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The repossession by women of our bodies will bring
by 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 moment of change is the only poem.
- Adrienne Rich

A thinking woman sleeps with monsters.
- Adrienne Rich

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We Can Do It!
- WW II US Government Poster

Men and women are not prisoners of fate,
but only prisoners of their own minds.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.
- Socrates

Women are like teabags.
We don't know our true strength
until we are in hot water!
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Women must try to do things as men have tried.
When they fail their failure must be
but a challenge to others.
- Amelia Earhart

If I am happy in spite of my deprivations,
if my happiness is so deep that it is a faith,
so thoughtful that it becomes a philosophy of life.
If, in short, I am an optimist,
my testimony to the creed of optimism is worth hearing.
- Helen Keller
...
Helen Keller (1880-1968) overcame being both deaf and blind
to become a famous author, lecturer, and activist
for women's suffrage, workers' rights, and ending war.

Well-behaved women seldom make history.
- Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Achievement seems to be connected with action.
Successful men and women keep moving.
They make mistakes, but they don't quit.
- Conrad Hilton

The difference between men friends and women friends
is that men tend to do things together,
women tend to just be together.
- Art Jahnke

Many societies have educated their male children
on the simple device of teaching them not to be women.
- Margaret Mead

Whenever a man or women is truly inspired,
it is because the same One Universal Spirit
is doing the inspiring.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.
- Marilyn Monroe

All successful people men and women are big dreamers.
They imagine what their future could be,
ideal in every respect,
and then they work every day toward
their distant vision,
that goal or purpose.
- Brian Tracy

Friendship is not possible between two women
one of whom is very well dressed.
- Laurie Colwin

Men kick friendship around like a football,
but it doesn't seem to crack.
Women treat it like glass and it goes to pieces.
- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

I, with a deeper instinct,
choose a man who compels my strength,
who makes enormous demands on me,
who does not doubt my courage or my toughness,
who does not believe me naive or innocent,
who has the courage to treat me like a woman.
- Anais Nin

Men and women belong to different species and communications
between them is still in its infancy.
- Bill Cosby

I would rather trust a woman's instinct than a man's reason.
- Stanley Baldwin

I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure.
I make mistakes, I am out of control
and at times hard to handle.
But if you can't handle me at my worst,
then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.
- Marilyn Monroe

Women don't want to hear what you think.
Women want to hear what they think -
in a deeper voice.
- Bill Cosby

Love men and women not for their strength
but their softness,
not for their fullness but their hunger,
not for their plenty but their need.
- Anais Nin
(paraphrase)

I want to live darkly and richly in my femaleness.
- Anais Nin

The real ornament of woman is her character, her purity.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

I'm always rather nervous about how you talk
about women who are active in politics,
whether they want to be talked about as women or as politicians.
- John F. Kennedy

To a philosopher all news,
as it is called, is gossip,
and they who edit and read it
are old women over their tea.
- Henry David Thoreau

Women must pay for everything.
They do get more glory than men for comparable feats,
but, they also get more notoriety when they crash.
- Amelia Earhart

I do not believe in using women in combat,
because females are too fierce.
- Margaret Mead

I can promise you that women working together -
linked,
informed and educated - can bring peace and prosperity to this forsaken planet.
- Isabel Allende

More countries have understood that women's equality
is a prerequisite for development.
- Kofi Annan

Faithful women are all alike, they think only of their fidelity,
never of their husbands.
- Jean Giraudoux

Women with money and women in power are two uncomfortable ideas in our society.
- Candace Bushnell

Men always want to be a woman's first love -
women like to be a man's last romance.
- Oscar Wilde

If American men are obsessed with money,
American women are obsessed with weight.
The men talk of gain, the women talk of loss,
and I do not know which talk is the more boring.
- Marya Mannes

Ironically, women who acquire power are more likely
to be criticized for it than are the men who have always had it.
- Carolyn Heilbrun

Sometimes I wonder if men and women really suit each other.
Perhaps they should live next door and just visit now and then.
- Katharine Hepburn

I want for myself what I want for other women,
absolute equality.
- Agnes Macphail

Women want mediocre men,
and men are working to be as mediocre as possible.
- Margaret Mead

Obviously I faced the possibility of not returning
when first I considered going.
Once faced and settled there really wasn't
any good reason to refer to it.
- Amelia Earhart

There are only three things women need in life:
food,
water, and compliments.
- Chris Rock

I think housework is the reason most women go to the office.
- Heloise Cruse

Women marry men hoping they will change.
Men marry women hoping they will not.
- Albert Einstein

Women have to harness their power - its absolutely true.
It's just learning not to take the first no.
And if you can't go straight ahead, you go around the corner.
- Cher

Beauty is the first present nature gives to women and the first it takes away.
- Fay Weldon

Like many women my age, I am 28 years old.
- Mary Schmich

The battle for women's rights has been largely won.
- Margaret Thatcher

I married beneath me, all women do.
- Nancy Astor

Whoever, fleeing marriage and the sorrows that women cause,
does not wish to wed comes to a deadly old age.
- Hesiod

Please know that I am aware of the hazards.
I want to do it because I want to do it.
Women must try to do things as men have tried.
When they fail, their failure must be a challenge to others.
- Amelia Earhart

Not only is women's work never done,
the definition keeps changing.
- Bill Copeland

I'm a '70s mom, and my daughter is a '90s mom.
I know a lot of women my age who are real computer freaks.
- Florence Henderson


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