Random assortment of quotes that punch me in the soul


“I have no fear of death, we all born to do that” – Jay-Z

“I don’t love you. You don’t love me. We’re just two lonely people trying to hate ourselves a little less. Maybe that’s all we’re ever gonna be. Maybe that’s all we ever were.” – BoJack Horseman

“The inferiority of women is man-made.” – Helen Keller

“I don’t identify as an activist–I identify as a writer. I’m interested in truth-telling, in speaking truth to power, in contexualizing experiences.” – Janet Mock

“My Asian authenticity is messy, and inglorious, and complicated, and it doesn’t win food writing Pulitzers. The ‘authenticity’ of food is a shorthand to judge diverse cultures by, to reduce centuries of history down to a plate, to erase years of development and evolution, and change, because the average food writer will not admit that the packet of Maggi instant noodles is just as authentically an Asian thing now as a recipe for handmade egg noodles, passed down through generations. Our globalization doesn’t fit your exotic narrative, I know.” – Shing Yin Khor

“You cannot save people. You can only love them.” – Anaïs Nin

“Putting yourself in a woman’s shoes does not make you less of a man. It makes you more of a person.” – John Marcotte



“If a woman writes about herself, she’s a narcissist. If a man does the same, he’s describing the human condition.” -Emily Gould

“Ultimately, most things that are offensive are also lazy and unoriginal; because you can’t reach that point of view by looking at the world honestly…You reach that point of view by taking shortcuts and by just sort of repeating what someone else told you.” -Joseph Fink

“…this movement towards liberation required the kind of internal bearing witness of our own role in the social hell of our world that most people would rather not engage in. It was a tough praxis but a potentially earthshaking one, too. Because rather than strike at this issue or that issue, this internal bearing of witness raised the possibility of denying our oppressive regimes the true source of their powers–which is, of course, our consent, our participation. This kind of praxis doesn’t attack the head of the beast, which will only grow back; it strikes directly at the beast’s heart, which we nurture and keep safe in our own.” -Junot Diaz

“In trying to become ‘objective,’ Western culture made ‘objects’ of things and people when it distanced itself from them, thereby losing ‘touch’ with them. This dichotomy is the root of all violence.” -Gloria Anzaldua, Borderlands

“we never go away

even if we’re always


because the only home

is each other

they’ve occupied all

the rest

colonized it: an

idea about ourselves is all

we own”

-Paula Gunn Allen, “Some Like Indians Endure”

“Objectification of the body and abjectification of the heart do not make two halves whole.” – Susan Kikuchi

“There is no such thing as a weak woman.” -Beyonce aka The Queen/Goddess Divine

“And it makes me realize that I have been time traveling. It’s just that I’ve been traveling into the future at 60 minutes per hour. And maybe that’s how we fix the past.” -Sean Cole, This American Life: “The Leap”

“When death touches you that close, you say to yourself, ‘It’s time to start liking who the fuck you are.’ I’m not perfect, but I’m starting to get comfortable, like a sweater you want to wear all the time.” -Leslie Jones

“This is a culture that has afforded me many wonderful things. I can’t pretend it doesn’t have the capacity to see what is beyond the flesh of my skin or my circumstances. [But] these euphemisms and quiet biases, they’re still there, and they’re happening with people who have the best intentions, so you can only imagine what’s happening with those who don’t.” -John Ridley

“Changing the status quo is always seen as political, but maintaining it is not seen that way.” -Suzanne Romaine, “They’re here, get used to them: why gender-neutral pronouns are not ‘radical'”


“The mind of a writer can be a truly terrifying thing. Isolated. Neurotic. Caffeine-addled. Crippled by procrastination, consumed by feelings of panic, self-loathing, and soul-crushing inadequacy. And that’s on a good day.” -Anonymous Oscar writer via Robert De Niro presenting at the 2014 Academy Awards

“If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back and get it right side up again.” -Sojourner Truth, “Ain’t I a Woman”

“Never look back / never give up” -HAIM, “Falling”

“I think, therefore I’m single.” -Lizz Winstead

“Dress classy, dance cheesy.” -Psy

“The enemy within must be transformed before we can confront the enemy outside.” -bell hooks

“And so those who love stories most learn the least from them, but devour them in the endless fertility, when one true tale listened to with the mind of awakening is enough to lead one to the path of gold and simplicity…” Ben Okri, Starbook

“The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning;
but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.”
Ecclesiastes 7:4

“Rootless, I existentially write myself the stable world.” -Maxine Hong Kingston

“The root of oppression is the loss of memory.” -Paula Gunn Allen

“Everything that exists was once imagined.”

