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“The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages”

– Virginia Wolf


“All meanings, we know, depend on the key of interpretation”

– George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)


“Hoping for the best, prepared for the worst, and unsurprised by anything in between.”  

– Maya Angelou


“Nothing is less real than realism. Details are confusing. It is only by selection, by elimination, by emphasis, that we get at the real meaning of things.”

– Georgia O’Keeffe


“I find I am constantly being encouraged to pluck out some one aspect of myself and present this as the meaningful whole, eclipsing or denying the other parts of self.”       

– Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches


“I felt very still and empty, the way the eye of a tornado must feel, moving dully along in the middle of the surrounding hullabaloo. “

– Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar


“To expect too much is to have a sentimental view of life and this is a softness that ends in bitterness. “

– Flannery O’Connor


“For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.”

– Virginia Woolf


“Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!”

– Lewis Carroll, Alice Through the Looking Glass


“Misfortune had made Lily supple instead of hardening her, and a pliable substance is less easy to break than a stiff one.”

– Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth


“The floor seemed wonderfully solid. It was comforting to know I had fallen and could fall no farther.”

– Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar


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