Phyllis Chesler Quotes (5 quotes)
“To those who think I am suggesting that we have a war between the sexes, I say: but we've always had one....”
Women and Madness (2005), p. 345, and Women and Madness (1972), p. 297.
“Women must begin to save themselves and their daughters before they save their husbands and their sons; before they save the whole world.”
Women and Madness (2005), pp. 348–349, and Women and Madness (1972), p. 301.
“Women... do not have to forsake the wisdom of the heart and become men. They need only transfer the primary force of their supportiveness to themselves and to each other—but never to the point of self-sacrifice.”
Women and Madness (2005), p. 348, and see Women and Madness (1972), p. 301 (similar text).
“Perhaps only some young women, perhaps only a minority of all women, will be able to effect such changes through consciousness alone, through the strength of understanding, which, if transformed into wisdom, always means the performance of necessary actions.”
Women and Madness (2005), p. 349, and see Women and Madness (1972), p. 302 (similar text).
“Most of the views that Spender attributes to me... are still my views. Some are not. For example,.... I am probably more of a feminist-anarchist than ever before; more mistrustful of the organisation of power into large bureaucratic states than I once was.”
Spender, Dale, For the Record: The Making and Meaning of Feminist Knowledge (London: The Women's Press, 1985, ISBN 0-7043-2862-3), p. 214.
“Do not rejoice in his defeat, you men. For though the world has stood up and stopped the bastard, the bitch that bore him is in heat again.”
Referring to Arturo Ui (representing Adolf Hitler), in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (1941)
“I am a kind of paranoid in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.”
―J. D. Salinger
Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters (1955)
“Absolute discretion is a ruthless master. It is more destructive of freedom than any of man's other inventions.”
―William O. Douglas
Dissenting, United States v. Wunderlich, 342 U.S. 98, 101 (1951).
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Born: October 1, 1940 (age 78)
Bio: Phyllis Chesler is an American writer, psychotherapist, and professor emerita of psychology and women's studies at the College of Staten Island.