The truth is that Mozart, Pascal, Boolean algebra, Shakespeare, parliamentary government, baroque churches, Newton, the emancipation of women, Kant, Marx, Balanchine ballet, et al., don't redeem what this particular civilization has wrought upon the world. The white race is the cancer of human history, it is the white race, and it alone - its ideologies and inventions - which eradicates autonomous civilization wherever it spreads, which has upset the ecological balance of the planet, which now threatens the very existence of life itself.
(Susan Sontag in Partisan Review, 1967)
There is a loving way with words and an unloving way. And it is only with the loving way that the simplicity of language becomes beautiful.
(Margaret Wise Brown - author of Goodnight Moon)
The Right is desperate because we - queers and feminists - represent the most serious obstacle to its efforts to achieve a theocratic state.
(Urvashi Vaid - American gay rights activist)
Best advice I ever got was an old friend of mine, a black friend, who said you have to go the way your blood beats. If you don't live the only life you have, you won't live some other life, you won't live any life at all. That's the only advice you can give anybody...
(James Baldwin, in response to a question from Village Voice reporter Richard Goldstein in a 1984 interview as to what advice he would give a gay man just coming out.) - from Out of the Past by Neil Miller.
I do not wish them to have power over men; but over themselves.
(Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman - 1792)
To admit authorities, however heavily furred and gowned, into our libraries and let them tell us how to read, what to read, what value to place upon what we read, is to destroy the spirit of freedom which is the breath of those sanctuaries. Everywhere else we may be bound by laws and conventions--there we have none.