret Lawrence (1926-1987) acclaimed author.
 
   
If you’re not annoying somebody, you’re not really alive.
Margaret Atwood - Canadian author     
Source: http://www.canadianquotations.com
 

The woman who really loves her own children…is the woman that wants to see other peoples’ children get their chance too.
Nellie McClung - Canadian author, member of the Famous Five
Source: from her  book Firing the heather.

Nobody dies from lack of sex. It’s lack of love we die from.
Margaret Atwood - Canadian author

Life’s an awfully lonesome affair. You come into the world alone and you go out of the world alone yet it seems to me you are
more alone while living than even going and coming.

Emily Carr - Canadian Artist
  source: http://memorablequotations.com/carr

Knock hard. Life is deaf.
Mimi Parent (1924 - ) internationally known award winning surrealist artist. Source: Surrealist women : an international anthology by Penelope Rosemount (Austen, University of Texas, 1998)
Suttee, the practice whereby the widow throws herself on her husband’s funeral pyre, has been outlawed in India. They still practice a subtle form of it in Canada. You die by inches, of loneliness.
Betty Jane Wyle - Canadian author from her book:  Beginnings : a book for widows.

I want to ask you gentlemen, if I cannot give consent to my own death, then whose body is this? Who owns my life?
Sue Rodriguez - a Canadian victim of ALS ( amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gerig’s disease). This question was
posed on a videotaped presentation to a House of Common’s subcommittee in November 1992. Sue Rodriguez urged amendments to the section of
the Canadian Criminal Code that makes it a crime for any person to assist in another persons suicide

The difference between people and rats is that people will keep heading down the same old tunnel even though the cheese
is no longer there

Pamela Peck - Canadian Cultural Anthropologist and author.    
Source: http://www.canadianquotations.com

I hope people will finally come to realize that there is only one “race” – the human race – and that we are all members of it.
Margaret Atwood - Canadian author      
Source: quotedb.com

Anyone who has gumption knows what it is , and anyone who hasn’t can never know what it is, so there is no need of defining it.
Lucy Maud Montgomery - Canadian Author   Source: www.thinkexist.com

It’s how you deal with failure that determines how you achieve success
Charlotte Whitton -  First Canadian women  mayor of a major urban centre.  
Source: thinkexist.com

Some people achieve happiness and some just live in Toronto.
Emily Murphy - former Judge and author of Janey Canuk.
Worrying helps you some - it seems as if you were doing something when you were worrying.
 Lucy Maud Montgomery - Canadian author from her book : Anne of Green Gables,  1908
The purpose of a woman's life is...to make the best possible contribution to the generation in which she is living.
Louise McKinney- 1868-1931  - one of the Famous Five. Source: Poster produced by the Famous Five Foundation.
La femme vit...pour contribuer le maximum à la vitalité de sa génération.
Every day I tell myself  'This is not a dress rehearsal." you only get one life.
Nia Vardalos, Canadian actress and play write.
Most of us do not attempt to realize a fraction of our capabilities. Yet most of us could live not one buy many different kinds of lives, each full, intensive and complete.
Helen Gregory MacGill - 1867-1947. - Judge and social activist. Source: A not unreasonable claim : women and reform in Canada, 1880's-1920's by Linda Kealey. Toronto: Women's Educational Press, 1979 pg. 7 SEE ALSO: 100 Canadian heroines : famous and forgotten faces by Merna Forester  Toronto : Dundurn Press, 2004 pg 148.
Life is something that happens to you while you're making other plans.
Margaret Ellis Miller (1915-1994) award winning crime fiction writer.
Source: Books and writers http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/mmillar.htm
I tell what gives satisfaction in life: you plant a seed and years later, you see that something is growing. Maybe you are no more in charge, no more connected with it but you know that it was originally your idea; you suggest this or that should be done. And somehow it worked out all right and it is flourishing now. You are getting a flower out of it.
Sonja Bata, business woman and founder of the Bata Show Museum. Source: "Profile; Sonja Batta." Good Times, April 2004 pg 10-15.
I have come to believe that life satisfaction/quality of life lies in the ordinary, not in the exceptional. We have to be deriving pleasure from our everyday encounters, the people in our lives and the activities that we do routinely to have any level of contentedness with our lives.
Dorothy "Dot" Pringle, nursing leader, teacher and mentor. Source:
http://www.nursingleadership.net/NL161abouteditor.html  (March 2005)
It is useless grousing over the inevitable. If you treat life as a joke and not take it too seriously, then you will be happy here.
Monica Hopkins (1884-1974) Letter writer and rancher's wife. Source: Alberta Originals by Brian Brennan (Calgary : Fifth House, 2001.

Evolution of life on Earth is rooted in the theory of survival of the fittest, favoring those with the most adaptable gene combination.

Roberta Bondar. First Canadian woman ins space, photographer, environmentalist, author. Source: Roberta Bondar Website  http://www.robertabondar.com/latest_writings.php   (Accessed March 2007)

We still need dreams as adults and it amazes me how many people either deny themselves this experience or are so tied to the reality of survival that they fail to grasp the importance of being able to dream. We’re talking conscious dreaming here as opposed to what occurs when we are asleep, although they may be linked subconsciously.

Roberta Bondar, first Canadian woman in space, photographer, environmentalist, author.  Source: Roberta Bondar Website  http://www.robertabondar.com/latest_writings.php   (Accessed March 2007)

We’re egocentric life forms. This is the cradle of civilization, when just statically speaking there have to be other systems out there. I mean, there are kajillions of billions of stars -- why wouldn’t there be other life forms.

Roberta Bondar. First Canadian woman in space, photographer, environmentalist, author. Source: Roberta Bondar Website  http://www.robertabondar.com     ‘Roberta Bondar’s rich colours.’ by Elizabeth Renzetti. The Globe and Mail,  April 12 2005 p. 12. (accessed March 2007)

Life’s a journey. Basically we’re just hanging out and seeing what we can do  with what we have. I can’t imagine not exploring oneself. It’s as important and as exploring outside ourselves.

Roberta Bondar. First Canadian woman in space, photographer, environmentalist, author. Source: Roberta Bondar Website  http://www.robertabondar.com      Sears-Outlook Magazine. by John Lowsbrough Spring 2006

No matter where you find yourself, life’s an adventure and you’ve got to seize the moment and take it and and go with and make something out of it. Joan Weir, (1928 -  ) author  Source: Joan Weir by David Jenkinson, CM Magazine http://umanitoba.ca/cm/profiles/weir.html (accessed January 2007)

Tears are the best balm that can be applied to the anguish of the heart. Susanna Moodie Early pioneer and author. Source: Roughing it in the bush, 1832.
I want to walk through life instead of being dragged through it.
Alanis Morissette (1974-   ) Award winning singer. Source: Http://thinkexist.com (Accessed March 23, 2008)
We should regret our mistakes and learn from them, but never carry them forward into the future with us.
Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942) Internationally acclaimed author of
Anne of Green Gables. Source: http://thinkexist.com (Accessed March 23, 2008)

If you are in the middle of a big family, as I was, you had be able to mediate a little bit or you are not going to survive.
Roberta Jamieson (1953-    ) first aboriginal woman lawyer in Canada. Source: Roberta Jamieson: Chief Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. Contemporary Canadian Biographies. Thompson Gale, August 2003. (Accessed online June 2008.)