“The act of writing is about bridging the gap between self and other.” -Ruben Martinez

“Irony does not erase being part of a structure. You can not opt out of being part of a society that discriminates, a discrimination that you benefit from, by saying you didn’t mean it like that. Intent doesn’t change your position of privilege in society.” -owlsdontlie, “Hipser Racism: It’s a Thing”

“That women are joining in the ongoing disassembling of my appearance is salient. Patriarchy is not men. Patriarchy is a system in which both women and men participate. It privileges, inter alia, the interests of boys and men over the bodily integrity, autonomy, and dignity of girls and women. It is subtle, insidious, and never more dangerous than when women passionately deny that they themselves are engaging in it. This abnormal obsession with women’s faces and bodies has become so normal that we (I include myself at times—I absolutely fall for it still) have internalized patriarchy almost seamlessly. We are unable at times to identify ourselves as our own denigrating abusers, or as abusing other girls and women.”

-Ashley Judd

“You can’t win with them: no protest will ever be peaceful enough, docile enough, non-threatening enough to suit their wishes. Expressions of anger against the status quo will always be called disruptive, even violent. Meanwhile, we live in a system that privileges the accumulation of capital over the value of human life, and oppresses us according to our gender, race, ability, age, or class in order to sustain that accumulation. This system enacts daily violence on both those who defy it and those who simply live within it. This violence may be physical – such as the police brutality, surveillance, and disproportionate arrests experienced by student protestors and also by communities of colour, queer communities, and others on a routine basis. Or it may be less tangible but equally destructive, such as the effects of being systematically excluded from higher education, higher-paying jobs, and the possibility of economic success.” -Mona Luxion, “Resistance is not violence: putting property damage and economic disruption in perspective” at the McGill Daily (April 28th, 2012)

“Language as culture is thus mediating between me and my own self; between my own self and other selves; between me and nature. Language is mediating in my very being.” -Ngugi wa Thiong’o, “Decolonising the Mind”

“I’m like my mother–I stereotype. It’s faster.” – Up in the Air

“The problem with stereotypes is not that they’re untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.”
-Chimamanda Adichie

“If you wish to preserve your secret, wrap it up in frankness.” – Alexander Smith

“I am sorry people are so tired of me writing about misogyny. I occasionally get tired of living in a world defined by it.” -Alyssa Rosenberg

“When I was teaching at another university before I came to Mills, the class and I were discussing Sex and the City. I said to them, ‘I know exactly how it’s going to end.’ They told me, ‘No you don’t, you’ve never even seen it!’ And I said, ‘Yes I do!! They all get into one big heterosexual embrace and couple off!!!!'”

-Professor Diane Cady, Goddess of Poststructuralism and Homoerotic Triangles

“That’s when you know you’ve found somebody special. When you can just shut the fuck up for a minute and comfortably enjoy the silence.” -Mia, Pulp Fiction

“…love–that arbitrary and inexorable tyrant.” -Harriet E. Wilson

“I’ve never taken the high road. But I tell other people to. ‘Cause then there’s more room for me on the low road.” –Tom Haverford

“I think it is possible that some readers never even notice what color the people in the story are. Don’t notice, don’t care. Whites of course have the privilege of not caring, of being ‘colorblind.’ Nobody else does.” -Ursula K. Le Guin

“cultural appropriation is putting fireflies in a jar

and letting them light up your bedroom

as you drift off to sleep.

and when you wake up all the lights have flickered out

but only when you’re older do you realize

you slowly suffocated them so

that you could enjoy their glow.”

