"Her beauty cannot be measured with standards of a colonized mind."
"The wealth accumulated by Europe and North America are largely based on riches taken from Asia, Africa and Latin America. Without the destruction of India’s rich textile industry, without the takeover of the spice trade, without the genocide of the native American tribes, without African slavery, the Industrial Revolution would not have resulted in new riches for Europe or North America. It was this violent takeover of Third World resources and markets that created wealth in the North and poverty in the South."
"Sir, we have, as far as possible closed every avenue by which light might enter their minds; we have only to go one step further — to extinguish their capacity to see the light, and our work would be completed; they would then be reduced to the level of the beasts of the field, and we should be safe."
"Sometimes it was hard to express how much you loved someone. You said the words, but you could never quite capture the depth of it. You could never quite hold someone tightly enough."
"Why are you stingy with yourselves? Why are you holding back? What are you saving for—for another time? There are no other times. There is only now. Right now."
My marriage has been impulsive. That marriage should have been short-lived instead of the 23 years it spammed.
"There is a moral panic in America over young women's sexuality - and it's misplaced. Girls 'going wild' aren't damaging a generation of women, the myth of sexual purity is.
" A good friend keeps your secrets for you. A best friend helps you keep your own secrets."
-Lauren Oliver (Before I fall)