“Whenever people say ‘we mustn’t be sentimental,’ you can take it they are about to do something cruel. And if they add, ‘we must be realistic,’ they mean they are going to make money out of it.” – Brigid Brophy, English writer, pacifist, atheist, socialist, vegetarian, humanist, and animal rights activist, eloquently expressing something most of us know to be true.
In addition to having uncommonly enlightened views about the world, Brigid Brophy adored children, art, her friends, opera, soccer, Jane Austen, Aristotle, tennis, Shakespeare, Italy, Mozart, and the English language. In short, her life presents thoughtful people with an inspiring model well worth emulating.
Here’s another of my favorite Brigid Brophy quotes: “I refuse to consign the whole male sex to the nursery. I insist on believing that some men are my equals.” The first time I read those words, I immediately put down my rattle and climbed out of the playpen.