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born 1867

Margaret Tobin Brown became famous as a heroic survivor of the Titanic shipwreck that killed 1,500, but her spirit + aspirations were "unsinkable" throughout her colorful career as a leading philanthropist, activist and socialite. 

A renaissance woman who dabbled and dug into myriad humans rights causes, Margaret made an impact wherever she went. She ran for US Senate before women could even vote; she pioneered what is now the juvenile criminal justice system; she won awards for a spontaneous late-life acting career. 

Equal to seeing through whatever challenge she put to herself or the world, she's a good reminder that persistence pays off.

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her quotes

all quotes by Margaret Tobin "Molly" Brown (11)

"Typical Brown luck. We're unsinkable."

to reporters at Pier 54 about surviving the sinking of the Titanic | april 1912

"I have not been made afraid by my experience. I have no fear of water. I simply did what was to be done. For fifteen years I have labored in Denver with Judge Lindsey in rescue work, and when my time came I did what I could."

Women Revealed as Heroines by Wreck | april 1912

"Money can't make a man or woman . . . It isn't who you are, nor what you have, but what you are that counts."

The Denver Post | april 1912

"Really, we think too much about too many clothes. If you have only one suitable gown for each occasion, it saves no end of worry."

to Denver Post reporter | april 1912

"Thanks for the kind thoughts. Water was fine and swimming good. Neptune was exceedingly kind to me and I am now high and dry."

to her attorney in Denver after the sinking of the Titanic | may 1912

"If I must call a specialist to examine my head it is due to the title of Heroine of the Titantic."

to her daughter after the sinking of the Titantic | may 1912

"After being brined, salted, and pickled in mid ocean I am now high and dry."

to her daughter after the sinking of the Titanic | may 1912

"As long as they're talking about me, I don't care what they say."

to a reporter | circa 1920

"I am a daughter of adventure. This means I never experience a dull moment and must be prepared for any eventuality . . . That's my arc, as the astrologers would say. It's a good one, too, for a person who had rather make a snap-out than a fade-out of life."

The Denver Post | august 1923

"I am a daughter of adventure. This means I never experience a dull moment and must be prepared for any eventuality."

The Denver Post | august 1923

"Give me every time the rugged men of the West. Why, in France there are only perfumed and unbathed Continental gallants—in England only brandy-soaked British gents."

to reporter about her alleged engagement to a 76-year-old French duke | circa 1925
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curated with care by Alicia Williamson {october 2014}