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Pearl Cleage

  • Solitude, quality solitude, is an assertion of self-worth, because only in the stillness can we hear the truth of our own unique voices.

    • Pearl Cleage,
    • Mad at Miles: Blackwoman's Guide to Truth
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  • Bad judgment and carelessness are not punishable by rape.

    • Pearl Cleage,
    • "The Other Facts of Life," Deals With the Devil ()
  • Feminism is to sexism what black nationalism is to racism; the most rational response to the problem.

    • Pearl Cleage,
    • "Basic Training: The Beginnings of Wisdom," Deals With the Devil ()
  • Domestic violence is the front line of the war against women.

    • Pearl Cleage,
    • "Basic Training: The Beginnings of Wisdom," Deals With the Devil ()
  • Sisterhood is a funny thing. It's easy to recognize, but hard to define.

    • Pearl Cleage,
    • "Beverly's Boots," Deals With the Devil ()
  • Loneliness is random; solitude is ritual.

    • Pearl Cleage,
    • "In My Solitude," Deals With the Devil ()
  • Loneliness is black coffee and late-night television; solitude is herb tea and soft music.

    • Pearl Cleage,
    • "In My Solitude," Deals With the Devil ()
  • Discomfort is always a necessary part of the process of enlightenment.

  • If you don't annoy your big sister for no good reason from time to time, she thinks you don't love her anymore ...

  • ... a lot of brothers don't understand. When it comes to making love, reciprocity is everything.

  • Sometimes you meet yourself on the road before you have a chance to learn the appropriate greeting. Faced with your own possibilities, the hard part is knowing a speech is not required. All you have to say is yes.

Pearl Cleage, U.S. writer, playwright, performance artist

(1948)

Full name: Pearl Cleage Lomax.