Favorite quotes

A repository of things I post to Facebook and then lose.

i am more afraid of making a mistake in my latin than of the kings of spain, france, scotland, the whole house of guise, and all their confederates. I have the heart of a man, not of a woman, and i am not afraid of anything.
– elizabeth i

nothing lets you know that you are going to die alone like when you try to find a seat in a school cafeteria.
– ijeoma oluo

fear is the cheapest room in the house. i would like to see you living in better conditions. – hafiz

religion is outraged when outrage is done in its name
– the mahatma gandhi

every love story’s a tragedy, if you wait long enough.
– the handmaid’s tale

i allow myself to be understood abroad as a colorful fragment in a drab world.
– errol flynn

justice without mercy is cruelty; mercy without justice, folly.
– 15th c proverb 

be bold, and mighty forces will come to your aid.
– goethe

i must have liberty, withal as large a charter as i please.
– virginia hall, based on as you like it

there are many who do not know they are fascists but will find it out when the time comes.
– ernest hemingway

all the young people were drunk with hope and poetry.
– a description from the early days of the second spanish republic

our children will ask us, “where were you when our country was thrust into a lion’s den of demagoguery and division?” and we will say, “i stood with love.”
– rabbi sharon brous, women’s march 2017

of course you’re a feminist. what’s the alternative?
– jen lindblad

sometimes we must put our bodies where our beliefs are. sometimes pressing send is not enough.
– gloria steinem, women’s march 2017

never sacrifice your soul on the altar of mediocrity.
– lady circe

he must pass the barriers of fear unaided; even as any other facing that last testing. and if he was to face the final test he must go to it consenting.
– marion zimmer bradley

Anger’s my meat; I sup upon myself,
And so shall starve with feeding.
– coriolanus

the people who have conquered the world have only two interests — bread and circuses.
– juvenal, first century CE, rome

rather than put your stamp on everything, let life put its stamp on you.
– don schulz

racism is so american that when we protest racism, some assume we’re protesting america.
– referenced by beyoncé knowles

the biggest threat to democracy is indifference.
– president barack obama

history will remember the people who spoke against what was going on.
– dl hughley

there are no perfect words to describe what happens when the spirit is so depleted it no longer feels any sting, when the mind is so overcome by thoughts the person can no longer distinguish reality from fiction, when all words of encouragement offered to lift you go unheard when spoken.
– darnell moore

i am the barren one;
and many are my daughters.
– daughters of the dust, gullah

the strange thing about poverty is that maintaining a level of desperation and lack of integrity keeps the checks rolling in.
– terese marie mailhot

the saddest thing about any man, is that he be ignorant, and the most exciting thing is he *knows.*
– alfred the great, 9th century

rape is not aggressive sexuality, it is sexualized aggression.
– audre lorde

you’re never really a whole person if you remain silent, because there’s always that one little piece inside you that wants to be spoken out, and if you keep ignoring it, it gets madder and madder and hotter and hotter, and if you don’t speak it out one day it will just up and punch you in the mouth from the inside.
– beth lorde

oh mamma, do let me be ugly for one hour a day. it is such a rest!
– mignon, to her mother, queen marie of roumania

a single mother of four is destined to die from exhaustion, unless there is a miracle of fortune or justice.
– terese marie mailhot

if you hear the dogs, keep going.
if you see the torches in the woods, keep going.
if there’s shouting after you, keep going.
don’t ever stop. keep going.
if you want a taste of freedom, keep going.
– harriet tubman

i didn’t fall in love. i rose in it.
– toni morrison

freedom, by definition, is people realizing that they are their own leaders.
– diane nash

love takes off the masks we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.
– james baldwin

the dogon are particularly scornful of the tourist, for he understands nothing yet fights to record everything. “what is the point?” the dogon ask. “do they not have any stories of their own?” it is a good question.
– david maybury-lewis, millennium: tribal wisdom and the modern world

in a world where lies are normal, telling the truth becomes radical and revolutionary and dangerous and edgy.
– jesse williams

and we must know on some positions, cowardice asks the question, “is it safe?” expediency asks the question, “is it politic?” vanity asks the question, “is it popular?” but conscience asks the question, “is it right?” and there are times when you must take a stand that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but you must do it because it is right.
– mlk, jr

