Barbara Ehrenreich

(1941 / Butte, Montana)

Barbara Ehrenreich Quotes

  • ''It is the marketplace that calls most clearly for men to be softer, more narcissistic and receptive, and the new man is the result.''
    Barbara Ehrenreich (b. 1941), U.S. author, columnist. repr. In The Worst Years of Our Lives (1991). "At Last, a New Man," New York Times (1984).
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  • ''No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.''
    Barbara Ehrenreich (b. 1941), U.S. author, columnist. "Family Values," The Worst Years of Our Lives (1991).
  • ''Exercise is the yuppie version of bulimia.''
    Barbara Ehrenreich (b. 1941), U.S. author, columnist. (First published 1985). "Food Worship," The Worst Years of Our Lives (1991).
  • ''That's free enterprise, friends: freedom to gamble, freedom to lose. And the great thing—the truly democratic thing about it—is that you don't even have to be a player to lose.''
    Barbara Ehrenreich (b. 1941), U.S. author, columnist. "How You Can Save Wall Street," The Worst Years of Our Lives (first publ. 1988, 1991).
  • ''Natural selection, as it has operated in human history, favors not only the clever but the murderous.''
    Barbara Ehrenreich (b. 1941), U.S. author, columnist. "Iranscam: Oliver North and the Warrior Caste," The Worst Years of Our Lives (1991).
  • ''There is the fear, common to all English-only speakers, that the chief purpose of foreign languages is to make fun of us. Otherwise, you know, why not just come out and say it?''
    Barbara Ehrenreich (b. 1941), U.S. author, columnist. (First published 1989). "Language Barrier," The Worst Years of Our Lives (1991).
  • ''That's the really neat thing about Dan Quayle, as you must have realized from the first moment you looked into those lovely blue eyes: impeachment insurance.''
    Barbara Ehrenreich (b. 1941), U.S. author, columnist. "My Reply to George," The Worst Years of Our Lives (first published 1981, repr. 1991). Essay addressed to George Bush.
  • ''Heads of state are notoriously ill prepared for their mature careers; think of Adolf Hitler (landscape painter), Ho Chi Minh (seaman), and our own Ronald Reagan.''
    Barbara Ehrenreich (b. 1941), U.S. author, columnist. First published in Ms. (1986). "Premature Pragmatism," The Worst Years of Our Lives (1991).
  • ''James Bond in his Sean Connery days ... was the first well-known bachelor on the American scene who was not a drifter or a degenerate and did not eat out of cans.''
    Barbara Ehrenreich (b. 1941), U.S. author, columnist. repr. In The Worst Years of Our Lives (1991). "Socialism in One Household," Mother Jones (1987).
  • ''Marriage is socialism among two people.''
    Barbara Ehrenreich (b. 1941), U.S. author, columnist. First published in Mother Jones (1987). "Socialism in One Household," The Worst Years of Our Lives (1991).

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