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" Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't. "
" 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. "
" The trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more. "
" Every country gets the circus it deserves. Spain gets bullfights. Italy the Church. America Hollywood. "
" Fame means millions of people have the wrong idea of who you are. "
" Sadly, because of the enormous gap between rich and poor, some mothers can afford helpers, but many can't. Those who can would be kinder to refrain from criticizing other women. "
" The stones themselves are thick with history, and those cats that dash through the alleyways must surely be the ghosts of the famous dead in feline disguise. "
" Singularity shows something wrong in the mind. "
" Anybody who instantly goes from being a poet and a graduate student to being a public figure has to be in a state of shock. First people want to praise you, and then they want to attack you. No one can prepare you for it. "
" Women are the only exploited group in history to have been idealized into powerlessness. "
" I have accepted fear as a part of life - specifically the fear of change... I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says: turn back. "
" The problem with feminism in the second wave was that we fought so much among ourselves, and I think we did so much damage to the movement... and I think the next wave, the third wave, is women mentoring younger women and women helping younger women to enter the political process and the writing world. "
" I don't think there's just one person for everyone. It would be very hard for me to be with a guy who was not bright or funny. And he'd have to see the absurdities of the world, not exactly as I see them necessarily. "
" At certain historic moments, grandparents took on childrearing responsibilities. In many cultures, they still do. Chinese grandparents who are able to retire at 55 are seen all over Beijing bouncing grandbabies. In the United States, we can't afford to retire at 55. "
" Take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame. "
" Jealousy is all the fun you think they had. "
" If you don't risk anything, you risk even more. "
" It is the city of mirrors, the city of mirages, at once solid and liquid, at once air and stone. "
" 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. "
" Where is Hollywood located? Chiefly between the ears. In that part of the American brain lately vacated by God. "
" We all parent the best we can. Being human, we're ambivalent. We want perfection for our babies, but we also need sleep. "
" And the trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more. "
" I never became a writer for the money. I am a poet first. Even getting published is a miracle for poets. "
" I don't cook. My mother didn't cook. My daughter doesn't cook. "
" I have forgotten my rave reviews and memorized my vicious ones - like most writers. "
" When I'm sitting at the desk not being able to write line one, it's silence and despair! It's not so easy to put the pen to the legal pad or type the first sentence on the computer screen. "
" Friends love misery, in fact. Sometimes, especially if we are too lucky or too successful or too pretty, our misery is the only thing that endears us to our friends. "
" Perhaps all artists were, in a sense, housewives: tenders of the earth household. "
" Women are not the richer sex. Women are not equal in society. "
" When I was a ten-year old bookworm and used to kiss the dust jacket pictures of authors as if they were icons, it used to amaze me that these remote people could provoke me to love. "