a life lived in fear is a life half lived.
– baz luhrman

there is one man on whom i’d gladly gaze,
to whom i’d give all the bright world,
— all of it! all of it! —
though you think it a poor bargain.
– anon irish verse spoken by grainne of diarmat

the awful thing is that nothing is ever forgotten. then the child goes around with an absence of confidence in things.
– dw winnicott

if other people are not following you, then be that one to stand up by yourself because eventually, someone is going to stand up with you.
– erica garner

friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.
– jane austen

anger is a protest against the loss of joy.
– harville hendrix

art is the absence of fear.
– erykah badu

at the least we should leave flowers, at the least we should leave songs.
– nezahualcoyotl

if you had fought like a man, you would not now be about to die like a dog.
– anne bonny, pirate, 18th century

the question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.
– ayn rand

a troubled spirit is the greatest trial of all.
– marie de guise

life’s a rum go, guv’nor, and that’s the truth.
– bert, mary poppins

you let your pain kill you a long time ago. i’m going to live with mine.
– xena

books were safer than other people.

– neil gaiman

so here tonight i lie, and think over my strange history – the sorrows – the drifting – the chagrins – the deep waters – and i lie in a meadow tonight with my head in your hands, safe and content.

– letter from edward burnes-jones to may gaskell, quoted in josceline dimbleby’s may & amy


Xena: See how calm the surface of the water is? That was me once. And then…(she throws a stone into the lake) the water ripples and churns. That’s what I became.

Gabrielle: But if we sit here long enough, it will go back to being still again; go back to being calm.

Xena: But the stone is still under there. It’s now part of the lake. It might look as it did before, but it’s forever changed.


life is quicksand. don’t fight against it, or you’ll just go down quicker.
– tom the irishman, quoted in patricia monaghan’s the red-haired girl from the bog

lack of food does not cause famine; lack of entitlement to food does.
– amartya sen

let he who is chief be a bridge!
– celtic hero bran the blessed

let me fly to the far edge of the sky. let me rest in the folds of the earth. let me come at last to the arms of my ancestors. i am a child of eternity.
– ancient egyptian book of coming forth by day

truly, i strive to carry the load without noticing the burden, to be on this hot earth a cool jug of water, to stand in the wind like sturdy sycamore branches, a place where birds rest, where cattle gather, where sap rises, wherein earth and sky are home.
– ancient egyptian book of coming forth by day

in times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
– george orwell

Perhaps Strength
Doesn’t reside
In having never been broken
But in the courage required
To grow strong
In the broken places.

I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it.
-Harry Emerson Fosdick

Lead, follow, or get out of the way.
-Thomas Paine

When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.
-Billy, age 4

Give yourself to love itself, without a shred of you remaining. Die completely into loving. When you return, when your sense of self is recollected, you will be refreshed through and through, washed awake by the innocence lying wide on the other side of surrender.
-David Deida

Rest not! Life is sweeping by; go and dare before you die. Something mighty and sublime, leave behind to conquer time.
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face…you must do the thing you think you cannot do.
-Eleanor Roosevelt

A home without books is a body without a soul.

I can’t understand why people are frightened by new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.
-John Cage

To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; …To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

This will be our reply to violence: To make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.
-Leonard Bernstein

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.
-Khalil Gibran

our society’s idol, the god that is heterosexuality, is a closet meant to keep the power of self-creation and determination out of the hands of the brave.
– darnell moore

Take a rest; a field that has rested gives a beautiful crop.

I am an artist…I am here to live out loud.
-Emile Zola

i hope the leaving is joyful; and i hope never to return.
– frida kahlo

it was fortunate we were so much distant, for i suppose else i should have bitten him.
– dowager queen katherine parr howard, about her brother-in-law edward duke of somerset

don’t be afraid of me. come closer to me. bring me your gentle spirit. again! please, try again! be kind to me. be a safe place for me. see that i am a wounded animal, not a stupid animal. i am vulnerable and confused. whatever my age, whatever my credentials, reach for me. respect me. i am in here. come find me.
– jill bolte taylor, my stroke of insight

i slept in ice. the goddess speaks to me. i will discover power of some sort here and use it.
– lian hearn, brilliance of the moon

filled with dread, she felt she would rather kill herself than try to make a new beginning.
– margaret mitchell, gone with the wind

