„[T]he male…. tries to convince himself and women - he's succeeded best at convincing women - that the female function is to bear and raise children and relax, comfort and boost the egos of the male, that her function is such as to make her interchangeable with every other female. In actual fact, the female function is to relate, groove, love and be herself, irreplacable by anyone else; the male function is to produce sperm. We now have sperm banks.“
— Valerie Solanas American radical feminist and writer. Attempted to assassinate Andy Warhol. 1936 - 1988
p. 6 (hyphens (not en- or em-dashes); "the egos of the male" so in original & "irreplacable" so in original).
„Narcissism: when one grows too old to believe in one's uniqueness, one falls in love with one's complexity.“
— John Fowles British writer 1926 - 2005
Ch. 2, Games
„My function is to make whoever sees my films aware of his need to love and to give his love, and aware the beauty is summoning him.“
— Andrei Tarkovsky Soviet and Russian film-maker, writer, film editor, film theorist, theatre and opera director 1932 - 1986
— George MacDonald Scottish journalist, novelist 1824 - 1905
Context: I knew now, that it is by loving, and not by being loved, that one can come nearest the soul of another; yea, that, where two love, it is the loving of each other, and not the being loved by each other, that originates and perfects and assures their blessedness. I knew that love gives to him that loveth, power over any soul beloved, even if that soul know him not, bringing him inwardly close to that spirit; a power that cannot be but for good; for in proportion as selfishness intrudes, the love ceases, and the power which springs therefrom dies. Yet all love will, one day, meet with its return. All true love will, one day, behold its own image in the eyes of the beloved, and be humbly glad. This is possible in the realms of lofty Death.
— François de La Rochefoucauld French author of maxims and memoirs 1613 - 1680
— Buckminster Fuller American architect, systems theorist, author, designer, inventor and futurist 1895 - 1983
— Rainer Maria Rilke Austrian poet and writer 1875 - 1926
— Sophie Swetchine Russian salon-holder 1782 - 1857
Reported in, "Transform Your Life: 52 Brilliant Ideas for Becoming the Person You Want to Be" by Penny Ferguson, p. 167.