Jane Vance Rule

(Decatur, Illinois)

Jane Vance Rule Quotes

  • ''The message of women's liberation is that women can love each other and ourselves against our degrading education.''
    Jane Rule (b. 1931), Canadian lesbian, feminist, fiction writer, and essayist; born in the U.S. A Hot-Eyed Moderate, part 2 (1985).
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  • ''Morality for the novelist is expressed not so much in the choice of subject matter as in the plot of the narrative, which is perhaps why in our morally bewildered time novelists have often been timid about plot.''
    Jane Rule (b. 1931), Canadian fiction writer and essayist; born in the U. S... Outlander, part 2, essay 1 (1981). Many of Rule's story and novel plots centered around lesbian relationships.
  • ''Human beings tolerate what they understand they have to tolerate.''
    Jane Rule (b. 1931), Canadian fiction writer and essayist; born in the U. S... Outlander, part 2, essay 6 (1981). Rule, a lesbian, was living with her lover of twenty-three years in a small Canadian community on a "cranky little island" where people were forced to depend on the help of one another.

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Gift

This gift that I've been given
Of finding words that rhyme--
The first that some are humorous
While others seem sublime--
The urge that comes upon me
At morning, noon, or night--
To reach for pad and pencil
And causes me to write--
When words begin to fall in place,

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