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Top 160 Adrienne Rich Quotes (2023 Update)

Adrienne Rich Quote: “You must write, and read, as if your life depended on it.”
Adrienne Rich Quote: “The connections between and among women are the most feared, the most problematic, and the most potentially transforming force on the planet.”
Adrienne Rich Quote: “Lying is done with words and also with silence.”
Adrienne Rich Quote: “There must be those among whom we can sit down and weep and still be counted as warriors.”
Adrienne Rich Quote: “My heart is moved by all I cannot save: so much has been destroyed I have to cast my lot with those who age after age, perversely, with no extraordinary power, reconstitute the world.”
Adrienne Rich Quote: “When someone with the authority of a teacher describes the world and you’re not in it, there’s a moment of psychic disequilibrium, as if you looked into a mirror and saw nothing.”
Adrienne Rich Quote: “Courage is not defined by those who fought and did not fall, but by those who fought, fell and rose again.”
Adrienne Rich Quote: “Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you; it means learning to respect and use your own brains and instincts; hence, grappling with hard work.”
Adrienne Rich Quote: “All new learning looks at first like chaos.”
Adrienne Rich Quote: “In a world where language and naming are power, silence is oppression, is violence.”
Adrienne Rich Quote: “Change is not a threat to your life, but an invitation to live.”
Adrienne Rich Quote: “When a woman tells the truth she is creating the possibility for more truth around her.”
Adrienne Rich Quote: “Every journey into the past is complicated by delusions, false memories, false namings of real events.”
Adrienne Rich Quote: “Poetry is the liquid voice that can wear through stone.”
Adrienne Rich Quote: “Not biology, but ignorance of ourselves, has been the key to our powerlessness.”
Adrienne Rich Quote: “Every poem breaks a silence that had to be overcome.”
Adrienne Rich Quote: “An education is not something that you get, but something that you claim.”
Adrienne Rich Quote: “Responsibility to yourself means that you don’t fall for shallow and easy solutions-it means that you refuse to sell your talents and aspirations short.”
Adrienne Rich Quote: “You have to be free to play around with the notion that day might be night, love might be hate; nothing can be too sacred for the imagination to turn into its opposite or to call experimentally by another name. For writing is re-naming.”
Adrienne Rich Quote: “Art means nothing if it simply decorates the dinner table of power which holds it hostage.”
Adrienne Rich Quote: “It is important to possess a short-term pessimism and a long-term optimism...”
Adrienne Rich Quote: “The most notable fact that our culture imprints on women is a sense of our limits. The most important thing a woman can do for another is to illuminate her actual possibilities.”
Adrienne Rich Quote: “If you think you can grasp me, think again: my story flows in more than one direction, a delta springing from the river bed with its five fingers spread.”
Adrienne Rich Quote: “We can count on so few people to go that hard way with us.”
Adrienne Rich Quote: “Poetry is above all a concentration of the power of language, which is the power of our ultimate relationship to everything in the universe.”
Adrienne Rich Quote: “The moment of change is the only poem.”
Adrienne Rich Quote: “The repossession by women of our bodies will bring far more essential change to human society than the seizing of the means of production by workers.”
Adrienne Rich Quote: “Most women have not even been able to touch this anger, except to drive it inward like a rusted nail.”
Adrienne Rich Quote: “To work and suffer is to be at home. All else is scenery...”
Adrienne Rich Quote: “The liar often suffers from amnesia. Amnesia is the silence of the unconscious.”
Adrienne Rich Quote: “A life I didn’t choose chose me: even my tools are the wrong ones for what I have to do.”
Adrienne Rich Quote: “There is nothing revolutionary whatsoever about the control of women’s bodies by men. The woman’s body is the terrain on which patriarchy is erected.”
Adrienne Rich Quote: “The beauty of darkness is how it lets you see.”
Adrienne Rich Quote: “What would it mean to live in a city whose people were changing each other’s despair into hope? – You yourself must change it.”
Adrienne Rich Quote: “But nothing less than the most radical imagination will carry us beyond this place, beyond the mere struggle for survival, to that lucid recognition of our possibilities which will keep us impatient, and unresigned to mere survival.”
Adrienne Rich Quote: “I keep coming back to you in my head, but you couldn’t know that, and I have no carbons.”
Adrienne Rich Quote: “Your mind now, moldering like wedding-cake, heavy with useless experience, rich with suspicion, rumour, fantasy, crumbling to pieces under the knife-edge of mere fact. In the prime of your life.”
Adrienne Rich Quote: “The more I live, the more I think, two people together is a miracle.”
Adrienne Rich Quote: “If you are trying to transform a brutalized society into one where people can live in dignity and hope, you begin with the empowering of the most powerless. You build from the ground up.”
Adrienne Rich Quote: “A language is a map of our failures.”
Adrienne Rich Quote: “Art and literature have given so many people the relief of feeling connected – pulled us out of isolation. It has let us know that somebody else breathed and dreamed and had sex and loved and raged and knew loneliness the way we do.”
Adrienne Rich Quote: “It’s exhilarating to be alive in a time of awakening consciousness; it can also be confusing, disorienting, and painful.”
Adrienne Rich Quote: “When one woman tells her truth, it makes a space for other women to tell their truths.”
Adrienne Rich Quote: “The unconscious wants truth. It ceases to speak to those who want something else more than truth.”
Adrienne Rich Quote: “When those who have the power to name and to socially construct reality choose not to see you or hear you... when someone with the authority of a teacher, say, describes the world and you are not in it, there is a moment of psychic disequilibrium, as if you looked in the mirror and saw nothing. It takes some strength of soul – and not just individual strength, but collective understanding – to resist this void, this non-being, into which you are thrust, and to stand up, demanding to be seen and heard.”
Adrienne Rich Quote: “I don’t trust them but I’m learning to use them.”
Adrienne Rich Quote: “Despair, when not the response to absolute physical and moral defeat is, like war, the failure of imagination.”
Adrienne Rich Quote: “Re-vision – the act of looking back, of seeing with fresh eyes, of entering an old text from a new critical direction – is for women more than a chapter in cultural history: it is an act of survival.”
Adrienne Rich Quote: “I am the androgyne, I am the living mind you fail to describe in your dead language the lost noun, the verb surviving only in the infinitive the letters of my name are written under the lids of the newborn child.”
Adrienne Rich Quote: “We must use what we have to invent what we desire.”
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