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Cherríe Moraga

  • Loving you is like living in the war years.

  • Spirituality which inspires activism and, similarly, politics which move the spirit — which draw from the deep-seated place of our greatest longings for freedom — give meaning to our lives.

  • The political writer, then, is the ultimate optimist, believing people are capable of change and using words as one way to try and penetrate the privatism of our lives.

    • Cherríe Moraga,
    • in Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa, eds., This Bridge Called My Back ()
  • To assess the damage is a dangerous act.

    • Cherríe Moraga,
    • "La Güera," in Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa, eds., This Bridge Called My Back ()
  • When we are not physically starving, we have the luxury to realize psychic and emotional starvation.

    • Cherríe Moraga,
    • "La Güera," in Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa, eds., This Bridge Called My Back ()
  • In this country, lesbianism is a poverty — as is being brown, as is being a woman, as is being just plain poor. The danger lies in ranking the oppressions.

    • Cherríe Moraga,
    • "La Güera," in Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa, eds., This Bridge Called My Back ()
  • ... we have let rhetoric do the job of poetry.

    • Cherríe Moraga,
    • "La Güera," in Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa, eds., This Bridge Called My Back ()
  • But it is not really difference the oppressor fears so much as similarity.

    • Cherríe Moraga,
    • "La Güera," in Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa, eds., This Bridge Called My Back ()
  • I must believe / I am not / and will never be / the only / one / who suffers.

    • Cherríe Moraga,
    • "Up Against the Wall," in Paula S. Rothenberg, Race, Class, and Gender in the United States ()
  • Smell remembers and tells the future. ... Smell is home or loneliness. Confidence or betrayal. Smell remembers.

    • Cherríe Moraga,
    • "La Ofrenda," The Last Generation ()
  • The passage is through, not over, not by, not around but through.

    • Cherríe Moraga

Cherríe Moraga, Chicana writer, feminist activist, poet, playwright

(1952)