the divine could be manifested in all the natural world, in all of human experience, in the savage forests, in the tamed fields, in the sane and ordered rationality of the human mind, and in its disordered madness.
– m isidore forrest, pagans and neo-pagans, the magical pantheons

affliction is enamored of thy parts, and thou art wedded to calamity.
– romeo and juliet

the trouble with me is i could never decide whether i wanted to be joan of arc, florence nightingale, or john l. lewis.
– katharine hepburn as linda in holiday

facts are such horrid things!
– jane austen, lady susan

we celtic women obey the demands of nature in a more moral way than the women of rome. we consort openly with the best of men but you, of rome, allow yourselves to be debauched in secret by the vilest.
– female celt, ca 200 CE

george wahington could never tell a lie, nixon could never tell the truth, and trump can’t tell the difference.
– mark shields

all slopes are slippery. that’s why you need a moral footing.
– walter isaacson

it is not death i fear, it is unbeing and uselessness, of having never been.
– ancient egyptian book of coming forth by day

nothing daunts this intrepid and fearless girl.
– adah isaacs menken

in time we hate that which we often fear.
– shakespeare, antony and cleopatra

a word is more lasting than all the riches of the world.
– connacht love song

i have a zest for living yet twice an urge to die.
– errol flynn

although i were in the worst soil in the world, your presence would make it pleasant.
– a young elizabeth I to step-mother katherine parr howard

our strength is our voice, loud and clear. silence is complicity.
– linda feldman

Rise like lions after slumber / In unvanquishable number! / Shake your chains to earth, like dew / Which in sleep had fallen on you — / Ye are many, they are few!
– percy bysshe shelley

history rushes on, as it always has, with two forces racing toward the future, one splendidly uniformed, the other ragged but inspired.

– howard zinn, a people’s history of the united states

the only way for a woman to find herself, to know herself as a person, is by creative work of her own.

– betty friedan

you know what the three most exciting sounds in the world are? anchor chains, plane motors, and train whistles.

– it’s a wonderful life

there are many advantages in puppets. they never argue. they have no crude views about art. they recognize the presiding intellect of the dramatist.

– oscar wilde

we irish are too poetical to be poets; we are a nation of brilliant failures, but we are the greatest talkers since the greeks.

– oscar wilde

if you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. but if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.

– Aboriginal activists, queensland, australia, 1970s

life does hurt so keenly, and i was never equipped for it.

– edward burne-jones

what do we live for but to fight and hope and fight and hope again.

– hal gaskell

crime is the bitter blossom of poverty.

– roi ottley

give me music, a bright star, and some reason to rise and walk.

– ancient egyptian book of coming forth by day

i wish i had done everything on earth with you.

– the great gatsby

i wrote things to get them out of feeling them and onto paper. so writing, in a way, saved me.

– carrie fisher

sometimes i’ll just stand outside just to stand outside and wonder why i am and why things are the way they are. to think. whatever’s out there. that the earth will continue to sustain us and that we can continue to walk upon her and that we walk below the sky that’s above us and that the two continue to nourish us and everything in between, whether it’s physical or mental or spiritual. whatever role they play in my life, whether it’s negative or positive and whether it’s a blessing or if it’s a hex on me. there’s a reason for all this. i stand out there and watch the darkness turn to light and breathe it all in.

– harrison baheshone, navajo medicine man

Ya’at’eeh (“how is the universe and you within it?”)

– traditional navajo greeting

we are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.

– mlk, letter from a birmingham jail

i am not going to censor myself to comfort your ignorance.

– jon stewart

authoritarian regimes, whether military or religious, are not worried about vicious criticism. they are worried that the masses lose respect for them. you can’t really respect or fear something you are laughing at.

– bassem youssef, revolution for dummies

well, the world does belong to assholes.

– bassem youssef, revolution for dummies: laughing through the arab spring

don’t get frustrated, get involved. don’t complain, organize.

– maryum ali

i raise up my voice not so i can shout but so those without a voice can be heard.

– malala

when injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.

– thomas jefferson

turn anger into change.

– DC rape crisis center

so we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.

– the great gatsby

all the bright, precious things fade so fast. and they don’t come back.

– the great gatsby

for every step forward, there is some asshole shoving progress back.

– roxane gay

just because you survive something does not mean you are strong.

– roxane gay

adults should not weep, i knew. they did not have mothers who would comfort them.

