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Pain and fear and hunger are effects of causes which can be foreseen and known: but sorrow is a debt which someone else makes for us.

Freya Stark (1893-1993) Franco-British explorer, travel writer [Freya Madeline Stark]
Perseus in the Wind, ch. 16 (1948).
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Absence is one of the most useful ingredients of family life, and to do it rightly is an art like any other.

Freya Stark (1893-1993) Franco-British explorer, travel writer [Freya Madeline Stark]
The Freya Stark Story (1953)
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There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.

Freya Stark (1893-1993) Franco-British explorer, travel writer [Freya Madeline Stark]
The Journey’s Echo
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The great and almost only comfort about being a woman is that one can always pretend to be more stupid than one is and no one is surprised.

Freya Stark (1893-1993) Franco-British explorer, travel writer [Freya Madeline Stark]
The Valleys of the Assassins, ch. 2 (1934)
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Perhaps the best function of parenthood is to teach the young creature to love with safety, so that it may be able to venture unafraid when later emotion comes; the thwarting of the instinct of love is the root of all sorrow and not sex only but divinity itself is insulted when it is repressed.

Freya Stark (1893-1993) Franco-British explorer, travel writer [Freya Madeline Stark]
Traveller’s Prelude, ch. 10 (1950)
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