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Rebecca Solnit Quotes

The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary - Work Quotes
You had me at hello - Love Quotes
The darkest nights produce the brightest stars - Motivational Quotes
Chocolate is the answer. Who cares what the question is - Funny Quotes
A girl doesn't need anyone who doesn't need her - Marilyn Monroe Quotes
I told you I'll be ready in FIVE minutes, stop calling me every half hour - Funny Quotes
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results - Albert Einstein Quotes
When I first saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew - William Shakespeare Quotes
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The process of transformation consists mostly of decay  (Rebecca Solnit Quotes) Walking... is how the body measures itself against the earth  (Rebecca Solnit Quotes) We have only the language for fun and miserable, and maybe we need language for deep and shallow, meaningful and meaningless  (Rebecca Solnit Quotes) There are disasters that are entirely manmade, but none that are entirely natural  (Rebecca Solnit Quotes) It’s all about a war of social impulses and beliefs that is as powerful in its way as a big hurricane  (Rebecca Solnit Quotes) I’m a big fan of the vigor of civil society, political engagement, and public life in many parts of Latin America  (Rebecca Solnit Quotes) A contrarian at heart, I am often guided by what I disagree with and don’t want  (Rebecca Solnit Quotes) I was not going to surrender to the status quo and corporate insistence that ordinary people have no power and influence  (Rebecca Solnit Quotes) The power of large corporations is still a scourge on the earth, but at least the arguments supporting them are undermined  (Rebecca Solnit Quotes) I roam around a lot in my territory, but what I learn at one end inflects and opens up my understanding at the other  (Rebecca Solnit Quotes) I’ve been gratified to see over the twenty or so years of my writing life the West become less of a colony of the East; maybe new technologies and too much travel undermine the idea of provinciality  (Rebecca Solnit Quotes) They are all beasts of burden in a sense, ‘ Thoreau once remarked of animals, ‘made to carry some portion of our thoughts.’ Animals are the old language of the imagination; one of the ten thousand tragedies of their disappearance would be a silencing of this speech  (Rebecca Solnit Quotes) For [Jane Austen and the readers of Pride and Prejudice], as for Mr. Darcy, [Elizabeth Bennett’s] solitary walks express the independence that literally takes the heroine out of the social sphere of the houses and their inhabitants, into a larger, lonelier world where she is free to think: walking articulates both physical and mental freedom  (Rebecca Solnit Quotes) Cities have always offered anonymity, variety, and conjunction, qualities best basked in by walking: one does not have to go into the bakery or the fortune-teller’s, only to know that one might. A city always contains more than any inhabitant can know, and a great city always makes the unknown and the possible spurs to the imagination  (Rebecca Solnit Quotes) Perhaps walking is best imagined as an ‘indicator species,’ to use an ecologist’s term. An indicator species signifies the health of an ecosystem, and its endangerment or diminishment can be an early warning sign of systemic trouble. Walking is an indicator species for various kinds of freedom and pleasures: free time, free and alluring space, and unhindered bodies  (Rebecca Solnit Quotes) Places matter. Their rules, their scale, their design include or exclude civil society, pedestrianism, equality, diversity (economic and otherwise), understanding of where water comes from and garbage goes, consumption or conservation. They map our lives  (Rebecca Solnit Quotes) I think one of the primary goals of a feminist landscape architecture would be to work toward a public landscape in which we can roam the streets at midnight, in which every square is available for Virginia Woolf to make up her novels  (Rebecca Solnit Quotes) The present rearranges the past. We never tell the story whole because a life isn’t a story; it’s a whole Milky Way of events and we are forever picking out constellations from it to fit who and where we are  (Rebecca Solnit Quotes) The fight for free space-for wilderness and for public space-must be accompanied by a fight for free time to spend wandering in that space. Otherwise the individual imagination will be bulldozed over for the chain-store outlets of consumer appetite, true-crime titillations, and celebrity crises  (Rebecca Solnit Quotes) Thinking is generally thought of as doing nothing in a production-oriented society, and doing nothing is hard to do. It’s best done by disguising it as doing something, and the something closest to doing nothing is walking  (Rebecca Solnit Quotes) The oil dinosaurs want to win so badly in my home state because what happens here matters everywhere. The nation often follows where California goes  (Rebecca Solnit Quotes) As I started to pursue the subject more deeply I realized that walking was this wonderful meandering path through everything I was already interested in - gender politics, public space and urban life, demonstrations and parades and marches. The relationship between walking and thinking and between the mind and the body  (Rebecca Solnit Quotes) Everywhere people are at work to build a better world in which we - and some of the beauty of this world - will be guaranteed to survive. Everywhere they are at war with the forces threatening us and the planet  (Rebecca Solnit Quotes) At a certain fork in the road of automatization, Europeans chose to have more time, and they work far less than we do and get much longer vacations. We chose to have more stuff, the stuff sold to us through those beckoning adjectives-bigger, better, faster: Jet Skis, extra cars, second homes, motor homes, towering slab TVs, if not the time to enjoy them or to enjoy less commodified pleasures  (Rebecca Solnit Quotes) What gets called ‘the sixties’ left a mixed legacy and a lot of divides. But it opened everything to question, and what seems the most fundamental and most pervasive in all the ensuing changes is the loss of faith in authority: the authority of government, of science, of patriarchy, of progress, of capitalism, of violence, of whiteness  (Rebecca Solnit Quotes) It’s not that bad things never happen. But there’s a pattern in which most people are calm, resourceful, altruistic, and they improvise emergency systems that work really well - whether it’s getting the babies out of a collapsed hospital or putting together a community kitchen to feed everybody for the next few months.  (Rebecca Solnit Quotes) Revolution is as unpredictable as an earthquake and as beautiful as spring. Its coming is always a surprise, but its nature should not be.  (Rebecca Solnit Quotes) The exercise of democracy begins as exercise, as walking around, becoming familiar with the streets, comfortable with strangers, able to imagine your own body as powerful and expressive rather than a pawn.  (Rebecca Solnit Quotes) No one is born a writer; literacy is a peculiar mode of being, but I was all about stories from a very early age, before reading.  (Rebecca Solnit Quotes) I’m grateful that, after an early life of being silenced, sometimes violently, I grew up to have a voice, circumstances that will always bind me to the rights of the voiceless.  (Rebecca Solnit Quotes)
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