– neil gaiman, the ocean at the end of the lane

ursula monkton smiled, and the lightnings wreathed and writhed about her. she was the storm, she was the lightning, she was the adult world with all its power and all its secrets and all its foolish casual cruelty. she winked at me.

– neil gaiman, the ocean at the end of the lane

american citizenship is based on consent, not descent.

– frank wu

we are allies, not bystanders.

– resistance poster, neko harbor, antarctica

i didn’t come from your rib, you came from my vagina.

– resistance poster, taipa, macau

if you are neutral in the face of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.

– resistance poster, lisbon

they tried to bury us but they didn’t know we were seeds.

– resistance poster

dissent is patriotic.

– resistance poster

anger’s my meat. i will sup upon myself, and so shall starve with feeding.

– shakespeare, coriolanus

to love is to believe in goddesses.

– ancient egyptian book of coming forth by day

here / will i set up my everlasting rest; / and shake the yoke of inauspicious stars / from this world-wearied flesh.

– shakespeare, romeo and juliet

i defy you, stars!

-shakespeare, romeo and juliet

my bounty is as boundless as the sea , / my love as deep; the more i give to thee / the more i have; for both are infinite.

– shakespeare, romeo and juliet

I and the public know, what every school child learns. Those to whom evil is done, do evil in return.

– W.H. Auden

If a law is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law.

– Henry David Thoreau

I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.

– Maryanne Radmacher-Hershey

though time forgets us, let it not forget our passing. grant that today we do work that matters.
– ancient egyptian book of coming forth by day

I do not want to die until I have faithfully made the most of my talent and cultivated the seed that was placed in me until the last small twig has grown.

– Kathe Köllwitz

One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.

-Helen Keller

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

– Muriel Strode

When I dare to be powerful—to use my strength in service of my vision—then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.
– Audre Lord

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
– as quoted by Marianne Williamson

this day died a man of much wit and very little judgment.
– a young elizabeth I on the execution of thomas seymour

To put meaning in one’s life may end in madness, but life without meaning is the torture of restlessness and vague desire. It is a boat longing for the sea and yet afraid.
– Edgar Lee Masters

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
-Anaïs Nin

The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.
– Dorothy Parker

Silence is the real crime against humanity.
– Nadezhda Mandelstam

This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
– George Bernard Shaw

i no longer call loss disaster. it is the empty heart waiting to be filled.
– ancient egyptian book of coming forth by day

Oppression can only survive through silence.
– Anonymous

What do we live for if not to make life less difficult for each other?
– George Eliot

A friend hears the song in my heart and sings it to me when memory fails.

  • Pioneer Girls Leaders’ Handbook

The opposite of poverty is not wealth. In too many places, the opposite of poverty is justice.

– Bryan Stevenson

Before you, my life was like a moonless night. Very dark, but there were stars—points of light and reason. And then you shot across my sky like a meteor. Suddenly everything was on fire; there was brilliancy, there was beauty. When you were gone, when the meteor had fallen over the horizon, everything went black. Nothing had changed, but my eyes were blinded by the light. I couldn’t see the stars anymore. And there was no more reason for anything.

– Stephenie Meyer

To my Patients: The near-sighted should go to the eye clinic. The far-sighted should follow me.

– Emigrant Jewish eye doctor’s door sign in 1930s Germany

I have no relative but the universal mother, Nature: I will seek her breast and ask repose.

– Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

And at last, they finally realized the point of living: to love whoever is around to be loved.

– Kurt Vonnegut

May you never steal, lie, or cheat. But if you must steal, then steal away my sorrows. And if you must lie, lie with me all the nights of my life. And if you must cheat, then please cheat death, because I couldn’t live a day without you.

– From the movie Leap Year

So what do we do? Anything. Something. So long as we don’t just sit there. If we screw it up, start over. Try something else. If we wait until we’ve satisfied all the uncertainties, it may be too late.

– Lee Iacocca

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.

– Rev Dr Martin Luther King, Jr

Creationists make it sound as though a “theory” is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night.

– Isaac Asimov

Stuff your eyes with wonder. Live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made up or paid for in factories.

– Ray Bradbury

When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said “Let us pray.” We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.

  • Archbishop Desmond Tutu

You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.

  • malcolm x

The secret of our success is that we never, never give up.

  • wilma mankiller

the world is before you, and you need not take it or leave it as it was when you came in.

– edwidge danticat, from the fire this time

white silence is violence.

