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James Joyce :
Professor Bloom is a finished example of the new womanly man. His moral nature is simple and lovable. Many have found him a dear man, a dear person. He is a rather quaint fellow on the whole, coy though not feebleminded in the medical sense. He has written a really beautiful letter, a poem in itself, to the court missionary of the Reformed Priests' Protection Society which clears up everything. He is practically a total abstainer and I can affirm that he sleeps on a straw litter and eats the most Spartan food, cold dried grocer's peas. He wears a hairshirt of pure Irish manufacture winter and summer and scourges himself every Saturday. He was, I understand, at one time a firstclass misdemeanant in Glencree reformatory. Another report states that he was a very posthumous child. I appeal for clemency in the name of the most sacred word our vocal organs have ever been called upon to speak. He is about to have a baby.
[James Joyce (1882-1941), Irish author. Ulysses, ch. 15, "Circe," The Corrected Text, ed. Hans Walter Gabler, Random House (1986). Dr. Dixon is speaking of Leopold Bloom in one of the comical hallucination sections of "Circe."]
Dana Raphael :
A woman can get marries and her life does change. And a man can get married and his life changes. But nothing changes life as dramatically as having a child. . . . In this country, it is a particular experience, a rite of passage, if you will, that is unsupported for the most part, and rather ignored. Somebody will send you a couple of presents for the baby, but people do not acknowledge the massive experience to the parents involved.
[Dana Raphael (20th century), U.S. anthropologist. As quoted in Mothering the New Mother, by Sally Placksin, ch. 1 (1994).]
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Melinda M Marshall :
Bad child care is the nightmare from which no mother can escape. The professional who can run a business or save a life . . . the mother who can organize a community fund-raiser while entertaining two toddlers and nursing a baby—no matter how thoroughly they've investigated a nanny, no matter how many years they've known their sitter, all walk out the door haunted by the specter that the sitter or staff member to whom they've entrusted their most precious responsibility is a Hyde masquerading as a Jekyll, or otherwise not the women they thought her to be.
[Melinda M. Marshall (20th century), U.S. writer and editor. Good Enough Mothers, pt. II (1993).]
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George Orwell :
He is a man of thirty-five, but looks fifty. He is bald, has varicose veins and wears spectacles, or would wear them if his only pair were not chronically lost. If things are normal with him, he will be suffering from malnutrition, but if he has recently had a lucky streak, he will be suffering from a hangover. At present it is half past eleven in the morning, and according to his schedule he should have started work two hours ago; but even if he had made any serious effort to start he would have been frustrated by the almost continuous ringing of the telephone bell, the yells of the baby, the rattle of an electric drill out in the street, and the heavy boots of his creditors clumping up the stairs. The most recent interruption was the arrival of the second post, which brought him two circulars and an income tax demand printed in red. Needless to say this person is a writer.
[George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. repr. in The Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters of George Orwell, vol. 4, eds. Sonia Orwell and Ian Angus (1968). "Confessions of a Book Reviewer," (1946).]
Mary Arrigo :
Because humans are not alone in exhibiting such behavior—bees stockpile royal jelly, birds feather their nests, mice shred paper—it's possible that a pregnant woman who scrubs her house from floor to ceiling [just before her baby is born] is responding to a biological imperative . . . . Of course there are those who believe that . . . the burst of energy that propels a pregnant woman to clean her house is a perfectly natural response to their mother's impending visit.
[Mary Arrigo (20th century), U.S. writer. "The Whole 9 Months," Parenting (October 1993).]
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Louise J Kaplan :
In all times and in all places—in Constantinople, northwestern Zambia, Victorian England, Sparta, Arabia, . . . medieval France, Babylonia, . . . Carthage, Mahenjo-Daro, Patagonia, Kyushu, . . . Dresden—the time span between childhood and adulthood, however fleeting or prolonged, has been associated with the acquisition of virtue as it is differently defined in each society. A child may be good and morally obedient, but only in the process of arriving at womanhood or manhood does a human being become capable of virtue—that is, the qualities of mind and body that realize society's ideals.
[Louise J. Kaplan (20th century), U.S. psychologist. Adolescence, ch. 1 (1984).]
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June Jordan :
When that devil's bullet lodged itself inside the body of Martin Luther King, he had already begun an astonishing mobilization of poor, Black, white, latino Americans who had nothing to lose. They would challenge our government to eliminate exploitative, merciless, and war-mongering policies, nationwide, or else "tie up the country" through "means of civil disobedience." Dr. King intended to organize those legions into "coercive direct actions" that would make of Babylon a dysfunctional behemoth begging for relief. Is it any wonder he was killed?
[June Jordan (b. 1939), U.S. poet, civil rights activist. lecture, Jan. 20, 1987, Stanford University, California. "The Mountain and the Man Who Was Not God," Moving Towards Home: Political Essays (1989).]
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Judith Viorst :
My mom says I'm her sugarplum. My mom says I'm her lamb. My mom says I'm completely perfect Just the way I am. My mom says I'm a super-special wonderful terrific little guy. My mom just had another baby. Why?
[Judith Viorst (20th century), U.S. author and poet. If I Were in Charge of the World and Other Worries (1981).]
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Judith Viorst :
Our mother gives us our earliest lessons in love—and its partner, hate. Our father—our "second other"Melaborates on them. Offering us an alternative to the mother-baby relationship . . . presenting a masculine model which can supplement and contrast with the feminine. And providing us with further and perhaps quite different meanings of lovable and loving and being loved.
[Judith Viorst (20th century), U.S. novelist and poet. Necessary Losses, ch. 5 (1986).]
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Anne Sexton :
the gentleness of wine in his fingertips, where do these hands come from? I was born a glass baby and nobody picked me up except to wash the dust off me. He has picked me up and licked me alive.
[Anne Sexton (1928-1974), U.S. poet. "When the Glass of My Body Broke."]
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