Best Quotes by Joanna Russ (Top 10)

  1. As my mother once said: The boys throw stones at the frog in jest. But the frogs die in earnest.
  2. Long before I became a feminist in any explicit way, I had turned from writing love stories about women in which women were losers, and adventure stories about men in which the men were winners, to writing adventure stories about a woman in which the woman won. It was one of the hardest things I ever did in my life.
  3. I'm not a girl. I'm a genius.
  4. There are plenty of images of women in science fiction. There are hardly any women.
  5. I didn't and don't want to be a "˜feminine' version or a diluted version or a special version or a subsidiary version or an ancillary version, or an adapted version of the heroes I admire. I want to be the heroes themselves.
  6. Leaning her silly, beautiful, drunken head on my shoulder, she said, "Oh, Esther, I don't want to be a feminist. I don't enjoy it. It's no fun." "I know," I said. "I don't either." People think you decide to be a "radical," for God's sake, like deciding to be a librarian or a ship's chandler. You "make up your mind," you "commit yourself" (sounds like a mental hospital, doesn't it?). I said Don't worry, we could be buried together and have engraved on our tombstone the awful truth, which some day somebody will understand: WE WUZ PUSHED.
  7. Ignorance is not bad faith. But persistence in ignorance is.
  8. ....thinking you are attacking society when you condemn or ravage the hypothetical Nice Girl Next Door is the exact equivalent of thinking that stealing from the local supermarket makes you a Communist.
  9. Minority art, vernacular art, is marginal art. Only on the margins does growth occur.
  10. You can't imbibe someone's success by f*cking them.

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