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  • ... you can't equate passive dependent power with assertive power because the dependent kind isn't fun, it doesn't give you a kick, it just allows you to survive.

  • There is no power greater than the power of passive dependency.

  • There are people, who the more you do for them, the less they will do for themselves.

  • No one should be forced to carry the unfulfilled self of another.

  • Oh, the bitter, bitter bread of dependence!

  • No crust so tough as the grudged bread of dependence.

  • ... I never heard of anybody who admired the character of sheep. Even the gentlest human personalities in contact with them are annoyed by their lack of brains, courage and initiative, by their extraordinary ability to get themselves into uncomfortable or dangerous situations and then wait in inert helplessness for someone to rescue them.

  • ... in all the world there are no people so piteous and forlorn as those who are forced to eat the bitter bread of dependence in their old age, and find how steep are the stairs of another man's house.

  • There are no words more obscene than 'I can't live without you.'

  • I never knew how high a price one pays for being taken care of ...

  • Poor is the man whose pleasures depend on the permission of another.

    • Madonna,
    • in Gillian G. Gaar, She's a Rebel: The History of Women in Rock & Roll ()
  • We stay in the house so much because I am waiting for the telephone. I seem to be back in my teens, a period I thought I would never have to endure again: my life is spent hoping for things that only someone else can bring about.

  • Some women have to cling to somethin', no matter if they have to support it themselves.