You don’t exist if you’re not represented… I felt a need to claim my own social existence by making the representation happen. – Njideka Akunyili Crosby
Nobody says “Picasso, the male artist.” – Patti Smith
Believe there is a great power silently working all things for good, behave yourself and never mind the rest. -Beatrix Potter
There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost. – Martha Graham
We know what the world wants from us. We know we must decide whether to stay small, quiet, and uncomplicated or allow ourselves to grow as big, loud, and complex as we were made to be. Every girl must decide whether to be true to herself or true to the world. Every girl must decide whether to settle for adoration or fight for love. –Glennon Doyle
We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world. –Helen Keller
The biggest disease of today . . . is the feeling of being unwanted.
― St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Everything I had worked for, all my years of study, had been to purchase for myself this one privilege: to see and experience more truths than those given to me by my father, and to use those truths to construct my own mind. I had come to believe that the ability to evaluate many ideas, many histories, many points of view, was at the heart of what it means to self-create. –Tara Westover
“A word after a word after a word is power.”
Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.