“If I can but feel that you are with me on this, the most important and trying task of my life, I pledge with all my heart I shall try to make Scarlett O'hara live as you described her in your brilliant book.” -Vivien Leigh’s telegram to Margaret Mitchell, January 1939.
“If the novel has a theme it is that of survival. What makes some people able to come through catastrophes and others, apparently just as able, strong and brave, go under? It happens in every upheaval. Some people survive; others don’t. What qualities are in those who fight their way through triumphantly that are lacking in those who go under…? I only know that the survivors used to call that quality ‘gumption.’So I wrote about the people who had gumption and the people who didn’t.” — Margaret Mitchell, 1936