Quotation by Ellen Glasgow

A tragic irony of life is that we so often achieve success or financial independence after the chief reason for which we sought it has passed away.
Ellen Glasgow (1873–1945), U.S. novelist. The Woman Within, ch. 16 (1954).

Written in 1944. Glasgow, who became a widely recognized novelist only after decades of writing, was reflecting on the fact that her mother, whom she would have liked to aid financially, died before her first book was published.
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