A thinking woman sleeps with monsters.
All new learning looks at first like chaos.
Art means nothing if it simply decorates the dinner table of power which holds it hostage.
Change is not a threat to your life, but an invitation to live.
Courage is not defined by those who fought and did not fall, but by those who fought, fell and rose again.
Every journey into the past is complicated by delusions, false memories, false namings of real events.
If you are trying to transform a brutalized society into one where people can live in dignity and hope, you begin with the empowering of the most powerless. You build from the ground up.
Language is power... Language can be used as a means of changing reality.
Lying is done with words and also with silence.
No woman is really an insider in the institutions fathered by masculine consciousness.
Pride is a tricky, glorious, double-edged feeling.
Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you; it means learning to respect and use your own brains and instincts; hence, grappling with hard work.
The beauty of darkness is how it lets you see.
The connections between and among women are the most feared, the most problematic, and the most potentially transforming force on the planet.
The serious revolutionary, like the serious artist, can't afford to lead a sentimental or self-deceiving life.
There is no 'the truth,' 'a truth'- truth is not one thing, or even a system. It is an increasing complexity.
There must be those among whom we can sit down and weep and still be counted as warriors.
Until we know the assumptions in which we are drenched, we cannot know ourselves.
War is an absolute failure of imagination, scientific and political. That a war can be represented as helping a people to 'feel good' about themselves, or their country, is a measure of that failure.
We must use what we have to invent what we desire.
Women's Studies can amount simply to compensatory history; too often they fail to challenge the intellectual and political structures that must be challenged if women as a group are ever to come into collective, nonexclusionary freedom.
You must write, and read, as if your life depended on it.
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