Carolyn Heilbrun Quotes

Carolyn Gold Heilbrun (January 13, 1926 – October 9, 2003) was an American academic at Columbia University, the first woman to receive tenure in the English department, and a prolific feminist author of academic studies. In addition, beginning in the 1960s, she published numerous popular mystery novels with a woman protagonist, under the pen name of Amanda Cross. These have been translated into numerous languages and in total sold nearly one million copies worldwide.

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Carolyn Heilbrun


Ardent, intelligent, sweet, sensitive, cultivated, erudite. These are the adjectives of praise in an androgynous world. Those who consider them epithets of shame or folly ought not to be trusted with leadership, for they will be men hot for power and revenge, certain of right and wrong.

Carolyn Heilbrun

#Adjectives #Cultivated #Sensitive #Trusted


Quoting, like smoking, ... is a dirty habit to which I am devoted. But then ... I am a professor of English literature; it is an occupational hazard.

Carolyn Heilbrun

#Devoted


Why do long marriages occasionally endow their inhabitants with a rare kind of equilibrium otherwise almost unknown in human relations? My guess is that the value of the moment has at last overshadowed the long history of resentments, betrayals, and boredom.

Carolyn Heilbrun

#Equilibrium #Marriages #Occasionally


Professors of literature collect books the way a ship collects barnacles, without seeming effort.

Carolyn Heilbrun

#Effort #Professors


One hires lawyers as on hires plumbers, because one wants to keep one's hands off the beastly drains.

Carolyn Heilbrun

#On And Off


the term 'androgyny' ... defines a condition under which the characteristics of the sexes, and the human impulses expressed by men and women, are not rigidly assigned. Androgyny seeks to liberate the individual from the confines of the appropriate.

Carolyn Heilbrun

#Assigned #Characteristics #Confines #Defines #Impulses #Liberate


Androgyny suggests a spirit of reconciliation between the sexes ...

Carolyn Heilbrun

#Reconciliation #Spirit


Today's youth seem finally to have understood that only by freeing woman from her exclusively sexual role can man free himself from his ordained role in the rat-race: that of the rat.

Carolyn Heilbrun

#Exclusively #Rat


Ideas move fast when their time comes.

Carolyn Heilbrun

#Ideas #Move #Their #Time


one sank into the ancient sin of anomie when challenges failed.

Carolyn Heilbrun

#Ancient #Sin


Normal is absolutely my least favorite word.

Carolyn Heilbrun

#Least #My Favorite #Normal


Upon becoming fifty the one thing you can't afford is habit.

Carolyn Heilbrun

#Fifty #Habit


That is the point of quotations. One can use another's words to be insulting.

Carolyn Heilbrun

#Insulting #Point #Quotations


maturity ... is letting things happen.

Carolyn Heilbrun

#Things


“Ironically, women who acquire power are more likely to be criticized for it than are the men who have always had it.”

Carolyn Heilbrun

#Acquire #Criticized #Ironically #Likely #Men #Power #Women