Quotation by Mary Antin

A proper autobiography is a death-bed confession. A true man finds so much work to do that he has no time to contemplate his yesterdays; for to-day and to-morrow are here, with their impatient tasks. The world is so busy, too, that it cannot afford to study any man's unfinished work; for the end may prove it a failure, and the world needs masterpieces.
Mary Antin (1881–1949), U.S. socialite and author; born in Russia. The Promised Land, Introduction (1912).

This, Antin's own autobiography, was written before her thirtieth birthday.
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