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Tomorrow's Dreams

To the women whose words have inspired me along the way.
14/02/2019
Red Roses
“Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilised by education: they grow there, firm as weeds among stones.”

“Some of the best people that ever lived have been as destitute as I am; and if you are a Christian, you ought not to consider poverty a crime.”

Charlotte Bronte: Jane Eyre
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“Anne’s first glimpse of slaves had been on their arrival, walking from the quay as a group ‘returned from 7 or 8 miles distance, loaded each with two bundles of sticks slung across his bare shoulder’.

‘It made one sigh at first. The only comfort in looking at the weight of the bundles was that one of them only was for the master, the other was for the private benefit of the slave.’

“Of all Lady Anne Barnard’s accomplishments – as poet, hostess, traveller, artist and chronicler – her compassion in embracing the child of a husband’s infidelity was the least renowned. As her final act of defiance, it was also the most enduring.”

Stephen Taylor: Defiance – the Life and Choices of Lady Anne Barnard
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“So the book is not ‘anti-religion.’ It is against the use of religion as a front for tyranny; which is a different thing altogether.” “… and many have ruled behind a religious front. It makes the creation of heretics that much easier.”

“And many Dear Readers will become writers in their turn. That is how we writers all started: by reading. We heard the voice of a book speaking to us.”

Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid’s Tale
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“Had Iris really found that light, that sense of inner peace?” “And it seems that at some point disillusion set in… Towards the very end of her life, hoping that faith would help her through to death, which she feared, Iris felt religion to be as little comfort as anything else.”

Caroline Moorehead: Iris Origo - Marchesa of Val d’Orcia
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“There has been enough pain. It is time for reconciliation.”

Benazir Bhutto: Reconciliation
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“I felt miserable. When Keats felt miserable he always put on a clean shirt. But he was a poet.”

“No emotion is the final one.”

Jeanette Winterson: Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
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“Like myself, Bob is an exhibitionist and would sell his grandmother if the transaction would make a good story. Or rather, he wouldn’t bother to sell her; he would merely say he had done it and make a better story than the truth out of the old lady.”

Emily Hahn: China To Me
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“If it (footbinding) had been regarded only as a symbol of the suppression of women, mothers would not have been so enthusiastic in binding the feet of their young daughters. Actually footbinding was sexual in its nature throughout. Its origin was undoubtedly in the courts of licentious kings, its popularity with men based on the worship of women’s feet and shoes as a love fetish…"

Beverley Jackson: Splendid Slippers
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Portrait of My Lover as a Teapot

‘I’d like to have a lover like a teapot
that regularly plays the violin
with all the sweet indifference of dreams
to sleepy women in remote hotels.’

Selima Hill: Gloria - Selected Poems
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Source material and for more information - the Author's name precedes the Title: Defiance - p222 | The Handmaid's Tale - Intro pxviii | Iris Origo - p314 | China To Me - p106 | Splendid Slippers - p17 | Gloria - p258