Never give up on anyone, or on yourself. Question authority and never take "no" for an Answer.
Bonnie Sherr Klein (1941-   ) from a convocation Address. A quadriplegic, Klein is an award winning film producer who is a strong social advocate for making the world a better place with the accent on disabilities. Source: Celebrating Women's Achievements online (Accessed August 18, 2008)
I believe...that through the sharing and development of creative activity, people ---who, because of their disabilities, are seen as receivers and consumers --can become contributors and sharers.
Fran Herman ( 1927 -   ) pioneer of Music Therapy to help people achieve full potential. Source: A woman's agenda 2003: Celebrating movers and shakers by Helen Wolfe. Second Story Press, 2002.
The Creator gives everyone a unique set of instructions...and your job is to use them to their maximum advantage. I take that very seriously.
Roberta Louise Jamieson (1953-  ) First woman chief of the Six Nations.Source: Herstory:The Canadian women's calendar 2007. Coteau Books, 2006. Page 16.

Life is too short…and far too exciting ---to be lonely. And if you are blessed with good health, please remember this: that every morning you are able to open your eyes is a good day!
May Ames (1920- ) actress  Source : Making History: A celebration of Prince Edward Island women of the 20th Century Compiled by the Zonta Club of Charlottetown, 2000.

Make your goals transparent to a future partner. Tell him where you want to go, and when. It will always be a battle to do both, to have a family and a career, but it is possible...!  1991
Madeleine Blanchette
Source: Herstory: A Canadian Woman's Calendar 2000 (Silver Anniversary Edition) Coteau Books, 1999 Page 17.
Do not rely completely on any other human being, however dear. We meet all life's greatest tests alone. Speech to Ottawa Ladies' College graduates Source: M. Stewart & D. French  Ask no Quarter.
Agnes MacPhail (1890-1954) first woman elected to the Canadian Parliament.
It must be a great deal better to be sensible, but still, I don't believe I'd really want to be a sensible person, because they are so unromantic. - Anne of Green Gables published 1908.
Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942, internationally known author of Anne of Green Gables.
I've done my best, and I begin to see what is meant by the 'joy of the strife.' Next to trying and winning the best thing is trying and failing. -- Anne of Green Gables first published 1908
Lucy Maud Montgomery 1874-1942) Internationally known author of Anne of Green Gables.
First be you. Get to know the fundamental you – find the steel within you – and then nourish and polish those talents by aiming for nothing less than the best you can be.
Dr. Indira v. Samarasekera, FRSC. OC President and vice Chancellor, University of Alberta
Source: Speech upon receiving an honorary degree from the University of Western Ontario June 14, 2013.
 

I’ve discovered as I’ve grown up that life is far more complicated than you think it is when you’re a kid. It isn’t just a straight-forward fairytale.

Rachel McAdams (1978-   ) Canadian actor
Source: IMDB.com/rachelmcadams Accessed Feb. 2012
 

Never, Never give up on yourself. You are never out until you give your consent.
Elaine Tanner-Watt (1959-   ) Canada’s greatest female swimmer
Source: Alchemy in our lessons. The Elaine Tanner/John Watt Story. Quest beyond gold.ca (Accessed January 2013.)
 
If you want to see change, you’ve got to make it happen. You’ve got to get involved.
Angela Enright, Anesthesiologist
Source: Herstory, a Canadian womens calendar 2008. (Croteau Books, 2007)

 
Fame is a very superficial pedestal
k.d. Lang  country music artist.
Source: Speaking of Success by Pamela Wallin (Key Porter Books, 2001)

 
It is almost like a mantra to me: It doesn’t matter: just keep an eye on what does mater.
Ann Madine, journalist and filmmaker
Source: Speaking of Success by Pamela Wallin (Key Porter Books, 2001)

The whole mountaineering experience has been questioned, whether it’s worth risking a life. I think that without taking an risk, you can’t achieve anything. You can’t have an adventure without taking risk, but they have to be calculated risks.

Urszula Tokarska (1968 -  ) first Canadian woman to climb the world’s sever tallest mountains.
Source: Herstory The Canadian Women’s calendar. 2007. Page 81.
 

Sometimes we are warned against looking back upon life and told that the forward look is best; but looking back does serve many useful purposes. Looking back brings us a deep sense of gratitude and appreciation. Life has had its shadows as well as its sunshine: and as we look over its story, we can see many beautiful pages in it. The past reminds us that we are not alone…

Mrs. Jarred Wishart , amateur historian. August 9, 1936 in an article commemorating the 100th anniversary of the founding of St. Andrew’s Church Tabusintac, New Brunswick.
 

ON life and a career

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Never retract, never explain, never apologize – get the thing done and let them howl!
Nellie McClung - Canadian feminist, Member of parliament and author.
     Source: www.canadianquotations.com

I am homesick. I am packing up. I am going home but now I don’t know anymore where home is.
Marion Waddington - Canadian author
 

