Quotes by Winifred Holtby

"We're so busy resigning ourselves to the inevitable that we don't even ask if it is inevitable. We've got to have courage, to take our future into our hands. If the law is oppressive, we must change the law. If tradition is obstructive, we must break tradition. If the system is unjust, we must reform the system."

"I am a feminist because I dislike everything that feminism implies. I desire an end to the whole business, the demands for equality, the suggestion of sex warfare, the very name feminist. I want to be about the work in which my real interests like, the writing of novels and so forth. But while inequality exists, while injustice is done and opportunity denied to the great majority of women, I shall have to be a feminist. And I shan't be happy till I get . . . a society in which there is no distinction of persons either male or female, but a supreme regard for the importance of the human being. And when that dream is a reality, I will say farewell to feminism, as to any disbanded but victorious army, with honour for its heroes, gratitude for its sacrifice, and profound relief that the hour for its necessity has passed."

"But questioning does not mean the end of loving, and loving does not mean the abnegation of intelligence"

"I was born to be a spinster, and, by God, I'm going to spin."

"And not there, not there, not there,
Your laughing face and your wind-blown hair
Leave not even a ghost in the garden."

Books by Winifred Holtby

  • South Riding
  • 2,560 ratings
  • April 12th 2011 by Virago

    (first published 1936)

  • Poor Caroline
  • 103 ratings
  • June 1969 by C Chivers

    (first published 1931)

Winifred Holtby
  • Winifred Holtby

  • Date of birth: June 23, 1898
  • Died: September 29, 1935
  • Born: in The United Kingdom.

  • Description: Winifred Holtby was a committed socialist and feminist who wrote the classic South Riding as a warm yet sharp social critique of the well-to-do farming community she was born into.She was a good friend of Vera Brittain, possibly portraying her as Delia in The Crowded Street.She died at the age of 37.