Adrienne Rich

«Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you; it means learning to respect and use your own brains and instincts; hence, grappling with hard work.»

Adrienne Rich


«Theory-the seeing of patterns, showing the forest as well as the trees»

Adrienne Rich


«We may feel bitterly how little our poems can do in the face of seemingly out of control technological power and seemingly limitless corporate greed, yet it has always been true that poetry can break isolation, show us to ourselves when we are outlawed or made invisible, remind us of beauty where no beauty seems possible, remind us kinship where all is represented as separation."»

Adrienne Rich


«There is no 'the truth,' 'a truth'--truth is not one thing, or even a system. It is an increasing complexity.»

Adrienne Rich


«There must be those among whom we can sit down and weep and still be counted as warriors.»

Adrienne Rich


«Love, our subject:»

Adrienne Rich


«No person, trying to take responsibility for her or his identity, should have to be so alone. There must be those among whom we can sit down and weep, and still be counted as warriors.»

Adrienne Rich


«To write as if your life depended on it; to write across the chalkboard, putting up there in public the words you have dredged; sieved up in dreams, from behind screen memories, out of silence-- words you have dreaded and needed in order to know you exist.»

Adrienne Rich


«I touch you knowing we weren't born tomorrow,»

Adrienne Rich


«Those who speak largely of the human condition are usually those most exempt from its oppressions - whether of sex, race, or servitude.»

Adrienne Rich


«Behind all art is an element of desire...Love of life, of existence, love of another human being, love of human beings is in some way behind all art — even the most angry, even the darkest, even the most grief-stricken, and even the most embittered art has that element somewhere behind it. Because how could you be so despairing, so embittered, if you had not had something you loved that you lost?»

Adrienne Rich


«Lying is done with words, and also with silence.»

Adrienne Rich


«I choose to love this time for once»

Adrienne Rich


«and I ask myself and you, which of our visions will claim us»

Adrienne Rich


«Women have been driven mad, "gaslighted," for centuries by the refutation of our experience and our instincts in a culture which validates only male experience. The truth of our bodies and our minds has been mystified to us. We therefore have a primary obligation to each other: not to undermine each others' sense of reality for the sake of expediency; not to gaslight each other.»

Adrienne Rich


«An honorable human relationship – that is, one in which two people have the right to use the word "love" – is a process, delicate, violent, often terrifying to both persons involved, a process of refining the truths they can tell each other.»

Adrienne Rich


«[Poetry] is the liquid voice that can wear through stone.»

Adrienne Rich


«In a world dominated by violent and passive-aggressive men, and by male institutions dispensing violence, it is extraordinary to note how often women are represented as the perpetrators of violence, most of all when we are simply fighting in self-defense or for our children, or when we collectively attempt to change the institutions that are making war on us and our children.»

Adrienne Rich


«I keep coming back to you in my head, but you couldn't know that, and I have no carbons»

Adrienne Rich


«No one’s fated or doomed to love anyone.»

Adrienne Rich


«if you unquestioningly accept one piece of the culture that despises and fears you, you are vulnerable to other pieces.»

Adrienne Rich


«Poetry is above all a concentration of the»

Adrienne Rich


«In all societies, women are in double jeopardy; on the one hand we are expected to conform to certain emotional standards in our relationships with others at the penalty of being declared insane; on the other, our political perceptions are labeled "irrational" and "hysterical.»

Adrienne Rich


«Feminism means finally that we renounce our obedience to the fathers and recognise that the world they have described is not the whole world. Masculine ideologies are the creation of masculine subjectivity; they are neither objective, nor value-free, nor inclusively "human." Feminism implies that we recognise for us, the distortion, of male-created ideologies, and that we proceed to think, and act, out of that recognition.»

Adrienne Rich