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Lesbian existence comprises both the breaking of a
by 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 moment of change is the only poem.
- Adrienne Rich

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

 

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

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

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

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A thinking woman sleeps with monsters.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Well, I always looked at Mulan as a movie about a lesbian coming out.
- Harvey Fierstein

John Kerry didn't out me, nor did he offend or attack
me by calling me a lesbian.
I certainly couldn't be offended by the truth.
- Mary Cheney

Marriages are under strain today in terms of economics.
There are social cross-currents.
We see failed marriages.
But it is not under attack by our gay and lesbian citizens.
- Earl Blumenauer

Valentino was apparently gay or bisexual.
And his two lesbian wives.
But without any question, he had sex with men.
From choice.
So he was one or the other.
- Cesar Romero

I consider myself a lesbian, but I'm a bisexual lesbian.
- Betty Dodson

I am not, I repeat, NOT a lesbian - even though I'd
like to be one when I grow up.
- Dawn French

Some women can't say the word lesbian...
even when their mouth is full of one.
- Kate Clinton

When Bound was released, Boys don't Cry wasn't out yet.
Therefore it was very taboo to play a lesbian.
I loved the part, because girls never get to play the typical guy parts.
- Gina Gershon

There are lesbians, God knows...
if you came up through lesbian circles in the forties
and fifties in New York...
who were not feminist and would not call themselves feminists.
- Audre Lorde

We are in desperate need of a well-done romantic lesbian comedy.
- Jill Bennett

Everyone has people in their lives that are gay,
lesbian or transgender or bisexual.
They may not want to admit it, but I guarantee they know somebody.
- Billie Jean King

Lesbian humor isn't trying to sell anything,
it doesn't have to sell out.
Coming out as a lesbian onstage is still a very political act;
if it weren't,
more women would do it.
- Kate Clinton

I would say that I'm a feminist theorist before I'm
a queer theorist or a gay and lesbian theorist.
- Judith Butler

I am a writer who happens to love women.
I am not a lesbian who happens to write.
- Jeanette Winterson

Well, actually, I'm a bisexual lesbian in a man's body...
but it's more complicated than that.
- Tony Parker

I would like to do another piece of fiction dealing with a number of issues:
Lesbian parenting,
the 1960's, and interracial relationships in the Lesbian and Gay community.
- Audre Lorde

My image had always been very heterosexual,
very straight.
So it was a nice experience for me, a chance to clarify
my own feelings about gay and lesbian civil rights.
- Bruce Springsteen

I have met many feminists who were not Lesbians but
I have never met a Lesbian who was not a feminist.
- Martha Shelley

But the true feminist deals out of a lesbian consciousness
whether or not she ever sleeps with women.
- Audre Lorde

There are people that very strongly identify themselves as gay and then lesbian,
and then I think there are a lot of people who are
kind of some percentage or some version of that.
- Michael Stipe

As a standup, I try to change the world.
As an entertainer, I try to entertain.
And as a lesbian, I try to pick up the prettiest girl in the room.
- Lea DeLaria

It's a cosmic joke that I'm a lesbian,
because I understand men so well but women are a complete mystery to me.
- Lea DeLaria

I was actually a bit disappointed about the amount of sex in the show.
I think Backus should get out a bit more,
get a relationship, perhaps make her a lesbian.
- Lexa Doig

I hate the word lesbian; it tells you nothing;
its only purpose is to inflame.
- Jeanette Winterson

Women who love women are Lesbians.
Men, because they can only think of women in sexual terms,
define Lesbian as sex between women.
- Rita Mae Brown

You know, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender -
people are people.
- Judith Light

Everyone is their own kind of lesbian.
To think there's a certain way to dress or present
yourself in the world is just one more stereotype we have to fit into.
- Portia de Rossi

After that, I was offered lots of lesbian roles,
but I didn't want them because I'd already played the best there was.
- Radha Mitchell

After Bound, we were offered a lot of lesbian thrillers.
- Andy Wachowski

I'd rather not be known as the Vice President's lesbian daughter.
- Mary Cheney

I would certainly never suggest that any lesbian should
be ashamed of her sexual preference.
- Evan Hunter

Our intention is to really explore this transition and,
beyond that, explore the particular things that someone
comes up against when they're gay or lesbian.
- Laura Innes

My feelings for Ellen overrode all of my fear about being out as a lesbian.
I had to be with her, and I just figured I'd deal with the other stuff later.
- Portia de Rossi

I started going to Madame Louise's, the lesbian club
where all the punk bands used to go -
the Sex Pistols,
the Clash.
I remember seeing Billy Idol walk in there;
he was gorgeous.
- Boy George

I'm not even kind of a lesbian.
- Oprah Winfrey

I became a lesbian because of women,
because women are beautiful,
strong, and compassionate.
- Rita Mae Brown

I am not a lesbian and I am not a slut,
and somehow I am going to make people believe me.
- Vanessa Williams

My mission, I guess, has always been the kind of world
where lesbian and gay people can celebrate who we are with equal freedom,
dignity, and respect.
- John Fisher

Part of the lesbian consciousness is an absolute recognition
of the erotic within our lives and,
taking that a step further, dealing with the erotic
not only in sexual terms.
- Audre Lorde

I am going to sing lesbian love songs and support gay rights no matter what.
The rest is public relations.
- Jasmine Guy

I never thought to myself, I'm going to grow up and
fall in love with a man or I'm going to fall in love
with a woman because my mother is a lesbian.
- Ally Sheedy

There are enormously gifted Episcopal priests around
this church who are gay and lesbian,
some of whom are partnered, who would make wonderful
bishops and they're going to be nominated and they're going to be elected.
- Gene Robinson

I'm happy to say that I'm a lesbian in the world.
I know there are people who don't want to be called women comedians,
but I think it gives a path to the fact that we live
in extremely patriarchal times.
- Kate Clinton

I think my election is one of several indications that
gay and lesbian folk are being brought more into the center of things.
I'd like to think that my election signals my bringing
of gay and lesbian folk into the center of the church.
- Gene Robinson

Marriage commissioners who choose not to marry homosexuals are being fired.
A Knights of Columbus chapter in British Columbia is
in court because it chooses not allow a lesbian group
to use its facility for marriage ceremonies.
The list goes on.
- Stockwell Day

To me, celebrity doesn't mean a whole lot unless you're willing to use it.
So I wanted to use it in a different way,
with my AIDS work, the human rights stuff for the gay
and lesbian community and the speaking I do.
- Judith Light

There is so much work to be done to treat gays and
lesbians and gay and lesbian couples with the respect
that they're entitled to.
They deserve, in my judgment, partnership benefits.
They deserve to be treated fairly when it comes to
adoption and immigration.
- John Edwards

The life of inner peace,
being harmonious and without stress,
is the easiest type of existence.
- Norman Vincent Peale

From wonder into wonder existence opens.
- Lao Tzu

Life is NOT "Supposed to be Fair."
Know that there is no single way that life is "supposed" to be.
Demanding that life meet our expectations
is a sure fire recipe for a miserable existence.
Life is a game with no rules.
Life just happens to us regardless of our best intentions.
Our only path to happiness lies in being open
to receiving whatever life throws at us -
with Gratitude. Have NO Expectations of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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