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It is through the ghost [writer] that the great gift of knowledge which the inarticulate have for the world can be made available. — Elizabeth Janeway

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We haven't come a long way, we've come a short way. If we hadn't come a short way, no one would be calling us baby. — Elizabeth Janeway

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If history is really relevant in today's world, the proposition doesn't command much respect. Perhaps the past is a different country, but if so no one much wants to travel there. — Elizabeth Janeway

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Television. It has changed the way that we perceive the world out there, and though we know that - have indeed been bombarded with analyses on the consequences for society, for the family, and for individual psychology - I don't believe that we have yet begun to appreciate the reach of its subliminal effects, of what we might call 'the slow viruses.' They not only get into our ways of seeing, they pervade the ways in which we weave our perceptions together into patterns that support and explain our thinking and our doing and both direct and hinder various kinds of relationships. — Elizabeth Janeway

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We put up with a lot to be saved from chaos. We always have. — Elizabeth Janeway

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Though we do not have many poets, we certainly have more than we deserve, for we deserve none at all. It is ourselves that we are hurting by our stupidity and ignorance of poetry ... — Elizabeth Janeway

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I am not sure how many "sins" I would recognize in the world. Some would surely be defused by changed circumstances. But I can imagine none that is more irredeemably sinful than the betrayal, the exploitation, of the young by those who should care for them. — Elizabeth Janeway

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The surprise of animals ... in and out, cats and dogs and a milk goat and chickens and guinea hens, all taken for granted, as if man was intended to live on terms of friendly intercourse with the rest of creation instead of huddling in isolation on the fourteenth floor of an apartment house in a city where animals occurred behind bars in the zoo. — Elizabeth Janeway

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By setting the passenger seat of my car far back, and opening the glove compartment, I nestle in a very large sheet of thick fiberboard. It's big enough to hold a table easel, my big palette and a water container. Winter is not going to lock me indoors! — Elizabeth Janeway

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If one is going to change things, one has to make a fuss and catch the eye of the world. — Elizabeth Janeway

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Mythology is like gravity, inconvenient at times, but necessary for cohesion. — Elizabeth Janeway

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We expect definitions to tell us not only what is, but what to do about it; to show us how the world fits together and how its different parts connect and work ... A label is the first step toward action. — Elizabeth Janeway

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Great writers leave us not just their works, but a way of looking at things. — Elizabeth Janeway

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The Goddamn human race deserves itself, and as far as I'm concerned it can have it. — Elizabeth Janeway

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I admire people who are suited to the contemplative life. They can sit inside themselves like honey in a jar and just be. It's wonderful to have someone like that around, you always feel you can count on them. You can go away and come back, you can change your mind and your hairdo and your politics, and when you get through doing all these upsetting things, you look around and there they are, just the way they were, just being. — Elizabeth Janeway

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Myth, legend, and ritual ... function to maintain a status quo. That makes them singularly bad in coping with change, indeed counterproductive, for change is the enemy of myth. — Elizabeth Janeway

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Powerful people get away with things. That's one way to demonstrate their difference from the rest of us. — Elizabeth Janeway

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What society requires from art ... is that it function as an early warning system. — Elizabeth Janeway

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Power is not a thing to be owned. But if you believe that it is such a thing, losing it becomes a possibility to fear. That fear, I think, is one reason for the dark projections of a catastrophic future that are so widespread, in our dual society. The present powerful, being committed to polarization, expect that any new deal will overturn the one that set them in authority; that the last shall be first and the first last, role reversal everywhere, men as slaves, women as masters, in a revolution of contradiction. — Elizabeth Janeway

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Mistrust must be acted on, and effective action by the ruled is not solitary and singular, but joint and repeated. — Elizabeth Janeway

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Poets are the leaven in the lump of civilization. — Elizabeth Janeway

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Like their personal lives, women's history is fragmented, interrupted; a shadow history of human beings whose existence has been shaped by the efforts and the demands of others. — Elizabeth Janeway

