Best Quotes by Mary Daly (Top 10)

  1. The word "˜sin' is derived from the Indo-European root "˜es-,' meaning "˜to be.' When I discovered this etymology, I intuitively understood that for a [person] trapped in patriarchy, which is the religion of the entire planet, "˜to be' in the fullest sense is "˜to sin'.
  2. I had explained that a woman's asking for equality in the church would be comparable to a black person's demanding equality in the Ku Klux Klan
  3. If God is male, then male is God. The divine patriarch castrates women as long as he is allowed to live on in the human imagination.
  4. God's plan' is often a front for men's plans and a cover for inadequacy, ignorance, and evil.
  5. There are and will be those who think I have gone overboard. Let them rest assured that this assessment is correct, probably beyond their wildest imagination, and that I will continue to do so.
  6. Why indeed must 'God' be a noun? Why not a verb - the most active and dynamic of all.
  7. Every woman who has come to consciousness can recall an almost endless series of oppressive, violating, insulting, assaulting acts against her Self. Every woman is battered by such assaults - is on a psychic level, a battered woman.
  8. Tokenism does not change stereotypes of social systems but works to preserve them, since it dulls the revolutionary impulse.
  9. Courage to be is the key to revelatory power of the feminist revolution.
  10. It is the creative potential itself in human beings that is the image of God.

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