Losing the future is the best thing that ever happened to me.

— Marilyn French

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Men stumble over pebbles, never over mountains.

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The same men who are blind and deaf to feminism are acutely sensitive to what threatens their dominance and privilege.

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Well, love is insanity. The ancient Greeks knew that. It is the taking over of a rational and lucid mind by delusion and self-destruction. You lose yourself, you have no power over yourself, you can't even think straight.

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All men are rapists and that's all they are

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Nothing is ever simple. What do you do when you discover you like parts of the role you're trying to escape?

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Women are afraid in a world in which almost half the population bears the guise of the predator, in which no factor - age, dress, or color - distinguishes a man who will harm a woman from one who will not.

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Men seem unable to feel equal to women: they must be superior or they are inferior

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Oh, God, why don't I remember that a little chaos is good for the soul?

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loneliness is not a longing for company, it is a longing for kind.

And kind means people who can see you who you are, and that means they have enough intelligence and sensitivity and patience to do that.

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All patriarchists exalt the home and family as sacred, demanding it remain inviolate from prying eyes. Men want privacy for their violations of women... All women learn in childhood that women as a sex are men's prey.

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Control over a woman is the only form of dominance most men possess, for most men are merely subjects of more powerful men.

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Anyone determined to find another person or group inferior can always find whole lists of grounds that demonstrate inferiority because we are all inferior to the ideals of humanness we have erected.

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About Marilyn French

Quotes 52 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Author
Birthday October 16

When a man loses superiority, he loses potency.

That's what all this talk about castrating women is about. Castrating women are those who refuse to pretend men are better than they are and better than women are. The simple truth - that men are only equal - can undermine a culture more devastatingly than any bomb. Subversion is telling the truth.

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Survival is an art. It requires the dulling of the mind and the senses, and a delicate attunement to waiting, without insisting on precision about just what it is you are waiting for.

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S and M is only the expression in the bedroom of an oppressive-submissive relation which can happen also in the kitchen or at the factory, can happen between people of any gender. There is obviously something titillating about these relationships, but it isn't the sexual components that makes them ugly, they're uglier elsewhere. Nothing sexual is depraved. Only cruelty is depraved, and that's another matter.

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It isn't success after all, is it, if it isn't an expression of your deepest energies?

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Whatever they may be in public life, whatever their relations with men, in their relations with women, all men are rapists and that's all they are. They rape us with their eyes, their laws, their codes.

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The view of life as a struggle for power generates a language in which life has no significance and only power matters.

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I hate discussions of feminism that end up with who does the dishes, she said.

So do I. But at the end, there are always the damned dishes.

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She drowned in words that could not teach her how to swim.

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There is no power greater than the power of passive dependency.

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It's strange how men feel they have the right to criticize a woman's appearance to her face.

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My books are water; those of the great geniuses are wine - everybody drinks water.

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When a baby first looks at you...when it laughs that deep, unselfconscious gurgle; or when it cries and you pick it up and it clings sobbing to you...then you are-happy is not the precise word-filled.

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Habit is a good thing for the human race.

... You have to spend so much energy just getting through the day when you have no habits that you don't have any left for productive labor.

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you can't equate passive dependent power with assertive power because the dependent kind isn't fun, it doesn't give you a kick, it just allows you to survive.

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There was no justice, there was only life. And life she had.

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Marriage accustomed one to the good things, so one came to take them for granted, but it magnified the bad things, so they came to feel as painful as a grain in one's eye. An open window, a forgotten quart of milk, a TV set left blaring, socks on the bathroom floor could become occasions for incredible rage.

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Even disasters -- there are always disasters when you travel -- can be turned into adventures.

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One thing that makes art different from life is that in art things have a shape.

.. it allows us to fix our emotions on events at the moment they occur, it permits a union of heart and mind and tongue and tear.

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Desire consumes you, it takes you over.

You forget yourself completely. All you can think about is the other, the one you desire, your self is just a fire.

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there's no justice, there's only love.

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in a way it doesn't matter whether you open doors or close them, you still end up in a box.

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Later, she would remember these years, and realize with astonishment that she had, by fifteen, decided on most of the assumptions she would carry for the rest of her life: that people were essentially not evil, that perfection was death, that life was better than order and a little chaos good for the soul. Most important, this life was all. Unfortunately, she forgot these things, and had to remember them the hard way.

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Never underestimate the power of helplessness!

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The very notion of superiority of one kind over another will have to disappear, although differences among kind will remain.

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There's power to: and everyone should have that, but everyone doesn't.

Power to play Bach, or tennis, or boccie if you like. And there's power over; and no one should have that, but people do.

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The real motivation of the campaign to criminalize abortion is to establish the principles that women's bodies belong to the state and that women bear the responsibility for sex.

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I have opened all the doors in my head.

I have opened all the pores in my body. But only the tide rolls in.

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All the women I know feel a little like outlaws.

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I believe that all human beings are equal.

I believe that no one has the right to authority over anyone else.

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I'd discovered you never know yourself until you're tested and that you don't even know you're being tested until afterwards, and that in fact there isn't anyone giving the test except yourself.

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All men are rapists and that's all they are.

They rape us with their eyes, their laws, and their codes.

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rain is one thing the British do better than anybody else.

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If you ask me what I believe in today, I believe in feminism.

I believe that all human beings are equal. I believe that no one has the right to authority over anyone else. Feminism has to do with everything in the world, a vision of how the world can be. I have great doubts about Utopias, but I just keep on thinking there is a better way to live than the way we live now.

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When they kept you out it was because you were black;

when they let you in, it is because you are black. That's progress?

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To nourish and raise children against odds is in any time, any place, more valuable than to fix bolts in cars or design nuclear weapons.

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My feelings about men are the result of my experience.

I have little sympathy for them. Like a Jew just released from Dachau, I watch the handsome young Nazi soldier fall writhing to the ground with a bullet in his stomach and I look briefly and walk on. I don’t even need to shrug. I simply don’t care. What he was, as a person, I mean, what his shames and yearnings were, simply don’t matter.

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In a great gasp, puts her head in her hands again and cries as if her throat were a cave, as if the howling winds came from her belly, she cries like a storm that will never end.

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