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Snippets, Quotes and Soupcons

Snippets Quotes and Soupcons

By Scarlet James






"My only hope is that, one day soon, women, who have all earned their right to their opinions...instead of being labeled opinionated will be called smart and well informed, just like men." Teresa Heinz Kerry

I hope and hope increases my torment, I weep and weeping feeds my weary heart, I laugh and laughter does not touch my soul, I burn and no one sees my passion, I fear what I see and what I hear, everything gives me fresh pain; thus hoping I weep and laugh and burn and I fear what I hear and see.. Believed to be attributed to Machiavelli

I`m never going to be famous. My name will never be writ large on the roster of Those Who Do Things. I don`t do anything. Not a single thing. I used to bite my nails, but I don`t even do that anymore. Dorothy Parker

My poor fellow, why not carry a watch? [To a man who was staggering in the street under the weight of a grandfather clock] Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree

Never believe in mirrors or newspapers. John Osborne [The Hotel in Amsterdam, Act 1]


Every work of art has one indispensable mark.the centre of it is simple, however much the fulfilment may be complicated. [ The Queer Feet]

If you convey to a woman that something ought to be done, there is always a dreadful danger that she will suddenly do it. [The Secret of Father Brown]

It isn`t that they can`t see the solution. It is that they can`t see the problem [The Point of a Pin]

He set out seriously to describe the indescribable. That is the whole business of literature, and it is a hard row to hoe. [On Literary Critiques]

As enunciated today, `progress` is simply a comparative of which we have not settled the superlative.

There is no such thing as an uninteresting subject; the only thing that can exist is an uninterested person .

Everyman speaks of public opinion, and means by public opinion, public opinion minus his opinion.

The artist temperament is a disease that afflicts amateurs

Reason is itself a matter of faith. It is an act of faith to assert that our thoughts have any relation to reality at all.

There is a great man who makes every man feel small. But the real great man is the man who makes every man feel great.

Someone, I say, will remember us in the future..
Sappho, 640 B.C.


If it were customary to send little girls to school and teach them the same subjects as are taught to boys they would learn just as fully and would understand the subtleties of all arts and sciences..
Christine de Pisan Cite des dames 1405

Flemish painting will appeal to women especially the very old and the very young and also to monks and nuns and to certain noblemen who have no sense of true harmony. In Flanders they paint with a view to external exactness ..stuffs and masonry, the green grass of fields and bridges which they call landscapes
Attributed to Michelangelo by Francisco da Hollanda, 1548


The history of all times and of today especially teaches that women will be forgotten if they forget to think about themselves..
Louise Otto-Peters, 1849


Woman was the governing principle, the directing reason and the commanding voice of the 18th century. She held the revolutions of the alliances and political systems, peace and war, the literature, the arts and the fashions of the eighteenth century as well as its destinies, in the folds of her gown.
Edmond and Jules de Goncourt, 1862
( 18th century France was regarded as the Age of Absolutism and the Age of Reason also called the `feminine age`. Salonniers were hosted by women like Madame Geoffrin, Madam de la Fayette and Madame de Stael who conducted evenings of conversation participated by philosophers, writers, artists, scientists and cultural leaders of the day )


In consequence of this defeatism, woman is easily reconciled to a moderate success: she does not dare to aim too high. Entering upon her profession with superficial preparation, she soon sets limits to her ambitions. It often seems to her meritorious enough if she earns her own living..
Thus, of the legion of women who toy with arts and letters, very few persevere; and even those who pass this first obstacle will very often continue to be torn between their narcissism and an inferiority complex. Inability to forget themselves is a defect that will weigh more heavily upon them than upon women in any other career; if their essential aim is the abstract affirmation of self, the formal satisfaction of success, they will not give themselves over to the contemplation of the world: they will be incapable of re-creating it in art.
Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex, 1949


Writing is easy all you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until the drops of blood form on your forehead…..
Gene Fowler


When bankers get together for dinner, they discuss Art, when artists get together for dinner, they discuss Money….
Oscar Wilde


Indeed, I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a women …
Virginia Woolf..A Room of One`s Own, 1929

"...I struggle with enormous discrepancies: between the reality of motherhood and the image of it, between my love for my home and the need to travel, between the varied and seductive paths of the heart. The lessons of impermanence, the occasional despair and the muse, so tenuously moored, all visit their needs upon me and I dig deeply for the spiritual utilities that restore me: my love for the place, for the one man left, for my children and friends and the great green pulse of spring."
Sally Mann

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