No. I don't think I have made it. Not until I sign a contract!
 Pauline Lightstone Donalda - International renowned Canadian soprano.
Source: Pauline Donalda : the life and career of
a Canadian prima dona by Ruth C. Brotman.
Evolution cannot be brought about by the use of dynamite.
Irene Parlby - MLA for Alberta and member of the "Famous Five"
 Source; Poster produced by the Famous Five Foundation
 I've done my best, and I begin to see what is meant by the 'joy of the strife'. Next to trying and winning, the best thing is trying and failing.
Lucy Maud Montgomery - Canadian author.
Source: Anne of Green Gables,  1908
Having somebody that you admire and respect tell you that you've done something well, make an enormous impact.
Paulette Bourgeois - Canadian Author . 
Source: Meet Canadian authors and illustrators by Allison Gertridge [Toronto : Scolastic, 2002]
I don't define myself by my job...what interests me is the sort of person I am.
Kady MacDonald Denton. Canadian author
Source:  Meet Canadian authors and illustrators by Allison Gertridge [Toronto : Scolastic, 2002]
I think also it is a duty I owe to my profession and to my sex to show that a woman has the right to practice of her profession and cannot be condemned to abandon it merely because she marries. i cannot conceive how women's colleges, inviting and encouraging women to enter professions can be justly founded or maintained denying such a principle.
Harriet Brooks - 1876-1933. - first Canadian women nuclear physicist....written when she was informed that she would no longer be employed if she married! Source:
100 Canadian heroines : famous and forgotten faces by Merna Forester  Toronto : Dundurn Press, 2004 pg 54.
Things don't change by themselves, you have to be active to mould the environment in which you are going to practice.
Ginette Lemire Rodger PhD - winner of the 2004 Jeanne Mance Award, Canada's top nursing award.  Source : Ottawa Citizen, City Section, June 2, 2004.
I still get butterflies every time I step on a stage whether to compete, present or be interviewed but I love it. I feel more comfortable giving the audience what I think they came to see.
Jaime Koeppe, Actress and fitness model Source: Canadian Cyberquotes, Ottawa Citizen October 23, 2004.
Applause and recognition are the handmaidens of creativity
Nell Shipman, (1892-1970) Canadian born silent film star, producer and author.  Source : Rebel Women; Achievements beyond the ordinary. (Series Amazing stories ) by Linda Kupecek. Canmore, AB : Altitude Publishing, 2003
Acting is not being emotional, but being able to express emotion.
Kate Reid - 1930-1993  -actor of stage, movies and TV. Source
: Canadian women's whit and wisdom. Compiled by Cori Howard New York : Nine Publishing, 2004 Pg 21.
Nothing's impossible. It's what you decide your limits are.
Lori Ann Muenzer, Olympic gold medalist (2004) track cycling. Source: Athens 2004: the Olympic Games. Canadian Broadcasting Corp.
Being an artist is not a career. It is a compulsive passion that, if you're very lucky, provides both great personal satisfaction and a lasting statement of who and what we are as a people.
Sandra Bromley, multidisciplinary artist Source http://www.expressnews.ualberta.ca/ExpressNews/articles/printer.cfm?p_ID+6003
No one knows the future, so you should invest yourself as strongly and as deeply as possible in what you like. That is the key to being happy...then you've solved half the problems...but only half.
Fernande Saint-Martin, art historian. Source: Claiming the Future; the inspiring lives of twelve Canadian women scientists and scholars. Markham, ON : Pembroke Publishers, 1991 pg. 16
Personne ne connait l'avenir. Alors consacrez-vous à ce que vous aimez, allez-y aussi à fond que possible. C'est ainsi que vous serez heureuses. Si vous faites cela, vous aurez résolus la moitié du problème...mais seulement la moitié.
Fernande Saint-Martin, Professeure d'histoire de l'art. Source: Se Batir un avenir: la vie facinante de douze canadiennes érudites. Markham, ON : Pembroke Publishers, 1991 pg. 18.
Don't ever let anyone tell you that you cannot go through a particular door. Always be prepared to go through an door that leads to your goal.
Ann Saddlemyer, literary historian. Source: Claiming the Future; the inspiring lives of twelve Canadian women scientists and scholars. Markham, ON : Pembroke Publishers, 1991 pg. 41.
Ne permettez jamais à personne de vous dire que vous ne pouvex pas vous engager dans tell our telle voie. Soyez toujours pretes à continuer jusqu'ç ce que vous atteigniez votre objectif.
Ann Saddlemyer, Historienne de la litérature. Source:
Source: Se Batir un avenir: la vie facinante de douze canadiennes érudites. Markham, ON : Pembroke Publishers, 1991 pg. 18.
A given step, however small it may appear to one, may represent a great deal to another. Every hurdle one surpasses makes one grow. I am just glad I was given the opportunity, resources, and support to surpass the hurdles that came my way.
Julie Payette, Canadian astronaut and first Canadian women to board the Space Station.
Source: Canuck Quotes: Quotes by Canadians or about Canada. http://canadianaconnection.com/cca/canuckquotes.htm (accessed July 16, 2005)
Success is a mixture of skills, competence, luck and hard work: with a bit of effort, I believe the world can be at our feet.
Julie Payette, Canadian astronaut and first Canadian women to board the Space Station. Source: Canuck Quotes: Quotes by Canadians or about Canada. http://canadianaconnection.com/cca/canuckquotes.htm (accessed July 16, 2005)
 
I have discovered that invention does not require a prerequisite of age gender, race or ability. It needs an eye for the obvious, an ear for the earnest and a nose for the now, a mouth for the moment and a touch of luck for the not-so inspired.
Marjorie Fehr, Inventor of a pet training device Source: women of invention  www.inventive women.com (accessed September 20, 2007)
 
It was lack of beauty that drove me to clowning and it was that clowning that eventually put me on stage. I firmly believed that I owe whatever good fortune that has come my way largely to the fact that I was born without a pretty face.
Marie Dressler
(1868-1934) Academy award winning comic actress Source: My own Story by Marie Dressler, Boston, Little, Brown, 1934 Chapter 1.
Well thanks to God, I soon learned to be just as happy when folks said ‘Isn’t she funny’ as if they had ah-ed and oh-ed and exclaimed ‘Isn’t she beautiful.’
Marie Dressler (1868-1934) Academy award winning comic actress Source: My own Story by Marie Dressler, Boston, Little, Brown, 1934 Chapter 1.
I think Oscar Wild wrote a poem about a robin who loved a white rose. He loved it so much that he pierced his breast and let his hearts blood turn the white rose red. Maybe this sounds very sentimental but for anybody who has loved a career as much as I've loved mine, there can be no short cuts.
Mary Pickford,
(1892-1979) Academy award winning actress and movie mogul Source: Mary Pickford Revealed.

I used to say, just think of yourself as on a horse with blinders on. You have a goal, go directly to it. I didn’t get discouraged.
Elizabeth “Betty” MacRae (1941 -   ) first Canadian Woman Neurosurgeon, Source: Herstory: The Canadian women’s Calendar 2007.

I was told I should be a beautician, a hairdresser, by a government official, because this is something I could aspire to. Now, nothing against hairstylists, but that’s not what I aspired to.
Roberta Jamieson (1953-   )  First aboriginal woman lawyer in Canada. Source: Roberta Jamieson: Chief Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. Contemporary Canadian Biographies. Thompson Gale, August 2003. (Accessed online June 2008.)

To other filmmakers with disabilities, I say,: DO IT!. There are opportunities and there are challenges, and there are many more films to be made. We have our own stories and people are hungry.
Bonnie Sherr Klein
(1941-   )  A quadriplegic, Klein is an award winning film producer who is a strong social advocate for making the world a better place with the accent on disabilities. Source: Emma Kivislid : Shameless. Interview with Bonnie Sherr Klein. in Horizons Spring 2007 p. 38.

 

Entrepreneurs need to have the sense of being absolutely crazy about their jobs, because that makes up for the nights you lie awake and wonder, “how am I going to make payroll?”
Kim McArthur, publisher of Canadian authors.
Source: Julie Maltby, ‘McArthur succeeds in print while world goes to web.’ University of Western Ontario, Alumni Gazette, Spring 2008 pg. 21.

I just do what I love to do and I love flying – I’m fortunate enough that it has worked out. But if I can influence not only young girls but boys to follow their passion then that’s good.

Lt Col. Maryse Carmichael
Source: Herstory 2012 page 83

Journalism is an entrée, a free pass to slip into other people’s skins for a brief moment and to witness there the full expression of human nature, from honour to evil and everything in between.

Heather Hiscox, CBC News Morning Anchor.
Source while receiving her honorary degree at Western October 2011.
University of Western Ontario, Alumni Gazette Winter 2012.
 

A presswoman’s value increases in proportion with the development of her own character and mentality and ability with which she responds to the need of her time. She Must be prepared for her age. She must never stop growing.
Isabel A. R. MacLean Editor Woman’s Page, Vancouver Daily Province 
Source: Canadian Women’s Press Club, Triennial Report. June 1913.
 

I’ve …discovered that whatever you do pretty much takes over if you want to be successful at it. 
Rachna Gilmore (1953-   ) governor general’s award winning young adult author.
Source: Rachna Gilmore by Dave Jenkinson. CM Magazine 2001 online (Accessed May 2014)

 
It is easy to conform to avoid criticism; just be nothing, say nothing, but there will be whole worlds that you will never enter and exquisite joys that you will never know the meaning of.
Flora MacDonald Denison (1867-1921) Author, feminist and suffragist.

