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The worker can unionize, go out on strike;
by 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lying is done with words and also with silence.
- 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

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

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

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

A thinking woman sleeps with monsters.
- 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

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 world is moved along, not only
by the mighty shoves of its heroes,
but also by the aggregate of tiny pushes
of each honest worker.
- Helen Keller

A friend or co-worker shares a political,
religious, economic, or social opinion
that is opposite to yours -
does that drive a wedge between your hearts?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Married or unmarried, young or old, poet or worker,
you are still a dreamer, and will one time know,
and feel, that your life is but a dream.
- Donald G. Mitchell

A worker in the rural reconstruction must have:
The body of an athlete
The attitude of a teacher
The mind of a scientist
The heart of a missionary
The spirit of a crusader.
- Jimmy Yen

While prices of goods continue to rise,
American worker's wages remain stagnant.
- Ed Pastor

Work is valued by the social value of the worker.
- Gloria Steinem

She comes from the Midwest.
She had me at a very young age and raised me on her own.
She's a very hard worker.
- Lara Flynn Boyle

The average American worker has fifty interruptions a day,
of which seventy percent have nothing to do with work.
- W. Edwards Deming

The American consumer is also the American worker,
and if we don't do something to protect our manufacturing base here at home,
it is going to be hard to buy any retail goods.
- Lindsey Graham

I will support legislation that benefits the American
worker and prevents the outsourcing of American jobs.
- Ed Pastor

But don't call me an actor.
I'm just a worker.
I am an entertainer.
Don't say that what I am doing is art.
- Javier Bardem

The sincerity of the art worker must permeate the song
as naturally as the green leaves break through the
dead branches in springtime.
- Alma Gluck

You're better off being a brick layer if you're going
to play guitar than a sheet metal worker.
- Roger Daltrey

I had been very close to Anne Bancroft when we worked
together in The Miracle Worker.
- Patty Duke

The worker must have bread, but she must have roses,
too.
Help, you women of privilege, give her the ballot to fight with.
- Rose Schneiderman

The worker is the slave of capitalist society,
the female worker is the slave of that slave.
- James Connolly

I never was a person who wanted a handout.
I was a cafeteria worker.
I'm not too proud to ask the Best Western manager to give me a job.
I have cleaned homes.
- Shirley Jackson

I'm concerned about a lot of serious border issues.
This book is about the border reality and the struggles
of the undocumented worker.
- Ana Castillo

If a man cannot do brain work without stimulants of any kind,
he had better turn to hand work it is an indication
on Nature's part that she did not mean him to be a head worker.
- Thomas Huxley

We must ensure that every worker has healthcare and
is able to save for their retirement.
We must ensure that our workers have safe and health working conditions.
- Leonard Boswell

I am also a hard worker and people are sometimes surprised to see that as well.
- Christina Milian

A schedule defends from chaos and whim.
It is a net for catching days.
It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand and
labor with both hands at sections of time.
- Annie Dillard

I was raised by a single mother who made a way for me.
She used to scrub floors as a domestic worker,
put a cleaning rag in her pocketbook and ride the subways
in Brooklyn so I would have food on the table.
But she taught me as I walked her to the subway that
life is about not where you start,
but where you're going.
That's family values.
- Al Sharpton

Workers organized and fought for worker rights and food safety,
Social Security and Medicare - they fought to change government.
And they won.
- Sherrod Brown

When a system is stable, telling the worker about mistakes is only tampering.
- W. Edwards Deming

Dear brothers and sisters, after the great Pope John Paul II,
the cardinals have elected me - a simple,
humble worker in the vineyard of the Lord.
- Pope Benedict XVI

We could not guard every water pipeline from being
blown up and every tree from being uprooted.
We could not prevent every murder of a worker in an
orchard or a family in their beds.
- Moshe Dayan

At the current $5.15 an hour, the federal minimum wage
has become a poverty wage.
A full-time worker with one child lives below the official poverty line.
- Bernie Sanders

The worker of the world has nothing to lose,
but their chains, workers of the world unite.
- Karl Marx

I don't think I had a reputation as a hard worker,
but inside I was always being eaten up by the pressures.
- Charles Kuralt

I want to make a film about a factory worker.
- Richard Linklater

An American worker should not expect his pay to be
cut because somebody comes to this country illegally
and is willing to work for less than he or she should be paid.
- Gary Miller

And I think it is the genius of actors to be able to
escape whatever people are expecting of them.
Otherwise you become like a factory worker.
- Olivier Martinez

Strong advocacy for education, health care and worker
safety will be indispensable if they are to get their
fair share of President Bush's austere budget for the next fiscal year.
- Arlen Spector

I never thought I was the most beautiful model out
there or the most sexy woman,
but I was a hard worker.
- Carol Alt

I'd like to be remembered as someone who showed up for the job.
I consider myself a worker.
- Ernie Harwell

The productivity of work is not the responsibility
of the worker but of the manager.
- Peter Drucker

I couldn't even go to the bathroom alone.
My mother or a social worker always went with me.
- Natalie Wood

I worked offshore as an oil worker for a couple of years.
- Richard Linklater

Doing love scenes is always awkward.
I mean, it's just not a normal thing to go to work
and lay in bed with your co-worker.
- Denise Richards

A recent Pew Hispanic survey found that more than 70
percent of illegal immigrants from Mexico are interested
in a guest-worker program and then returning home.
- John Shadegg

Where there is a worker, there lies a nation.
- Evita Peron

For the first week of the Sian events I was a first
aid worker in the streets of Sian.
- Agnes Smedley

I'm an actor.
And I guess I've done so many movies I've achieved some high visibility.
But a star? I guess I still think of myself as kind of a worker ant.
- Bill Vaughan

One day I heard a speech of Hitler.
In this speech he said that the German factory worker
and the German labourer must make common cause with
the German intellectual worker.
- Fritz Sauckel

A worker may be the hammer's master,
but the hammer still prevails.
A tool knows exactly how it is meant to be handled,
while the user of the tool can only have an approximate idea.
- Milan Kundera

As soon as the harvest is in, you're a migrant worker.
Afterwards just a bum.
- Nunnally Johnson

You have nothing that the humblest worker has not a right to have also.
- Rose Schneiderman

The same historical development that turned the citizen
into a client transformed the worker from a producer into a consumer.
- Christopher Lasch

Enforcement is the long overdue step to protect our
Nation from external threats in a time of war.
And then once we do that, we can effectively discuss a guest worker program.
- J. D. Hayworth


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