Thursday, December 01, 2005

various quotes and lyrics

Your lips move but I can’t hear what you’re sayin’.
- Pink Floyd, "Comfortably Numb"

What a lay me down this is
with two pink, two orange,
two green, two white goodnights.
Now I'm borrowed.
Now I'm numb.
-Anne Sexon, from Live or Die,and Selected Poems, Houghton Mifflin, 1988

I shall never get out of this! There are two of me now:
This absolutely white person and the old yellow one,
And the white person is certainly the superior one.
She doesn't need food, she is one of the real saints.
At the beginning I hated her, she had no personality -
She lay in bed with me like a dead body
And I was scared, because she was shaped just the way I was

- Sylvia Plath, "In Plaster", 1961; from The Collected Poems of Sylvia Plath; HarperPerennial, 1981

"I'm just afraid I'm gonna miss it all...."
-Karen Carpenter, to her therapist; from The Carpenters: The Untold Story, An Authorized Autobiography, Ray Coleman; HarperCollins, 1994

We will reach the day because of the nature of the movement that we have in which women will be sharing space in the political arena side by side with men to make a better world, not only for women, but for men, women and children. We will be making space in every single institution, national, international, regional and local in which we find that men and women do not share power equally.
- Bella Abzug from a speech at the United Nations just before her death

My struggle was always against
an inner darkness: I carry within myself
the only known keys
to my death - to unlock life, or close it shut
forever. A woman who loves wood grains, the color
And the sun, I am happy to fight

all outside murderers
as I see I must.
-Alice Walker, from "On Stripping Bark from Myself

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