Behind my carefully buttoned collar is my nakedness, the struggle to find clean clothes, food, meaning, and money. Behind sex is rage, behind anger is love, behind this moment is silence, years of silence.

— Dorothy Allison

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Two or three things I know for sure, and one is that I'd rather go naked than wear the coat the world has made for me.

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Two or three things I know for sure, and one of them is that if we are not beautiful to each other, we cannot know beauty in any form.

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Fiction is a piece of truth that turns lies to meaning.

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I need you to do more than survive. As writers, as revolutionaries, tell the truth, your truth in your own way. Do not buy into their system of censorship, imagining that if you drop this character or hide that emotion, you can slide through their blockades. Do not eat your heart out in the hope of pleasing them.

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Things come apart so easily when they have been held together with lies.

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Change, when it comes, cracks everything open.

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Hunger makes you restless. you dream about food - not just any food, but perfect food, the best food, magical meals, famous and awe-inspiring, the one piece of meat, the exact taste of buttery corn, tomatoes so ripe they split and sweeten the air, beans so crisp they snap between the teeth, gravy like mother's milk singing to your bloodstream.

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One of the strengths I derive from my class background is that I am accustomed to contempt.

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Women lose their lives not knowing they can do something different.

..I claimed myself and remade my life. Only when I knew I belonged to myself completely did I become capable of giving myself to another, of finding joy in desire, pleasure in our love, power in this body no one else owns.

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The horror of class stratification, racism, and prejudice is that some people begin to believe that the security of their families and communities depends on the oppression of others, that for some to have good lives there must be others whose lives are truncated and brutal.

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I did not begin with craft, I began with strong feelings and worked toward craft.

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Everything that comes to us is a blessing or a test.

That’s all you need to know in this life…just the certainty that God’s got His eye on you, that He knows what you are made of, what you need to grow on. Why,questioning’s a sin, it’s pointless. He will show you your path in His own good time. And long as I remember that, I’m fine.

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About Dorothy Allison

Quotes 80 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Writer
Birthday October 16

When I was growing up, I always read horror books, while my sister read romance novels.

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I am the only one who can tell the story of my life and say what it means.

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I put on the page a third look at what I've seen in life - the reinvented experience of a cross-eyed working-class lesbian, addicted to violence, language and hope, who has made the decision to live, is determined to live, on the page and on the street, for me and mine.

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I need you to do more than survive. As writers, as revolutionaries, tell the truth, your truth in your own way.

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Teenagers are free verse walking around on two legs.

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What's the best thing you can do for your writing? Construct a boring life.

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my life has been saved over and over again by picking up a book in which someone captured the whole experience of being despised and not dying.

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Behind the story I tell is the one I don't.

..Behind the story you hear is the one I wish I could make you hear.

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If I could have found what I needed at thirteen, I would not have lost so much of my life chasing vindication or death. Give some child, some thirteen-year old, the hope of the remade life. Tell the truth. Write the story that you were always afraid to tell. I swear to you there is magic in it.

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My heart broke all over again. I wanted my life back, my mama, but I knew I would never have that. The child I had been was gone with the child she had been. We were new people, and we didn't know each other anymore. I shook my head desperately.

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Twenty years after we had left so fierce and proud, we were all right back where we had started, yoked to each other and the same old drama.

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Write the story that you were always afraid to tell.

I swear to you that there is magic in it, and if you show yourself naked for me, I'll be naked for you. It will be our covenant.

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It's important to set challenges that you're not sure you're equal to.

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It ain't that you get religion. Religion gets you and then milks you dry. Won't let you drink a little whiskey. Won't let you make no fat-assed girls grin and giggle. Won't let you do a damn thing except work for what you'll get in the hearafter. I live in the here and now.

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I tell my students you have an absolute right to write about people you know and love. You do. But the kicker is you have a responsibility to make the characters large enough that you will not have sinned against them.

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There is a place where we are always alone with our own mortality, where we must simply have something greater than ourselves to hold onto-God or history or politics or literature or a belief in the healing power of love, or even righteous anger.... A reason to believe, a way to take the world by the throat and insist that there is more to this life than we have ever imagined.

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Women lose their lives not knowing they can do something different.

.." from Two or Three Things i Know For Sure

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I can't write what I don't believe in.

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fiction is the great lie that tells the truth

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...I have come to make distinctions between what I call the academy and literature, the moral equivalents of church and God. The academy may lie, but literature tries to tell the truth.

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Delia picked at the raw sores of her conscience.

..Drunk or sober, Delia lived in the small town in her heart, ignoring the world in which all her love had turned to grief.

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I think I would have died if there hadn't been the women's movement.

It gave me a vision that I could do something different, and it gave me an understanding that I wasn't a monster, or sport, or a betrayer of my family.

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For years and years, I convinced myself that I was unbreakable, an animal with an animal strength or something not human at all. Me, I told people, I take damage like a wall, a brick wall that never falls down, never feels anything, never flinches or remembers. I am one woman but I carry in my body all the stories I have ever been told, women I have known, women who have taken damage until they tell themselves they can feel no pain at all.

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The bottom line is I'm writing to save the dead.

I'm writing to save the people I have lost, some of whose bodies are still walking around.

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People don't do right because of the fear of God or love of him.

You do right because the world doesn't make sense if you don't.

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Two or three things I know, two or three things I know for sure, and one of them is that to go on living I have to tell stories, that stories are the one sure way I know to touch the heart and change the world

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I think I would have died if there hadn't been the women's movement.

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The only magic we have is what we make in ourselves, the muscles we build up on the inside, the sense of belief we create from nothing.

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Babies change things, open doors you thought were shut, close others.

Make you into something you never been.

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she got a reputation for an easy smile and a sharp tongue, and using one to balance the other, she seemed friendly but distant

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I was born trash in a land where the people all believe themselves natural aristocrats.

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I was no Cherokee. I was no warrior. I was nobody special. I was just a girl, scared and angry. When I saw myself in Daddy Glen's eyes, I wanted to die. No, I wanted to be already dead, cold and gone. Everything felt hopeless. He looked at me and I was ashamed of myself. It was like sliding down an endless hole, seeing myself at the bottom, dirty, ragged, poor, stupid.

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Gravy is the simplest, tastiest, most memory-laden dish I know how to make: a little flour, salt and pepper, crispy bits of whatever meat anchored the meal, a couple of cups of water or milk and slow stirring to break up lumps.

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I have wanted everything as a writer and a woman, but most of all a world changed utterly by my revelations.

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stories are the one sure way I know to touch the heart and change the world.

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Writing is the only way I know to demand justice from an uncaring universe.

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Two or three things I know for sure, and one of them is the way you can both hate and love something you are not sure you understand.

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