— Jack Layton Leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada 1950 - 2011
On meeting Olivia Chow for the first time in 1985, May 2003.
„The little girl saw her first troop parade and asked,
"What are those?"
"What are soldiers?"
"They are for war. They fight and each tries to kill as many of the other side as he can."
The girl held still and studied.
"Do you know … I know something?"
"Yes, what is it you know?"
"Sometime they'll give a war and nobody will come."“
— Carl Sandburg American writer and editor 1878 - 1967
"The People, Yes" (1936)
„I know I’m also the girl who’s Chinese family doesn’t speak Chinese, and I’ve grown up watching Western philosophy movies teaching me that I should follow my heart and that I can do and be anything I desire. It almost feels like sometimes I’m too Asian, and then other times I’m not Asian enough. I don’t know... I’m not typical. I don’t fit the box. I’m just ME… Moments like these push me to grow and become better and all I can do is be the best me I can be and trust that what’s right for me will come along.“
— Nikki SooHoo American actress 1988
My Reflection in Mulan http://nikkisoohoo.com/blog/2016/11/7/my-reflection-in-mulan (November 7, 2016)
„Disco is the best floor show in town. It's very democratic, boys with boys, girls with girls, girls with boys, blacks and whites, capitalists and Marxists, Chinese and everything else, all in one big mix.“
— Truman Capote American author 1924 - 1984
Quoted in The London Review of Books http://www.lrb.co.uk/v22/n01/hasl02_.html (6 January 2000)
„Good girls don't hurt other people's feelings. Good girls are not overly aggressive, competitive, or boastful. Good girls please others. But what good girls are good for is another question.“
— Susan Jane Gilman, Kiss My Tiara: How to Rule the World as a SmartMouth Goddess
„And all the girls walk by
Dressed up for each other
And the boys do the boogie-woogie
On the corner of the street
And the people passin' by
Just stare in wild wonder
And the inside juke-box
Roars out just like thunder.“
— Van Morrison Northern Irish singer-songwriter and musician 1945
— Naomi Wolf American writer 1962
Context: The books and films they see survey from the young boy's point of view his first touch of a girl's thighs, his first glimpse of her breasts. The girls sit listening, absorbing, their familiar breasts estranged as if they were not part of their bodies, their thighs crossed self-consciously, learning how to leave their bodies and watch them from the outside. Since their bodies are seen from the point of view of strangeness and desire, it is no wonder that what should be familiar, felt to be whole, becomes estranged and divided into parts. What little girls learn is not the desire for the other, but the desire to be desired. Girls learn to watch their sex along with the boys; that takes up the space that should be devoted to finding out about what they are wanting, and reading and writing about it, seeking it and getting it. Chapter 5 : 'Sex', p. 157
„A girl phoned me the other day and said, 'Come on over. There's nobody home.' I went over. Nobody was home.“
— Rodney Dangerfield American actor and comedian 1921 - 2004