There is still the feeling that women's writing is a lesser class of writing, that what goes on in the nursery or the bedroom is not as important as what goes on in the battlefield, that what women know about is a less category of knowledge.
Men and women, women and men. It will never work.
In a bad marriage, friends are the invisible glue. If we have enough friends, we may go on for years, intending to leave, talking about leaving --instead of actually getting up and leaving.
Bigamy is having one husband too many. Monogamy is the same.
What was the point of spending your life with someone you were always looking for ways to decieve?
Without the gods, how would I sing?' I asked.With your own voice,' he said.
I'm just trying to lead my own fucking life if I can manage to find it in all this confusion.
Show me a woman who doesn't feel guilty and I'll show you a man.
Hate generalizes; love is particular.
...I am sure that when we love we are better than ourselves and when we hate, worse.
Women are the only exploited group in history to have been idealized into powerlessness.
Friends love misery... our misery is what endears us to our friends.
No one ever found wisdom without also being a fool. Writers, alas, have to be fools in public, while the rest of the human race can cover its tracks.
Poetry is the language we speak in the most terrifying or ecstatic passages of our lives. But the very word poetry scares people. They think of their grade school teachers reciting 'Hiawatha' and they groan.
Women are not the richer sex. Women are not equal in society.
When I met my husband, I refused to invite him home for Passover because I was embarrassed my mother might serve all the catered dishes in the wrong order.
Poetry is what we turn to in the most emotional moments of our life - when a beloved friend dies, when a baby is born or when we fall in love.
I thought to spend my declining years writing poetry and teaching - but that won't pay the Bergdorf's bill. I think I'll move to somewhere life is cheaper.
Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't.
A book burrows into your life in a very profound way because the experience of reading is not passive.
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