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It's exhilarating to be alive in a time of awakening consciousness;
by Adrienne Rich

It's exhilarating to be alive in a time of awakening consciousness;
it can also be confusing,
disorienting, and painful.
- Adrienne Rich

The moment of change is the only poem.
- Adrienne Rich

Life on the planet is born of woman.
- Adrienne Rich

False history gets made all day, any day,
the truth of the new is never on the news.
- Adrienne Rich

 

When a woman tells the truth she is creating the possibility
for more truth around her.
- Adrienne Rich

Poetry is above all a concentration of the power of language,
which is the power of our ultimate relationship to
everything in the universe.
- Adrienne Rich

They can rule the world while they can persuade us
our pain belongs in some order is death by famine worse than death by suicide,
than a life of famine and suicide...?
- Adrienne Rich

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Art, whose honesty must work through artifice,
cannot avoid cheating truth.
- Adrienne Rich

Pride is a tricky, glorious, double-edged feeling.
- Adrienne Rich

A thinking woman sleeps with monsters.
- Adrienne Rich

Lesbian existence comprises both the breaking of a
taboo and the rejection of a compulsory way of life.
It is also a direct or indirect attack on the male
right of access to women.
- Adrienne Rich

The mind's passion is all for singling out.
Obscurity has another tale to tell.
- Adrienne Rich

I keep coming back to you in my head,
but you couldn't know that, and I have no carbons.
- Adrienne Rich

Every journey into the past is complicated by delusions,
false memories, false namings of real events.
- Adrienne Rich

The connections between and among women are the most feared,
the most problematic, and the most potentially transforming force on the planet.
- Adrienne Rich

Lying is done with words and also with silence.
- Adrienne Rich

The repossession by women of our bodies will bring
far more essential change to human society than the
seizing of the means of production by workers.
- Adrienne Rich

The worker can unionize, go out on strike;
mothers are divided from each other in homes,
tied to their children by compassionate bonds;
our wildcat strikes have most often taken the form
of physical or mental breakdown.
- Adrienne Rich

A revolutionary poem will not tell you who or when to kill,
what and when to burn, or even how to theorize.
It reminds you...
where and when and how you are living and might live,
it is a wick of desire.
- Adrienne Rich

We might possess every technological resource...
but if our language is inadequate, our vision remains formless,
our thinking and feeling are still running in the old cycles,
our process may be "revolutionary" but not transformative.
- Adrienne Rich

The mother's battle for her child with sickness,
with poverty, with war, with all the forces of exploitation
and callousness that cheapen human life needs to become a common human battle,
waged in love and in the passion for survival.
- Adrienne Rich

Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing,
wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating;
there is really no such thing as bad weather,
only different kinds of good weather.
- John Ruskin

In animation, there's this exhilarating moment of discovery
when you see the film and you say,
Oh THAT'S what I was doing.
- John Lithgow

Winners take time to relish their work,
knowing that scaling the mountain is what makes the
view from the top so exhilarating.
- Denis Waitley

Lovers of air travel find it exhilarating to hang poised
between the illusion of immortality and the fact of death.
- Alexander Chase

Nothing is more exhilarating than philistine vulgarity.
- Vladimir Nabokov

Excess on occasion is exhilarating.
It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.
- W. Somerset Maugham

It's an exhilarating play, and you come off tired,
but thrilled.
- Bill Irwin

What fun it would be to be poor, as long as one was excessively poor!
Anything in excess is most exhilarating.
- Jean Anouilh

At first it was exhilarating but when I realized it wasn't going away,
it became scary and claustrophobic.
Fame is a weird thing.
- Sharon Stone

There is nothing more exhilarating than to be shot at without result.
- Winston Churchill

There's a great joy in my giving.
It's thrilling.
It's exhilarating.
It's important to be a part of sharing.
It is my love.
It is my joy.
- W. Clement Stone

Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.
- Winston Churchill

What is exhilarating in bad taste is the aristocratic
pleasure of giving offense.
- Charles Baudelaire

Going on Letterman is like going off the high dive.
It's exhilarating, but after a while it wasn't the
kind of thrill I enjoyed.
- Lynda Barry

I find its attention to living this life rather than
the next one exhilarating because I think even independently
of Judaism that that's the right way to go about life.
- Janet Suzman

