As women have become better educated and more aware of their rights, the stereotype of female passivity is beginning to crumble.
The Economist, Factory Girls
I dread the thought that fate may cast me into some Godforsaken hole and make me play the part of a nobody in the world.
Nicolai Gogol, in a personal letter
George, My Best Friend’s Wedding
Tegan and Sara, I Was A Fool
For something of this longing will, like the blue of distance, only be relocated, not assuaged, by acquisition and arrival, just as the mountains cease to be blue when you arrive among them and the blue instead tints the next beyond. Somewhere in this is the mystery of why tragedies are more beautiful than comedies and why we take a huge pleasure in the sadness of certain songs and stories. Something is always far away.
Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino
Stephen Colbert, to Bill Clinton
Margaret Thatcher described Nelson Mandela as a “terrorist”. I was there. I saw her lips move. May she burn in the hellfires.
George Galloway, Respect Party MP
As a grocer’s daughter who rose to become Britain’s first female prime minister, she stands as an example to our daughters that there is no glass ceiling that can’t be shattered.
President Barack Obama, on Margaret Thatcher