Margaret Caroline Anderson

American editor, author

Margaret Caroline Anderson (November 24, 1886October 18, 1973) was founder and editor of the celebrated literary magazine The Little Review, which published modern American, English and Irish writers between 1914 and 1929.

People with heavy physical vibrations rule the world.


  • I was born to be an editor, I always edit everything. I edit my room at least once a week. Hotels are made for me. I can change a hotel room so thoroughly that even its proprietor doesn't recognize it... I edit people's clothes, dressing them infallibly in the right lines... I change everyone's coiffure — except those that please me — and these I gaze at with such satisfaction that I become suspect, I edit people's tones of voice, their laughter, their words. I change their gestures, their photographs. I change the books I read, the music I hear... It's this incessant, unavoidable observation, this need to distinguish and impose, that has made me an editor. I can't make things. I can only revise what has been made.
    • My Thirty Years' War: An Autobiography (Knopf, 1930, 274 pages), p. 58.
  • People with heavy physical vibrations rule the world.
    • My Thirty Years' War: An Autobiography (1930), ch. 6 (p. 251).
  • It has been years since I have seen anyone who could even look as if he were in love. No one's face lights up any more except for political conversation.
    • The Fiery Fountains (1951), part 1.
  • Life seems to be an experience in ascending and descending. You think you're beginning to live for a single aim — for self-development, or the discovery of cosmic truths — when all you're really doing is to move from place to place as if devoted primarily to real estate.
    • The Fiery Fountains (1951), part 1.
  • How can anyone be interested in war? — that glorious pursuit of annihilation with its ceremonious bellowings and trumpetings over the mangling of human bones and muscles and organs and eyes, its inconceivable agonies which could have been prevented by a few well-chosen, reasonable words. How, why, did this unnecessary business begin? Why does anyone want to read about it — this redundant human madness which men accept as inevitable?
    • The Strange Necessity (1969), part 1.
  • Intellectuals are too sentimental for me.
    • The Strange Necessity (1969), part 1.

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