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It galls me that seeking out the seedy, the sordid, the sexual, and the deviant is the expected (if not altogether acceptable) behavior of male writers; it would surely benefit me, as a writer, if I had the courage to seek out more of the seedy, the sordid, the sexual, and the deviant myself. But women who seek out such things are made to feel ashamed, or else they sound stridently ridiculous in defending themselves -- as if they're bragging. ... Yet there are subjects that remain off-limits for women writers. It's not unlike that dichotomy which exists regarding one's sexual past: it is permissible, even attractive, for a man to have had one, but if a woman has had a sexual past, she'd better keep quiet about it.


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WASHINGTON IRVING
A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials, heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity t...
WASHINGTON IRVING
The great British Library -- one of these sequestered pools of obsolete literature to which modern a...
WASHINGTON IRVING
The natural effect of sorrow over the dead is to refine and elevate the mind.
WASHINGTON IRVING
There is in every true woman's heart, a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad dayl...
WASHINGTON IRVING
A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity tak...
WASHINGTON IRVING
A tart temper never mellows with age; and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener wi...
WASHINGTON IRVING
A father may turn his back on his child, … . but a mother's love endures through all.
WASHINGTON IRVING
A beautiful print is a thing in itself, not just a halfway house on the way to the page.
IRVING PENN
Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions - it only guarantees equality of opportunity.
IRVING KRISTOL
The knowledge that makes us cherish innocence makes innocence unattainable.
IRVING HOWE
After you get what you want you don't want it.
IRVING BERLIN
Everybody ought to have a lower East Side in their life.
IRVING BERLIN
Robespierre, however, was not the type of leader finally destined to emerge from the Revolution.
IRVING BABBITT
The humanitarian lays stress almost solely upon breadth of knowledge and sympathy.
IRVING BABBITT
We must not, however, be like the leaders of the great romantic revolt who, in their eagerness to ge...
IRVING BABBITT
According to the new ethics, virtue is not restrictive but expansive, a sentiment and even an intoxi...
IRVING BABBITT
The humanities need to be defended today against the encroachments of physical science, as they once...
IRVING BABBITT
Since the traditional recorded-music business models have drastically changed, there is truly dimini...
IRVING AZOFF
There's nothing romantic about my work... I don't believe in inspiration. I believe that you...
IRVING STONE
Even if there is endless documentation, it would be impossible to know what a man thought inside his...
IRVING STONE
I am always at a loss at how much to believe of my own stories.
WASHINGTON IRVING
The easiest thing to do, whenever you fail, is to put yourself down by blaming your lack of ability ...
WASHINGTON IRVING
If poetry is like an orgasm, an academic can be likened to someone who studies the passion-stains on...
IRVING LAYTON
A woman's life is a history of the affections.
WASHINGTON IRVING
My eventual goal is to win a championship. And before I retire, I just want to win a championship. T...
KYRIE IRVING
Actors are not a great breed of people, I don't think. I count myself as something of an exception. ...
AMY IRVING
Talent is cheap; dedication is expensive. It will cost you your life.
IRVING STONE
I can do quick-twitch releases monthly.
BLAKE IRVING
That's a priority in the immediate term.
BLAKE IRVING
Canadians look down on the United States and consider it Hell. They are right to do so. Canada is to...
IRVING LAYTON
There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more elo...
WASHINGTON IRVING
It embarrasses me to think of all those years I was buying silk suits and alligator shoes that were ...
WASHINGTON IRVING
Ay, go to the grave of buried love and meditate! There settle the account with thy conscience for ev...
WASHINGTON IRVING
After all, it is the divinity within that makes the divinity without; and I have been more fascinate...
WASHINGTON IRVING
Christmas! 'Tis the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial fire of char...
WASHINGTON IRVING
Caramelized onions are rich and sweet. They don't have the bite that raw onions have.
IRVING SMITH
He is the true enchanter, whose spell operates, not upon the senses, but upon the imagination and th...
WASHINGTON IRVING
I acknowledge my guilt on this charge.
DAVID IRVING
Irving has for his own ideological reasons persistently and deliberately misrepresented and manipula...
DAVID IRVING
applaud uncontrolled colored immigration.
DAVID IRVING
More bridges and less walls. Cross over and let people in. Stop being selfish, hiding your feelings ...
NERISSA IRVING
Sleep with people because you want to have an orgasm or because you love them..not because you want ...
NERISSA IRVING
The Nazis did murder millions of Jews.
DAVID IRVING