Cherrie Moraga Quotes

Cherríe Lawrence Moraga (born September 25, 1952) is a Chicana writer, feminist activist, poet, essayist, and playwright. She is part of the faculty at Stanford University in the Department of Drama and Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. Her works explore the ways in which gender, sexuality and race intersect in the lives of women of color.

Read more about this author on Wikipedia

Cherrie Moraga


Oppression does not make for hearts as big as all outdoors. Oppression makes us big and small. Expressive and silenced. Deep and dead.

Cherrie Moraga


}

In 1984, I turned to theater in the hopes of finding a more direct form of communication between me and my people.

Cherrie Moraga


}

Third World feminism is about feeding people in all their hungers.

Cherrie Moraga


}

I am the daughter of a Chicana and anglo. I think most days I am an embarrassment to both groups. I sometimes hate the white in me so viciously that I long to forget the commitment my skin has imposed upon my life.

Cherrie Moraga


}

Remember you live in a community. You have a responsibility to be accountable to your family and your community as well as yourself.

Cherrie Moraga


}

A writer will write with or without a movement; but at the same time, for Chicano, lesbian, gay and feminist writers-anybody writing against the grain of Anglo misogynist culture-political movements are what have allowed our writing to surface from the secret places in our notebooks into the public sphere.

Cherrie Moraga


}

Spirituality which inspires activism and, similarly, politics which move the spirit - which draw from the deep-seated place of our greatest longings for freedom - give meaning to our lives.

Cherrie Moraga


}

Smell remembers and tells the future. ... Smell is home or loneliness. Confidence or betrayal. Smell remembers.

Cherrie Moraga


}

“Sometimes a breakdown can be the beginning of a kind of breakthrough, a way of living in advance through a trauma that prepares you for a future of radical transformation.”

Cherrie Moraga


}

we have let rhetoric do the job of poetry.

Cherrie Moraga


}

I am a woman with a foot in both worlds; and I refuse the split. I feel the necessity for dialogue. Sometimes I feel it urgently.

Cherrie Moraga


}

The nationalism I seek is one that decolonizes the brown and female body as it decolonizes the brown and female earth

Cherrie Moraga


}

But it is not really difference the oppressor fears so much as similarity.

Cherrie Moraga


}

The passage is through, not over, not by, not around but through.

Cherrie Moraga


}

When you are not physically starving, you have the luxury to realize psychic and emotional starvation.

Cherrie Moraga


}