 
I think maybe sometime we’re afraid to start things because  we’re afraid we may not succeed. It is so much easier to be successful in our daydreams.
Rachna Gilmore (1953-   ) governor general’s award winning young adult author.

Source: Rachna Gilmore by Dave Jenkinson. CM Magazine 2001 online (Accessed May 2014)
 

I look at the world through the prism of social work. That’s who I am, that’s who I’ll always be. You become a social worker because you want to reduce human suffering. It’s not for the status.
Akua Benjamin, Social Activist.

Source: Saskatoon Women’s Calendar Collective. Herstory 2007: The Canadian Women’s Calendar (Regina: Coteau Books, 2006) Page 66

On Being a Muscian
I wanted to develop the idea of torch and twang, that’s what is inside of me and it pretty much sums up the kind of music that interests me.
k.d. Lang (1961-   ) acclaimed singer.

On being an artist
After my husband died I felt very alone and unwanted; making prints is what has made me happiest since he died. I am going to keep on doing them until they tell me to stop. If no one tells me to stop, I shall make them as long as I am well. If I can, I’ll make them even after I am dead.
Pitseolak Ashoona (1904-1983) Inuit artist.

On Being an artist
Creative Art is ‘fresh seeing”. Why, ther is all the difference between copying and creating that there is between walking down a hard straight cement pavement and walking down a winding grassy lane with flowers peeping everywhere and the excitement of never knowing what is just around the next bend!
Emily Carr (1871-1945) acclaimed author and west coast artist.

On being an artist
The people do not exist for the sake of art, to give the painter fame or the picture a marker. On the Contrary, art exists for the sake of the people, to refresh the weary, to console the sad, toincrease man’s joy of living and his sympathies with all the world.
Madge Young Clement, Singer and 1st president of the Brandon Art Club, Manitoba.
Non Canadians
I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a  career.
Gloria Steinem -  noted American feminist and author
ON love

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The Eskimos had fifty-two names for snow because it was important to them. There ought to be as many for love.
 Margaret Atwood - Canadian author     
Source: quotedb.com
 I'm glad my courting days were over before cars came! There is no romance whatever in a car. A man can't safely 
drive it with one arm. And loitering is impossible.

Lucy Maud Montgomery - Canadian author. 
Source: personal correspondence of LMM,  letter to friend 1919
Nothing in love is small. Those who await grand occasions to express there tenderness do not know how to love. Marie-Louise-Félicité Angers - 1845-1924 first French Canadian woman novelist. Source: Laure Conan Angéine de Montbrun. Quebec : Brousseau, 1884 See Also: 100 Canadian heroines : famous and forgotten faces by Merna Forester Toronto : Dundurn Press, 2004 pg. 72.
Breaking a heard causes as much pain as having your heart broken. It's just the price of admission to the adult world.
Pamela Wallin - journalist and diplomat.
Source: A Canadian woman's wit and wisdom. Compiled by Cori Howard New York: Nine Publishers Inc, 2004 pg 60
Nobody dies from lack of sex. It's lack of love we die from.
Margaret Atwood, award winning author.
Source: A Canadian woman's wit and wisdom. Compiled by Cori Howard New York: Nine Publishers Inc, 2004 pg 71.
Isn't it better to wear the love of one man than the admiration of half a dozen?
Sara Jeannette Duncan, author. Source:The Imperialist (1904)
Love is so scarce in this world that we ought to prize it, however lowly the source from which it grows.
Susanna Moodie, (1803-1885) pioneer author. Source: Old Woodruff and his three wives (1847)

One can love at even the eleventh hour, and mayhap, the love brews the more ardent for the keeping.
Kit Coleman, (1856-1915) renowned Canadian journalist
Source Linda Kay, Sweet Sixteen :the journey that inspired the Canadian Women’s Press Club (McGill-Queens Press, 2012

ON politics

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If every intelligent woman made it a rule to learn something about her local, state or national government every day, more would be accomplished in a year toward governmental reform than by all the books and pamphlets written in a generation.
Cairine Wilson (1885-962) First woman appointed to the Senate of Canada , 1931. She was quoting Franklin Delano Roosevelt Source: Canadian Bar Review 1932.

I think countries relate to each other like kids in the school yard...because kids and countries act the same. It's jus that countries are bigger and have bigger weapons to bully people with. There's a lot of ego, a lot of "Whose got more 'Candy' whose got more power, more people behind them.

Frieda Wishinsky (1948-   ) Canadian children's author . Source: CM Magazine profile by Dave Jenkinson http://www.umanitoba.ca/cm/frofiles/wishnisky (accessed March 2007)

If you don't like bad news, you should get out of the leadership business. Your job is to hear as much bad news as there is out there and to figure out ways of dealing with it.
Kim Campbell, (1947-  ) First woman to be Prime Minister of Canada. Source: Influential and intriguing Canadians by Stephanie Kim Gibson, (Rubicon Books, 2003)
If democracy is right women should have it, if it isn't, men shouldn't have it.
May Clendenan, Western Canadian Women's rights advocate, February 1915. Source: Female Roles in World War Http://femalerolesinwwll.com (Accessed May 2009.)
Perhaps if I weed my father the ability to get into Parliament, I owed to my mother the ability to stand it when I got there.
Agnes MacPhail (1890-1954) first woman elected to the Canadian Parliament.
The way to get things out of a government is to back them to the wall, put your hands to their throats, and you will get al they have.  - speech to Southern Progressive Association, Regina Saskatchewan 1927.
Agnes MacPhail (1890-1954) 1st woman elected to the Canadian Parliament.
Change has to come from within. It’s ours. The government can’t do it. Its an act of imposition and oppression even if it’s a really good idea. Because it’s not ours. We have to do it.
Patricia Monture-Angus (1958-2010) Lawyer, activist, educator, author, scholar & mother.
Non Canadians
In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man--if you want anything  done, ask a woman.
Margaret Thatcher -  former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. 
ON poverty

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A poor man’s road to independence is always up-hill work. Duty fences the path on either side, and success waves her flag from the summit, but every step must be trod, often in ragged garments and with bare fee, if we would reach the top.
Suzannah Moodie in 1855. - Canadian pioneer settler and author.
Source: http://www.canadianquotations.com/poverty.html

Poverty is to be without sufficient money, but it is also to have little hope for better things. It is a feeling that one is unable to control one’s destiny, that one is powerless in a society that respects power. The poor have very limited access to means of making known their situation and their needs. To be poor is to feel apathy, alienation form society, entrapment, hopelessness and to believe that whatever you do will not turn out successfully. 
Canadian Royal Commission on the Status of Women, Report, 1970.

People never knew we were poor, but out of that poverty came the most incredible inventions - board games, recipes...we never stopped inventing.
Lynn Johnston (1947 -   ) award winning cartoonist Source Canadian Cyberquotes in the Ottawa Citizen Thursday December 16, 2004 pg F7,

Honest poverty is encouraged, not despised, in Canada. Few of her prosperous men have risen from obscurity to affluence without going through the mill, and therefore have a fell-feeling for those who are struggling to gain the first rung on the ladder.

