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Jane Rule :
As a writer, I must be free to say what is in all the diversity I can command. I regret the distorting prejudices that surround me, whether they affect homosexuals or men or the physically handicapped and I can't alone defeat them. They will not defeat me, either as a lesbian or a writer.
[Jane Rule (b. 1931), Canadian lesbian, feminist, fiction writer, and essayist; born in the U.S. A Hot-Eyed Moderate, part 1 (1985).]
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Ralph Waldo Emerson :
A man must thank his defects, and stand in some terror of his talents. A transcendent talent draws so largely on his forces as to lame him; a defect pays him revenues on the other side.
[Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Fate," The Conduct of Life (1860).]
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry :
The injustice of defeat lies in the fact that its most innocent victims are made to look like heartless accomplices. It is impossible to see behind defeat, the sacrifices, the austere performance of duty, the self-discipline and the vigilance that are there—those things the god of battle does not take account of.
[Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944), French aviator, author. Flight to Arras, ch. 15 (1942).]
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Vance Palmer :
It is the business of thought to define things, to find the boundaries; thought, indeed, is a ceaseless process of definition. It is the business of Art to give things shape. Anyone who takes no delight in the firm outline of an object, or in its essential character, has no artistic sense.... He cannot even be nourished by Art. Like Ephraim, he feeds upon the East wind, which has no boundaries.
[Vance Palmer (1885-1959), Australian author, poet. repr. In Intimate Portraits, ed. H.P. Heseltine (1969). "On Boundaries," (1921).]
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Clare Boothe Luce :
To put a woman on the ticket would challenge the loyalty of women everywhere to their sex, because it would be made to seem that the defeat of the ticket meant the defeat for a hundred years of women's chance to be truly equal with men in politics.
[Clare Boothe Luce (1903-1987), U.S. diplomat, writer. Quoted in New York World-Telegram (June 28, 1948).]
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Margaret Bancroft :
In a normal person the motor and sensory nervous systems act as the windows of the individual personality.... [ellipsis in original] The broken, many-stained and pictorial windows through which the light is struggling under disadvantages to harmonize itself with the physical world at large are found in three classes of persons—the mentally deficient, the morally deficient, and the insane. In these, the light is there, but the images, as in a broken cathedral window, are more or less shattered and confused.
[Margaret Bancroft (1854-1912), U.S. educator. As quoted in Past and Promise, part 3, by Shirley M. Montgomery (1990). From an article written in 1904. Bancroft was an early specialist in the education of children with learning disabilities and mental retardation. She co-founded the Bancroft Training School in Haddonfield, New Jersey.]
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Noam Chomsky :
The only justification for repressive institutions is material and cultural deficit. But such institutions, at certain stages of history, perpetuate and produce such a deficit, and even threaten human survival.
[Noam Chomsky (b. 1928), U.S. linguist, political analyst. repr. In For Reasons of State (1973). "Language and Freedom," (1970). lecture, delivered Jan. 1970, at Loyola University, Chicago.]
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William York Tindall :
If we define a sign as an exact reference, it must include symbol because a symbol is an exact reference too. The difference seems to be that a sign is an exact reference to something definite and a symbol an exact reference to something indefinite.
[William York Tindall (1903-1981), U.S. critic, educator. "Excellent Dumb Discourse," The Literary Symbol, Columbia University Press (1955).]
G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg :
The most heated defenders of a science, who cannot endure the slightest sneer at it, are commonly those who have not made very much progress in it and are secretly aware of this defect.
[G.C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg (1742-1799), German physicist, philosopher. "Notebook F," aph. 8, Aphorisms (written 1765-1799), trans. by R.J. Hollingdale (1990).]
Sigmund Freud :
I have often felt as though I had inherited all the defiance and all the passions with which our ancestors defended their Temple and could gladly sacrifice my life for one great moment in history. And at the same time I always felt so helpless and incapable of expressing these ardent passions even by a word or a poem.
[Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. letter, Feb. 2, 1918, to his fiancée, Martha Bernays. The Letters of Sigmund Freud (1961).]
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