A collection of quotations by, about, and of interest to lesbians.
Natalie Clifford Barney, writer
When she lowers her eyes she seems to hold all
the beauty in the world between her eyelids; when she raises them I see
only myself in her gaze.
You can't type what a lesbian is. We're anything
and everything. The one thing in common is that we make love to other
women. So give up trying to limit us.
I was by chance spared the sight of Renée dying, then dead. She
carried off with her more than one secret, and beneath her purple veil,
Renée Vivien, the poet, led
away--her throat encircled with moonstones, beryls, aquamarines, and other
anemic gems--the immodest child, the excited little girl who taught me,
with unembarrassed competence: "There are fewer ways of making love than
they say, and more than one believes."
You're neither unnatural, nor abominable, nor mad; you're as much a part
of what people call nature as anyone else; only you're unexplained as
yet -- you've not got your niche in creation.
Why should I paint dead fish, onions, and beer glasses?
Girls who put out are tramps. Girls who don't are ladies. This is, however,
a rather archaic usage of the word. Should one of you boys happen upon
a girl who doesn't put out, do not jump to the conclusion that you have
found a lady. What you have probably found is a Lesbian.
Every woman I have ever loved has left her print upon me, where I loved
some invaluable piece of myself apart from me--so different that I had
to stretch and grow in order to recognize her. And in that growing, we
came to separation, that place where work begins.
Are there many things in this cool-hearted world so utterly exquisite
I have lived and slept in the same bed with English countesses and Prussian
farm women...no woman has excited passions among women more than I have.
Heterosexuality has been forcibly and subliminally
imposed on women.
There is nothing mixed up about a woman who loves
women, who wants to have sex with them, or who identifies as a lesbian.
It is society that is mixed up because it punishes people for not conforming
to its gender stereotypes.