Susanna Moodie Early pioneer and author in Roughing it in the bush, 1871

That is one consolation when you are poor - there are so many more things you can imagine about.  Anne of Green Gables first published 1908
Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874- 1942) internationally known author of Anne of Green Gables.
ON reading and Libraries

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Read a lot; that's what I did. It doesn't matter what your read --- read everything--- read what you like.
     Carol Matas - Canadian author.
Source: Meet Canadian authors and illustrators by Allison Gertridge [Toronto : Scolastic, 2002]
Read a 'Little'.
Jean Little - Canadian author. 
Source : author's web site
Books on shelves, books on stacks on tables, books in boxes in my basement, a tall pile of books on the floor beside my bed...sometimes I think I live in a very messy library!
Norah McClintock - Canadian author.
Source:  Meet Canadian authors and illustrators by Allison Gertridge [Toronto : Scolastic, 2002]
The world is changing and electronic publishing is part of threat, but there will always be a lap waiting for a book.
Maxine Trottier - Canadian Author.
Source:  Meet Canadian authors and illustrators by Allison Gertridge [Toronto ; Scolastic, 2002]
Most of your brain is involved when reading than it is when you watch television...because you are supplying just about everything. You're the creator.
Margaret Atwood - (1939-  ) Award winning Canadian author. Source: Canadian Cyberquotes. Ottawa Citizen, January 2, 2005 Pg B11.
Books can be a form of salvation, a way out of loneliness, a method of understanding and of being understood.
Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Governor General of Canada. 
Source: Speech on the Occasion of a Luncheon Hosted by the Regina Public Library, Regina, Monday May 16, 2005. http;//www.gg.ca/media/doc.asp?lang=e&DocID=4443 (accessed May 18, 2005.
Les livres peuvent être d'un certain secours; ils peuvent nous sortir de la solitude, nous aider à comprendre et à être compris
Son Excellence la très honorable Adrienne Clarkson Source: Discours à l’occasion d’un déjeuner offert par la Bibliothèque publique de Regina Regina, le lundi 16 mai 2005 (trouvé May 18, 2005)

That's what books did, and still do. They help us to understand, to be hopeful, and to prepare ourselves for what comes next.
Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Governor General of Canada.  Source: Speech on the Occasion of a Luncheon Hosted by the Regina Public Library, Regina, Monday May 16, 2005. http;//www.gg.ca/media/doc.asp?lang=e&DocID=4443 (accessed May 18, 2005.
C'est ce que les livres ont fait pour eux, et c'est ce qu'ils continuent de faire. Ils nous aident à comprendre, à garder l'espoir et à nous préparer à ce qui nous attend.
Son Excellence la très honorable Adrienne Clarkson Source: Discours à l’occasion d’un déjeuner offert par la Bibliothèque publique de Regina Regina, le lundi 16 mai 2005 (trouvé May 18, 2005)

The public library really is a kind of temple, and it ministers to the needs of the spirit as much as it does to the requirements of our minds.
Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Governor General of Canada.  Source: Speech on the Occasion of a Luncheon Hosted by the Regina Public Library, Regina, Monday May 16, 2005. http;//www.gg.ca/media/doc.asp?lang=e&DocID=4443 (accessed May 18, 2005.
La bibliothèque publique est réellement une espèce de temple qui répond aux besoins de notre âme autant qu'aux besoins de notre intellect.
Son Excellence la très honorable Adrienne Clarkson Source: Discours à l’occasion d’un déjeuner offert par la Bibliothèque publique de Regina Regina, le lundi 16 mai 2005 (trouvé May 18, 2005)

Our links to the past, our bonds with the present, our path to a civilized tomorrow are all maintained by libraries.
Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Governor General of Canada.  Source: Speech on the Occasion of a Luncheon Hosted by the Regina Public Library, Regina, Monday May 16, 2005. http;//www.gg.ca/media/doc.asp?lang=e&DocID=4443 (accessed May 18, 2005.
Nos liens avec le passé, nos liens avec le présent et le chemin qui nous conduira vers un avenir civilisé sont tous maintenus par nos bibliothèques.
Son Excellence la très honorable Adrienne Clarkson Source: Discours à l’occasion d’un déjeuner offert par la Bibliothèque publique de Regina Regina, le lundi 16 mai 2005 (trouvé May 18, 2005)

I'm convinced that everybody who's a writer is a reader. Every Friday, as a child, I went to the local library and took out the maximum six books. I loved the library, and it was my second home, In New York, you didn't have malls, and so kids would hang out and socialize in the library.

Frieda Wishinsky (1948-   ) Canadian children's author . Source: CM Magazine profile by Dave Jenkinson http://www.umanitoba.ca/cm/frofiles/wishnisky (accessed March 2007)

All the years I was growing up, I read constantly. As soon as I finished one book, my father , a Rhodes scholar and himself a great reader, would always bring me three or four more books to read.

Joan Weir, (1928 -  ) author  Source: Joan Weir by David Jenkinson, CM Magazine http://umanitoba.ca/cm/profiles/weir.html (accessed January 2007)

I think an essential element of a picture book is repeatability - a story involving a sequence of emotions and ideas that the reader wants to go through again another time. A book is an experience and some of the not-so-goo books out there are only a one-time experience at best. You read it, enjoy it, fine - it's over. Kids deserve better.  Source: Loris Lesynski in CM Magazine online accessed January 2007.
Loris Lesynski, Canadian author and illustrator of children's books.

 

ON self confidence
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There's no magic formula for success. Ultimately, it's about believing in yourself, making realistic goals, believing you can achieve them and going for them without hesitation: Live with no regrets.
Lauren Woolstencroft (1981-  ) winner of 50 medals in Paralympics skiing. Source: Meet Olympic ski champion Lauren Woolstencroft by Clare Tattersall in Canadian Living http//www.canadianliving.com accessed June 2011.
 
Whatever women must do they must do twice as well as men to be thought Half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.
Charlotte Whitton - (1896-1975) first woman mayor of a large urban Canadian city (Ottawa)

The hike taught me a great lesson – what men have done, women can more than do.
Jennie Dill - Canadian “power walker” who walked with her husband 3,650 miles (Halifax - Vancouver). 
On the way she shot a timber wolf that attacked her husband.
Source:
www.coolwomen.ca/coolwomen/cwsite.nsf/formTimeline?OpenForm

We all have ability. The difference is how we use it.
Charlotte Whitton  - first woman  mayor of a large urban Canadian city (Ottawa).  
Source:   www.thinkexist.com
I saw what could be done for I had a vision of a new world as I talked.
Nellie McClung - MLA of Alberta, author and one of the "Famous Five"
Source: Poster produced by Famous Five Foundation
It seems to me there is always somebody to tell you [you] can't accomplish a thing, and to discourage you from even attempting it. If you are going to let other people decide what you are able to do, I don't think you will ever do much of any thing
Katherine Stinson. Pioneer aviator well known in western Canadian skies Source: Rebel women : Achievements beyond the ordinary ( Series , Amazing stories) by Linda Kupecek. Canmore, AB : Altitude Publishing, 2003.
Perhaps if I owed my father the ability to get into Parliament, I owed my mother the ability to stand it when I got there.
Agnes Macphail -  Politician. Source: A Canadian woman's wit and wisdom. Compiled by Cori Howard New York: Nine Publishers Inc, 2004 pg 97.
This thing that we call 'failure' is not the falling down but the staying down.
Mary Pickford - movie star and Hollywood businesswoman.
Source: A Canadian woman's wit and wisdom. Compiled by Cori Howard New York: Nine Publishers Inc, 2004 pg 110
It's the moment you think you can't that you realize you can.
Céline Dion (1968-   ) world award winning singer .Source: http://thinkexist.com (Accessed March 23, 2008)
I wasn't built for going backwards, when I once step forward, I must go ahead.
Katherine Ryan "Klondike Kate"  Source: Herstory: A Canadian Women's Calendar 1994 Coteau Books, 1993. Page 94.

