Barbara Grizzuti Harrison Quotes

Barbara Grizzuti Harrison (September 14, 1934 — April 24, 2002) was an American journalist, essayist and memoirist. She is best known for her autobiographical work, particularly her account of growing up as one of Jehovah's Witnesses, and for her travel writing.

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Barbara Grizzuti Harrison


It's the perpetually unfinished quality of housework that makes it oppressive - it never ends, like bad psychoanalysis, or a dream interrupted. It is paradoxically true that it is exactly this daily re-creation of the world that lends housekeeping its nobility and romance.

Barbara Grizzuti Harrison


Nothing is more democratic, less judgmental, than water. Water doesn't care whether flesh is withered or fresh; it caresses aged flesh and firm flesh with equal love.

Barbara Grizzuti Harrison


Rome is all things high and low. It is like God, it accommodates so much.

Barbara Grizzuti Harrison


Persecution always acts as a jell for members of cults; it proves to them, in the absence of history, liturgy, tradition, and doctrine, that they are God's chosen.

Barbara Grizzuti Harrison


I love medieval cities; they do not clamor for attention; they possess their souls - their riches - in quiet; formal, courteous, they reveal themselves slowly, stone by stone, garden by garden; hidden treasures wait calmly to be loved and yield to introspective wandering.

Barbara Grizzuti Harrison


There is no way to take the danger out of human relationships.

Barbara Grizzuti Harrison


Porches are America's lost rooms.

Barbara Grizzuti Harrison


All acts performed in the world begin in the imagination.

Barbara Grizzuti Harrison


Italians do not regard food as merely fuel. They regard it as medicine for the soul, one of life's abiding pleasures.

Barbara Grizzuti Harrison


In memory Venice is always magic.

Barbara Grizzuti Harrison


Italians' relationship to food is loving, informal, and gay ...

Barbara Grizzuti Harrison


Italy offers one the most priceless of all one's possessions - one's own soul.

Barbara Grizzuti Harrison


If there is one lesson Rome teaches, it is that matter is good; in Rome the holy and the homely rise and converge.

Barbara Grizzuti Harrison


Our awesome responsibility to ourselves, to our children, and to the future is to create ourselves in the image of goodness, because the future depends on the nobility of our imaginings.

Barbara Grizzuti Harrison


True revolutionaries are like God - they create the world in their own image. Our awesome responsibility to ourselves, to our children, and to the future is to create ourselves in the image of goodness, because the future depends on the nobility of our imaginings.

Barbara Grizzuti Harrison