Misconceptions Quotes

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Charlotte Brontë
“Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! - I have as much soul as you, - and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you!”
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

Charlotte Brontë
“If men could see us as we really are, they would be a little amazed; but the cleverest, the acutest men are often under an illusion about women: they do not read them in a true light: they misapprehend them, both for good and evil: their good woman is a queer thing, half doll, half angel; their bad woman almost always a fiend.”
Charlotte Brontë, Shirley

Bertrand Russell
“Aristotle maintained that women have fewer teeth than men; although he was twice married, it never occurred to him to verify this statement by examining his wives' mouths.”
Bertrand Russell, The Impact of Science on Society

Erik Pevernagie
“If we do not hesitate to set sail for the deep waters of our thinking and take the time to cultivate the right words that we need to conceive and express what we feel, we can avoid many misconceptions. ("Life was a misunderstanding")”
Erik Pevernagie

Craig Ferguson
“Sometimes people think you’re smart if you question the status quo, if nothing else.”
craig ferguson

“My point is this — you don't know. When I was first here, people looked at my hair, noticed apples on my tray, and thought 'hippie.' Then, from 'hippie' they thought 'druggie.' From there it went to 'will get me in trouble' and 'not worth my time,' and then they stopped thinking at all. No one bothered to find out if what they thought about me was true. No one wanted to hear what I thought. No one cared what I believed in. No one cared about talking to me or asking what my plans were for the day or night. And then came you. Don't let what you think you know make him into what I could have been. Don't become someone who doesn't think, just because you don't like him for some reason. Because, quite frankly, I like how you think. Except for now, of course.”
Rebecca McKinsey, Sydney West

Faraaz Kazi
“All the good times evaporated like naphtha, the moment some air of misconceptions touched it.”
Faraaz Kazi

Cherríe L. Moraga
“Think of it in terms of men's and women's cultures: women live in male systems, know male rules, speak male language when around men, etc. But what do men really know about women? Only screwed up myths concocted to perpetuate the power imbalance. It is the same situation when it comes to dominant and non-dominant or colonizing and colonized cultures/ countries/ people. As a bilingual/bicultural woman whose native culture is not American, I live in an American system, abide by American rules of conduct, speak English when around English speakers, etc., only to be confronted with utter ignorance or concocted myths and stereotypes about my own culture.

-- Judit Moschkovich - "--But I Know You, American Woman”
Cherríe L. Moraga, This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color

Ahmed Mostafa
“I hate that you think you're irreplaceable. Darling, you're actually upgradable.”
Ahmed Mostafa

Okey Ndibe
“Americans can't stand any stranger looking them in the face. They take it as an insult. It's something they don't forgive. And every American carries a gun. If they catch you, a stranger, looking them in the face, they will shoot.”
Okey Ndibe, Never Look an American in the Eye: A Memoir of Flying Turtles, Colonial Ghosts, and the Making of a Nigerian American

Fredrik Backman
“The stupidest thing people who have everything think about people who have nothing is that it's pride that stops a person from asking for help.”
Fredrik Backman, Anxious People

Mark Kurlansky
“One of humankind's most enduring misconceptions is that of nature's bounty... the belief that nature is such a powerful force that it is indestructible.”
Mark Kurlansky, World Without Fish

Deborah Bray Haddock
“Basic misunderstandings about DID encountered in the therapeuric community include the following;

• The expectation that all clients with DID will present in a Sybil-like manner, with obvious switching and extreme changes in personality.

• That therapists create DID in their clients.

• That DID clients have very little control over their internal systems and can be expected to stay in the mental health systein indefinitely.