– black lives matter chant

it seems to me that one ought to rejoice in the fact of death – ought to decide, indeed, to earn one’s death by confronting with passion the conundrum of life.

– stanley baldwin

there was one of two things i had a right to, liberty or death; if i could not have one, i would have the other; for no man should take me alive.

– harriet tubman

i just think it’s amusing that you come from somewhere.

– grosse pointe blank

the hood made me realize that crime succeeds because crime cares. crime is grassroots. crime looks for the young kids who need support and a lifting hand. crime offers internship programs and summer jobs and opportunities for advancement. crime gets involved in the community. crime doesn’t discriminate.

– trevor noah, born a crime

the first thing i learned about having money was that it gives you choices. people don’t want to be rich. they want to be able to choose. the richer you are, the more choices you have. that is the freedom of money.

– trevor noah, born a crime

when you strike a woman, you strike a rock.

– black women’s chant under apartheid in south africa

a revolution without dancing is a revolution not worth having,

– emma goldman

ideas are bulletproof.

– v for vendetta

NEVER use force, you just embarrass yourself.

– the doctor, amy’s choice

“Drag ain’t a hobby, baby. Drag ain’t a night job. Drag is a protest. Drag is a raised fist inside a sequined glove. Drag is a lot of things, baby, but drag is not for sissies.”

– matthew lopez, the legend of georgia mcbride

the Fates guide those who will; those who won’t they drag.

– seneca, 4 BCE-65 CE

activism is not an event, it’s a daily commitment. NORMALIZE ADVOCACY

moderate lamentation is the right of the dead; excessive grief the enemy of the living.

– shakespeare, all’s well that ends well

in the world i fill up a place which may be better supplied when i have made it empty.

– shakespeare, as you like it

we revolt because, for many reasons, we can no longer breathe.

-f. fanon

You’re not to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.

  • malcolm x

i am so out of love with life that i will sue to be rid of it.

– shakespeare, measure for measure

Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand; it never has and it never will.

  • frederick douglass

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

– Barbara Ehrenreich

complacency is a far more dangerous attitude than outrage.

– naomi littlebear morena

i had supposed that i was practicing passive resistance, but it was so passive no one noticed i was resisting; it was so much my expected role that it ultimately rendered me invisible.

– mitsuye yamada

you have the eyes of a doe and the balls of a samurai.

– harrison ford to carrie fisher at the end of their star wars affair

the real power, as you and i well know, is collective. i can’t afford to be afraid of you, nor you of me. if it takes head-on collisions, let’s do it: this polite timidity is killing us.

– cherrie moraga

strong is fighting. it’s hard, and it’s painful, and it’s every day. it’s what we have to do. and we can do it together. but if you’re too much of a coward for that, then burn.

– joss whedon, buffy the vampire slayer, episode “amends”

i am no longer accepting the things i cannot change — i am changing the things i cannot accept.

-mom-wench’s sign on twitter for the women’s march on DC, 21 jan 2017 (possibly originated with angela davis)

basically, trump is what would happen if the comments section became a human and ran for president.

– snarkin pie on twitter

silence imposed on pain cannot infinitely endure. people who are hurting will always, eventually, make themselves heard.

– leonard pitts

if the heart is warm and beats the way it should, there is no need to be cold.

– pippi longstocking

take your broken heart and turn it into art.

-carrie fisher

though i cannot remember my birth and shall forget my death, i live in the midst of wonder.
– ancient egyptian book of coming forth by day

life teaches you how to live it, if you just live long enough.

– tony bennett

the tudor court was unbelievably dangerous and yet anne boleyn got to the very center of it, and the only way out was to bear a male child or death. there was no other way out. there was no retreat, and i thought that was an extraordinary existential place to end up, and i thought the recklessness of it, the courage that took, was amazing.

– howard brenton, quoted in susan bardo’s the creation of anne boleyn

if you know not how to die, never trouble yourself; Nature will in a moment fully and sufficiently instruct you; she will exactly do that business for you; take you no care with it.

– montaigne, 16th century, describing a near-fatal accident, referenced by susan bardo in the creation of anne boleyn

the cheaper the crook, the gaudier the patter.

– humphrey bogart, the maltese falcon

when we want to be particularly ruthless we send in the Poles.

