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Sandra Cisneros Quotes

May you find comfort and joy in these encouraging quotes by Sandra Cisneros.

My feminism is humanism, with the weakest being those who I represent,
and that includes many beings and life forms,
including some men.
- Sandra Cisneros

I realize that when I moved out of my father's house
I shocked and frightened him because I needed a room of my own,
a space of my own to reinvent myself.
- Sandra Cisneros

I don't see any kind of mirror of power,
male power, that is, as a form of liberation.
I don't believe in an eye for an eye.
I don't believe this is truly freedom.
- Sandra Cisneros

Sometimes I feel I can't quite master my written and spoken Spanish,
because I'm too much a student of English.
I would need another lifetime to learn it.
- Sandra Cisneros

 

I usually say Latina, Mexican-American or American Mexican,
and in certain contexts, Chicana, depending on whether
my audience understands the term or not.
- Sandra Cisneros

Perhaps the greatest challenge has been trying to keep
my time to myself and my private life private in order to do my job.
Everything that is most mine belongs to everyone now.
- Sandra Cisneros

I was raised in Chicago, so always used Latina.
It's what my Father and brothers called ourselves,
when we meant the entire Spanish-speaking community of Chicago.
- Sandra Cisneros

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I was silent as a child, and silenced as a young woman;
I am taking my lumps and bumps for being a big mouth,
now, but usually from those whose opinion I don't respect.
- Sandra Cisneros

Mexico is only a memory of childhood safety.
- Sandra Cisneros

I try to be as honest about what I see and to speak rather than be silent,
especially if it means I can save lives,
or serve humanity.
- Sandra Cisneros

Revenge only engenders violence, not clarity and true peace.
I think liberation must come from within.
- Sandra Cisneros

I have to understand what my strengths and limitations are,
and work from a true place.
I try to do this as best I can while still protecting my writer self,
which more than ever needs privacy.
- Sandra Cisneros

I always tell people that I became a writer not because
I went to school but because my mother took me to the library.
I wanted to become a writer so I could see my name in the card catalog.
- Sandra Cisneros

And the nice thing about writing a novel is you take your time,
you sit with the character sometimes nine years,
you look very deeply at a situation,
unlike in real life when we just kind of snap something out.
- Sandra Cisneros

I think my family and closest friends are learning
about my need to withdraw,
and I am learning how to restore and store my energy
to both serve the community to the best of my ability
and to serve my writer's heart.
- Sandra Cisneros

Well, I'm Buddhist, Ray, and so part of my Buddhism
has allowed me to look a little more deeply at people
and the events in my life that created me.
And I think a lot of that Buddhism comes out in the
world view in this novel.
- Sandra Cisneros

I'm afraid I'm still trying to find that balance.
Especially now that everyone wants a piece of me.
I find that I have to become more and more reclusive,
and pick and choose when I am public and when I am private.
- Sandra Cisneros

But I deal with this meditating and by understanding
I've been put on the planet to serve humanity.
I have to remind myself to live simply and not to overindulge,
which is a constant battle in a material world.
- Sandra Cisneros

Feminism is hated because women are hated.
Anti-feminism is a direct expression of misogyny;
it is the political defense of women hating.
- Andrea Dworkin

Feminism is sort of like God.
Many people profess to believe in it,
but no one seems to be able to define it to everyone's satisfaction.
- Aaron Allston

Sexual harassment law is very important.
But I think it would be a mistake if the sexual harassment
law movement is the only way in which feminism is known in the media.
- Judith Butler

I am trying to make art that relates to the deepest
and most mythic concerns of human kind and I believe that,
at this moment of history, feminism is humanism.
- Judy Chicago

One of the greatest gifts of Black feminism to ourselves
has been to make it a little easier simply to be Black and female.
- Barbara Smith

Feminism is a political mistake.
Feminism is a mistake made by women's intellect,
a mistake which her instinct will recognize.
- Valentine de Saint-Point

Feminism is doomed to failure because it is based on
an attempt to repeal and restructure human nature.
- Phyllis Schlafly

The word, and the concept of feminism,
was a gift because it gave me a sense of identity and
a way of defining how I wished to live my life.
- Betty Buckley

Until women learn to want economic independence,
and until they work out a way to get this independence
without denying themselves the joys of love and motherhood,
it seems to me feminism has no roots.
- Crystal Eastman

He travels fastest who travels alone,
and that goes double for she.
Real feminism is spinsterhood.
- Florence King

What, do you think that feminism means you hate men?
- Cyndi Lauper

Feminism is a good venue for getting yourself across
as much as for getting your point across.
- Elizabeth Wurtzel

There's a side of me that dislikes feminism.
I think we surrendered something and women were unable
to reveal any kind of vulnerability.
- Rachel Hunter

The left ask people to believe that there is no conflict
between feminism and the family.
- Christopher Lasch

I got more and more politically active and just followed
the course of feminism and sexual liberation.
- Susie Bright

Words like feminism or democracy scare me.
They are words with barnacles on them,
and you can't see what's underneath.
- William Collins

Feminism was established to allow unattractive women
easier access to the mainstream.
- Rush Limbaugh

