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Anne Roiphe

  • A person who has no secrets is a liar. We always fold ourselves away from others just enough to preserve a secret or two, something that we cannot share without destroying our inner landscape.

  • I know that family life in America is a minefield, an economic trap for women, a study in disappointment for both sexes.

  • Our mythology tells us so much about fathers and sons. ... What do we know about mothers and daughters? ... Our power is so oblique, so hidden, so ethereal a matter, that we rarely struggle with our daughters over actual kingdoms or corporate shares. On the other hand, our attractiveness dries as theirs blooms, our journey shortens just as theirs begins. We too must be afraid and awed and amazed that we cannot live forever and that our replacements are eager for their turn, indifferent to our wishes, ready to leave us behind.

  • God is a God of Lovingkindness.

  • There is cruelty in divorce. There is cruelty in forced or unfortunate marriage. We will continue to cry at weddings because we know how bittersweet, how fragile is the truth. We will always need legal divorce just as an emergency escape hatch is crucial in every submarine. No sense, however, in denying that after every divorce someone will be running like a cat, tin cans tied to its tail: spooked and slowed down.

    • Anne Roiphe,
    • in Penny Kaganoff and Susan Spano, eds., Women on Divorce: A Bedside Companion ()
  • Some people who think they are in unhappy marriages are just in unhappy bodies.

Anne Roiphe, U.S. writer

(1935)

Full name: Anne Richardson Roiphe.