Quotation by Beatrice Potter Webb

Perhaps I stand now on the eve of a new life, shall watch the sun rise and disappear behind a black cloud extending out into a grey sky cover. I shall not be deceived by its glory. If it is to be so, there is work and the influence that work brings, but not happiness. Am I strong enough to face that?
Beatrice Potter Webb (1858–1943), British author and socialist. As quoted in Beatrice Webb, ch. 7, by Carole Seymour-Jones (1992).

Written in her diary on July 7, 1883. Webb, one of nine daughters of a wealthy, socially prominent English family, was working with the poor under the auspices of Octavia Hill's Charity Organisation Society. A beautiful woman who was drawn to men, maternity, and the pleasures of high society, Webb struggled to renounce these things so that she might live a life of service. Eventually, she rejected the man she loved in favor of Sidney Webb, a poor man who repelled her physically but was her intellectual match. They married and together wrote many books, founded the London School of Economics, and were major theorists of Fabian Socialism. The marriage was childless and largely celibate.
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