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Love, love, love -- all the wretched cant of it, masking egotism, lust, masochism, fantasy under a mythology of sentimental postures, a welter of self-induced miseries and joys, blinding and masking the essential personalities in the frozen gestures of courtship, in the kissing and the dating and the desire, the compliments and the quarrels which vivify its barrenness.

GERMAINE GREER, The Female Eunuch

Perhaps catastrophe is the natural human environment, and even though we spend a good deal of energy trying to get away from it, we are programmed for survival amid catastrophe.

GERMAINE GREER, Sex and Destiny

The fear of freedom is strong in us. We call it chaos or anarchy, and the words are threatening. We live in a true chaos of contradicting authorities, an age of conformism without community, of proximity without communication. We could only fear chaos if we imagined that it was unknown to us, but in fact we know it very well.

GERMAINE GREER, intro, The Female Eunuch

The wedding is the chief ceremony of the middle-class mythology, and it functions as the official entré e of the spouses to their middle-class status. This is the real meaning of saving up to get married. The young couple struggles to set up an image of comfortable life which they will be forced to live up to in the years that follow.

GERMAINE GREER, The Female Eunuch

A library is a place where you can lose your innocence without losing your virginity.

GERMAINE GREER, attributed, The Sarcasm Handbook

Loneliness is never more cruel than when it is felt in close proximity with someone who has ceased to communicate.

GERMAINE GREER, The Female Eunuch


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