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"Hero worship has died with heroes, and if someone bows down today, it is to pick up something."

Natalie Clifford Barney, Adventures of the Mind (1929)

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"We, who have had tender, perfect mothers, would like to make it law that the other kind should always be called ‘she-parents,’ or ‘female progenitors,’ or any other descriptive title, but not profane the sacred name of mother!"

Florence L. Barclay, The Rosary (1910)

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"… there is a poetry in making preserves; the housewife has caught duration in the snare of sugar, she has enclosed life in jars."

Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex (1949)

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"Abstractions hardened into the concrete: even death is a purchase. One of Bam’s senior partners could afford his at the cost of a private plane — in which he crashed. July’s old mother (was she not perhaps his grandmother?) would crawl, as Maureen was watching her now, coming home with wood, and grass for her brooms on her head, bent lower and lower towards the earth until finally she sank to it — the only death she could afford."

Nadine Gordimer, July's People (1981)

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"… this body of ours has one fault: the more you indulge it, the more things it discovers to be essential to it. It is extraordinary how it likes being indulged …"

Teresa of Avila, The Way of Perfection (1579)

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"I do not want to arrive at the end of life and then be asked what I made of it and have to answer: ‘I acted.’ I want to be able to say: ‘I loved and I was mystified. It was a joy sometimes, and I knew grief. And I would like to do it all again.’"

Liv Ullmann, Choices (1984)

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"… all external opposition, in whatever form it may appear, is harmless, compared to internal sedition."

Maria Chapman, Right and Wrong in Massachusetts (1839)

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"The words were living things to her. She sensed them bestriding the air and charging the room with strong colors."

Paule Marshall, Brown Girl, Brownstones (1959)

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