A literary academic can no more pass a bookstore than an alcoholic can pass a bar.
Power consists to a large extent in deciding what stories will be told.
Normal is absolutely my least favorite word.
Why do long marriages occasionally endow their inhabitants with a rare kind of equilibrium otherwise almost unknown in human relations? My guess is that the value of the moment has at last overshadowed the long history of resentments, betrayals, and boredom.
the term 'androgyny' ... defines a condition under which the characteristics of the sexes, and the human impulses expressed by men and women, are not rigidly assigned. Androgyny seeks to liberate the individual from the confines of the appropriate.
Power is the ability to take one's place in whatever discourse is essential to action and the right to have one's part matter.
Most full lives are filled with empty gestures.
Ardent, intelligent, sweet, sensitive, cultivated, erudite. These are the adjectives of praise in an androgynous world. Those who consider them epithets of shame or folly ought not to be trusted with leadership, for they will be men hot for power and revenge, certain of right and wrong.
The sign of a good marriage is that everything is debatable and challenged; nothing is turned into law or policy. The rules, if any, are known only to the two players, who seek no public trophies.
Nostalgia is a dangerous emotion, both because it is powerless to act in the real world, and because it glides so easily into hatred and resentment against those who have taken our Eden from us.
Today's youth seem finally to have understood that only by freeing woman from her exclusively sexual role can man free himself from his ordained role in the rat-race: that of the rat.
As long as women are isolated one from the other, not allowed to offer other women the most personal accounts of their lives, they will not be part of any narratives of their own…women will be staving off destiny and not inviting or inventing or controlling it.
The compulsion to find a lover and husband in a single person has doomed more women to misery than any other illusion.
Ideas move fast when their time comes.
We in middle age require adventure.
Quoting, like smoking, is a dirty habit to which I am devoted.
Is there any vanity greater than the vanity of those who believe themselves without it?
Shifting problems is the first rule for a long and pleasant life.
The married are those who have taken the terrible risk of intimacy and, having taken it, know life without intimacy to be impossible.
Ironically, women who acquire power are more likely to be criticized for it than are the men who have always had it.
We cannot guess the outcome of our actions... Which is why our actions must always be acceptable in themselves, and not as strategies.
Thinking about profound social change, conservatives always expect disaster, while revolutionaries confidently anticipate utopia. Both are wrong.
Today's shocks are tomorrow's conventions.
Everyone likes to talk shop, which is the most interesting talk in the world, in the beginning.
Odd, the years it took to learn one simple fact: that the prize just ahead, the next job, publication, love affair, marriage always seemed to hold the key to satisfaction but never, in the longer run, sufficed.
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