Rita Mae Brown quotes and sayings
November 28, 1944
Mother love is the most powerful, the most irrational force on earth, even more powerful than sexual love. However, one does lead to the other, so best not to spurn the former.
Knowing Latin and having two years of Attic Greek gave me the strong foundation upon which I've built a career. I think the classical training, more than anything, has provided me with longevity.
I'm sorry that our country and the people do not consider the arts as vital to our well-being as, say, medicine. Suffering is unnecessary. It doesn't make you a better artist; it only makes you a hungry one. However, to me the acquisition of the craft of writing was worth any amount of suffering.
Moral passion without entertainment is propaganda, and entertainment without moral passion is television.
I believe every change any word has undergone probably originated in ignorance.
Plot involves fragmentary reality, and it might involve composite reality. Fragmentary reality is the view of the individual. Composite reality is the community or state view. Fragmentary reality is always set against composite reality. Virginia Woolf did this by creating fragmentary monologues and for a while this was all the rage in literature. She was a genius. In the hands of the merely talented it came off like gibberish.
I believe in art that conceals art.
The price of dishonesty is self-destruction.
Money and writing appear to be mutually exclusive.
You sell a screenplay like you sell a car. If someone drives it off a cliff, that's it.
Creative people do not belong in the university because the process is antithetical to the analytical process so necessary for proper scholarship.
Writers are the moral purifiers of the culture. We may not be pure ourselves but we must tell the truth, which is a purifying act.
I think the reward for conformity is everyone likes you but yourself.
Lesbianism, politically organized, is the greatest threat that exists to male supremacy.
I write poetry. It comes naturally to me, but from a technical point of view it forces me to pay close attention to language and to scan.
Odd thing about death ... it reaffirms life.
So often the truth is told with hate, and lies are told with love.
When Mother died I was both freed and abandoned, as are we all at this profound juncture in our lives.
Alcohol is an allergy of the body and an obsession of the mind.
All decisions are made on insufficient evidence.
You're nothing in America if you don't have debt.
If it weren't for the last minute, nothing would get done.
In America sex is an obsession. In Europe it's a fact of life.
I believe you are your work. Don't trade the stuff of your life, time, for nothing more than dollars. That's a rotten bargain.
Art is moral passion married to entertainment. Moral passion without entertainment is propaganda, and entertainment without moral passion is television.
Two wrongs don't make a right. No, but three will get you back on the freeway!
Hollywood called just as I crested thirty. My novels did not and still do not interest them, but my writing ability did.
I have changed my definition of tragedy. I now think tragedy is not foul deeds done to a person but rather that tragedy is irresolvable conflict.
There hasn't been a day in my life since I started Latin in ninth grade that I haven't benefited by the lives of the ancients.
The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they're okay, then it's you.
Dean: Don't you find that somewhat of an aberration? Doesn't this disturb you my dear? After all, it's not normal. Molly: I know it's not normal for people in this world to be happy, and I'm happy.
Whoever heard of a neurotic frog? Where do humans get off thinking they're the pinnacle of evolution?
Sport strips away personality, letting the white bone of character shine through. Sport gives players an opportunity to know and test themselves. The great difference between sport and art is that sport, like a sonnet, forces beauty within its own system. Art, on the other hand, cyclically destroys boundaries and breaks free.
A life of reaction is a life of slavery, intellectually and spiritually. One must fight for a life of action, not reaction.
I believe all literature started as gossip.
It's a big jump from smart to motherwit.
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.
Don't ask to live in tranquil times. Literature doesn't grow there.
It doesn't matter to me. We're still cousins in our own way. Blood's just something old people talk about to make you feel bad.
Life matters more than any painting, novel, film, or great big diamond.
I don't think there is a 'gay lifestyle.' I think that's superficial crap, all that talk about gay culture. A couple of restaurants on Castro Street and a couple of magazines do not constitute culture. Michelangelo is culture. Virginia Woolf is culture. So let's don't confuse our terms. Wearing earrings is not culture.
I don't want to die. I think death is a greatly overrated experience.
Leroy bet me I couldn't find a pot of gold at the end, and I told him that was a stupid bet because the rainbow was enough.
