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When a woman tells the truth she is creating the possibility
by Adrienne Rich

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

The moment of change is the only poem.
- 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

 

Lying is done with words and also with silence.
- 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

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

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

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

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

A thinking woman sleeps with monsters.
- Adrienne Rich

Life on the planet is born of woman.
- 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

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

Every man and woman is born into the world
to do something unique and something distinctive;
and if he or she does not do it,
it will never be done.
- Benjamin E. Mays

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

Why does a woman work ten years to change a man's habits
and then complain that he's not the man she married?
- Barbra Streisand

It doesn't matter how long my hair is
or what color my skin is
or whether I'm a woman or a man.
- John Lennon

The age of a woman doesn't mean a thing.
The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

What is the appropriate behavior for a man or a woman
in the midst of this world,
where each person is clinging to his piece of debris?
What's the proper salutation between people
as they pass each other in this flood?
- The Buddha

A blessed thing it is for any man or woman to have a friend,
one human soul whom we can trust utterly,
who knows the best and worst of us,
and who loves us in spite of all our faults.
- Charles Kingsley

A man never knows how to say goodbye;
a woman never knows when to say it.
- Helen Rowland

A woman whose smile is open and whose expression is
glad has a kind of beauty no matter what she wears.
- Anne Roiphe

A woman in love can't be reasonable -
or she probably wouldn't be in love.
- Mae West

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

A woman uses her intelligence to find reasons to support her intuition.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

It is now quite lawful for a Catholic woman to avoid
pregnancy by a resort to mathematics,
though she is still forbidden to resort to physics or chemistry.
- H. L. Mencken

Strike an average between what a woman thinks of her husband
a month before she marries him
and what she thinks of him a year afterward,
and you will have the truth about him.
- H. L. Mencken

A woman's life can really be a succession of lives,
each revolving around some emotionally compelling situation or challenge,
and each marked off by some intense experience.
- Wallis Simpson

A woman has to be intelligent, have charm,
a sense of humor, and be kind.
It's the same qualities I require from a man.
- Catherine Deneuve

One should never trust a woman who tells her real age.
If she tells that, she'll tell anything.
- Oscar Wilde

A liberal is a man or a woman or a child who looks forward to a better day,
a more tranquil night, and a bright,
infinite future.
- Leonard Bernstein

But, alas!
what poor Woman is ever taught that she should have
a higher Design than to get her a Husband?
- Mary Astell

I met an American woman and got married so I had to get a job.
- Walter Wager

An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have.
The older she gets the more interested he is in her.
- Agatha Christie

There are four stages in a marriage.
First there's the affair,
then the marriage,
then children
and finally the fourth stage,
without which you cannot know a woman, the divorce.
- Norman Mailer

I design for the woman who loves being a woman.
- Diane von Furstenberg

I don't need plastic in my body to validate me as a woman.
- Courtney Love

Do not let a flattering woman coax and wheedle you and deceive you;
she is after your barn.
- Hesiod

The woman is uniformly sacrificed to the wife and mother.
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Bride: A woman with a fine prospect of happiness behind her.
- Ambrose Bierce

A woman must combine the role of mother,
wife and politician.
- Emma Bonino

Any woman who understands the problems of running a
home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.
- Margaret Thatcher

Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes.
- Jim Carrey

Any intelligent woman who reads the marriage contract,
and then goes into it, deserves all the consequences.
- Isadora Duncan

Taking joy in living is a woman's best cosmetic.
- Rosalind Russell

Marriage, for a woman at least, hampers the two things
that made life to me glorious -
friendship and learning.
- Jane Harrison

Clearly, society has a tremendous stake in insisting
on a woman's natural fitness for the career of mother:
the alternatives are all too expensive.
- Ann Oakley

A woman's best protection is a little money of her own.
- Clare Boothe Luce

Only choose in marriage a man whom you would choose
as a friend if he were a woman.
- Joseph Joubert

A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea.
- Honore de Balzac

The only time a woman really succeeds in changing a
man is when he is a baby.
- Natalie Wood

When virtue and modesty enlighten her charms,
the lustre of a beautiful woman is brighter than the stars of heaven,
and the influence of her power it is in vain to resist.
- Akhenaton

Housework is what a woman does that nobody notices
unless she hasn't done it.
- Evan Esar

Every time we liberate a woman, we liberate a man.
- Margaret Mead

Nobody loves a woman because she is handsome or ugly,
stupid or intelligent.
We love because we love.
- Honore de Balzac

The world's biggest power is the youth and beauty of a woman.
- Chanakya

Love is the delusion that one woman differs from another.
- H. L. Mencken

I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I have ever known.
- Walt Disney

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

I don't think you should feel about a film.
You should feel about a woman, not a movie.
You can't kiss a movie.
- Jean-Luc Godard

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

I'm not talking about lust.
A woman in lust wants chocolate.
A woman in love wants diamonds.
- the movie How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

He's the kind of man a woman would have to marry to get rid of.
- Mae West


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