Be loved, be admired, be necessary, be somebody.

This is a post-dedication to the amazing female philosophers. One of them was Hypatia, the greatest philosopher of Alexandria. She was torn to pieces by a mob of incensed christians  not because she was a woman, but because her learning was so profound, her skills at dialectic so extensive that she reduced all who queried her to embarrassed silence. They could not argue with her, so they murdered her.

“Every artist is an unhappy lover. And unhappy lovers want to tell their story.” Iris Murdoch

“The trouble with human beings is not really that they love themselves too much; they ought to love themselves more. The trouble is simply that they don’t love others enough.” Mary Midgley

“I love to you” is more unusual than “I love you,” but respects the two more: I love to who you are, to what you do, without reducing you to an object of my love.” Luce Irigaray

“You can control any situation if you first control yourself.” Florence Scovel Shinn

“You ask a philosopher a question and after he or she has talked for a bit, you don’t understand your question any more.”  Philippa Foot

“It still amazes me that we insist on teaching algebra to all students when only about 20 percent will ever use it and fail to teach anything about parenting when the vast majority of our students will become parents.” Nel Noddings

“To catch a husband is an art; to hold him is a job.” Simone de Beauvoir 

“No man chooses evil because it is evil; he just mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks.” Mary Wollstonecraft

“The woman who goes to bed with a man must put off her modesty with her petticoat, and put it on again with the same.” Theano, 6th-century BC

“If we go down into ourselves, we find that we possess exactly what we desire.” Simone Weil

“Every sin is an attempt to fly from emptiness. ”  Simone Weil

“Male and female represent the two sides of the great radical dualism. But in fact they are perpetually passing into one another. Fluid hardens to solid, solid rushes to fluid. There is no wholly masculine man, no purely feminine woman… Nature provides exceptions to every rule.”  Margaret Fuller

“It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses, we must plant more roses.” George Eliot/or Mary Ann Evans/

“Thoughts of your mind have made you what you are and thoughts of your mind will make you what you become from this day forward. The forgiving state of mind is a magnetic power for attracting good.” Catherine Ponder

“Do not be afraid of your difficulties.Do not wish you could be in other circumstances than you are. For when you have made the best of an adversity, it becomes the stepping stone to a splendid opportunity.” Helena Petrovna Blavatsky

“There is an old saying: “No man is your enemy, no man is your friend, every man is your teacher.” Florence Scovel Shinn



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