Non Canadians

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission.
Eleanor Roosevelt - former first lady of the US, author and lecturer  
We cannot all do great things but we can do small things with great love.
Mother Teresa - world humanitarian
ON society

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In a society where many traditions were formed in the first half of the 20th century and where the world is changing, it's a good idea to revisit ideas that haven't bee revisited for a longtime.
Jalynn H. Bennet, entrepreneur   Source: The power 50: Canada's most influential women. National Post, March 4, 2000
The test of a prison system is the number of prisoners who never return. Helen MacGill, (1864-1947) Judge and author. Comment to the Canadian Penal Conference in Montreal   Source E. M. G.  MacGill My mother the judge. (Toronto, Ryerson Press, 1955)

I realize it’s not through our political leaders or huge international conferences that we are going to see change.
Severn Cullis-Suzuki (1979…) International youth environmental activist Source: Eric Volmers, Suzuki looks south to define our identity. Guelph Mercury, November 3, 2008

There’s this idea that we are looking out for each other because we are all minorities of some sort, I think that has been embedded into our cultural mentality.
Severn Cullis-Suzuki (1979…) International youth environmental activist Source: Eric Volmers, Suzuki looks south to define our identity. Guelph Mercury, November 3, 2008

Achieving multiculturalism “means the transformation of society, the incorporation of all the goodness and values people have brought her.”
Kogila Moodley
Source: First Generation by Nancy Kickerbocker (Vancouver, Asia Pacific Iniative, 1990) Page 15.

 
ON Space

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To fly in space is to see the reality of earth, alone, to touch the earth after is to see beauty for the first time.

Roberta Bondar (1945- ) First Canadian woman in space, photographer, environmentalist, author. Source: Roberta Bondar web site  http://www.robertabondar.com/ (accessed March 2007)

ON sport

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Sport is a peaceful means for people to strive for excellence and to be the best that they can be. Conflict, armed or otherwise, is a means for people to destroy themselves, their environment and the potential of the universe. Sporting organizations have an obligation to spread their message and help young people choose between conflict and healthy competition.
 Carol Anne Letheren - former CEO & Secretary General, Canadian Olympic Association, IOC member in Canada. 
Source : Canquote http://www.ottres.ca/hconline/canquotes/canquote.html?message=&obnumber=260
You need intelligence to ski. A dummy has never succeeded in a competitive  skiing--there are just too many mental problems to cope with out on the hills.
Nancy Greene, Olympic medalist in skiing. Source: Autobiography (1963)
ON voting

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“Who will mind the baby”  cried one of our public men, in great agony of spirit. “when the mother goes to vote?” .  One woman replied that she thought she could get the person that minded it when she went to pay her taxes – which seemed to be a fairly reasonable proposition.
Nellie McClung -  Canadian Feminist, author, member of the "Famous Five"

But I do hope that it will in some measure open the eyes of humanity to the truth that the women who bear and train the nation's sons should have some voice in the political issues that may send those sons to die on the battlefields.

Lucy Maud Montgomery Author. Source: as spoken to a reporter in 1915.  http://imm.confererationcentre.com/eng/collecting/collecting-1-6.html (accessed April 2007)

ON writing

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Artists, the real ones, the committed ones, have always sought, sometimes in ways prophetic and beyond their own times, to clarify and proclaim and enhance life, not to obscure and demean and destroy it. Even the so-called literature of despair is not really that at all. Despair is total silence, total withdrawal. Art, by its very nature is necessary expression , is an act of faith, an acknowledgement of the profound mystery at the core of life.
Margaret Lawrence (1926-1987) acclaimed writer.

 
   
Writing is the hardest work I have ever loved.
Maralee Grerke, Poet Source: Late bloomer – on writing later in life by Naomi Beth Wakan (Toronto: Woolsack and Wynn, 2005
 
   
It's the most exasperating craft, but you can't pull yourself away from it.
Linda Granfield. Canadian author   Source: Meet Canadian authors and illustrators by Allison Gertridge [Toronto : Scolastic, 2002]
Writing is like playing some sort of game...you get so into it that the world disappears and you get to be powerful and in charge.
Sarah Elli - Canadian author. Source: Meet Canadian authors and illustrators by Allison Gertridge [Toronto : Scolastic, 2002
It doesn't do any good to hit the front of  your head and say 'Give me an idea!'
Monica Hughes. - Canadian author  Source: Meet Canadian authors and illustrators by Allison Gertridge [Toronto : Scolastic, 2002]
I don't believe there's any such thing as making a mistake but I believe in changes.
Brenda Clark. - Canadian author Source: Meet Canadian authors and illustrators by Allison Gertridge [Toronto : Scolastic, 2002]
If I can write a fine sentence in one day, I can be happy the whole day.
Claire Mckay - Canadian author
. Source: Meet Canadian authors and illustrators by Allison Gertridge [Toronto : Scolastic, 2002]
A word after a word after a word is power.
Margaret Atwood - 1939-    international award wining Canadian author.  Source: Canadian women's whit and wisdom. Compiled by Cori Howard New York : Nine Publishing, 2004 Pg 13
I never expect to be famous, I merely want to have a recognized place among good workers in my chosen profession.
Lucy Maud Montgomery - 1874-1942. - author. Source: The alpine path : the story of my career by Lucy Maud Montgomery Don Mills, ON : Fitzhenry and Whiteside [1974] c1917. pg. 64
When I say 'work' I only mean writing. Everything else is just odd jobs.
Margaret Lawrence - author.
Source: A Canadian woman's wit and wisdom. Compiled by Cori Howard New York: Nine Publishers Inc, 2004 pg 108
I'm inspired every morning at half-past nine. Writing is a habit and once you get it, something inside helps you to go on.
Madge MacBeth,(1878-1965) prolific multimedia author Source: No Daughter of mine: The women and history of the Canadian women's press club 1904-1971 by Kay Rex (Toronto, Cedar Cave Publishing, 1995)
When I am working on a book, I often have to get up in the middle of the night to add something, or write down an idea.
Madge MacBeth,(1878-1965) prolific multimedia author Source: No Daughter of mine: The women and history of the Canadian women's press club 1904-1971 by Kay Rex (Toronto, Cedar Cave Publishing, 1995)
I get ideas for books from life, mostly my own life, but sometimes it's something that a kid says.

