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We might possess every technological resource...
by 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 moment of change is the only poem.
- 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

A thinking woman sleeps with monsters.
- Adrienne Rich

 

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lord, grant that I might not so much
seek to be loved as to love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Through humor, you can soften some
of the worst blows that life delivers.
And once you find laughter,
no matter how painful your situation might be,
you can survive it.
- Bill Cosby

When I let go of what I am,
I become what I might be.
- Lao Tzu

Life may not be the party we hoped for,
but while we are here we might as well dance.
- Anonymous

For all sad words of tongue and pen,
The saddest are these, "It might have been.
- John Greenleaf Whittier

Let's have faith that right makes might;
and in that faith let us, to the end,
dare to do our duty as we understand it.
- Abraham Lincoln

"Good morning!" he said at last.
"We don't want any adventures here, thank you!
You might try over The Hill or across The Water."
- J. R. R. Tolkien

If you want reality to be different than it is,
you might as well try to teach a cat to bark.
- Byron Katie

It is never too late to become what you might have been.
- George Eliot

You got to be careful if you
don't know where you're going,
because you might not get there.
- Yogi Berra

No stream rises higher than its source.
Whatever man might build, could never
express or reflect more than he was.
He could record neither more nor less
than he had learned of life.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

We are never afraid of what is happening in this instant -
It is what MIGHT happen next that frightens us.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is too short, time is too precious,
and the stakes are too high
to dwell on what might have been.
- Hilary Clinton

The art of acceptance is the art of making someone
who has just done you a small favor
wish that he might have done you a greater one.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

In war as in life, it is often necessary
when some cherished scheme has failed,
to take up the best alternative open,
and if so, it is folly not to work for it with all your might.
- Winston Churchill

Contrariwise, if it was so, it might be;
and if it were so, it would be;
but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic.
- Lewis Carroll

There are three hundred and sixty-four days
when you might get un-birthday presents,
and only one for birthday presents, you know.
- Lewis Carroll

Essentially all suffering is the result of...
1. Comparing what we have (or don't have) today
... with what we had yesterday.
2. Comparing what we fear we might have (or not have) tomorrow)
... with what we have today.
3. Comparing what we have (or don't have) with what others have.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Anxiety is love's greatest killer.
It makes one feel as you might
when a drowning man holds unto you.
You want to save him, but you know
he will strangle you with his panic.
- Anais Nin

Might I perhaps win my wings?
I've been waiting for over 200 years now, sir,
and people ARE beginning to talk.
- It's a Wonderful Life (1946 movie)

One cannot have wisdom without perspective,
but once gaining perspective, one attains wisdom.
Wisdom is the ability to view every situation
as each person who is in any way affected
by that situation might view it.
Wisdom benefits from having a knowledge of history,
and therefore a historical perspective,
as well from as having the perspective of imagination -
the realm of the what-might-be
inhabited by futurists and science-fiction writers.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What a book a devil's chaplain might write
on the clumsy, wasteful, blundering, low,
and horribly cruel work of nature!
- Charles Darwin

Bold Light of Spirit:
Out of the darkness and into the light,
Open our eyes and behold such a sight.
Brilliance of day takes the place of the night,
Boldness and courage are swords of His Might.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I was thinking that I might fly today.
Just to disprove all the things you say...
please be careful with me, I'm sensitive,
and I'd like to stay that way.
- Jewel

Sometimes, indeed, there is such a discrepancy
between the genius and his human qualities
that one has to ask oneself whether
a little less talent might not have been better.
- Carl Jung

Trust your own instinct.
Your mistakes might as well be your own,
instead of someone else's.
- Billy Wilder

In many ways, it is easier to be a good giver than a good receiver.
The giver chooses the gift and the timing.
More important, societal and religious traditions
tend to elevate the status of giver and lower the status of receiver.
When the Bible (Acts 20:32-35) speaks of it being
more blessed to give than to receive,
I believe that a better translation might be
"take" rather than "receive," as the context
of that passage is "coveting."
Certainly there is nothing blessed about coveting,
stealing, begging, or demanding,
however the skill of graciously receiving a freely offered gift
is another matter entirely.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Confucius might have said:
Once frightened, twice smelly in armpit.
- Anonymous humor

Never go backward.
Attempt, and do it with all your might.
Determination is power.
- Charles Simmons

The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway.
- Michael Pollan

The ineffable joy of forgiving and being forgiven forms
an ecstasy that might well arouse the envy of the gods.
- Elbert Hubbard

The church is always trying to get other people to reform;
it might not be a bad idea to reform itself a little,
by way of example.
- Mark Twain

You're already a bastard.
Might as well be an enlightened one.
- the movie Simon Birch

The way taxes are, you might as well marry for love.
- Joe E. Lewis

Half of the modern drugs could well be thrown out of the window,
except that the birds might eat them.
- Martin Henry Fischer

I said to my friends that if I was going to starve,
I might as well starve where the food is good.
- Virgil Thomson

It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom.
It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest
might weaken and the wisest might err.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

If you don't know where you are going,
you might wind up someplace else.
- Yogi Berra

Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city,
it might be better to change the locks.
- Doug Larson

If Galileo had said in verse that the world moved,
the inquisition might have let him alone.
- Thomas Hardy

If a friend of mine gave a feast, and did not invite me to it,
I should not mind a bit.
but if a friend of mine had a sorrow
and refused to allow me to share it,
I should feel it most bitterly.
If he shut the doors of the house of mourning against me,
I would move back again and again and beg to be admitted
so that I might share in what I was entitled to share.
If he thought me unworthy, unfit to weep with him,
I should feel it as the most poignant humiliation.
- Oscar Wilde

If you don't have any fight in you, you might as well be dead.
- Scott Caan

How many things there are concerning which we might
well deliberate whether we had better know them.
- Henry David Thoreau

I think Captain Cousteau might be the father of the environmental movement.
- Ted Turner

You might have seen a housefly, maybe even a superfly,
but I bet you ain't never seen a DONKEY fly!
- the movie Shrek (2001)

Don't look back.
Something might be gaining on you.
- Satchel Paige

I'm kidding about having only a few dollars.
I might have a few dollars more.
- James Brown

I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.
- Bertrand Russell

More marriages might survive if the partners realized
that sometimes the better comes after the worse.
- Doug Larson

I only wish that ordinary people
had an unlimited capacity for doing harm;
then they might have an unlimited power for doing good.
- Socrates


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