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...I never drink wine ... I keep my hands soft and supple ... I sleep in a soft bed and never over-tire my body. It is because when my hour strikes I must be a perfect instrument. My eyes must be steady, my brain clear, my nerves calm, my aim true. I must be prepared to do my work, successfully if God wills. But if I perish, I perish.
Lisa, Russian terrorist (anonymous) during reign of Czar Nicholas II. As quoted in A Woman of Fifty, 2nd. ed., ch. 8, by Rheta Childe Dorr (1924).

Said c. 1917.
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