The whole world of thought lay unexplored before me,—a world of which I had already caught large and tempting glimpses, and I did not like to feel the horizon shutting me in, even to so pleasant a corner as this.
Lucy Larcom (1824–1893), U.S. poet and teacher. A New England Girlhood, ch. 9 (1889).
On her yearning for the education denied her when her family's poverty forced her into mill work at age 11 and later into assisting with her older sister's domestic work. Eventually, Larcom became a teacher and a noted poet.