Adrienne Rich Quotes

Found 42 quotes by Adrienne Rich .
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"The mind's passion is all for singling out. Obscurity has another tale to tell." Adrienne Rich
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American Poet    Passion   

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"I am a feminist because I feel endangered, psychically and physically, by this society and because I believe that the women's movement is saying that we have come to an edge of history when men - insofar as they are embodiments of the patriarchical i" Adrienne Rich
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Society   

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"In order to live a fully human life we require not only control of our bodies (though control is a prerequisite); we must touch the unity and resonance of our physicality, our bond with the natural order, the corporeal grounds of our intelligence." Adrienne Rich
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Body    Control   

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"There is the falsely mystical view of art that assumes a kind of supernatural inspiration, a possession by universal forces unrelated to questions of power and privilege or the artist's relation to bread and blood. In this view, the channel of art can only become clogged and misdirected by the artist's concern with merely temporary and local disturbances. The song is higher than the struggle." Adrienne Rich
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Art    Arts And Artists   

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"My children cause me the most exquisite suffering of which I have any experience. It is the suffering of ambivalence: the murderous alternation between bitter resentment and raw-edged nerves, and blissful gratification and tenderness. Sometimes I seem to myself, in my feelings toward these tiny guiltless beings, a monster of selfishness and intolerance." Adrienne Rich
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Children   

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"It's exhilarating to be alive in a time of awakening consciousness; it can also be confusing, disorienting, and painful." Adrienne Rich
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American Poet    Consciousness   

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"We assume that politicians are without honor. We read their statements trying to crack the code. The scandals of their politics: not so much that men in high places lie, only that they do so with such indifference, so endlessly, still expecting to be believed. We are accustomed to the contempt inherent in the political lie." Adrienne Rich
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Honor    Politicians And Politics   

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"The worker can unionize, go out on strike; mothers are divided from each other in homes, tied to their children by compassionate bonds; our wildcat strikes have most often taken the form of physical or mental breakdown." Adrienne Rich
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American Poet    Children   

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"A year, ten years from now, I'll remember this; not why, only that we were here like this, together." Adrienne Rich
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"Pride is a tricky, glorious, double-edged feeling." Adrienne Rich
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American Poet    Pride   

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"It's as though she was able to convert her rage to live under this verdict of HIV into an art that was actually equal to it." Adrienne Rich
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Art   

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"We might hypothetically possess ourselves of every technological resource on the North American continent, but as long as our language is inadequate, our vision remains formless, our thinking and feeling are still running in the old cycles, our process may be ''revolutionary'' but not transformative." Adrienne Rich
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"Heterosexuality has been forcibly and subliminally imposed on women.Yet everywhere women have resisted it, often at the cost of physical torture, imprisonment, psychosurgery, social ostracism, and extreme poverty." Adrienne Rich
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Women   

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"Lying is done with words and also with silence." Adrienne Rich
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American Poet    Lies And Lying   

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"I keep coming back to you in my head, but you couldn't know that, and I have no carbons." Adrienne Rich
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American Poet   

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"Open Air Museum. Seen from a train, stopped / As by design, to bring us / Face to face with the flag of our true country: / Violet-yellow, black-violet, / Its heart sucked by slow fire / O my America / This then your desire?" Adrienne Rich
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Design   

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"No woman is really an insider in the institutions fathered by masculine consciousness. When we allow ourselves to believe we are, we lose touch with parts of ourselves defined as unacceptable by that consciousness; with the vital toughness and visionary strength of the angry grandmothers, the fierce market women of the Ibo's Women's War, the marriage-resisting women silk workers of pre-Revolutionary China, the millions of widows, midwives, and the women healers tortured and burned as witches for three centuries in Europe." Adrienne Rich
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Consciousness    Women   

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"As her sons have seen her: the mother in patriarchy: controlling, erotic, castrating, heart-suffering, guilt-ridden, and guilt-provoking; a marble brow, a huge breast, an avid cave; between her legs snakes, swamp-grass, or teeth; on her lap a helpless infant or a martyred son. She exists for one purpose: to bear and nourish the son." Adrienne Rich
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Guilt    Mothers   

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"Every journey into the past is complicated by delusions, false memories, false namings of real events." Adrienne Rich
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American Poet    Events   

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"Life on the planet is born of woman." Adrienne Rich
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American Poet    Life   

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"Art, whose honesty must work through artifice, cannot avoid cheating truth." Adrienne Rich
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American Poet    Honesty   





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