Gloria Steinem Quotes

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I can't mate in captivity.
— Gloria Steinem


Logic is in the eye of the logician.
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The dogma is that dogma is a mistake.


Empathy is the most revolutionary emotion.


Happy or unhappy, families are all mysterious.


A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.
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Some of us are becoming the men we want (wanted) to marry.
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We all need the support of few people who value us as individuals.
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It's true that voting isn't the most we can do—but it is the least.
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Most American children suffer too much mother and too little father.


In fact, women's total instinct for gambling is satisfied by marriage.
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Wherever I go, bookstores are still the closest thing to a town square.


Self-esteem isn't everything; it's just that there's nothing without it.


Laughter may be the only free emotion—the only emotion that can't be compelled.
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Dancing has been a way of lifting the human spirit since the beginning of time.


America is an enormous frosted cupcake in the middle of millions of starving people.
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I don't know if fury can compete with necessity as the mother of invention, but I recommend it.

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The need to treat ourselves as well as we treat others. It's women's version of the Golden Rule.

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Perhaps the worst thing about suffering is that it finally hardens the hearts of those around it.


What has the women's movement learned from Geraldine Ferraro's candidacy for vice president? Never get married.
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We've begun to raise daughters more like sons... but few have the courage to raise our sons more like daughters.
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God may be in the details, but the goddess is in the questions. Once we begin to ask them, there's no turning back.

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Erotica is as different from pornography as love is from rape, as dignity is from humiliation, as partnership is from slavery, as pleasure is from pain.
We're communal creatures, we can't do it all by ourselves... . We each need to find three or four or six or twelve people and meet with them once a week.
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Happy or unhappy, families are all mysterious. We have only to imagine how differently we would be described - and will be, after our deaths - by each of the family members who believe they know us.
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We were looking for a way to say, "We love and want to be responsible for each other."... Thanks to all those who worked hard to transform [marriage] from a tradition of patriarchy and possession into a partnership.
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We are so many selves ... the person we were last year, wanted to be yesterday, tried to become in one job or in one winter, in one love affair or even in one house where even now, we can close our eyes and smell the rooms.
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the self identity

Romance could be...seeing through someone else's eyes, feeling with their nerve endings, absorbing another culture or way of life from the inside, stretching your boundaries, and bringing into ourselves a wider view of the world.
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Someone once asked me why women don't gamble as much as men do and I gave the commonsensical reply that we don't have as much money. That was a true but incomplete answer. In fact, women's total instinct for gambling is satisfied by marriage.