• That alter personalities, especially child alters, are simply regressive states associated with anxiety or that switching represents a psychotic episode.”
Deborah Bray Haddock

Joyce Rachelle
“Whoever says sleep equals laziness is probably a bitter insomniac.”
Joyce Rachelle

Maria Karvouni
“Unfortunately, human perception is not very developed. Everyone sees whatever they know or what they want, without considering the limitations of their knowledge or what is moral in the world. As a result, humans are a flawd species.”
Maria Karvouni

“Conversion was turning out to be quite far from the greeting-card moment promised by televangelists, when Jesus steps into your life, personally saves you, and becomes your lucky charm forever. Instead, it was socially and politically awkward, as well as profoundly confusing. I wasn't struck with any sudden conviction that I now understood the "truth." If anything, I was just crabbier, lonelier, and more destabilized.”
Sara Miles, Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion

“In researching this book, I quickly discovered a surprising thing about the 1960s: the decade was not nearly as radical as we've been led to believe. In fact, the upheaval was really confined to a very narrow stratum of society. For the overwhelming majority of Americans, the 1960s was a conservative decade.”
Jonathan Leaf, The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Sixties

“You've learned something very young, Prince, something that even older men rarely understand. You've learned that fear isn't a terrible-looking thing but something lovely and seductive.”
Raymond E. Feist, The King's Buccaneer

“Stop your ignorance! Seek for wisdom and give understanding a way!”
Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

“When a woman says she doesn't want to be your fling, it doesn't mean she wants to be your girlfriend either. All the signs and words may just be her way of accommodating you or showing that you're good company, and not because she loves you at all to want
more from you.”
Temitayo Olami

Arlie Russell Hochschild
“Templet refers me to a 1992 study by the MIT political scientist Stephen Meyer, who rated the fifty states according to the strictness of their environmental protection. Meyer then matched regulatory strictness to economic growth over a twenty-year period and found that the tougher the regulation, the more jobs were available in the economy.”
Arlie Russell Hochschild, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right

Stewart Stafford
“Never confuse precision with simplicity - the best people make highly-complex things seem easy through natural ability.”
Stewart Stafford

“Can you go back to America and tell all your friends that I do NOT want to be rescued? All these Americans and Viet Kieus who come here thinking that they need to save us are so stupid. If you had to choose between working in a factory for twelve hours a day with bosses who don't let you rest and [who] look at you like they are raping you with their eyes, or working in a bar where you have a few drinks and sometimes spread you legs for a man, which would you choose? Why don't people go rescue factory workers? We are the ones who were not scared to leave factory work for sex work. We are smart hustlers [*nguoi chen lan*], not dumb, scared factory workers!
—Trinh, twenty-four-year-old hostess in Lavender”
Kimberly Kay Hoang, Dealing in Desire: Asian Ascendancy, Western Decline, and the Hidden Currencies of Global Sex Work

“We are where we are as an individual, group, or nation because we often make short-time plan in expectation of long time benefit.”

“As a society, our collective understanding of racism has been powerfully influenced by the shocking images of the Jim Crow era and the struggle for civil rights. When we think of racism we think of Governor Wallace of Alabama blocking the schoolhouse door; we think of water hoses, lynchings, racial epithets, and "whites only" signs. These images make it easy to forget that many wonderful, good-hearted white people who were generous to others, respectful of their neighbors, and even kind to their black maids, gardeners, or shoe shiners—and wished them well—nevertheless went to the polls and voted for racial segregation. Many whites who supported Jim Crow justified it on paternalist grounds, actually believing they were doing blacks a favor or believing the time was not yet "right" for equality. The disturbing images from the Jim Crow era also make it easy to forget that many African Americans were complicit in the Jim Crow system, profiting from it directly or indirectly or keeping their objections quiet out of fear of the repercussions. Our understanding of racism is therefore shaped by the most extreme expressions of individual bigotry, not by the way in which it functions naturally, almost invisibly (and sometimes with genuinely benign intent), when it is embedded in the structure of a social system.”
Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

“Lack of common terminology bring misconceptions.”
Gun Gun Febrianza

Maddy Kobar
“In regards to the candle that burns at both ends-
how brilliant the light is for the beholder!
How beautiful the pain of that candle is
To those who only witness from afar,
But will never truly feel the price of such a shine.”
Maddy Kobar, Simply Not Meant To Be: Maddy Kobar's 2014-2018 Poems

“When a woman says she doesn't want to be your fling, it doesn't mean she wants to be your girlfriend either. All the signs and words may just be her way of accommodating you or showing that you're good company, and not because she loves you at all to want
more from you.”
Temi O'Sola, Love Opens Your Eyes

“Never judge the life which you have not lived.”

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