Frieda Wishinsky (1948-   ) Canadian children's author . Source: CM Magazine profile by Dave Jenkinson http://umanitoba.ca/cm/frofiles/wishnisky (accessed March 2007)

Growing Up, I always wanted to write. When I was a child I used to write things and read them to my dog who loved them and that encouraged me.

Joan Weir, (1928 -  ) author  Source: Joan Weir by David Jenkinson, CM Magazine http://umanitoba.ca/cm/profiles/weir.html (accessed January 2007)

My historical novels all grow from the research I have done for my histories…That provides the background – sometimes relationships – and often some of the conflict. Then I bring the stories to life and involve the reader by introducing and developing my characters.

Joan Weir, (1928 -  ) author  Source: Joan Weir by David Jenkinson, CM Magazine http://umanitoba.ca/cm/profiles/weir.html (accessed January 2007)

One of the most fascinating things about writing is that the characters really do become real people. It’s almost as if you know them, and you find yourself talking to them.

Joan Weir, (1928 -  ) author  Source: Joan Weir by David Jenkinson, CM Magazine http://umanitoba.ca/cm/profiles/weir.html (accessed January 2007)

I have to know “why” I’m writing the book before I start. I don’t know the ending. I think the ending has to grow out of what happens as your characters suddenly take on a life of their own which is greater than you thought when you started. It’s out of their growth that the ending grows. And very often the ending isn’t what you thought, even in a sort of vague way, that it was going to be at all.

Joan Weir, (1928 -  ) author  Source: Joan Weir by David Jenkinson, CM Magazine http://umanitoba.ca/cm/profiles/weir.html (accessed January 2007)

Mysteries are like a crossword puzzle, and you have to write them backwards. All the time you’re writing, you’ve got to be setting the bona fide clues because you have to play faire with the reader; however, you’ve got to cover them in such a way that they aren’t necessarily seen as clues at the time. At the same time, you’ve got to lay all the false leads, and then you’ve got to know where you’re going yourself. You have to think almost in terms of knowing the end before you write the beginning!

Joan Weir, (1928 -  ) author  Source: Joan Weir by David Jenkinson, CM Magazine http://umanitoba.ca/cm/profiles/weir.html (accessed January 2007)

I can’t sit down and say “I think I will write a book. What will I write?’ In the back of my mind, I have to have something that’s needing at me all the time, saying ‘Write me! Write me!’ Then I say to myself. “I’ve got to write that book.’ Because I really want to get those ideas out.

Joan Weir, (1928 -  ) author  Source: Joan Weir by David Jenkinson, CM Magazine http://umanitoba.ca/cm/profiles/weir.html (accessed January 2007)

The only way I can write is for my subconscious to take over so that, when I’m doing something else, perhaps when I’m in the shower or getting dinner ready, suddenly something clicks and that’s what I’ve got to do with so and so”. I immediately get a piece of paper and write id down because , if I don’t, I forget.
Joan Weir, (1928 -  ) author 
Source: Joan Weir by David Jenkinson, CM Magazine http://umanitoba.ca/cm/profiles/weir.html (accessed January 2007)

No writing in Canada carries such influence as journalism. People who seldom or never read a book, read the newspapers.
Maza de la Roche,(1897-1961)  author, the introduction to Northern lights, 1960.
A writer's mind seems to be stimulated partly in the solar plexus and partly in the head.
Ethel Wilson, author. Source: Canadian Literature , Fall 1959.
Get to the point as directly as you can, never use a big work if a little one will do.
Emilie Carr,(1871-1945)  Artist & author. Source: Growing pints, 1946.
It was absolutely necessary that I should be on the scene where my story was laid.
Margaret Marshall Saunders
Source: The story of my life, margaret Marshall Saunders, Ontario Library Review 1927 pg. 225.

Writing is like a bonsai. It takes a lot of effort, patience and careful pruning. At the end of it all, one runs the risk of hearing an unimaginative viewer/reader call it nothing but a mere stunted creation. I write storylines prolifically in my head, a minimal quantity of which is written down on paper, of which a trickle is sent out, of which a reasonable ratio gets into print. 
Uma Parameswaran, Canadian award winning author. Source: Manitoba Author Publication List – online 9Accessed May 28, 2008

Read a lot. Write something every day. On outline is useful if you are working on a long piece. For poetry, get someone else to read the draft aloud – your choice of words should be such that they force someone other than yourself to read it the same way you would.
Uma Parameswaran, Canadian award winning author. Source: Manitoba Author Publication List – online 9Accessed May 28, 2008.

I haven't written a book where I didn't have something I felt deeply about and that I wanted to explore.
Karleen Bradford (1936-  ) Canadian author of books for youth. Source: "Karleen Bradford: Nomad scribe". by Maureen Sarvie. in Quill and Quire August 1996 Online Accessed July 2011.
When people ask me for advice on how to become a writer I say first of all, you just write, write and write some more. And the next thing I tell them is to read, read, and read some more.
Karleen Bradford (1936-  ) Canadian author of books for youth. Source: "Karleen Bradford: Nomad scribe". by Maureen Sarvie. in Quill and Quire August 1996 Online Accessed July 2011.
As I see it, the greatest asset for a reporter is to feel what you’re writing about, so that when you come upon a story you fee a lump rise in your throat and when you recognize an injustice, feel that a wrong has been done I don’t think anybody should take up pencil and Peace to write a story unless they can first feel it.
Margaret “Ma” Murray (1888-1982) editor and journalist of Alaska Highway News.

Source: “Ma Murray: Fighting Editor of the Peace” by Stephen Franklin in Weekend Magazine Vol. 8 No. 23 1958

I write because I still believe that words have magic, that they can change things…
Lorna Crozier , Canadian author
Source: Herstory: the Canadian Women’s Calendar 2012 page 91.
 

Writing for me is very much an exploration. I look for answers that I don’t even know the questions to. Often I write to find the questions and maybe some direction to the answer.
Rachna Gilmore (1953-   ) governor general’s award winning author
Source: Rachna Gilmore by Dave Jenkinson. CM Magazine 2001 online (Accessed May 2014)
When I write a story, I always do the research afterwards because I want the creative leap of the imagination and its truth to come first. Only then can I do the research and wee where it fits.
Rachna Gilmore (1953-   ) governor general’s award winning author
Source: Rachna Gilmore by Dave Jenkinson. CM Magazine 2001 online (Accessed May 2014)

Like every other form of art, literature is no more and nothing less than a matter of life and death. The only question work asking about a story – or a poem, or a piece of sculpture, or a new concert hall 0 is, is it dead or alive? If a work of the imagination needs to be coaxed into life, it is better scrapped and forgotten.
Mavis Gallant (1922-   ) acclaimed author.

In the only address that I made, I said that I thought of the writers of this country as being members of a kind of tribe…there is still that tremendous sense of belonging to a community. And we all need that sense of community.
Margaret Lawrence (1926-1987) acclaimed author.
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In many places, women’s intelligence is an untapped resource. If you foster it, the benefits spill over from the domestic sphere into public life.
Sally Armstrong,, Canadian author. Source: Sally Armstrong, Assent of women: A New Age is Dawning For Every Mother’s Daughter. (Vintage Canada, 2013) .  
 
