Quotes: part III

So you’ve read the first two installments of our quotes, which has led you here, to our third section!

 

* “You have to leave room in life to dream.” – Buffy Saint-Marie

* “Anyone who knows history, particularly the history of Europe, will, I think, recognize that the domination of education or of government by any one particular religious faith is never a happy arrangement for the people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

* “Everyone has the right to make his own decisions, but none has the right to force his decision on others.” – Ayn Rand

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

* “No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body. No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother.” – Margaret Sanger

* “There is an innate spring of healthy action in every human being who has not been crushed and pinched by poverty and drudgery from before his birth, that impels him onward and upward.” – Lucy Parsons

* “Let me live, love and say it well in good sentences.” – Sylvia Plath

* “A woman must have her freedom, the fundamental freedom of choosing whether or not she will be a mother and how many children she will have. Regardless of what man’s attitude may be, that problem is hers — and before it can be his, it is hers alone. She goes through the vale of death alone each time a babe is born. As it is the right neither of man nor the state to coerce her into this ordeal, so it is her right to decide whether she will endure it” – Margaret Sanger

* “That something happened to you is of no importance to anyone, not even to you. The important thing about you is what you choose to make happen — your values and choices. That which happened by accident — what family you were born into, in what country, and where you went to school — is totally unimportant.” – Ayn Rand

* “A mutual and satisfied sexual act is of great benefit to the average woman, the magnetism of it is health giving. When it is not desired on the part of the woman and she gives no response, it should not take place. The submission of her body without love or desire is degrading to the woman’s finer sensibility, all the marriage certificates on earth to the contrary notwithstanding.” – Margaret Sanger

* “Oh, Misery, I have drunk thy cup of sorrow to its dregs, but I am still a rebel.” – Lucy Parsons

* “We women are callow fledglings as compared with the wise old birds who manipulate the political machinery, and we still hesitate to believe that a woman can fill certain positions in public life as competently and adequately as a man. For instance, it is certain that women do not want a woman for President. Nor would they have the slightest confidence in her ability to fulfill the functions of that office. Every woman who fails in a public position confirms this, but every woman who succeeds creates confidence.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

* “No one should negotiate their dreams. Dreams must be free to fly high. No government, no legislature, has a right to limit your dreams. You should never agree to surrender your dreams.” – Jesse Jackson

* “I love him to hell and back and heaven and back, and have and do and will.” – Sylvia Plath

* “It is my heart that makes my songs, not I.” – Sara Teasdale

* “To wear your heart on your sleeve isn’t a very good plan; you should wear it inside, where it functions best.” – Margaret Thatcher

* “Reality is wrong. Dreams are for real.” Tupac Shakur

* “Cleverness is not wisdom.” Euripides

* “Woman must not accept; she must challenge. She must not be awed by that which has been built up around her; she must reverence that woman in her which struggles for expression.” – Margaret Sanger

* “A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.” – Ayn Rand

* “I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in life. And I am horribly limited.” – Sylvia Plath

* “So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.” – Christopher Reeve

* “Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

* “Love is the flower you’ve got to let grow.” – John Lennon

* “The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.” – Emily Dickinson

* “It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

* “The Middle Ages were an era of mysticism, ruled by blind faith and blind obedience to the dogma that faith is superior to reason. The Renaissance was specifically the rebirth of reason, the liberation of man’s mind, the triumph of rationality over mysticism – a faltering, incomplete, but impassioned triumph that led to the birth of science, of individualism, of freedom.” – Ayn Rand

* “I talk to God but the sky is empty.” – Sylvia Plath

* “Anarchism has but one infallible, unchangeable motto, ‘Freedom.’ Freedom to discover any truth, freedom to develop, to live naturally and fully.” – Lucy Parsons

* “Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it’s when you’ve had everything to do and you’ve done it.” – Margaret Thatcher

* “If, in the present chaotic and shameful struggle for existence, when organized society offers a premium on greed, cruelty, and deceit, men can be found who stand aloof and almost alone in their determination to work for good rather than gold, who suffer want and persecution rather than desert principle, who can bravely walk to the scaffold for the good they can do humanity, what may we expect from men when freed from the grinding necessity of selling the better part of themselves for bread?” – Lucy Parsons

* “Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.” – Samuel Taylor Coleridge

* “Life is not an exact science, it is an art.” – Samuel Butler

* “A hug is like a boomerang – you get it back right away.” – Bil Keane

* “A man reserves his true and deepest love not for the species of woman in whose company he finds himself electrified and enkindled, but for that one in whose company he may feel tenderly drowsy.” – George Jean Nathan

* “Life has been some combination of fairy-tale coincidence and joie de vivre and shocks of beauty together with some hurtful self-questioning.” – Sylvia Plath

* “The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.” – Paul Valery

* “All love shifts and changes. I don’t know if you can be wholeheartedly in love all the time.” – Julie Andrews

* “A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.” – Thomas Carlyle

* “The best proof of love is trust.” – Joyce Brothers

* “That which you call your soul or spirit is your consciousness, and that which you call ‘free will’ is your mind’s freedom to think or not, the only will you have, your only freedom, the choice that controls all the choices you make and determines your life and your character.” – Ayn Rand

* “Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

* “Dying is an art, like everything else. I do it exceptionally well. I do it so it feels like hell. I do it so it feels real. I guess you could say I’ve a call.” – Sylvia Plath

* “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 which you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

* “The only abnormality is the incapacity to love.” – Anais Nin

* “I am inhabited by a cry. /Nightly it flaps out/Looking, with its hooks, for something to love./I am terrified by this dark thing/That sleeps in me;/All day I feel its soft, feathery turnings, its malignity.” – Sylvia Plath

* “We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort.” – Jesse Owens

* “It appears to me impossible that I should cease to exist, or that this active, restless spirit, equally alive to joy and sorrow, should be only organized dust – ready to fly abroad the moment the spring snaps, or the spark goes out, which kept it together. Surely something resides in this heart that is not perishable – and life is more than a dream.” – Mary Wollstonecraft

* “You will find when you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.” – Henry Drummond

* “Too often the great decisions are originated and given form in bodies made up wholly of men, or so completely dominated by them that whatever of special value women have to offer is shunted aside without expression.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

* “We all dream; we do not understand our dreams, yet we act as if nothing strange goes on in our sleep minds, strange at least by comparison with the logical, purposeful doings of our minds when we are awake.” – Erich Fromm

* “You have to dream before your dreams can come true.” – Abdul Kalam

* “I do not wish [women] to have power over men; but over themselves.” – Mary Wollstonecraft

* “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

* “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand

 

Anyone who knows history, particularly the history of Europe, will, I think, recognize that the domination of education or of government by any one particular religious faith is never a happy arrangement for the people.

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