-Novelsexual from Tumblr

“Take your mands off of me!” – Frida Waterfall, Into the Wild Green Yonder

“Very well. I will femmunicate your manformation.” -Frida Waterfall again cause she’s so awesomeee

“‘How can I turn into light?’ she moaned. There was no answer. She lacked the potential to become a tree; it wasn’t in her nature. She was not fertile either. She knew that she was rotting from within. She knew that what led to the clarity of light was love, something she had never experienced in her life. She had progressed to the edge of wonderment, but love was oceans away. She knew that love would come if she could sincerely feel the essence of a tree past the roughness of its bark. But always, the physical sensation of the roughness interrupted her. She always knew the malice of humankind, without herself being in its possession. She had not learned to be malicious. She only knew malice.” -Women Without Men

“It’s not that I’ve been dishonest, it’s just that I loathe reality.” -Lady Gaga

“I’m not living, I’m procrastinating on death.” -me <_<

“If you want to make the world a better place/Take a look at yourself and make a change.” -Michael Jackson, “Man in the Mirror”

“Love hurts whether it’s right or wrong.” -Avril Lavigne, “What The Hell”

“It’s all about the teasing and not about the pleasing.” -Glee

“Is insincerity such a terrible thing? I think not. It is merely a method by which we can multiply our personalities.” -Oscar Wilde

“If you can laugh at yourself loud and hard every time you fall, people will think you’re drunk.” -Conan O’ Brien

“She could not love a man who did not respect her; she could not sleep with a man who made her feel dirty. So as far as I can tell, and I believe she would tell me otherwise, she has simply gone without. She is a secular nun!” – “The Life and Times of Estelle Walks Above”

“If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” -Sirius Black

“If I open my legs, will you open your heart?” -Rediscover

Penny: “Sometimes people are layered like that. There’s something totally different underneath than what’s on the surface.”
Billy: “And sometimes there’s a third, even deeper level and that one is the same as the top surface one.” -Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog

“I thought he was just a nerdy guy who wanted pussy!” -Tary

“Whiny Mary-Sue meets pseudo-angst Sparklepants. Hormones ensue.”
-Quadropheniac, on Twilight

“If gays are kissing and having sex, then they might as well get married and set a good example!” -Tommy

Jane Lynch: “Shouldn’t there be safeguards against the majority voting on the rights of a minority?”

“What’s worse than dumb people knowing nothing is smart people doing nothing.” -random bumper sticker

Tim: “It wasn’t guts. I was scared.”
Kiowa: “Same difference.” -The Things They Carried

“You are your own Hell. You are older than I am, and you think you know people, but in the end one only knows oneself.” -The Visit

“…Who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death-
The undiscovered country, from whose bourn
No traveler returns-puzzles the will,
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?” -Hamlet, Act III, Scene 1

“Don’t be a sticky note today, be a super glue.” -Cun Xi

“Life is not a movie…it’s a looong soap opera.” -Danny

“To live is to constantly reach out.” -Arakawa Under the Bridge

“You think killing people might make them like you, but it doesn’t. It just makes people dead.” -A Very Potter Musical!Voldemort

“Nobody ever gets praised for the right reasons.” -Prince Justin, Castle in the Air

“I want to drink…I can’t drink alone, that’s an alcoholic.” -Paula

“You are probably not that good a rapper. Maybe you are the next Lil’ Wayne, but probably not, in which case you need to stay in school…” -President Obama

Shana: “We don’t want you to stop being a bitch! We just want you to slowly reveal your bitchiness!”

Some website: “The Coast Guard–who are these silent heroes?”

Shana: “Pretend like I’m a dude with my hand up your skirt. We might as well go all the way.”

Officer Wiggum: “You really have that much faith in me?”
Homer: “No! Faith is what you have in things that don’t exist. Your awesomeness is REAL.”

Tommy: “I tell the truth no matter what, even if you’re pregnant!”

Tary: “We’re gonna protest and not do anything–oh wait, we never do anything.”


“If they say life’s a dream, call this insomnia.” -B.O.B.

“It’s not having what you want, it’s wanting what you got.” -Sheryl Crow

“If ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ were candy nuts, we’d all have a Merry Christmas.”

“Whenever you don’t feel something…just feel it.” -Jaden Smith via Willow Smith

“I wouldn’t mind marrying a younger guy…oh wait–I want to get married when I’m thirty and if the guy’s twenty–yeah, his prefrontal cortex will be developed by then.” -Nicole

Me: “I’ve cheated on you many times…with my eyes.”
Chelsia: “Well duh. You eye-rape every guy around here.”

“Karma’s not a bitch, she’s my best friend!” -Tary

“Reality is just a crappy game.” -The World God Only Knows

Tary: “Cussing makes you look dumb.”
Me: “No it doesn’t! What if I said, ‘Shakespeare was a fucking misogynist. His plays illustrated that it was okay for men to be fucking douchebags to women’? Would I sound dumb?”
Tary: “You sound mean and I don’t wanna be your friend anymore!”