The cornerstone of the political correctness that dominates
campus culture is radical feminism.
- Phyllis Schlafly

Feminism's agenda is basic: It asks that women not
be forced to choose between public justice and private happiness.
- Susan Faludi

I think Julia is defining a new feminism.
It's the power of the open heart.
And its ok to be sexual.
- Kenny Loggins

My idea of feminism is self-determination,
and it's very open-ended: every woman has the right to become herself,
and do whatever she needs to do.
- Ani DiFranco

Feminism - the word - can give us a handle,
a rallying point, a common ground, and help us build a bridge.
Why not claim the gift of the word as a place to begin?
- Betty Buckley

First I would probably place men at the bottom of the food chain.
On a grander scale, I would say they're reacting to change.
Feminism has got to be part of that.
- Neil LaBute

I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is:
I only know that people call me a feminist whenever
I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.
- Rebecca West

I'm writing a review of three books on feminism and science,
and it's about social constructionism.
So I would say I'm a social constructionist,
whatever that means.
- Clifford Geertz

Feminism is an entire world view or gestalt,
not just a laundry list of women's issues.
- Charlotte Bunch

I used to think feminism was a liberating force -
now I see many of those people are just censors under a different name.
- Lydia Lunch

I think feminism has had a major impact on anthropology.
- Clifford Geertz

It's tragic when people think feminism is a dirty word.
- Siobhan Fahey

'I hate discussions of feminism that end up with who does the dishes,'
she said.
So do I. But at the end, there are always the damned dishes.
- Marilyn French

Feminism encourages women to leave their husbands,
kill their children, practice witchcraft,
destroy capitalism and become lesbians.
- Pat Robertson

Has feminism made us all more conscious? I think it has.
Feminist critiques of anthropological masculine bias
have been quite important,
and they have increased my sensitivity to that kind of issue.
- Clifford Geertz

Out with stereotypes, feminism proclaims.
But stereotypes are the west's stunning sexual personae,
the vehicles of art's assault against nature.
The moment there is imagination, there is myth.
- Camille Paglia

Feminism is a socialist, anti-family,
political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands,
kill their children, practice witchcraft,
destroy capitalism and become lesbians.
- Pat Robertson

The young women in my classes are feisty and clever and believe,
often with the passion of youthful optimism,
that feminism is a battle already won.
I worry for them - and for my daughters,
too.
- Louise Brown

People have accepted the media's idea of what feminism is,
but that doesn't mean that it's right or true or real.
Feminism is not monolithic.
Within feminism, there is an array of opinions.
- Judy Chicago

And the first commandment of feminism is:
I am woman;
thou shalt not tolerate strange gods who assert that
women have capabilities or often choose roles that
are different from men's.
- Phyllis Schlafly

Even now, after whatever gains feminism has made in
involving fathers in the rearing of their children,
I still think virtually all of us spend the most formative
years of our lives very much in the presence of women.
- Reynolds Price

Sotomayor's vainglorious lecture bromide about herself
as "a wise Latina" trumping white men is a vulgar embarrassment -
a vestige of the bad old days of male-bashing feminism.
- Camille Paglia

Feminism is dated? Yes, for privileged women like my
daughter and all of us here today,
but not for most of our sisters in the rest of the
world who are still forced into premature marriage,
prostitution, forced labor - they have children that
they don't want or they cannot feed.
- Isabel Allende

The Myth of Male Power dealt much more with the political issues,
the legal issues, sexual harassment,
date rape,
women who kill, and those issues were very much more
interfaced with the agendas of feminism.
- Warren Farrell

It was critical to finding a way out.
I had assumed young women knew the history of feminism
and must have felt gratitude to the movement for the
opportunities that the work we have done has afforded them.
- Betty Buckley

To recommend that women become identical to men,
would be simple reversal, and would defeat the whole point of androgyny,
and for that matter, feminism: in both,
the whole point is choice.
- Carolyn Heilbrun

Why are ecologists and environmentalists so feared
and hated? This is because in part what they have to
say is new to the general public,
and the new is always alarming.
- Garrett Hardin

That is an important part of my success.
Another big part of my success is that I hated not to finish a race.
- Alain Prost

Now, I was on drugs, and that didn't help a whole lot.
He hated that.
That was part of where Chet and I had problems,
so I take complete blame for that.
- Waylon Jennings

I was in advertising for years.
That was cushy, you know? It's pretty cushy in a lot of ways,
but I hated it.
- Augusten Burroughs

It's a sign of your own worth sometimes if you are
hated by the right people.
- Miles Franklin

I still feel like I gotta prove something.
There are a lot of people hoping I fail.
But I like that.
I need to be hated.
- Howard Stern

I hated Chris, my brother.
I would pull his hair and kick him, until one day my
father gave him permission to fight back.
I'll be apologizing to him for the rest of my life.
- Stevie Nicks

I hated cracking the whip, and these juries turn into political things.
- Patricia Highsmith

My father hated radio and could not wait for television
to be invented so he could hate that too.
- Peter De Vries

I never understood why the metal heads in my school hated the punks.
- Trevor Dunn


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