"What people feel comfortable saying in public is an interesting test of what our society is willing to tolerate."
- Alyssa Rosenberg, The Racist Reaction to the New Miss America, and How To Make Public Shaming More Effective
"The active practice of loving myself exactly as I am is radical self love. It is loving all 311 pounds of my glorious body out loud in public. It is engaging, challenging and dismantling the story that I am lacking desirability because of the size of my body. Doing this work in community with people who not only helped create that belief, but with the people who have spent years loving me as my most powerful self, feels revolutionary. My hope is that this project serves as an invitation for everyone to investigate their perceptions of beauty, in themselves and others. Most importantly, spending two hours a day for 30 days invested In seeing the parts of my body that have been made invisible and shamed as actually beautiful has made it possible for me to see others in full visibility and love. I am whole, perfect, and complete exactly as I am and exactly as I am not which is to say: I am absolutely beautiful and so are you."
- Denise Jolly in Be Beautiful
"Have decided that humans are easily trained and make quite good pets."
- The Wombat from Jackie French’s “Diary of a Wombat”
"Truth walks toward us on the paths of our questions…as soon as you think you have the answer, you have closed the path and may miss vital new information. Wait awhile in the stillness, and do not rush to conclusions, no matter how uncomfortable the unknowing."
- Maurice Blanche, from the novel “Maisie Dobbs” by Jacqueline Winspear
"Dominant systems maintain and reproduce themselves because the dominant group is rarely challenged to think of its dominance. One of the characteristics of power and privilege is the ability to go unexamined…lacking introspection, and in fact, being rendered invisible in the discourse about issues that are primarily about them. […] men are erased from the conversation […] even how our language is structured conspires to keep our attention off men."
- Jackson Katz in his TEDTalk
"If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door."
- Milton Berle
"For every word intended to render us deaf to one another, there is always a lyric connecting ears and hearts across the continents in rhyme."
- Sarah Jones
"The world is a comedy to those that think; a tragedy to those that feel."
- Horace Walpole
"What you should not do, I think, is worry about the opinion of anyone beyond your friends. You shouldn’t worry about prestige. Prestige is the opinion of the rest of the world. […] Prestige is like a powerful magnet that warps even your beliefs about what you enjoy. It causes you to work not on what you like, but what you’d like to like."
- Paul Graham