Doing Good

The minute you become conscious that you are doing good, that’s the minute you have to stop because from then on it’s wrong. 

Paula Fox


born in New York, New York, The United States,  April 22, 1923

gender: female

genre: Children’s Books, Literature & Fiction

Paula Fox is an American author of novels for adults and children and two memoirs. Her novel The Slave Dancer (1973) received the Newbery Medal in 1974; and in 1978, she was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal. More recently, A Portrait of Ivan won the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis in 2008.

A teenage marriage produced a daughter, Linda, in 1944. However, given the tumultuous relationship with her own biological parents, she gave the child up for adoption. Fox later attended Columbia University, married the literary critic and translator Martin Greenberg, raised two sons, taught, and began to write.

The daughter Fox gave up for adoption, Linda Carroll, is the mother of controversial musician Courtney Love; making her Love’s grandmother.


7 thoughts on “Doing Good

  1. ‘April 22, 1923: Happy birthday, Paula Fox! The decorated children’s book author has enjoyed a resurgence of interest in her adult novels, thanks to Jonathan Franzen’s championing of her Desperate Characters.’
    – Goodreads

  2. Belated Happy Birthday, Paula

  3. Interesting quote. I need to think about that one. Happy Birthday, Paula. 🙂

    • 🙂 I know what you mean, it is a hard one. I guess what Paula is saying that the moment we are aware of ‘doing good’, it is tainted and that true good is done unconditionally.
      I have a problem with her saying that you should stop, for example, you know that you are doing good by helping to rescue dogs, I can’t see why you should stop doing it. 🙂

  4. A beautiful quote with deep meaning. To me the quote tells us when you help others or do good to others it ought to be a selfless act. But the moment we come conscious that it is ME who is doing good then “ego” comes in and your actions thereafter may not have the same effect before.

    In reality its not ME who does things there is the Almighty who makes it happen.

    Thank you for this beautiful quote!

    Cheers 🙂

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