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Gloria E. Anzaldúa Quotes

20 of the best book quotes from Gloria E. Anzaldúa
  1. #1
    “We are taught that the body is an ignorant animal intelligence dwells only in the head. But the body is smart. It does not discern between external stimuli and stimuli from the imagination. It reacts equally viscerally to events from the imagination as it does to real events.”
  2. #2
    “The struggle is inner: Chicano, indio, American Indian, mojado, mexicano, immigrant Latino, Anglo in power, working class Anglo, Black, Asian--our psyches resemble the bordertowns and are populated by the same people. The struggle has always been inner, and is played out in outer terrains.”
  3. #3
    “What we say and what we do ultimately comes back to us so let us own our responsibility, place it in our hands, and carry it with dignity and strength.”
  4. #4
    “Nothing happens in the ‘real’ world unless it first happens in the images in our heads”
  5. #5
    “Though we tremble before uncertain futures may we meet illness, death and adversity with strength may we dance in the face of our fears.”
  6. #6
    “I am an act of kneading, of uniting and joining that not only has produced both a creature of darkness and a creature of light, but also a creature that questions the definitions of light and dark and gives them new meanings.”
  1. #7
    “A woman who writes has power, and a woman with power is feared.”
  2. #8
    “I change myself, I change the world.”
  3. #9
    “By writing I put order in the world, give it a handle so I can grasp it.”
  4. #10
    “Living on borders and in margins, keeping intact one’s shifting and multiple identity and integrity, is like trying to swim in a new element, an “alien” element.”
  5. #11
    “All reaction is limited by, and dependant on, what it is reacting against.”
  6. #12
    “Like all people, we perceive the version of reality that our culture communicates. Like others having or living in more than one culture, we get multiple, often opposing messages. The coming together of two self-consistent but habitually incomparable frames of reference causes un choque, a cultural collision.”

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  1. #13
    “Awareness of our situation must come before inner changes, which in turn come before changes in society. Nothing happens in the “real” world unless it first happens in the images in our heads.”
  2. #14
    “The U.S-Mexican border es una herida abierta where the Third World grates against the first and bleeds. And before a scab forms it hemorrhages again, the lifeblood of two worlds merging to form a third country — a border culture.”
  3. #15
    “Nobody’s going to save you. No one’s going to cut you down, cut the thorns thick around you. No one’s going to storm the castle walls nor kiss awake your birth, climb down your hair, nor mount you onto the white steed. There is no one who will feed the yearning. Face it. You will have to do, do it yourself.”
  4. #16
    “I want the freedom to carve and chisel my own face, to staunch the bleeding with ashes, to fashion my own gods out of my entrails...”
  5. #17
    “In trying to become ‘objective,’ Western culture made ‘objects’ of things and people when it distanced itself from them, thereby losing ‘touch’ with them.”
  6. #18
    “Why am I compelled to write? Because the writing saves me from this complacency I fear. Because I have no choice.”
  7. #19
    “I am visible-see this Indian face-yet I am invisible. I both blind them with my beak nose and am their blind spot. But I exist, we exist. They’d like to think I have melted in the pot. But I haven’t. We haven’t.”
  8. #20
    “I can’t seem to stay out of my own way.”
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