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    When a woman tells the truth she is creating the possibility for more truth around her.
    — Adrienne Rich
    tags: truth  women  possibility 
     
    They can rule the world while they can persuade us our pain belongs in some order is death by famine worse than death by suicide, than a life of famine and suicide?
    — Adrienne Rich
    tags: death  pain  world  suicide  rules 
     
    As a society in turmoil, we are going to see more, and more various, attempts to simulate order through repression; and art is a historical target for such efforts.
    — Adrienne Rich
    Courage is not defined by those who fought and did not fall, but by those who fought, fell and rose again.
    — Adrienne Rich
    tags: courage 
     
    One of the great functions of art is to help us imagine what it is like to be not ourselves, what it is like to be someone or something else, what it is like to live in another skin, what it is like to live in another body, and in that sense to surpass ourselves, to go out beyond ourselves.
    — Adrienne Rich
    tags: live  body  help  imagine 
     
    Abortion is violence; a deep, desperate violence inflicted by a woman upon, first of all, herself.
    — Adrienne Rich
    tags: women  violence 
     
    I am the androgyne, I am the living mind you fail to describe in your dead language the lost noun, the verb surviving only in the infinitive the letters of my name are written under the lids of the newborn child
    — Adrienne Rich
    tags: children  living  language  lost  child  mind  fail 
     
    Pride is a tricky, glorious, double-edged feeling.
    — Adrienne Rich
    tags: pride 
     
    Until we know the assumptions in which we are drenched, we cannot know ourselves.
    — Adrienne Rich
    Art means nothing if it simply decorates the dinner table of power which holds it hostage.
    — Adrienne Rich
    tags: power 
     
    If you are trying to transform a brutalized society into one where people can live in dignity and hope, you begin with the empowering of the most powerless. You build from the ground up.
    — Adrienne Rich
    tags: people  society  live  dignity  hope 
     
    Language is power... Language can be used as a means of changing reality.
    — Adrienne Rich
    tags: reality  power  language 
     
    We must use what we have to invent what we desire.
    — Adrienne Rich
    tags: desires  invent 
     
    There must be those among whom we can sit down and weep and still be counted as warriors.
    — Adrienne Rich
    Most women have not even been able to touch this anger, except to drive it inward like a rusted nail.
    — Adrienne Rich
    tags: women  anger 
     
    Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you; it means learning to respect and use your own brains and instincts; hence, grappling with hard work.
    — Adrienne Rich
    Responsibility to yourself means that you don't fall for shallow and easy solutions-it means that you refuse to sell your talents and aspirations short.
    — Adrienne Rich
    Change is not a threat to your life, but an invitation to live.
    — Adrienne Rich
    tags: live 
     
    My heart is moved by all I cannot save: so much has been destroyed I have to cast my lot with those who age after age, perversely, with no extraordinary power, reconstitute the world.
    — Adrienne Rich
    tags: heart  power  world  age 
     
    The beauty of darkness is how it lets you see.
    — Adrienne Rich
    tags: beauty  darkness 
     
    The connections between and among women are the most feared, the most problematic, and the most potentially transforming force on the planet.
    — Adrienne Rich
    tags: women 
     
    To write as if your life depended on it; to write across the chalkboard, putting up there in public the words you have dredged; sieved up in dreams, from behind screen memories, out of silence- words you have dreaded and needed in order to know you exist.
    — Adrienne Rich
    tags: memory  write  dreams 
     
    The more I live, the more I think, two people together is a miracle.
    — Adrienne Rich
    tags: people  live  miracle 
     
    Probably there is nothing in human nature more resonant with charges than the flow of energy between two biologically alike bodies, one of which has lain in amniotic bliss inside the other, one of which has labored to give birth to the other. The materials are here for the deepest mutuality and the most painful estrangement.
    — Adrienne Rich
    tags: nature  human  energy  body  birth 
     
    Life on the planet is born of woman.
    — Adrienne Rich
    tags: women 
     
    We might possess every technological resource... but if 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
    The password is a flicker of an eyelash.
    — Adrienne Rich
    Poetry is above all a concentration of the power of language, which is the power of our ultimate relationship to everything in the universe.
    — Adrienne Rich
    I long to create somethingthat can't be used to keep us passive:I want to writea script about plumbing, how every pipeis joinedto every other.
    — Adrienne Rich
    Every poem breaks a silence that had to be overcome.
    — Adrienne Rich
    tags: silence  poem 
     
    The words are purposes.The words are maps.I came to see the damage that was done/and the treasures that prevail.
    — Adrienne Rich
    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 patriarchal idea - have become dangerous to children and other living things, themselves included
    — Adrienne Rich
    How we dwelt in two worlds the daughters and the mothers in the kingdom of the sons.
    — Adrienne Rich
    tags: world  mother  son  daughter 
     
    It's exhilarating to be alive in a time of awakening consciousness; it can also be confusing, disorienting, and painful.
    — Adrienne Rich
    tags: time  awakening 
     
    Every journey into the past is complicated by delusions, false memories, false namings of real events.
    — Adrienne Rich
    tags: past  memory  journey  real 
     
    A thinking woman sleeps with monsters.
    — Adrienne Rich
    tags: women  sleep  thinking 
     
    We can count on so few people to go that hard way with us.
    — Adrienne Rich
    tags: people 
     
    It will take all your heart, it will take all your breath It will be short, it will not be simple
    — Adrienne Rich
    tags: heart 
     
    For now, poetry has the capacity - in its own ways and by its own means - to remind us of something we are forbidden to see.
    — Adrienne Rich
    tags: poetry  forbidden 
     
    You must write, and read, as if your life depended on it.
    — Adrienne Rich
    tags: write  read 
     
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