Vera Brittain

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Vera Mary Brittain, (December 29, 1893March 29, 1970) was an English writer, feminist and pacifist, best remembered as the author of the best-selling 1933 memoir Testament of Youth, recounting her experiences during World War I and the growth of her ideology of Christian pacifism.


  • All that a pacifist can undertake—but it is a very great deal—is to refuse to kill, injure or otherwise cause suffering to another human creature, and untiringly to order his life by the rule of love though others may be captured by hate.
    • What Can We Do In Wartime?", in Forward (Scotland, September 9, 1939)
  • Meek wifehood is no part of my profession;
    I am your friend, but never your possession.
    • Married Love
  • Politics are usually the executive expression of human immaturity.
    • The Rebel Passion, ch. 1 (1964)
  • I know one husband and wife who, whatever the official reasons given to the court for the break up of their marriage, were really divorced because the husband believed that nobody ought to read while he was talking and the wife that nobody ought to talk while she was reading.
    • Quoted in Jilly Cooper and Tom Hartman, Violets and Vinegar, "The Battle Done," (1980)

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