anita-pollitzer

Alice Paul and Anita Pollitzer at Susan B. Anthony’s grave.

“Alice Paul and Anita Pollitzer pictured at the grave of Susan B. Anthony, not dated. Black and white photograph.”

Photograph from the Anita Pollitzer Family Papers held by the South Carolina Historical Society.

I think we must even keep ourselves from feeling too much

You mustn’t get so excited… You wear out the most precious things you have by letting your emotions and feelings run riot at such a rate… Dont you think we need to conserve our energies — emotions and feelings for what we are going to make the big things in our lives instead of letting so much run away on the little things everyday

Self-control is a wonderful thing — I think we must even keep ourselves from feeling to much — often — if we are going to keep sane and see with a clear unprejudiced vision —

I do not want to preach to you — I like you like you are — but I would like to think you had a string on yourself and that you were not wearing yourself all out feeling and living now — save a little so you can live always 

~ Georgia O'Keefe,  Lovingly, Georgia: The Complete Correspondence of Georgia O’Keeffe and Anita Pollitzer

P'raps your little sermons about not letting my emotions run riot are true, but it is more of a physical strain, Pat, to keep them quiet when they want to come out - I’d lots rather live hard than long!
—  Anita Pollitzer to Georgia “Pat” O'Keeffe

Georgia O'Keefe urging Anita Pollitz towards temperance and picking one’s emotional battles. (School of thought somewhat removed from the highly-suspect burning exploding yellow roman candles of a ribbity Jack Kerouac).

“You mustn’t get so excited… You wear out the most precious things you have by letting your emotions and feelings run riot at such a rate… Don’t you think we need to conserve our energies - emotions and feelings for what we are going to make the big things in our lives instead of letting so much run away on the little things everyday.
Self-control is a wonderful thing - I think we must even keep ourselves from feeling too much - often - if we are going to keep sane and see with a clear unprejudiced vision -
I do not want to preach to you - I like you like you are - but I would like to think you had a string on yourself and that you were not wearing yourself all out feeling and living now.”

Source: https://www.facebook.com/amrutapatil

Anita Pollitzer and Elie Edson at Muir Woods.

“Anita Pollitzer and Elie Edson at Muir Woods, 1929. On back on photograph: “To Mrs. Pollitzer: With love for her birthday, March 5th, 1930, we send this souvenir of one of our happiest days in California, when we played, as little children in fairy stories, alone in the Muir Woods, a glorious grove of Red Wood Trees – one thousand years old! Beneath our feet the dead leaves of many, many generations made a carpet of exquisite springy softness. The sunlight above could hardly find its way down to us through the thick foliage and so to get these photographs, we faced a long exposure of several minutes, scarcely daring to breathe! Elie.” Also, in pencil “#4 Dec. 22 ’29.” Photograph was taken by “F. Ransome, fotographer at Mt. Tamalpais and Muir Woods, California 5701 Vallejo St., N.W. Cor. Stanford Ave. Oakland, Cal.” Black and white photograph.”

Photograph from the Anita Pollitzer Family Papers held by the South Carolina Historical Society.