Rita Mae Brown Quotes

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Familiarity breeds consent.


Love is the wild card of existence.


Gossip is irresponsible communication.


Compromise is the work of mature people.


One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.
— Rita Mae Brown

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All decisions are based on insufficient evidence.
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Entertainment without moral passion is television.


Golf is an expensive way to make yourself miserable.


I think of birth as the search for a larger apartment.


A peacefulness follows any decision, even the wrong one.


Language exerts hidden power, like the moon on the tides.


You can't be truly rude until you understand good manners.


Alcohol is an allergy of the body and an obsession of the mind.


Divorce is the one human tragedy that reduces everything to cash.

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So often the truth is told with hate, and lies are told with love.
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Novels, like human beings, usually have their beginnings in the dark.


The only good thing ever done by a committee was the King James Version.
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Humor comes from self-confidence.  There's an aggressive element to wit.

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The process of writing, any form of creativity, is a power intensifying life.

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I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.
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I am a comic writer, which means I get to slay the dragons, and shoot the bull.
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The difference between genius and stupidity is that even genius has its limits.
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Sport strips away personality, letting the white bone of character shine through.


Good judgment comes from experience, and often experience comes from bad judgment.
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A deadline is negative inspiration.  Still, it's better than no inspiration at all.

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Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.


Guilt is a Jewish invention improved upon by Christians for the last two thousand years.


Never underestimate the power of self-absorption, including your parents' self-absorption.


I have always been suspicious of romantic love.  It looks too much like a narcissism shared by two.

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Language is the road of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going.
— Rita Mae Brown
Language is the road map of a culture.  It tells you where its people come from and where they are going.


Whenever I doubt the existence of God or the Goddess, I look at horses.  Only God could have made a horse.


I need my men friends. I learn something from them that I can't learn from women, namely, what it is like to be a man.
— Rita Mae Brown
Show me a writer, any writer, who hasn't suffered and I'll show you someone who writes in pastels as opposed to primary colors.


Sport strips away personality, letting the white bone of character shine through. Sport gives players an opportunity to know and test themselves.
— Rita Mae Brown


I still miss those I loved who are no longer with me but I find I am grateful for having loved them. The gratitude has finally conquered the loss.


Tennis, imprisoned within fixed boundaries, a patch of an acre, a green rectangle, tries the human soul.  A tennis court is like a coffin, only larger.


I no longer idolize reason. I have come to accept that ninety percent of what we do is irrational and that we spend what little rational thought we have in justifying our irrationality.

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I used to think that romantic love was a neurosis shared by two, a supreme foolishness.  I no longer thought that.  There's nothing foolish in loving anyone.  Thinking you'll be loved in return is what's foolish.
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