Susan Griffin

Born: January 26, 1943

Occupation: Author

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Susan Griffin

Even in the grimmest of circumstances, a shift in perspective can create startling change.

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Susan Griffin

In the system of chivalry, men protect women against men. This is not unlike the protection relationship which [organized crime] established with small businesses in the early part of this century. Indeed,...

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Susan Griffin

To make love is to become like this infant again. We grope with our mouths toward the body of another being, whom we trust, who takes us in her arms. We rock together with this loved one. We move beyond...

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I love that moment in writing when language falls short. There is something more there. A larger body. Even by the failure of words I begin to detect its dimensions. As I work the prose, shift the verbs,...

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Before a secret is told, one can often feel the weight of it in the atmosphere.

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But still, the other voice, the intuitive, returns, like grass forcing its way through concrete.

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... This is the paradox of vision: Sharp perception softens our existence in the world.

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And if the professional rapist is to be separated from the average dominant heterosexual (male), it may be mainly a quantitative difference.

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I think artists can go to a level of vision that can often save us from a situation which seems to have no solution whatsoever.

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Each time I write, each time the authentic words break through, I am changed. The older order that I was collapses and dies. I lose control. I do not know exactly what words will appear on the page. I...

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The mind can forget what the body, defined by each breath, subject to the heart beating, does not.

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Although the many virtues that courtesans possessed were employed to defy circumstances, the role they played depended on the same circumstances over which they triumphed- conditions which to, fortunately...

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Susan Griffin

The hope you feel when you are in love is not necessarily for anything in particular. Love brings something inside you to life. Perhaps it is just the full dimensionality of your own capacity to feel that...

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Every important social movement reconfigures the world in the imagination. What was obscure comes forward, lies are revealed, memory shaken, new delineations drawn over the old maps: it is from this new...

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Poetry is a good medium for revolutionary hope.

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Is it a coincidence that stories from the private life became more popular just as the grand hope for public redemption through revolution was beginning to sour? I witnessed a similar shift in taste in...

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Susan Griffin

How many small decisions accumulate to form a habit? What a multitude of decisions, made by others, in other times, must shape our lives now.

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The hard surface of the stone is impervious to nothing in the end. The heat of the sun leaves evidence of daylight. Each drop of rain changes the form; even the wind and the air itself, invisible to our...

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Susan Griffin

In one sense I feel that my book is a one-woman argument against determinism.

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Each life reverberates in every other life. Whether or not we acknowledge it, we are connected, woven together in our needs and desires, rich and poor, men and women alike.

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A story is told as much by silence as by speech.

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There is always a time to make right what is wrong.

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Ordinary women attempt to change our bodies to resemble a pornographic ideal. Ordinary women construct a false self and come to hate this self.

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Susan Griffin

We are nature. We are nature seeing nature. The red-winged blackbird flies in us.

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