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Sons branch out, but one woman leads to another.
[Helping Other People]
 

The answers you get from literature depend upon the questions you pose.
[Literature]
 

The beginning of Canadian cultural nationalism was not 'Am I really that oppressed?' but 'Am I really that boring?'
 

The Eskimo has fifty-two names for snow because it is important to them; there ought to be as many for love.
[Happiness]
 

The story as told in The Odyssey doesn't hold water. There are too many inconsistencies.
 

The truly fearless think of themselves as normal.
 

Their mothers had finally caught up to them and been proven right. There were consequences after all but they were the consequences to things you didn't even know you'd done.
 

There are some women who seem to be born without fear, just as there are people who are born without the ability to feel pain. ... Providence appears to protect such women, maybe out of astonishment.
[Courage]
 

This above all, to refuse to be a victim.
 

Time is compressed like the fist I close on my knee ... I hold inside it the clues and solutions and the power for what I must do now.
[Happiness]
 

War is what happens when language fails.
 

We still think of a powerful man as a born leader and a powerful woman as an anomaly.
 

We thought we were running away from the grownups, and now we are the grownups.
 

You need a certain amount of nerve to be a writer.
 


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