Bathsheba loved Troy in the way that only self-reliant women do when they abandon their self-reliance. When a strong woman recklessly throws away her strength, she is worse than a weak woman who has never had any strength to throw away.
…it was easy to get an incomplete picture of the world if one relied solely on experts, and how important is would be to further rely on oneself
Independence is a complex word in a foreign tongue. To resist occupation, whether you’re a nation or merely a woman, you must understand the language of your enemy. Conquest and liberation and democrac and divorce are words that mean squat, basically, when you have hungry children and clothes to get out on the line and it looks like rain.
But we-‘ she glanced at him as if to ascertain his position, ‘we see each other only now and then-‘
‘Like lights in a storm-‘
‘In the midst of a hurricane,’ she concluded, as the window shook beneath the pressure of the wind.
When you streamline your schedule by making deliberate decisions about tasks and activities that are crucially important you and identify your most important priorities, you give yourself permission to make choices that excite and interest you. You also grant yourself permission to exercise your right to say, “No, thank you.
When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.
Being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions.
Buffy Summers: (to Spike) “I could NEVER be your girl!
I know about how you need to be left alone to do work. I know why. This job, you’ll be allowed to do that. You’ll report to me, but when you’re here, you’ll be working on tasks that I assign and that you’ll be able to do by yourself.
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You might give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.