Marilyn French


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  • ''To nourish children and raise them against odds is in any time, any place, more valuable than to fix bolts in cars or design nuclear weapons.''
    Marilyn French (20th century), U.S. author. As quoted in Woman to Woman, by Julia Gilden and Mark Riedman (1994).
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  • ''"I hate discussions of feminism that end up with who does the dishes," she said. So do I. But at the end, there are always the damned dishes.''
    Marilyn French (b. 1929), U.S. author, critic. Isolde, in The Women's Room, ch. 1, sct. 21 (1977).
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  • ''Nothing is ever simple. What do you do when you discover you like parts of the role you're trying to escape?''
    Marilyn French (b. 1929), U.S. author, critic. Mira, in The Women's Room, ch. 5, sct. 6 (1977).
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  • ''One thing that makes art different from life is that in art things have a shape ... it allows us to fix our emotions on events at the moment they occur, it permits a union of heart and mind and tongue and tear.''
    Marilyn French (b. 1929), U.S. author, critic. The Women's Room, ch. 3, sect. 1 (1977).
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  • ''Whatever they may be in public life, whatever their relations with men, in their relations with women, all men are rapists and that's all they are. They rape us with their eyes, their laws, their codes.''
    Marilyn French (b. 1929), U.S. author. Valerie, in The Woman's Room, ch. 5, sct. 19 (1977).
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  • ''When they kept you out it was because you were black; when they let you in, it is because you are black. That's progress?''
    Marilyn French (b. 1929), U.S. author, critic. Valerie, in The Women's Room, ch. 4, sect. 19 (1977).
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  • ''Well, love is insanity. The ancient Greeks knew that. It is the taking over of a rational and lucid mind by delusion and self-destruction. You lose yourself, you have no power over yourself, you can't even think straight.''
    Marilyn French (b. 1929), U.S. author, critic. Valerie, in The Women's Room, ch. 4, sect. 10 (1977).
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