My friend devotes himself to his life, whenever he can find the spare time. His motto is: 'Don't just sit there: live!' So he's too busy to stand, to walk, to do anything, except to live. He even refused to kiss a girl, when invited, on the grounds that it was time again to be living. Schedules are sacred to him.
(Marvin Cohen, U.S. author and humorist. The Self-Devoted Friend, New Directions (1967).)
A long time ago people often said, "Why did you become a teacher?" Well, that was about the only decent thing when I was growing up for a girl to be. If you became a secretary ... you got a hard name.
(Knowles Witcher Teel (b. c. 1906), U.S. schoolteacher. As quoted in Hill Country Teacher, ch. 2, by Diane Manning (1990).
Teel taught in Texas from 1924 until her retirement in 1972; she was rare among teachers of her generation in that she continued working despite marriage and motherhood.)
I know nothing, I am neither woman nor girl; I have been living in a dream and when someone kissed me, it made me want to laugh. Now I am here before you, it seems as though I have just awakened and it is morning.
(Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist, philosopher, political scientist. Methuen (1963). Dirty Hands, act 6, sc. 2, Gallimard (1948).)
Ever since I was a little girl, I've, I've dreamed of havin' my own things about me. My spinet over there and a table here. My own chairs to rest upon and a dresser over there in that corner, and my own china and pewter shinin' about me.
(Frank S. Nugent (1908-1965), U.S. screenwriter, and John Ford. Mary Kate Danaher (Maureen O'Hara), The Quiet Man, musing, on her wedding night, about the dowry her brother refused to let her take with her (1952).
Based on the story by Maurice Walsh.)
From this moment, then, my dear girlbut why, permit me to ask, must a female be made Nobody? Ah! my dear, what were this world good for, were Nobody a female?
(Frances Burney (1752-1840), British author. The Early Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney, vol. 1, p. 2, journal entry, March 27, 1768, ed. Lars E. Troide, Oxford University Press (1988).
Burney addresses her secret journal to Miss "Nobody.")
I have the same goal I've had ever since I was a girl. I want to rule the world.
(Madonna [Madonna Louise Ciccione] (b. 1958), U.S. singer and actor. As quoted in People magazine (July 27, 1992).
An extremely flamboyant, independent, controversial, and financially successful public figure.)