Quotation by Ruth Benedict

... oh, I long to prove myself by writing! The best seems to die in me when I give it up. It is the self I love—not this efficient, philanthropic self.
Ruth Benedict (1887–1948), U.S. anthropologist. An Anthropologist at Work, part 2 (1959).

From a May 1917 entry in her journal. At the time, she was doing social work, struggling over a series of biographical sketches of famous women, and longing to be recognized for her verse. She would later become an important anthropologist, known for her scientific writing.
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