Adrienne Rich

1929 -

A Quote by Adrienne Rich on life, the future, and mothers of sons

If I could have one wish for my own sons, it is that they should have the courage of women. I mean by this something very concrete and precise: the courage I have seen in women who, in their private and public lives, both in the interior world of their dreaming, thinking and creating, and the outer world of patriarchy, are taking greater and greater risks, both paychic and physical, in the evolution of a new vision.

I would like my sons not to shrink from this kind of pain, not to settle for the old male defenses, including that of fatalistic self-hatred. And I would wish them to do this not for me, or for other women, but for themselves, and for the sake of life in the planet Earth.

Adrienne Rich (1929 -)

Source: Of Woman Born

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A Quote by Adrienne Rich on art, language, and social compact

I had recently been thinking and writing about the growing fragmentation of the social compact, of whatever it was this country had ever meant when it called itself a democracy: the shredding of the vision of government of the people, by the people, for the people. "We the people - still an excellent phrase," said the prize-winning playwright Lorraine Hansberry in 1962, well aware who had been excluded, yet believing the phrase might someday come to embrace us all. And I had for years been feeling both personal and public grief, fear, hunger and the need to render this, my time, in the language of my art.

Adrienne Rich (1929 -)

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A Quote by Adrienne Rich on love, relationships, connections, communication, process, complexity, and truth

An honorable human relationship-- that is, one in which two people have the right to use the word "love"-- is a process, delicate, violent, often terrifying to both persons involved, a process of refining the truths they can tell each other.

It is important to do this because it breaks down human self-delusion and isolation.

It is important to do this because in doing so we do justice to our own complexity.

It is important to do this because we can count on so few people to go that hard way with us.

Adrienne Rich (1929 -)

Source: On Lies, Secrets, and Silence

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A Quote by Adrienne Rich

An honorable human relationship - that is, one in which two people have the right to use the word "love" - is a process, delicate, violent, often terrifying to both persons involved, a process of refining the truths they can tell each other.  It is important to do this because it breaks down human self-delusion and isolation.  It is important to do this because in so doing we do justice to our own complexity.  It is important to do this because we can count on so few people to go that hard way with us.

Adrienne Rich (1929 -)

Source: Arts of the Possible

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A Quote by Adrienne Rich on truth

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The unconscious wants truth. It ceases to speak to those who want something else more than truth

Adrienne Rich (1929 -)

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