Where do you begin telling someone their world is not the only one?

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Every time a woman shares her compelling insight, it reinforces how necessary we are to the discussion.

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Tips for surviving the regime: respect yourself and speak for others.

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But gutless trolls who succeed in bullying some women into silence need to understand that for every one of us they stifle, half a dozen more, enraged by their contempt, are motivated to speak up to change the world.

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When words break through unspeakability, what was tolerated by a society becomes intolerable.

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My language is my awakening, my language is the window to my soul.

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What can be shown, cannot be said.

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When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.

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There is no subject so old that something new cannot be said about it.

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Inclusion means having a voice in one’s life.

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Our silence makes some estimate us as incapable, and soon we are left out of anything meaningful. Before I learned to read and write, people thought I had no mind.

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The trouble is that once you see it, you can’t unseen it. And once you’ve seen it, keeping quiet, saying nothing, becomes as political an act as speaking out. There’s no innocence. Either way, you’re accountable.

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There’s no voiceless, there’s only the deliberately silenced, you know, or the purposely unheard.

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The ripples we create just by speaking up are incalculable.

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A word after a word after a word is power.

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The thunder and the music of the prose take place in silence.

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My theory is that there is less indelicacy in speaking out your highest, deepest, tenderest emotions to the world at large, than to almost any individual. You may be mistaken in the individual; but you cannot be mistaken in thinking that, somewhere among your fellow-creatures, there is a heart that will receive yours into itself.

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Language is the only homeland.

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A voice is a human gift; it should be cherished and used, to utter fully human speech as possible. Powerlessn ess and silence go together.

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The beautiful word begets the beautiful deed.

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Every act of communication is an act of translation.

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If you become vocal, you will be deemed an extremist by many moderates.

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Say it loud, I'm black and I'm proud.

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If you can't talk about it, you can't change it. And today, the world over, the women are talking.

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Wise people speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.

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If you say things or do things of consequence, there may be consequences. But the alternative is to be inconsequential.

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What are the words you do not yet have? What do you need to say? What are the tyrannies you swallow day by day and attempt to make your own, until you will sicken and die of them, still in silence?

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Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But since no one was listening, everything must be said again.

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When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.

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Tell the truth through whichever veil comes to hand — but tell it.

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Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.

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The impulse to create begins — often terribly and fearfully — in a tunnel of silence.

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We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.

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Silence is also a form of speaking.

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So much of what we’re taught to do out there is to fill the silence with more talk.

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In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

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There’s really no such thing as the voiceless. There are only the deliberately silenced, or preferably unheard.

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And that's how it should be--the voice itself--the person herself, speaking. Someone once told me, Know your privilege. Trying.

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Sometimes it takes you a long time to sound like yourself.

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A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.

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Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed.

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I feel great about my voice — and about using it!

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Speak your mind even if your voice shakes.

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You have a grand gift for silence, Watson. It makes you quite invaluable as a companion.

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When I decided to speak, I had a lot to say.

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There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.

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And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.

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I think you learn about pictures in yourself… being true to things that you personally respond to… this is the only way you find your original voice, by following your own instinct.

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Words are a form of action, capable of infuencing change.

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I didn’t choose what happened to me but I did make a choice to speak out against violence. That’s how I view myself. Not as a victim but as a voice for change.

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