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born 1864

At the end of the 19th century, Nellie Bly was the name on every American's tongue. Known for pioneering investigative journalism, Nellie knew how to crack a story and even went undercover in harrowing circumstances ~ from factory floors to state-run asylums to active war zones ~ to expose corruption + wrongdoing.

Nellie's work not only earned the respect {and sometimes jealousy} of her colleagues, it also inspired real reform. In fact, Joseph Pulitzer's New York newspaper The World called her "the best reporter in America and that is saying a good deal."

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her quotes

all quotes by Nellie Bly (10)

"I have always been particular in stating only facts in all my work."

Untruths in Every Line | october 1887

"If one is traveling simply for the sake of traveling and not for the purpose of impressing one's fellow passengers, the problem of baggage becomes a very simple one."

Around the World in 72 Days | january 1890

"I need a vacation; why not take a trip around the world?"

Around the World in 72 Days | january 1890

"Let me rest rocked gently by the rolling sea, in a nest of velvety darkness, my only light the soft twinkling of the myriads of stars in the quiet sky above; my music, the round of the kissing waters, cooling the brain and easing the pulse; my companionship, dreaming my own dreams. Give me that and I have happiness in its perfection."

Around the World in 72 Days | january 1890

"If I loved and married, I would say to my mate: 'Come, I know where Eden is,' and like Edwin Arnold, desert the land of my birth for Japan, the land of love–beauty–poetry–cleanliness."

Around the World in Seventy-Two Days | january 1890

"I always have a comfortable feeling that nothing is impossible if one applies a certain amount of energy in the right direction."

Around the World in Seventy-Two Days | january 1890

"They can talk of the companionship of men, the splendor of the sun, the softness of moonlight, the beauty of music, but give me a willow chair on a quiet deck."

Around the World in 72 Days | january 1890

"Never having failed, I could not picture what failure meant."

From Jersey Back To Jersey | january 1890

"How nonsensical it is to blame or criticise people for what they are powerless to change."

Around the World in Seventy-Two Days | december 1890

"To sit on a quiet deck, to have a star-lit sky the only light above or about, to hear the water kissing the prow of the ship, is, to me, paradise."

Around the World in Seventy-Two Days | december 1890
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