   
Being in a leadership position does not make you a leader. ...Leaders are identified by a community. You become identified as a leader when others recognize that you contribute to some meaningful change.  2005
Akuda Benjamin Social activist. Source: Profiles of Peaceful women by Sierra Bacquie on Section15.ca Accessed June 2011.
 
There is a kind of glory in sudden death: to go down at the peak of one's powers with both achievement and potential untarnished, all flags flying. The light is snapped off before it has had a chance to dim or fade, One giant step into the next world. But O pity the survivors.
Betty Jane Wylie, author. Source: Beginnings, a book for widows. 1977.
 
There are two kinds of art, man art and woman art. They are two different kinds of people, so the art comes out differently.
Joyce Wieland, (1931-1998) artist,  Source: Women in the arts in Canada, by Sandra Gwyn . Status of Women studies. Royal Commission on the Status of Women.  1971.
 
   
In the scrolls of the future it is already written that the centre of the Empire must shift, and where, if not to Canada? Sara Jeanette Duncan, (1862-1922) author. Source: The Imperialist, 1904 Pg 399.  
   
Behind every successful man is a surprised woman.
Maryon Pearson-  wife or former Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson
Snow in April is abominable', said Anne. 'Like a slap in the face when you expected a kiss.'
Lucy Maude Montgomery - Canadian author from her book : Anne of Ingleside,  1939
Television without an audience is like doing summer stock in an iron lung
Beatrice Lillie - 1894-1989 comedienne Source: Beatrice Lillie: the funniest woman in the world. New York: Wynwood Press , 1989 p 229. SEE ALSO 100 Canadian heroines; famous and forgotten faces by Merna Forester  Toronto: Dundurn Press, 2004 pg 137.
It is good to live in these first days when the foundations of things are being laid, to be able, now and then, to place a stone or carry the mortar to set it good and true.
Emily Murphy - 1868-1933. - feminist, social activist and member of the "Famous Five".
Source: the Famous 5: their legacy by the Heritage community Foundation http://collections.ic.gc.ca/famous5 as located December 2004.
Substantial foods is like hugs, but fancies might come under the 'ead kisses.
Mazo de L Roche, (1897-1961) Author Source: Explorers of the Dawn (1922)
...good food means good materials, lovingly prepared by someone who cares for the people who will eat it.
Mme Jehane Benoit, (1904-1987) famous chef and author.
Source The Canadian Cookbook.
What need has a man of brains when he goes into politics? Brainy men make the trouble
Nellie McClung, (1873-1951) politician Source: Sewing seeds in Danny (1911)
Why is it...that when people have no capacity for private usefulness they should be so anxious to serve the public?
Sara Jeannette Duncan, author Source: The Imperialist ( 1904)
Personally I have never seen much point in lists of 10, but they have always been popular. I believe the first to come out with one was GOD!
Barbara Amiel, author and journalist. Source: The first original unexpurgated authentic Canadian book of lists. (Toronto, Pagurian Press, 1978. )
The way to get things out of a government is to back them to the wall, and your hands to their throats and you will get all they have.
Agnes MacPhail, (1890-1954) First woman elected to the Canadian Parliament. Source: Speech to Southern Progressive Association, Regina, SK, 1927.
I have moved to music, wrapped myself in song as with a silver cloak , how bright, how splendid!
Audrey Alexander Brown, (1904-   ) Canadian poet & author. Source: The Singer grows old. 1943

So how does a business survive in constantly changing environments?
When change hits, a common response is denial or trying to adapt with a business model that no longer works. We can influence the outcome in changing environments more rapidly by first recognizing that we actually need to survive and then moving to survive with new ideas.
Roberta Bondar. First Canadian woman in space, photographer, environmentalist, author. Source: Roberta Bondar Website  http://www.robertabondar.com/latest_writings.php   (Accessed March 2007)

 

The people do not exist for the sake of art, to give the painter fame or the picture a market. On the contrary, art exists for the sake of the people, to refresh the weary, to console the sad, to increase man's joy of living and his sympathies with all the world.
Madge Young Clement, singer and first president of The Brandon Art Club Source Heroines .ca (accessed March 2007)

 

It wouldn't be half so interesting if we knew all about everything would it?
Lucy Maud Montgomery, (1874  -1942) Internationally respected author of Anne of Green Gables. Source: Anne of Green Gables.

 

Language is a part of your blood, it makes you who you are. It cannot die. Dora Wasserman (1919-2003) founder of The Yiddish Theatre, Montreal. Source: Peritz, Ingrid. Guardian of Yiddish Culture dies. Globe and Mail. December 17, 2003 A *

 
A child that has a quick temper, just blaze up and cool down, ain't likely to be sly or deceitful.  - Anne of Green Gables first published 1908
Lucy Maud Montgomery 1874-1942) Internationally known author of Anne of Green Gables.
 

Try and be a good neighbour, and always have an ear of the youth , because sometimes they need it
Rose Gariepy Fleury (1926-   ) renowned Métis genealogist
Source: Herstory 2012

 

 
Home, I have come to understand, does not only have to be “where the heart is”. It can be anywhere that you decide to live, and live well. You make a place your home when it becomes a point of purpose , of decision, and of life. You make home, wherever that may be, and it travels with you. Home. In my experience is a verb.
Megan Cécile Radford Freelance journalist

 
 
Fame is a very superficial pedestal
k.d. Lang  country music artist.
Source: Speaking of Success by Pamela Wallin (Key Porter Books, 2001)

 
 

Volunteers care, and because they care, they are determined to shape the world in which they are living. They are willing to lend a helping hand to their neighbours when there is a need; and in taking action they encourage others to join forces for change.

Sharon Capeling-Alakija Correspondence with SWCC November 1998
Source: Herstory ; the community worker Herstory 2000 (Coteau Books 1999) page 38.
 

 
I don’t ever feel like we’re there. I know it’s going to work, but it’s not just one destination. It’s a continuous journey. I’ve never stopped and thought “Wow we’re there.” There’s always more to do.
Hana Zalzal (1964-  ) Cargo Cosmetics founder and CEO.

 
 
 Every set of ears hears a different story when they listen to the same story
Louise Profelt-LeBlanc founder of Yukon Story Telling Festival. Source: Herstory 2010
 
 

I believe in truth. It is the beginning of every thought. I take the quest for truth to mean to continue to educate ourselves, all your lives to be open to experience, to test things with an open mind and a keen expression, to have the courage to care deeply about such matters as social justice,…life is an adventure. The adventure has to do with love but also mostly with the search for truth. When you have truth you have meaning. When you have meaning you have it all.
Rev. Lois Miriam  Wilson (1927 -   )  Source:Lois M. Wilson I want to be in that number: cool saints I have known. (self published, 2014) page 110.

 
There is nothing more enriching, more readily dynamic in the life of a community than an adequate library.
Nora Bateson, Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library Source: Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library web site Accessed July 2015.
 
Well, Thank God, I soon learned to be just as happy when folks said “Isn’t she funny” as if they had ah-ed and oh-ed and exclaimed, “Isn’t she beautiful”.
Marie Dressler, (1868-1934) Academy award winning actor. Source: My own story by Marie Dressler, (Boston: Little Brown, 1934)