– winston churchill, WWII

it was difficult to comprehend why there should be such rooted opposition on the part of englishmen to the higher education of their wives. there must be some secret fear that, hard as they found it to understand a woman now, it would be absolutely beyond their ken were she highly educated.

– consuelo vanderbilt, the glitter and the gold

it was a pity, i thought, that [the viennese] could express their thoughts in so many different languages when they had so few thoughts to express.

– consuelo vanderbilt, the glitter and the gold

germany would have been pleasant had it not been for the germans.

– consuelo vanderbilt, the glitter and the gold

and in the beginning was love. love made a sphere: all things grew within it; the sphere then encompassed beginnings and endings, beginning and end. love had a compass whose whirling dance traced out a sphere of love in the void: in the center thereof rose a fountain.

– robert lax, the circus of the sun, plaque outside carol’s garden, new harmony

we have paid a dreadful price for our taste for Impressionism, for the unfinished, the seductive, the charming. our bourgeois culture hated anything that was too constructed: it preferred the inspired sketch, the adorable, the lightly sketched indication. unfortunately for us hitler’s tanks aren’t sketches.

– leger, 1940, occupied france

it fills me with dread to witness the passage of so much time. do you suppose one still cooks automobiles at antibes, and still sips the twilight at kaux, and i wonder if paris is pink in the late sun and latent with happiness already had.

– zelda fitzgerald

the future is a clear jelly, and about as interesting. however i persist in believing that all will seem better in the deceptive light of europe. lights OUGHT to be deceptive, and by god, mine will.

– sara murphy

my way goes through not round about, nor must i fear my own strength

– ludwig reeg

what is more horrible than a dismantled house where people have once been gay?

– dorothy parker

celebrity is just obscurity biding its time.

– carrie fisher

the [chinese] revolution put an end to prostitution by giving womenn what they wanted: a job and a room of their own.

– maxine hong kingston, the warrior woman

i should so like to be bigger than anything that happens to me.

– gerald murphy

i must shape my own coat according to my cloth, but it will not be after the fashion of this world but fit for me.

-arbella stuart, 17th century

urge me not to use moderation in a cause like the present. i am in earnest – i will not equivocate – i will not excuse – i will not retreat a single inch – and I WILL BE HEARD.

– wlliam lloyd garrison, liberator, first issue

one touch of nature makes the whole world kin.

– william shakespeare, troilus and cressida

sometimes the best gift you can give someone [who is dying] is to let them go. this is a necessary job when you are helping someone to die. somebody has to say. “you have done well, we all appreciate you, we thank you, but you don’t need to suffer for us anymore. go now. go home.”

– z budapest

If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.

  • malcolm x

the very last mantra is one’s name.

– the fate goddess skuld, as told to z budapest, summoning the fates

give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. send these, the homeless, the tempest-tost to me, i lift my lamp beside the golden door!

– emma lazarus, the new colossus

is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?

– patrick henry

it is part of the secret of elizabeth I’s astonishingly long and successful reign that she was unburdened by male relatives.

– nancy goldstone, the rival queens

however strong your armies may be, you will always need the favor of the inhabitants to take possession of a province.

– niccolo machiavelli, the prince

i heard “hey beautiful! hey goddess!” turn into “i’m going to rape you, bitch” enough times to know that the former is just the latter withva bow on it.

– tara, the wicked and the divine, by gillen mckelvie

[black and white women] had only a slave’s idea of freedom. and to the slave, the master’s way of life represents the ideal free lifestyle.

– bell hooks

Good conversation is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.
– Anne Morrow Lindbergh

If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.
– Katharine Hepburn

But let there be spaces in your togetherness, and let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
– Kahlil Gibran

With stammering lips and insufficient sounds,
I strive and struggle to deliver right
the music of my nature.
– Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.
– Anne Lamott

In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
– Rev Dr Martin Luther King, Jr

I’d like to help you out. Which way did you come in?

