The tragedy of machismo is that a man is never quite man enough.

— Germaine Greer

The most unbelievable Germaine Greer quotes that will activate your desire to change

Loneliness is never more cruel than when it is felt in close propinquity with someone who has ceased to communicate.

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Now as before, women must refuse to be meek and guileful, for truth cannot be served by dissimulation. Women who fancy that they manipulate the world by pussy power and gentle cajolery are fools. It is slavery to have to adopt such tactics.

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What we ought to see in the agonies of puberty is the result of the conditioning that maims the female personality in creating the feminine.

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Germaine Greer quote Energy is the power that drives every hu

Energy is the power that drives every human being. It is not lost by exertion, but maintained by it.

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Every woman knows that, regardless of all her other achievements, she is a failure if she is not beautiful.

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Energy is the power that drives every human being.

It is not lost by exertion but maintained by it, for it is a faculty of the psyche.

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A library is a place where you can lose your innocence without losing your virginity.

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The struggle which is not joyous is the wrong struggle.

The joy of the struggle is not hedonism and hilarity, but the sense of purpose, achievement and dignity.

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Every time a man unburdens his heart to a stranger he reaffirms the love that unites humanity.

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Perhaps women have always been in closer contact with reality than men: it would seem to be the just recompense for being deprived of idealism.

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Probably the only place where a man can feel really secure is in a maximum security prison, except for the imminent threat of release.

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Human beings have an inalienable right to invent themselves.

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It takes a great deal of courage and independence to decide to design your own image instead of the one that society rewards, but it gets easier as you go along.

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About Germaine Greer

Quotes 161 sayings
Nationality Australian
Profession Activist
Birthday October 16

I think that testosterone is a rare poison.

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Freedom is fragile and must be protected.

To sacrifice it, even as a temporary measure, is to betray it.

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In modern consumer society, the attack on mother-child eroticism took its total form; breastfeeding was proscribed and the breasts reserved for the husband's fetishistic delectation. At the same time, babies were segregated, put into cold beds alone and not picked up if they cried.

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The compelled mother loves her child as the caged bird sings.

The song does not justify the cage nor the love the enforcement.

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We can put women on Prozac and they will think they are happy, even though they are not. Disturbed animals in the zoo are given Prozac too, which rather suggests that misery is a response to unbearable circumstances rather than constitutional.

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Developing the muscles of the soul demands no competitive spirit, no killer instinct, although it may erect pain barriers that the spiritual athlete must crash through.

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After centuries of conditioning of the female into the condition of perpetual girlishness called femininity, we cannot remember what femaleness is.

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The surest guide to the correctness of the path that women take is joy in the struggle. Revolution is the festival of the oppressed.

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Older women can afford to agree that femininity is a charade, a matter of colored hair, ecru lace and whalebones, the kind of slap and tat that transvestites are in love with, and no more.

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In a sane society no woman would be left to struggle on her own with the huge transformation that is motherhood, when a single individual finds herself joined by an invisible umbilical cord to another person from whom she will never be separated, even by death.

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A garden is a kinetic work of art, not an object but a process, open-ended, biodegradable, nurturant, like all women's artistry. A garden is the best alternative therapy.

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There are poems about the internet and about the shipping forecast but very few by women celebrating men.

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We in the West do not refrain from childbirth because we are concerned about the population explosion or because we feel we cannot afford children, but because we do not like children.

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If you think you are emancipated, you might consider the idea of tasting your own menstrual blood - if it makes you sick, you've got a long way to go, baby.

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Human beings have an unalienable right to invent themselves;

when that right is pre-empted it is called brain-washing.

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Soccer is an art more central to our culture than anything the Arts Council deigns to recognize.

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If women understand by emancipation the adoption of the masculine role then we are lost indeed.

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The management of fertility is one of the most important functions of adulthood.

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Security is when everything is settled.

When nothing can happen to you. Security is the denial of life.

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People who are really happy do not concern themselves with convincing others of the fact.

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Yet if a woman never lets herself go, how will she ever know how far she might have got? If she never takes off her high-heeled shoes, how will she ever know how far she could walk or how fast she could run?

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Perhaps catastrophe is the natural human environment, and even though we spend a good deal of energy trying to get away from it, we are programmed for survival amid catastrophe.

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The essence of pleasure is spontaneity.

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There is no such thing as security. There never has been.

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Evolution is what it is. The upper classes have always died out; it's one of the most charming things about them.

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Security is the denial of life

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The consequences of militancy do not disappear when the need for militancy is over.

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The most popular image of the female despite the exigencies of the clothing trade is all boobs and buttocks, a hallucinating sequence of parabolae and bulges.

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The only causes of regret are laziness, outbursts of temper, hurting others, prejudice, jealousy, and envy.

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The castration of women has been carried out in terms of a masculine-feminine polarity, in which men have commandeered all the energy and streamlined it into an aggressive conquistadorial power, reducing all heterosexual contact to a sadomasochistic pattern.

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English culture is basically homosexual in the sense that the men only really care about other men.

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Our life-style contains more Thanatos than Eros, for egotism, exploitation, deception, obsession and addiction have more place in us than eroticism, joy, generosity and spontaneity.

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All societies on the verge of death are masculine.

A society can survive with only one man; no society will survive a shortage of women.

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Every human body has its optimum weight and contour, which only health and efficiency can establish. Whenever we treat women's bodies as aesthetic objects without function we deform them.

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The sight of women talking together has always made men uneasy; nowadays it means rank subversion.

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Gender reassignment is an exorcism of the mother

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The fear of freedom is strong in us. We call it chaos or anarchy, and the words are threatening. We live in a true chaos of contradicting authorities, an age of conformism without community, of proximity without communication. We could only fear chaos if we imagined that it was unknown to us, but in fact we know it very well.

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