Men do not like tomboys, nor bluestockings, nor thinking women; too much audacity, culture, intelligence, or character frightens them.
Work almost always has a double aspect: it is a bondage, a wearisome drudgery; but it is also a source of interest, a steadying element, a factor that helps to integrate the worker with society. Retirement may be looked upon either as a prolonged holiday or as a rejection, a being thrown on to the scrap-heap.
Women’s mutual understanding lies in the fact that they identify with each other: but then each one competes with her companion.
Without doubt it is more comfortable to endure blind bondage than to work for one’s liberation; the dead, too, are better suited to the earth than the living.
When I was a child, when I was an adolescent, books saved me from despair: that convinced me that culture was the highest of values.
When an individual or a group of individuals is kept in a situation of inferiority, the fact is that he or they are inferior.
What would Prince Charming do if he did not wake up Sleeping Beauty, or lavish gifts on Donkey Skin?
We will not let ourselves be intimidated by the number and violence of attacks against women; nor be fooled by the self-serving praise showered on the “real woman”; nor be won over by men’s enthusiasm for her destiny, a destiny they would not for the world want to share.
We must not confuse the present with the past. With regard to the past, no further action is possible.