Germaine Greer

(1939 / Melbourne)

Germaine Greer Quotes

  • ''I have always been principally interested in men for sex. I've always thought any sane woman would be a lover of women because loving men is such a mess. I have always wished I'd fall in love with a woman. Damn.''
    Germaine Greer (b. 1939), Australian feminist, writer. New York Times Book Review (Oct. 11, 1992).
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  • ''Australia is a huge rest home, where no unwelcome news is ever wafted on to the pages of the worst newspapers in the world.''
    Germaine Greer (b. 1939), Australian feminist writer. Observer (London, August 1, 1982).
  • ''What we ought to see in the agonies of puberty is the result of the conditioning that maims the female personality in creating the feminine.''
    Germaine Greer (b. 1939), Australian feminist writer. "Puberty," The Female Eunuch (1970).
  • ''An enema under the influence of Ecstasy would probably feel much like this.''
    Germaine Greer (b. 1939), Australian feminist, writer. Quoted in Independent on Sunday (London, June 3, 1990). Referring to D.H. Lawrence's description of the female orgasm in Lady Chatterley's Lover.
  • ''The surest guide to the correctness of the path that women take is joy in the struggle. Revolution is the festival of the oppressed.''
    Germaine Greer (b. 1939), Australian feminist, writer. "Revolution," The Female Eunuch (1970).
  • ''Women's liberation, if it abolishes the patriarchal family, will abolish a necessary substructure of the authoritarian state, and once that withers away Marx will have come true willy-nilly, so let's get on with it.''
    Germaine Greer (b. 1939), Australian feminist writer. "Revolution," The Female Eunuch (1970).
  • ''Man made one grave mistake: in answer to vaguely reformist and humanitarian agitation he admitted women to politics and the professions. The conservatives who saw this as the undermining of our civilization and the end of the state and marriage were right after all; it is time for the demolition to begin.''
    Germaine Greer (b. 1939), Australian feminist, writer. "Revolution," The Female Eunuch (1970).
  • ''Probably the only place where a man can feel really secure is in a maximum security prison, except for the imminent threat of release.''
    Germaine Greer (b. 1939), Australian feminist writer. "Security," The Female Eunuch (1970).
  • ''Loneliness is never more cruel than when it is felt in close propinquity with someone who has ceased to communicate.''
    Germaine Greer (b. 1939), Australian feminist writer. "Security," The Female Eunuch (1970).
  • ''Perhaps catastrophe is the natural human environment, and even though we spend a good deal of energy trying to get away from it, we are programmed for survival amid catastrophe.''
    Germaine Greer (b. 1939), Australian-bornU.S. feminist writer. Sex and Destiny, ch. 14 (1984).

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