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Growing up human is uniquely a matter of social relations rather than biology. What we learn from connections within the family takes the place of instincts that program the behavior of animals; which raises the question, how good are these connections? — Elizabeth Janeway

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Humor is an antidote to isolation. — Elizabeth Janeway

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If every nation gets the government it deserves, every generation writes the history which corresponds with its view of the world. — Elizabeth Janeway

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Reaction isn't action - that is, it isn't truly creative. — Elizabeth Janeway

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How can you communicate your thoughts or demonstrate your hypotheses by conventional means when all the values and standards that you want to challenge are built into those means? Science and new technology today like to declare that they encourage 'lateral thinking,' new ways of seeing and putting data together - but all systems have an inbuilt resistance to what has not been programmed into them through the premises on which their rules are based. — Elizabeth Janeway

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The common impulse is not to sustain a marriage by finding satisfaction elsewhere, but to end the marriage and set up a new one which will provide the comfort lacking in the first. — Elizabeth Janeway

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Those who despair of life are not long for it. — Elizabeth Janeway

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As long as mixed grills and combination salads are popular, anthologies will undoubtedly continue in favor. — Elizabeth Janeway

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Few cultures have not produced the idea that in some past era the world ran better than it does now. — Elizabeth Janeway

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Whatever class and race divergences exist, top cats are tom cats. — Elizabeth Janeway

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If there's nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come, there is nothing more ubiquitously pervasive than an idea whose time won't go. — Elizabeth Janeway

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Art is a framework, a kind of living trellis, on which public dreaming can shape itself ... — Elizabeth Janeway

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The idea of power as a possession, whose asset can be banked and drawn on when needed, comes easy to a society whose rules grow out of the methods of finance capitalism. — Elizabeth Janeway

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Man's world' and 'woman's place' have confronted each other since Scylla first faced Charybdis ... if women have only a place, clearly the rest of the world must belong to someone else and, therefore, in default of God, to men. — Elizabeth Janeway

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Creeds and causal systems have argued with each other for millennia, and even so we and our ancestors have managed to live in a world of differing opinions. Philosophical disputes don't often affect the price of fish or wine. — Elizabeth Janeway

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Love between women is seen as a paradigm of love between equals, and that is perhaps its greatest attraction. — Elizabeth Janeway

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I have a problem about being nearly sixty: I keep waking up in the morning and thinking I'm thirty-one. — Elizabeth Janeway

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We are in a double bind. We are expected to feel inferior not only as women, but because we are old. — Elizabeth Janeway

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The greatest barrier to women's advance in the public world of action has been their acquiescence in the idea that they don't belong out there. — Elizabeth Janeway

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A problem that presents itself as a dilemma carries an unfortunate prescription: to argue instead of act. — Elizabeth Janeway

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Unless I am what I am and feel what I feel - as hard as I can and as honestly and truly as I can - then I am nothing. Let me feel guilty ... don't try to educate me ... don't protect me. — Elizabeth Janeway

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Can one consider controversy without falling into it? — Elizabeth Janeway

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Sex cannot be contained within a definition of physical pleasure, it cannot be understood as merely itself for it has stood for too long as a profound connection between human beings. — Elizabeth Janeway

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Individual advances turn into social change when enough of them occur ... — Elizabeth Janeway

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We don't get offered crises, they arrive. — Elizabeth Janeway

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Today, what most people live in, or with, is the less-than-nuclear family. Working fathers are absent from home during most of the day, the children are schooled outside it, and practically all women who work for money must go outside to earn their living. — Elizabeth Janeway

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The maxims for success laid out by the powerful are never much good as guides for those who aren't powerful. — Elizabeth Janeway

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This is the power of the powerful to define, to structure, to say, 'This is the way the world works.' It's enormous power. Among the powers of the weak, I think the first one is the power not to believe the powerful. — Elizabeth Janeway

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We older women who know we aren't heroines can offer our younger sisters, at the very least, an honest report of what we have learned and how we have grown. — Elizabeth Janeway