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Rita Mae Brown Quotes

The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they’re okay, then it’s you.
Rita Mae Brown
Best, Friends, Three

The reward for conformity is that everyone likes you but yourself.
Rita Mae Brown
Yourself, Everyone, Reward

Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.
Rita Mae Brown
Experience, Good, Bad

You can’t be truly rude until you understand good manners.
Rita Mae Brown
Good, Understand, Until

One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.
Rita Mae Brown
Happiness, Bad, Memory

Life is too short to be miserable.
Rita Mae Brown
Life, Short, Miserable

Language exerts hidden power, like the moon on the tides.
Rita Mae Brown
Power, Language, Moon

I became a lesbian because of women, because women are beautiful, strong, and compassionate.
Rita Mae Brown
Women, Beautiful, Strong

Humor comes from self-confidence.
Rita Mae Brown
Humor

Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work.
Rita Mae Brown
Work, Trust, Hope

Leroy bet me I couldn’t find a pot of gold at the end, and I told him that was a stupid bet because the rainbow was enough.
Rita Mae Brown
End, Enough, Stupid

Intuition is a suspension of logic due to impatience.
Rita Mae Brown
Intuition, Logic, Due

Every action is either strong or weak, and when every action is strong we are successful.
Rita Mae Brown
Strong, Successful, Action

About all you can do in life is be who you are. Some people will love you for you. Most will love you for what you can do for them, and some won’t like you at all.
Rita Mae Brown
Life, Love

Lead me not into temptation; I can find the way myself.
Rita Mae Brown
Lead, Temptation

Women who love women are Lesbians. Men, because they can only think of women in sexual terms, define Lesbian as sex between women.
Rita Mae Brown
Love, Men, Women

Divorce is the one human tragedy that reduces everything to cash.
Rita Mae Brown
Divorce, Tragedy, Cash

Morals are private. Decency is public.
Rita Mae Brown
Public, Private, Morals

A deadline is negative inspiration. Still, it’s better than no inspiration at all.
Rita Mae Brown
Negative, Deadline

I’ve met many irresponsible people in my life but never an irresponsible cat.
Rita Mae Brown
Life, Met, Cat

Art is moral passion married to entertainment. Moral passion without entertainment is propaganda, and entertainment without moral passion is television.
Rita Mae Brown
Art, Passion, Moral

A life of reaction is a life of slavery, intellectually and spiritually. One must fight for a life of action, not reaction.
Rita Mae Brown
Life, Fight, Action

Don’t ask to live in tranquil times. Literature doesn’t grow there.
Rita Mae Brown
Times, Ask, Grow

I finally figured out the only reason to be alive is to enjoy it.
Rita Mae Brown
Reason, Enjoy, Alive

A peacefulness follows any decision, even the wrong one.
Rita Mae Brown
Wrong, Decision, Follows

If you like my novels, I commend your good taste.
Rita Mae Brown
Good, Taste, Novels

Normal is the average of deviance.
Rita Mae Brown
Normal, Average

There are very few people who are creative and imaginative. Therefore, fiction is difficult for people to embrace.
Rita Mae Brown
Few, Difficult, Creative

Writers will happen in the best of families.
Rita Mae Brown
Best, Happen, Writers

If you don’t like my book, write your own. If you don’t think you can write a novel, that ought to tell you something. If you think you can, do. No excuses. If you still don’t like my novels, find a book you do like.
Rita Mae Brown
Tell, Book, Excuses

I have no idea what will come next in my writing life or life in general. I like not knowing, but I know what I want. That doesn’t mean it will happen, but I’ll give it my best try.
Rita Mae Brown
Life, Best, Mean

Virginia Woolf said that writers must be androgynous. I’ll go a step further. You must be bisexual.
Rita Mae Brown
Said, Step, Writers

If the world were a logical place, men would ride side saddle.
Rita Mae Brown
Men, Side, Logical

As a woman, I find it very embarrassing to be in a meeting and realize I’m the only one in the room with balls.
Rita Mae Brown
Woman, Realize, Room

The only queer people are those who don’t love anybody.
Rita Mae Brown
Love, Anybody, Queer

All creatures tread across the rubble of ruined civilizations. The trick is to keep moving. No animal ever goes about dispensing shallow compassion.
Rita Mae Brown
Keep, Moving, Goes

I believe you are your work. Don’t trade the stuff of your life, time, for nothing more than dollars. That’s a rotten bargain.
Rita Mae Brown
Life, Time, Work

Political elections are not life and death.
Rita Mae Brown
Life, Death, Political

There hasn’t been a day in my life since I started Latin in ninth grade that I haven’t benefited by the lives of the ancients.
Rita Mae Brown
Life, Lives, Since

No animal on the face of the earth could conceive of taxation. You and I work roughly six months a year to pay our local, state and federal taxes. If nothing else, this should convince you that animals are smarter than people.
Rita Mae Brown
Work, Year, Face

While cats can be infuriating, little old women in fur coats, they make me laugh. Of course, dogs, horses and my highly social chickens are dear to me, too.
Rita Mae Brown
Women, Old, While

I think the reason I choose the comic approach so often is because it’s harder, therefore affording me the opportunity to show off.
Rita Mae Brown
Often, Reason, Choose

Recognition of function always precedes recognition of being.
Rita Mae Brown
Function, Precedes

We animals live life in all its glorious uncertainty. Why do politicians think they can control events?
Rita Mae Brown
Life, Control, Animals

I don’t think you can ever assess your work. I don’t think Turgenev could assess his any more than I can assess mine, and his didn’t have a social impact as much as great literary impact.
Rita Mae Brown
Work, Great, Social

I believe in a lively disrespect for most forms of authority.
Rita Mae Brown
Disrespect, Authority, Forms

Education is a wonderful thing. If you couldn’t sign your name you’d have to pay cash.
Rita Mae Brown
Education, Wonderful, Name

Cats and dogs believe politicians are like cemetery caregivers; they are on top of everyone, but nobody listens.
Rita Mae Brown
Everyone, Nobody, Top

Moral passion without entertainment is propaganda, and entertainment without moral passion is television.
Rita Mae Brown
Passion, Moral, Television

You sell a screenplay like you sell a car. If someone drives it off a cliff, that’s it.
Rita Mae Brown
Car, Sell, Drives

I am a comic writer, which means I get to slay the dragons, and shoot the bull.
Rita Mae Brown
Means, Writer, Comic

I believe the true function of age is memory. I’m recording as fast as I can.
Rita Mae Brown
Age, True, Memory

I earned two Emmy nominations for writing, and two of the shows I had written were nominated for best in their category.
Rita Mae Brown
Best, Written, Shows

Not until my middle thirties did I consider myself a novelist.
Rita Mae Brown
Until, Consider, Middle

To love without role, without power plays, is revolution.
Rita Mae Brown
Love, Power, Revolution

Hollywood called just as I crested thirty. My novels did not and still do not interest them, but my writing ability did.
Rita Mae Brown
Ability, Interest, Hollywood

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