Saturday 4 January 2014

Inspirational Quotes 48

I see no sexism
Like many libertarians, surrealist Andre Breton had, in action, a marked authoritarian streak.

[80s women’s magazines push the idea that] maturity consists of making the best of what you have. Even if what you have is pretty crummy. It stinks.

Still, most women do get married and define themselves in relation to marriage, and will, no doubt, continue to get married.

That ineffable Buddhist gloom, which makes Calvinism look positively sprightly, begins to suffuse the text…  It’s all the dream of a dream, you see. All of it.

Of course, the British avant-garde is alive and well in the provinces.

When I was looking for boyfriends in the south [of London] in the late 50s.
All from Angela Carter, Shaking A Leg: Collected Journalism and Writings

Every feminist knows a woman can always be found to say she sees no sexism, no matter how grave the offence to her fellow women. (Jonathan Freedland)

It was no effort for her to be ingenuous, frank and girlishly delighted with everything. Theatre, Somerset Maugham

Living in such an out-of-the-way place lost us quite a number of our friends. Barbara Comyns, Our Spoons Came from Woolworths

It's pretty much a tradition for middle aged people in power to want to crush young people's freedom... (@PaulbernalUK)

I reject the ideas that life is supposed to be confusing, that life is supposed to be hard. These seem to be very prevalent ideas though. I also clearly reject the idea that life is supposed to be totally spontaneous except for the things those mean grown-ups make you do. I reject the notion that doing things that make you happy are ‘selfish’ acts that should be minimized. (Truett Ogden/@Truett)

The usual lamentation about today’s youth and their propensity to watch television, listen to the radio, dance to Elvis, play jazz records and wear their hose over their doublets. (David Aaronovitch)

Every Englishman loves a grievance and cherishes a grumble. (The Times, 28 December 1882)

More here, and links to the rest.

1 comment:

  1. Angela Carter was such a great loss, she was always so funny and refreshing, and she would have made such a wonderful old lady, commenting sharply right into old age.