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Alphabetical by author’s last name:

  • Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel, the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood. — Susan B. Anthony
  • If you knew what was going to happen, if you knew everything that was going to happen next — if you knew in advance the consequences of your own actions — you’d be doomed. You’d be ruined as God. You’d be a stone. You’d never eat or drink or laugh or get out of bed in the morning. You’d never dare to. — Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin
  • All oppression creates a state of war. And this is no exception. — Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex
  • One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman. — Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex
  • One is not born a genius, one becomes a genius; and the feminine situation has up to the present rendered this becoming practically impossible. — Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex
  • For a colonized people the most essential value, because the most concrete, is first and foremost the land: the land which will bring them bread and, above all, dignity. — Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth
  • And it is clear that in the colonial countries the peasants alone are revolutionary, for they have nothing to lose and everything to gain. The starving peasant, outside the class system is the first among the exploited to discover that only violence pays. For him there is no compromise, no possible coming to terms; colonization and decolonization simply a question of relative strength. – Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth
  • [T]he unpreparedness of the educated classes, the lack of practical links between them and the mass of the people, their laziness, and, let it be said, their cowardice at the decisive moment of the struggle will give rise to tragic mishaps. — Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth
  • There is no female mind. The brain is not an organ of sex. As well speak of a female liver. — Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Women and Economics
  • As years passed and continuous writing and speaking developed the various lines of thought I was following, my work grew in importance but lost in market value.  .  .  .  Theodore Dreiser looked gloomily at me over his desk and said: ‘You should consider more what the editors want.’  Of course I should have  .  .  .  but if one writes to express important truths, needed yet unpopular, the market is necessarily limited. — Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Living of Charlotte Perkins Gilman: An Autobiography
  • The president of the United States has claimed, on more than one occasion, to be in dialogue with God. If he said that he was talking to God through his hairdryer, this would precipitate a national emergency. I fail to see how the addition of a hairdryer makes the claim more ridiculous or offensive. — Sam Harris, Letter to a Christian Nation
  • Something is wrong here: sex has been with us since the human race began its existence, yet I would estimate that 90 percent of human beings still suffer enormous inhibitions in this area. — Xaviera Hollander
  • Sick and perverted always appeals to me. – Madonna
  • I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I’m a human being, first and foremost, and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole. — Malcolm X
  • We declare our right on this earth…to be a human being, to be respected as a human being, to be given the rights of a human being in this society, on this earth, in this day, which we intend to bring into existence by any means necessary. — Malcolm X
  • I believe that sex is one of the most beautiful, natural, wholesome things that money can buy. – Steve Martin
  • A witty woman is a treasure; a witty beauty is a power. — George Meredith, Diana of the Crossways
  • We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are. — Anais Nin
  • 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
  • Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings. — Anais Nin
  • Good things happen to those who hustle. — Anais Nin
  • By the time you swear you’re his/ Shivering and sighing./ And he vows his passion is,/ Infinite, undying./ Lady make note of this –/ One of you is lying. — Dorothy Parker
  • A man can sleep around, no questions asked, but if a woman makes nineteen or twenty mistakes she’s a tramp. — Joan Rivers
  • Animals are my friends…and I don’t eat my friends. — George Bernard Shaw
  • Anyone who calls it “sexual intercourse” can’t possibly be interested in actually doing it. You might as well announce you’re ready for lunch by proclaiming, “I’d like to do some masticating and enzyme secreting. — Allan Sherman
  • The mystery of existence is the connection between our faults and our misfortunes. — Madame de Stael
  • In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot. — Mark Twain
  • You can’t commit a crime while you are reading a book. — John Waters
  • We need to make books cool again. If you go home with somebody and they don’t have books, don’t fuck them. — John Waters
  • It wasn’t until I started reading and found books they wouldn’t let us read in school that I discovered you could be insane and happy and have a good life without being like everybody else. — John Waters
  • There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest. — Elie Wiesel
  • You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit. — Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination. — Oscar Wilde
  • We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. — Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere’s Fan
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4 Comments leave one →
  1. superag7 permalink
    September 9, 2010 2:41 pm

    You seem almost too intimidating and intelligent to interact with. Nonetheless…

    Props for knowing who Bikini Kill are.
    Your wishlist is great. Actually, the entire blog sidebar is great. This really gives a (relatively) complete picture of yourself while showing how authentically well-rounded you are.

    If I send you something, would you be touched, or wondered a why a stranger–who could be a crusty 42 year old male with slight pedophilic tendencies who LARPS when he’s not scratching his balls in his spare time–want to send you something?

    And I’m pretty sure you’re a Madonna fan, but do you like Lady Gaga?

    That’s all.

  2. September 9, 2010 3:36 pm

    Well, considering I just checked your blog and it is awesome, of course I wouldn’t mind if you sent me something, and I would be touched.

    I also feel pretty secure in the fact that you’re not a creepy old man, and even if it’s all smoke and mirrors, you get mad props on a good show. 😉

    Above all, thank you for saying such nice things! You may have just made my day!

    I do like the pop-tarts! Both kinds actually, but the edible kind have the tendency to send me to a state you’re familiar with. I am definitely a Madonna fan, but to be honest, I really haven’t given Gaga a chance.

    Thank you so much for reading!

    You can always email me: jessica.land@gmail.com

  3. Ant permalink
    September 10, 2010 2:38 pm

    here’s one coming off of a broken friendship I’ll share:

    “The true man wants two things: danger and play. For that reason he wants woman, as the most dangerous plaything.”

    Friedrich Nietzsche (German classical Scholar, Philosopher and Critic of culture, 1844-1900.)

  4. Terri permalink
    May 12, 2011 1:13 pm

    I’m very proud of you for all you stand for. Now I understand why no one could ever tell me what you do. It’s crystal clear now.

    Stay well.

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