  • Paula Gutierrez

Stretch out your hand and take the world’s wide gift of joy and beauty.
– Corinne Roosevelt Robinson
After all these years, I see that I was mistaken about Eve in the beginning; it is better to live outside the Garden with her than inside it without her.
– Mark Twain

There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.
– R. Buckminster Fuller

It is important to answer the madman. It is important because, left unanswered, his lies and his malice can poison the climate. They can do worse. They can make other men mad. Left unanswered for long enough, they can nourish everything in men and women that is hateful and destructive and murderous. Our end is to ensure that every time the madman shouts in the market place, he is answered.
– Roy McMurtry, Attorney General of Ontario

When I dare to be powerful—to use my strength in service of my vision—then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.
– Audre Lord

The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.
– African proverb

you shall not live by faith, but with certainty; not in sacrifice, but in ecstasy, and know the coming and going of flowers, the passion of love, of loss and pain.
– ancient egyptian book of coming forth by day

But Oh! The blessing it is to have a friend to whom one can speak fearless on any subject; with whom one’s deepest as well as one’s most foolish thoughts come out simply and safely. Oh, the comfort—the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person—having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.
– Dinah Craik

Sometimes only one person is missing and the whole world seems depopulated.

Ever since happiness
heard your name
it has been running
through the streets
trying to find you.

  • Hafiz

what is better than the library? nothing.

– gretchen knapp

your silence will not protect you.

– audre lorde

much of what has been perceived by whites as an amazonic trait in black women has been merely stoical acceptance of situations we have been powerless to change.

– bell hooks

by the time it came to the edge of the Forest the stream had grown up, so that it was almost a river, and, being grown-up, it did not run and jump and sparkle along as it used to do when it was younger, but moved more slowly. for it knew now where it was going, and it said to itself, “there is no hurry. we shall get there some day.” but all the little streams higher up in the Forest went this way and that, quickly, eagerly, having so much to find out before it was too late.

– a. a. milne, the house at pooh corner

the state has a monopoly of violence. what that means is that there is no way for the public to compete on the field of violence with their governments. that ought to be obvious. our strong suit is information, facts, justice, disobedience, and especially numbers. their strong suit is lying and especially exerting military power.

– michael albert

“damar” is a serbian word of turkish origin meaning “heartbeat/pulls of the soul”
“damar are the heartbeat of light, spirit and the flesh”

– Boris Kovac & Ladaaba Orchest, Ballads at the End of Time

This booklet intends to relate the Pilgrim history as a story which has no end.  It will end only if people suffer a failure of nerve in the quest for basic human rights. It can honestly be said that all who cherish freedom are Pilgrim descendants.

  • Gary L. Marks, “Pilgrims Then and Now”

begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop.

– lewis carroll

power cedes nothing without a demand.

– frederick douglass

homophobia is a social lubricant for straight men.

– mychal denzel smith

one of the privileges of not being part of a marginalized group is believing you can set your own benchmarks for bigotry.

– mychal denzel smith

if you don’t have a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.

– shirley chisholm

a nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.

– edward r murrow

no one’s free unless everyone’s free, because permitting any prejudice encourages all prejudice.

– kareem abdul-jabar

as i got older, i found that men would whistle or make comments about how i looked as i walked down the street, as if my body were their property, as if i were an object to be commented on instead of a full human being with thoughts and feelings of my own. i began to realize that the hopes i had for myself were in conflict with the messages i was receiving from people around me. messages that said that, as a girl, my voice was somehow less important than how my mind worked. that being strong and powerful and outspoken just wasn’t appropriate or attractive for a girl.

– michelle obama

the only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. you cannot win an emmy for roles that are simply not there.

– viola davis, first black woman to win an emmy for lead actress in a drama, 2015

modern society has perfected the art of making people not feel necessary.

  • sebastian junger

combat is failure. it is a tragedy. when blood must be shed, do so quickly, surgically, with solemn reverence. with grief.

  • matthew stover

“i was out of control” is just code for “I don’t want to admit i’m the kind of person who would do such things.” it’s a lie.

  • matthew stover

orders not backed by force are only suggestions.

  • matthew stover

the bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding go out to meet it.

  • thucydides, 460-400 BCE

when the oppressor can name the oppressed but the oppressed cannot name the oppressor, oppression wins.

  • katka showers-curtis, for the cis person who wants to be my friend

social transformation or social destruction, those are our only real choices.

  • gary declaration: black politics at the crossroad, 1972

for as unseemly as it may appear nowadays for a woman to preach, it should be remembered that nothing is impossible with god. and why should it be thought impossible, heterodox, or improper for a woman to preach? seeing the savior died for the woman as well as the man.

  • jarena lee, 1849

the hearts of the brave heal quickly.

