Quotation by Ruth Benedict

We have not the motive to prepare ourselves for a "life-work" of teaching, of social work—we know that we would lay it down with hallelujah in the height of our success, to make a home for the right man. And all the time in the background of our consciousness rings the warning that perhaps the right man will never come. A great love is given to very few. Perhaps this make-shift time filler of a job is our life work after all.
Ruth Benedict (1887–1948), U.S. anthropologist. An Anthropologist at Work, part 2 (1959).

Written in her journal during October 1912, while teaching in a girls' boarding school. Two years later, she married a biochemist. They had no children; eventually, she became a noted anthropologist.
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