“all over the world wars
by the same ills as their oppressor
the real revolution is
to love myself.”
Anyone who claims to be a leader must speak like a leader. That means speaking with integrity and truth– Kamala Harris
There will be people who say to you, ‘You are out of your lane. They are burdened by only having the capacity to see what has always been instead of what can be. But don’t you let that burden you. Kamala Harris, addressing the 2020 Black Girls Lead Conference
Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it. — Oprah Winfrey
Write as if you were dying― Annie Dillard
Your anger and damage and grief are the way to truth. We don’t have much truth to express unless we have gone into those rooms and closets and woods and abysses that we were told not to go in to. When we have gone in and looked around for a long while, just breathing and finally taking it in– then we will be able to speak in our own voice.
― Anne Lamott
If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.
― Virginia Woolf
The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.
― Flannery O’Connor
Poetry (here I hear myself loudest)
is the human voice,
and are we not of interest to each other?
Some people ask: “Why the word feminist? Why not just say you are a believer in human rights, or something like that?” Because that would be dishonest…It would be a way of pretending that it was not women who have, for centuries, been excluded.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie