Laurel Thatcher Ulrich quotes

  • They're funny things, Accidents. You never have them till you're having them.

  • In every American there is an air of incorrigible innocence, which seems to conceal a diabolical cunning.

  • A man and his dog is a sacred relationship. What nature hath put together let no woman put asunder.

  • Books are totally useless unless you take their advice. If you just keep reading them, thinking "that's so insightful! that changes everything," but never actually doing anything different, then pretty quickly the feeling will wear off and you'll start searching for another book to fill the void.

  • Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable - a most sacred right - a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world.

  • Women are never so strong as after their defeat.

  • Strengthen me by sympathizing with my strength, not my weakness.

  • Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.

  • No woman is really an insider in the institutions fathered by masculine consciousness. When we allow ourselves to believe we are, we lose touch with parts of ourselves defined as unacceptable by that consciousness; with the vital toughness and visionary strength of the angry grandmothers, the fierce market women of the Ibo's Women's War, the marriage-resisting women silk workers of pre-Revolutionary China, the millions of widows, midwives, and the women healers tortured and burned as witches for three centuries in Europe.

  • Maturity: the confidence to have no opinions on many things.