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“I believe in absolute freedom of expression.” ~ Taslima Nasrin

Reading quotes and views of activists or social reformers like Raja Ram Mohan Roy or the writer Taslima Nasrin and others has always been very motivating and inspiring. People who don’t possess crowd mentality but work, work towards the benefit of humanity and truth. I agree, they belong to older generations. 🙂 I’d love to share some of the quotes by Taslima Nasreen that pronounce her courage:
  1. When I write, I don’t allow the fear of consequence to interfere with the writing process. I have, in the past, paid for my commitment to the truth and the way I live my life. I am prepared to pay more, if I have to.
  2. Nature says women are human beings, men have made religions to deny it. Nature says woman are human beings, men cry out no!
  3. It is said that peace is the basic tenet of all religions. Yet, it is in the name of religion that there has been so much disturbance, bloodshed, and persecution. It is indeed a pity that even at the twentieth century we’ve had to witness such atrocities because of religion. Flying the flag of religion has always proved the easiest way to crush to nothingness of human beings as well as the spirit of humanity.
  4. I have been writing poetry since 1975. My first book was published in 1986.
  5. I believe that if the silent majority were to protest against those who believe in irrational blind faith, who want to go backwards instead of forwards, who are for tradition not innovation, who oppose individualism and plurality of thought – then the world would become a truly civilized world in which to live.
  6. I don’t agree with those who think that the conflict is simply between two religions, namely Christianity and Islam. To me, the key conflict is between irrational blind faith and rational logical minds.
  7. If any religion allows the persecution of the people of different faiths, if any religion keeps woman in slavery, if any religion keeps people in ignorance then I can’t accept that religion.
  8. In traditional societies we have a long legacy of men controlling the body and mind of women. Such societies have valorised motherhood and fabricated concepts like chastity. Woman have been the victims of these notions for thousands of years.
  9. Religion is now the first obstacle to woman’s advancement. Religion pulls human beings backwards, it goes against science and progressiveness. Religion engulfs people with a fear of supernatural. It bars people from laughing and never allows people to excercise their choice.
  10.  I have lectured at the U.N and travelled widely, giving lectures on human rights and gender inequalities in universities. But this is a life I do not wish to live. I want to be in battlefield where I can stand beside the oppressed and the poor.
  11.  Among all the ‘awards’ that I have hitherto collected, I consider the title of  ‘patita’ or ‘fallen woman’ to be the highest. This is an achievement of my long-struggling life as a writer and as a woman. ( This statement had been well received in India and world which only shows how she enjoyed writing against fundamentalists. )
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Posted in Collections, Poetry, Quotes

Creativity & Life

Life:

It’s the taste of like rich, slow-brewed coffee cascading off of the first glimmers of morning. The first breaths after of a day, metabolizing possibility into reality. It’s the smell of a deep salt breeze whisking through your lungs from over the bay; it sounds like car horns and city bustle of the East Village; it’s the feel of four-hundred eyes fixated upon you on stage; it’s the passing looks of the faces of one million strangers bobbing like a river as you walk down the street.

Life itself is a thing of artistry, and every facet of the journey should be treated as such. That’s how I work, how I create, and how I live.

Want to feel inside own creative life:

Free. Unencumbered and light, but grounded and rock-solid. Unshakable  Unapologetic. Like no one owns, restricts, forbids or denies any part of me and what I believe and what I choose to say, do, dare or dream. From that freedom, from that space, comes great responsibility. I want the responsibility of that freedom. I want others to have it, too. We have to trust one another to be self-determinant.

~ Dave Ursillo

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Foolery Quotes

Which one is you ? 😛

  1. Hain’t we got all the fools in town on our side? And hain’t that a big enough majority in any town?
  2. Compromise is a stalling between two fools.
  3. We fool ourselves so much we could do it for a living.
  4. A learned fool is more a fool than an ignorant fool.
  5. Always remember rumors are carried by haters, spread by fools, and accepted by idiots.
  6. The greatest fools are oftentimes more clever than the men who laugh at them.
  7. A man who trusts everyone is a fool and a man who trusts no one is a fool.
  8. We are all fools if we live long enough.
  9. The person who writes for fools is always sure of a large audience.
  10. Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain – and most fools do.But it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving.
  11. Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
  12. A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.
  13. A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.
  14. Doing something stupid sometimes is better than doing it all the time.
  15. Seeking approval for your wisdom is the truest sign of foolery.
  16. The first principal is that you must not fool yourself and…you are the easiest person to fool.
  17. Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.
  18. It is the peculiar quality of a fool to perceive the faults of others and forget his own.
  19. Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.
  20. Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make yourself a fool.
  21. Any fool can make a rule and any fool will mind it.
  22. Every fool can plainly read in your words what is the hour of your thoughts.
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Courage

There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.
~ Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

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A Good Poem

“A good poem says more than the sum of its words, leading the reader into the practice of understanding the great unsaid that is contained, framed in a poem’s rhythms, words, and silences.”

~ Hamill

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Believe in Dreams

“Like your dreams and your ambitions and the way you work so hard to achieve them, how they made you believe in yourself again and how they gave you a glimpse of magic.”

~ Rania Naim