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Louise Bernikow

  • Much female conversation is, in fact, about survival — but in code.

  • What we have in common is what keeps us apart.

  • ... we perceive silence where, in fact, there is a muffler.

  • In becoming archaeologists of the world of our mothers, we are trying to retrieve the female past and to invent a future.

  • Sometimes I feel like a sisterless child.

  • Between sisters, often, the child's cry never dies down. 'Never leave me,' it says; 'do not abandon me.'

  • Female friendships that work are relationships in which women help each other belong to themselves.

  • ... for many people, loneliness was an experience of time. 'Not knowing what to do with yourself' was the way it was usually put.

  • The illusion of companionship sits waiting in the television set. We keep our televisions on more than we watch them — an average of more than seven hours a day. For background. For company.

  • What is haunting is that people fallen off the train threaten those who remain on board.

  • Humor tells you where the trouble is.

Louise Bernikow, U.S. writer

(1940)