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  • #1
    Evelyn Waugh
    “Soon someone would say the fatal words, "Well, I think it’s time for me to go to bed.”
    Evelyn Waugh, Vile Bodies

  • #2
    Virginia Woolf
    “For the young people could not talk. And why should they? Shout, embrace, swing, be up at dawn...”
    Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway

  • #3
    Thomas Mann
    “Solitude produces originality, bold and astonishing beauty, poetry. But solitude also produces perverseness, the disproportianate, the absurd and the forbidden.”
    Thomas Mann, Death in Venice and Other Tales

  • #4
    Anna Gavalda
    “How could you let yourself be sidetracked while I was waiting for your breath on my back?”
    Anna Gavalda, I Wish Someone Were Waiting for Me Somewhere

  • #5
    Jonathan Safran Foer
    “They learned to hate her unknowability, her untouchability, the collage of her.”
    Jonathan Safran Foer

  • #6
    Richard Dawkins
    “Be thankful that you have a life, and forsake your vain and presumptuous desire for a second one.”
    Richard Dawkins

  • #7
    Margaret Atwood
    “Don't let the bastards grind you down.”
    Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale

  • #8
    Margaret Atwood
    “Stupidity is the same as evil if you judge by the results.”
    Margaret Atwood, Surfacing

  • #9
    Jeanette Winterson
    “As your lover describes you, so you are.”
    Jeanette Winterson, Sexing the Cherry

  • #10
    bell hooks
    “Usually adult males who are unable to make emotional connections with the women they choose to be intimate with are frozen in time, unable to allow themselves to love for fear that the loved one will abandon them. If the first woman they passionately loved, the mother, was not true to her bond of love, then how can they trust that their partner will be true to love. Often in their adult relationships these men act out again and again to test their partner's love. While the rejected adolescent boy imagines that he can no longer receive his mother's love because he is not worthy, as a grown man he may act out in ways that are unworthy and yet demand of the woman in his life that she offer him unconditional love. This testing does not heal the wound of the past, it merely reenacts it, for ultimately the woman will become weary of being tested and end the relationship, thus reenacting the abandonment. This drama confirms for many men that they cannot put their trust in love. They decide that it is better to put their faith in being powerful, in being dominant.”
    bell hooks

  • #11
    Penelope Fitzgerald
    “On the whole, I think you should write biographies of those you admire and respect, and novels about human beings who you think are sadly mistaken.”
    Penelope Fitzgerald

  • #12
    Angela Carter
    “...for nothing is more boring than being forced to play.”
    Angela Carter, Nights at the Circus
    tags: play

  • #13
    Angela Carter
    “If women allow themselves to be consoled for their culturally determined lack of access to the modes of intellectual debate by the invocation of hypothetical great goddesses, they are simply flattering themselves into submission (a technique often used on them by men). All the mythic versions of women, from the myth of the redeeming purity of the virgin to that of the healing, reconciliatory mother, are consolatory nonsenses; and consolatory nonsense seems to me a fair definition of myth, anyway. Mother goddesses are just as silly a notion as father gods. If a revival of the myths gives women emotional satisfaction, it does so at the price of obscuring the real conditions of life. This is why they were invented in the first place.”
    Angela Carter, The Sadeian Woman: And the Ideology of Pornography

  • #14
    Lindy West
    “Why, when men hate themselves, it’s women who take the beatings.”
    Lindy West, Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman
    tags: women

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