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Marita Golden

  • Imagination bound us stronger than love. Within its limitless borders we launched ships and love affairs, discovered lost worlds, made buildings and babies, found husbands, wrote letters and Broadway plays. We made ourselves up everyday.

  • I am a stranger to half measures. With life I am on the attack, restlessly ferreting out each pleasure, foraging for answers, wringing from it even the pain. I ransack life, hunt it down. I am the hungry peasants storming the palace gates. I will have my share. No matter how it tastes.

  • I quickly learned that motherhood was a high wire act sometimes performed without a net.

  • Surviving and believing in tomorrow is just a habit I can't break.

  • [On children:] They weary and restore me.

  • My mother used to do all the things that were important to her after midnight. ... Sometimes I'd sneak downstairs and see her knitting, or reading, or writing letters. I'd think of her as a thief, stealing the tail end of the day, the hours nobody else wanted or used.

  • Novelists have to love humanity to write anything worthwhile. Poets have to love themselves.

  • he is a country / i never / want to leave.

  • It was important, I know, for my father as a product of his times not to be vulnerable, so he chose, and I can't say that I blame him, to live his life rather than create it.

  • ... a secret, she felt, depended for its value on the everpresent possibility of discovery.

  • Love is going to replace life and from then on it's all smooth sailing. Love will replace life.

  • Racism is a virus. And since nobody's really looking too hard for a cure it reproduces itself over and over again.

  • Ironically, white America will catapult books about race to the top of the best-seller list, even as racism remains a national open wound. Obsession ain't solution, however, because reading even at its most intense and verisimilitudinous is vicarious, and once you close the book you're off the hook.

    • Marita Golden,
    • in Marita Golden and Susan Richards Shreve, eds., Skin Deep ()

Marita Golden, U.S. writer, educator

(1950)