Do not judge. Never presume to judge another human being anyway. That's up to heaven.
Cats and dogs believe politicians are like cemetery caregivers; they are on top of everyone, but nobody listens.
I do think women avoid power. Power assumes responsibility and accountability, and I think many, many women want to have it both ways.
A deadline is negative inspiration. Still, it's better than no inspiration at all.
In America the word revolutionary is used to sell pantyhose.
I'm not a person who worries too much about what I've done.
Every day you're alive and someone loves you is a miracle.
Not until my middle thirties did I consider myself a novelist.
funny how people want a return to the good ole days. Of coarse the good ole days of being a rich white plantation owner. Everyone seems to forget the poor white farmer.
I finally figured out the only reason to be alive is to enjoy it.
friendship is love made bearable.
One survey found that ten percent of Americans thought Joan of Arc was Noah's wife.
Tragedy massages the human ego even as comedy deflates it. ... Tragedy pits us against large foes and the trip wire is our own character. ... In comedy we fall afoul of one another. Comedy depends on social life, on our behavior in groups. In tragedy you can observe one human against the gods. In comedy it's one human versus other humans and often one man against her own worst impulses.
No one remembers her beginnings. Mothers and aunts tell us about infancy and early childhood, hoping we won't forget the past when they had total control over our lives and secretly praying that because of it, we'll include them in our future.
The owner of Mojo's was a suicide blonde, dyed by her own hand.
We all want to leave our children the Garden of Eden and we wind up giving them hardscrabble.
What's the point of prolonging your life if you don't enjoy it? It's your body. Do whatever you want with it. Better to wear out than rust over.
Oh well, maybe the only beauty left in cities is in the oil slicks on the road and maybe there isn't any beauty left in the people who live in these places.
I believe the true function of age is memory. I'm recording as fast as I can.
Whenever I doubt the existence of God or the Goddess, I look at horses. Only God could have made a horse.
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.
If Michaelangelo were a heterosexual, the Sistine Chapel would have been painted basic white and with a roller.
many lesbians were so far in the closet they were in danger of being mistaken for garment bags.
Familiarity breeds consent.
I used to think romantic love was a neurosis shared by two, a supreme foolishness. I no longer think that. There's nothing foolish in loving anyone. Thinking you'll be loved in return is what's foolish.
The reward for conformity is that everyone likes you but yourself.
Political elections are not life and death.
Never let money control you. I'd rather see someone spend every red cent and relish his/her life than scrimp, obsess, and pinch the pennies. There's something repugnant about a person who centers his life around money.
Death is a greatly overrated experience. I hated Mother's and I'm not looking forward to my own. Apart from the sorrow there are the bills to be paid. Nobody dies for free.
I think the reason I choose the comic approach so often is because it's harder, therefore affording me the opportunity to show off. Also, a comic vision is my natural world view, but I've grown up in spite of myself and I can pass the comic twist if it detracts from what the characters need. Yes, the life of a saint is hard.
The only merciful thing about drug abuse is the speed with which it devastates you. Alcoholics can take decades to destroy themselves and everyone they touch. The drug addict can accomplish this in a year or two. Of course, suicide is even more efficient.
Don't hope more than you're willing to work.
Where there is no faith, devils are a necessity.
An army of lovers shall not fail.
Why can't peace be a single overriding common purpose: why do we wait for a crisis to pull us together? Let's pull together for peace.
When God made man she was practicing.
I don't believe in straight or gay. I really don't. I think we're all degrees of bisexual.
I believe that we often disguise pain through ritual and it may be the only solace we have.
The human animal dances wildest on the edge of the grave.
Gossip is irresponsible communication. Irresponsible because it is at the expense of another person who is not there to defend herself. Irresponsible because it is not constructive: it helps no one, least of all the person being gossiped about.
Mothers have a habit of proving right except you don't find that out until you're the age your mother was when she gave you the advice.
Morals are private. Decency is public.
I've met many irresponsible people in my life but never an irresponsible cat.
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Laurell K. Hamilton
Julie Anne Peters
Roy Jones Jr.
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