Olive Schreiner

Olive Schreiner
Olive Schreiner
  • Born: March 24, 1855
  • Died: December 11, 1920
  • Nationality: South African
  • Profession: Writer

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Olive Schreiner was a South African author, anti-war campaigner and intellectual. She is best remembered today for her novel The Story of an African Farm which has been highly acclaimed since its first publication in 1883 for the bold manner in which it deals with some of the burning issues of the day, including agnosticism, existential independence, individualism, the professional aspirations of women, and the elemental nature of life on the colonial frontier. In more recent studies she has also been identified as an advocate for those sidelined by the forces of British Imperialism, such as the Afrikaners, and later other South African groups like Blacks, Jews and Indians – to name but a few. Although she showed interest in socialism, pacifism, vegetarianism and feminism amongst other things, her true views escape restrictive categorisations. Her published works and other surviving writings promote implicit values like moderation, friendship and understanding amongst all peoples and avoid the pitfalls of political radicalism which she consciously eschewed. Although she may be called a lifelong freethinker, she continued to adhere to the spirit of the Christian Bible and developed a secular version of the worldview of her missionary parents, with mystical elements.

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We demand that, in the strange new world that is arising alike upon the man and the woman, where nothing is as it was, and all things are assuming new shapes and new relations, that in this new world we also have our share of honored and socially useful human toil, our full half of the labor of the Children of Women. We demand nothing more than this, and we will take nothing less. That is our ‘Woman’s Right’. Equality & Equal Opportunity
Everything has two sides - the outside that is ridiculous, and the inside that is solemn.
How hard it is to make your thoughts look anything but imbecile fools when you paint them with ink on paper.
It is finer to bring one noble human being into the world and rear it well... than to kill ten thousand.
Men are like the earth and we are the moon; we turn always one side to them, and they think there is no other, because they don't see it - but there is.
No good work is ever done while the heart is hot and anxious and fretted. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Our fathers had their dreams; we have ours; the generation that follows will have its own. Without dreams and phantoms man cannot exist.
Perhaps the old monks were right when they tried to root love out; perhaps the poets are right when they try to water it. It is a blood-red flower, with the color of sin; but there is always the scent of a god about it. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Religion & God
Power! Did you ever hear of men being asked whether other souls should have power or not? It is born in them. Power
There was never a great man who had not a great mother.
We were equals once when we lay new-born babes on our nurse's knees. We will be equal again when they tie up our jaws for the last sleep.