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Mary Pipher

  • Something dramatic happens to girls in early adolescence. Just as planes and ships disappear mysteriously into the Bermuda Triangle, so do the selves of girls go down in droves. They crash and burn in a social and developmental Bermuda Triangle.

  • Courage has become Raiders of the Lost Ark, or riding in spaceships, killing people, taking enormous physical risks. To me, the kind of courage that's really interesting is someone whose spouse has Alzheimer's and yet manages to wake up every morning and be cheerful with that person and respectful of that person and find things to enjoy even though their day is very, very difficult. That kind of courage is really undervalued in our culture.

    • Mary Pipher,
    • in Katherine Martin, Women of Courage ()
  • We tend to value military heroes and Schwarzenegger types who are physically courageous. The heroics of doing the right thing every day even when it is dull and inconvenient are undervalued.

    • Mary Pipher,
    • in Katherine Martin, Women of Courage ()
  • ... we are a small, interconnected world; that we are all safe or none of us are; that we are all well cared for or all at risk.

    • Mary Pipher,
    • in Good Housekeeping ()
  • Attitude is not everything, but it's almost everything.

Mary Pipher, U.S. clinical psychologist, writer

(1947)

Full name: Mary Elizabeth Bray Pipher.