In the end, long life is the reward, strength, and beauty.
Whatever you do, life don't stop. It only sits a minute and dreams a dream.
If you want to do things, do things.
All that is really necessary for survival of the fittest, it seems, is an interest in life, good, bad or peculiar.
I see women as oppressed, but I don't see them as victims; I see them rising all the time. I see them as very strong.
Let us go forth with fear and courage and rage to save the world.
I was a fantastic student until ten, and then my mind began to wander.
Sometimes, walking with a friend, I forget the world.
Most of the Women's Libbers I knew really didn't want to have a piece of the men's pie. They thought that pie was kind of poisonous, toxic, really full of weapons, poison gases, all kinds of mean junk we didn't even want a slice of.
'The Immigrant Story,' which took me about twenty-five years to write, was a very simple story, but I couldn't think of how to tell it. Then twenty years after I started it, I found this one page and realized it was going to be the story. That's the only way you get it sometimes.
I was a woman writing at the early moment when small drops of worried resentment and noble rage were secretly, slowly building into the second wave of the women's movement. I didn't know my small-drop presence or usefulness in this accumulation.
Everyone, real or invented, deserves the open destiny of life.
I didn't write any fiction until I was past thirty.
I don't believe civilization can do a lot more than educate a person's senses.
I often see through things right to the apparition itself.
The word career is a divisive word. It's a word that divides the normal life from business or professional life.
You become a writer because you need to become a writer - nothing else.
You have to really understand how people speak, and you have to reconstruct it... Most pleasure in writing, you know, is in inventing.
A relationship with young people is very important to me. It's important to have a sense of what's going on in their world and not just in my own. So the opportunity teaching provides is a gift.
That's the trouble with stories. People start out fantastic. You think they're extraordinary, but it turns out as the work goes along, they're just average with a good education.