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The Woman Warrior
QUOTATION: My job is my own only land.
QUOTATION: The Revolution put an end to prostitution by giving women
what they wanted: a job and a room of their own.
QUOTATION: The sweat of hard work is not to be displayed. It is much
more graceful to appear to be favored by the gods.
QUOTATION: The idioms for revenge are report a crime and
report to five families. The reporting is the vengeancenot
the beheading, not the gutting, but the words.
QUOTATION: ...Ive learned exactly who the enemy are. I easily recognize
thembusiness-suited in their modern American executive guise, each
boss two feet taller than I am and impossible to meet eye to eye.
QUOTATION: No husband of mine will say, I could have been a drummer,
but I had to think about the wife and kids. You know how it is.
Nobody supports me at the expense of his own adventure.
QUOTATION: To shut the door at the end of the workday, which does not
spill over into evening. To throw away books after reading them so they
dont have to be dusted. To go through boxes on New Years Eve
and throw out half of what is inside. Sometimes for extravagance to pick
a bunch of flowers for the one table. Other women besides me must have
this daydream about a carefree life.
QUOTATION: When we Chinese girls listened to the adults talk-story, we
learned that we failed if we grew up to be but wives or slaves. We could
be heroines, swordswomen. Even if she had to rage across all China, a
swordswoman got even with anybody who hurt her family. Perhaps women were
once so dangerous that they had to have their feet bound.
QUOTATION: I learned to make my mind large, as the universe is large,
so that there is room for paradoxes. Petals are bone marrow; pearls come
from oysters. The dragon lives in the sky, ocean, marshes, and mountains;
and the mountains are also its cranium. Its voice thunders and jingles
like copper pans. It breathes fire and water; and sometimes the dragon
is one, sometimes many.
QUOTATION: ...I am useless, one more girl who couldnt be sold.
When I visit the family now, I wrap my American successes around me like
a private shawl. I am worthy of eating the food. From afar I can believe
my family loves me fundamentally. They only say, When fishing for
treasures in the flood, be careful not to pull in girls, because
that is what one says about daughters. But I watched such words come out
of my own mothers and fathers mouths; I looked at their ink
drawing of poor people snagging their neighbors flotage with long
flood hooks and pushing the girl babies on down the river. And I had to
get out of hating range. I read in an anthropology book that Chinese say,
Girls are necessary too; I have never heard the Chinese I
know make this concession. Perhaps it was a saying in another village.