Life is without meaning.
You bring the meaning to it.
The meaning of life is
whatever you ascribe it to be.
Being alive is the meaning.
- Joseph Campbell

We can only be said to be truly alive in those moments
when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
- Thornton Wilder

The full measure of a man is
not to be found in the man himself,
but in the colors and textures that
come alive in others because of him.
- Albert Schweitzer

Start living now.
Stop saving the good china
for that special occasion.
Stop withholding your love
until that special person materializes.
Every day you are alive is a special occasion.
Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God.
- Mary Manin Morrissey

We're so engaged in doing things
to achieve purposes of outer value
that we forget the inner value,
the rapture that is associated
with being alive, is what it is all about.
- Joseph Campbell

By having a reverence for life,
we enter into a spiritual relation with the world.
By practicing reverence for life we become good, deep, and alive.
- Albert Schweitzer

Carpe diem! Rejoice while you are alive; enjoy the day;
live life to the fullest;
make the most of what you have.
It is later than you think.
- Horace

To know what you prefer
instead of humbly saying Amen
to what the world tells you you ought to prefer,
is to have kept your soul alive.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Don't ask yourself what the world needs;
ask yourself what makes you come alive.
And then go and do that.
Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
- Howard Thurman

Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished:
If you're alive, it isn't.
- Richard Bach

I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing,
and that is that I know nothing.
- Socrates

By respect for life we become religious in a way
that is elementary, profound and alive.
- Albert Schweitzer

To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake
is to be continually thrown out of the nest.
- Pema Chodron

Life is not a tragedy, it is a comedy.
To be alive means to have a sense of humor.
- Osho

I don't believe people are looking for the meaning of life
as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.
- Joseph Campbell

Life was meant to be lived,
and curiosity must be kept alive.
One must never, for whatever reason,
turn his back on life.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy,
if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you,
if the simple things in nature have a message you understand,
Rejoice, for your soul is alive.
- Eleanora Duse

The only way to store information is by agreement.
The belief system is like a Book of Law that rules our mind.
Our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive.
Humans punish themselves endlessly
for not being what they believe they should be.
We have the need to be accepted and to be loved by others,
but we cannot accept and love ourselves.
- don Miguel Ruiz

I'm half alive but I feel mostly dead.
- Jewel

Every creature is better alive than dead,
men and moose and pine trees,
and he who understands it aright
will rather preserve its life than destroy it.
- Henry David Thoreau

To be a Christian without prayer
is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

My mom said the only reason men are alive is for lawn
care and vehicle maintenance.
- Tim Allen

You hurt because you're alive.
- the 2010 movie Charlie St. Cloud

If Botticelli were alive today he'd be working for Vogue.
- Peter Ustinov

We who engage in nonviolent direct action
are not the creators of tension.
We merely bring to the surface
the hidden tension that is already alive.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The poet is one who is able to keep
the fresh vision of the child alive.
- Anais Nin

Do not take life too seriously.
You will never get out of it alive.
- Elbert Hubbard

I get bored very easily, ...
I have a voracious appetite and I do not feel alive
if I'm repeating something I'm good at.
So I'm always looking for new challenges.
- Jewel

I figure that if the children are alive when I get home,
I've done my job.
- Roseanne Barr

Mind can never be intelligent - only no-mind is intelligent.
Only no-mind is original and radical.
Only no-mind is revolutionary - revolution in action.
The mind gives you a sort of stupor.
Burdened by the memories of the past,
burdened by the projections of the future,
you go on living - at the minimum.
You dont live at the maximum.
Your flame remains very dim.
Once you start dropping thoughts,
the dust that you have collected in the past,
the flame arises - clean, clear, alive, young.
Your whole life becomes a flame,
and a flame without any smoke.
That is what awareness is.
- Osho

The satirist shoots to kill while the humorist brings
his prey back alive and eventually releases him again for another chance.
- Peter De Vries

I have no money, no resources, no hopes.
I am the happiest man alive.
- Henry Miller

What can you say about a society that says that God
is dead and Elvis is alive?
- Irv Kupcinet

Society is based on the assumption that everyone is
alike and no one is alive.
- Hugh Kingsmill

Unbeing dead isn't being alive.
- e. e. cummings


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