Susan Griffin Quotes

  1. Before a secret is told, one can often feel the weight of it in the atmosphere.
  2. In one sense I feel that my book is a one-woman argument against determinism.
  3. Just as the slave master required the slaves to imitate the image he had of them, so women, who live in a relatively powerless position, politically and economically, feel obliged by a kind of implicit force to live up to culture’s image of what is female.
  4. Gender is a way to hide from the simple truth we all tell: ‘Hey, I’m here, I have a body.’
  5. What is buried in the past of one generation falls to the next to claim.
  6. Masculinity is a terrible problem, as we construe it and shape it.
  7. Each life reverberates in every other life. Whether or not we acknowledge it, we are connected, woven together in our needs and desires, rich and poor, men and women alike.
  8. Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick.
  9. I grew up right near Hollywood, and I wanted to be a filmmaker.
  10. Society, like nature, is one body, really.
  11. I am not so different in my history of abandonment from anyone else after all. We have all been split away from the earth, each other, ourselves.
  12. Philosophy means nothing unless it is connected to birth, death, and the continuance of life. Anytime you are going to build a society that works, you have to begin from nature and the body.
  13. A story is told as much by silence as by speech.
  14. I think we actually punish children out of their relationship with their bodies… we categorically separate mind and body and emotion and intellect.

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