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Suzette Haden Elgin

"If you behave like a doormat, expect to be stepped on and don't complain about it."

Suzette Haden Elgin, The Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense (1980)

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"You cannot weave truth on a loom of lies."

Suzette Haden Elgin, Native Tongue (1984)

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"This is what happens when the discourse of publishing, defined and driven by spoken and written language, is talked about in exactly the same vocabulary and syntax as any widgetmaking industry. Books are reformulated as 'product' -- like screwdrivers or flea-bombs or soap -- and the majority of writers are perceived as typists with bad attitudes."

Suzette Haden Elgin, Linguistics and Science Fiction (1996)

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Suzette Haden Elgin, U.S. linguist, writer
(1936 - )

Full name: Patricia Anne Suzette Haden Elgin