  • the iliad, homer

“when you think of power, remember that exercising it comes at a cost, and that your job as an activist is to make that cost rise ever upward until your opponent is no longer able to afford the charges.”

-srdja popovic

And must I, Pain, live with you

All through my life? –sharing my fire, my bed,

Sharing–oh, worst of all things!–the same head?–

And, when I feed myself, feeding you, too?

  • edna st vincent millay

a right defeated is stronger than evil triumphant.

  • rev dr martin luther king jr

racism is prejudice plus power.

  • jim wallis

a riot is the language of the unheard.

  • rev dr martin luther king jr

day after day i saw the women and children of jasenovac going off to be killed. they knew where they were going, but they did not cry. they were singing.

  • josip erlih, testimony in the 1990s about the 1940s croat-on-serb atrocities of the ustashi

may you never steal, lie, or cheat. but, if you must steal, then steal away my sorrows. and if you must lie, lie with me all the nights of my life. and if you must cheat, then please cheat death, because i couldn’t live a day without you.

  • from the otherwise dreadful movie “leap year,” 65 mins in

the world is full of mischief, for the enemy sleeps not.

  • william herle, english spy for lord burghley, 1580s

whiteness is about never being really out of place, of having the sense that wherever you are, you belong, and won’t encounter much resistance to your presence.

  • tim wise, white like me

“i am going to refer to some of the fundamentals that antedate parties and antedate republics and empires, fundamentals that are as old as mankind itself. one of these old philosophies is the philosophy of those who would ‘let things alone.’ the other is the philosophy that strives for something new — something which i believe the human race can and will attain — social justice through social action.”

-FDR, october 1932

They developed the neutron bomb, which destroys people, not buildings. This is great if you’re a porch.

  • David Brennar

The opposite of poverty is not wealth. In too many places, the opposite of poverty is justice.
-Bryan Stevenson

he who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. he who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.

-rev dr martin luther king, jr

Why do the dead look at us
With shaky hands
With shaky hands
Because they know how far we have to fall
How far we fear to fall

– Given to me by the Gods sometime in the ’90s

i fell in love with him. but i don’t just stay with him by default as if there’s no one else available to me. i stay with him because i choose to, every day that i wake up, every day that we fight or lie to each other or disappont each other. i choose him over and over again, and he chooses me.

– veronica roth

‘of course, there must be lots of Magic in the world,” he said wisely one day, “but people don’t know what it is or how to make it. perhaps the beginning is just to say nice things are going to happen until you make them happen.’

– the secret garden


after dancing in my crimson veil
i return home, the moon
so large above summer’s horizon
so full of heat’s blood-heavy glow,
i swear it is a belly swelling
strong with black-rimmed music’s pulse
between the hips of night.

– katharyn howd machan

love isn’t a state of perfect caring. it is an active noun like “struggle.” to love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now.

-fred rogers

always providing you have enough courage – or money – you can do without a reputation.

– rhett butler

“i’m tired of everlastingly being unnatural and never doing what i want to do. i’m tired of acting like i don’t eat more than a bird, and walking when i want to run and saying i feel faint after a waltz, when i could dance for two days and never get tired. i’m tired of saying ‘how wonderful you are!’ to fool men who haven’t got one-half the sense i’ve got, and i’m tired of pretending i don’t know anything, so men can tell me things and feel important while they’re doing it.”

– scarlett o’hara

those who don’t study history are doomed to repeat it. yet those who do study history are doomed to stand by helplessly while everyone else repeats it.

cartoon with illegible signature 

rise with your class, not from it

  • jennie persily, 1930s union organizer

You can’t change the world
But you can change the facts
And when you change the facts
You change points of view
If you change points of view
You may change a vote
And when you change a vote
You may change the world

  • depeche mode

I want to be magic. I want to touch the heart of the world and make it smile. I want to be a friend of elves and live in a tree. Or under a hill. I want to marry a moonbeam and hear the stars sing. I don’t want to pretend at magic anymore. I want to be magic.
– Charles de Lint

unless a man asks for advice, he don’t really want it.

  • george dawson

When men leer and joke to each other about Slave Leia, they forget that Leia chose that mission and strangled Jabba the Hutt with her chains, that the rightful name she deserves is Leia the Huttslayer

-owen davis

one parisian male’s take on a debutante’s ball, 1890s: “this place stinks of armpits, let’s go to maxim’s.”

-amanda mackensie stuart

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