“Fashion has no gender.” -Kurt Hummel


“Life…is about being cute.” -luanlegacy

“I’ve learned that love is like a brick you can/Build a house or sink a dead body.” -Lady Gaga, “Judas”

“Just because you’re on a diet doesn’t mean you can’t look at the menu!” -someone else’s mom

Chelsia: “I HATE YOU! You’re like a drug that I’ll never go to rehab for.”

“And people make you nervous
You’d think the world was ending,
And everybody’s features have somehow started blending
And everything is plastic,
And everyone’s sarcastic,
And all your food is frozen,
It needs to be defrosted.
You’d think the world was ending,
You’d think the world was ending,
You’d think the world was ending right now.
You’d think the world was ending,
You’d think the world was ending,
You’d think the world was ending right now.
Well maybe you should just drink a lot less coffee,
And never ever watch the ten o’clock news,
Maybe you should kiss someone nice,
Or lick a rock,
Or both.
Maybe you should cut your own hair
‘Cause that can be so funny
It doesn’t cost any money
And it always grows back
Hair grows even after you’re dead
And people are just people,
They shouldn’t make you nervous.
The world is everlasting,
It’s coming and it’s going.
If you don’t toss your plastic,
The streets won’t be so plastic.
And if you kiss somebody,
Then both of you’ll get practice.
The world is everlasting
Put dirtballs in your pocket,
Put dirtballs in your pocket,
And take off both your shoes.
‘Cause people are just people,
People are just people,
People are just people like you.
People are just people,
People are just people,
People are just people like you.
The world is everlasting
It’s coming and it’s going
The world is everlasting
It’s coming and it’s going
It’s coming and it’s going.”

-Regina Spektor, “Ghost of Corporate Future”

“This is how it works
You’re young until you’re not
You love until you don’t
You try until you can’t
You laugh until you cry
You cry until laugh
And everyone must breathe
Until their dying breath
No, this is how it works
You peer inside yourself
You take the things you like
Then try to love the things you took
And then you take that love you made
And stick it into some–
Someone else’s heart
Pumping someone else’s blood
And walking arm in arm
You hope it don’t get harmed
But even if it does
You’ll just do it all again”

-Regina Spektor, “On The Radio”

“I love the smell of social justice in the morning! It’s just like coffee.”
-Mills woman

“Why do people say ‘grow some balls’? Balls are weak and sensitive! If you really wanna get tough, grow a vagina! Those things take a pounding!” -Betty White

“It’s not the chase that I love, it’s me following you.” -The Avett Brothers, “Kick Drum Heart”

“Men are full of women; owls are full of mice.” -Random bathroom graffiti

“I guess I assume, eventually, I’ll be rejected. So I, you know, test people. Push them, until they prove me right. It’s a sickness, I admit it.” -Pierce Hawthorne, Community

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.” -Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Cultural evolution provides us with the opportunity to seize control of the means of sexuality, reproduction, and socialization, and to make conscious decisions to liberate human sexual life from the archaic relationships which deform it. Ultimately, a thoroughgoing feminist revolution would liberate more than women. It would liberate forms of sexual expression, and it would liberate human personality from the straightjacket of gender.” -Gayle Rubin, “Traffic in Women”

“You only have to look at the Medusa straight on to see her. And she’s not deadly. She’s beautiful and she’s laughing.” -Helen Cixous

“I think romantic comedy, when done right, is my favorite genre. It’s just a genre that’s very human. Bridesmaids had a pink poster, and I loved it — and I don’t want to call out any movie specifically, but there is a certain kind of film that is not fun to me in a guilty-pleasure way, and there is a certain kind of chick-lit book that isn’t even fun to me in a guilty-pleasure way, because I don’t see any of myself in it. Because none of my actions — and maybe this is speaking to my age, because I’m 25 — but none of my actions have ever been [determined] by the search for a husband, or wondering if I was going to have a family someday, or wanting to live in a really great house, or thinking it would be really great to have a diamond. There are just certain drives, and I think that those things may be representative of a desire for love or something else. I’m sure those writers would not appreciate me distilling their thesis down to the search for a diamond, but there’s a kind of female character that doesn’t make sense to me.” -Lena Dunham

“…all is vanity and a chasing after wind.” Ecclesiastes 2:17

“Somewhere in time I will live forever”

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