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A collection of quotes by Rita Mae Brown on insanity, love, poetry, feminism, rights, respect, individuality, memories, procrastination, books, art and happiness.

75 Famous Quotes By Rita Mae Brown That Advise You To Follow Your Instincts

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Screenwriter, Poet, Polo player, Novelist, Autobiographer, Writer, Activist

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Rita Mae Brown is an illustrious American activist, feminist, and author. She has gained fame not only as a noted mystery writer but also as a screenwriter. Brown got involved in activism pretty early in life when she was expelled from the University of Florida, Gainesville, in 1964, for taking part in civil rights protests. She eventually went on to study at 'Broward Community College,' which did not segregate students on racial lines. Later, Brown studied at the 'New York University' and also acquired doctorates in political science and literature. Brown has been a prolific writer of poetry and novels, which have also been received well by people. Some of her best-known works include, ‘The Hand That Cradles the Rock,’ ‘Songs to a Handsome Woman,’  ‘In Her Day,’ ‘Southern Discomfort,’ ‘Venus Envy,’ ‘Rubyfruit Jungle,’ ‘Loose Lips’ and ‘Six of One’ among others. However, Brown is particularly renowned for the ‘Mrs. Murphy’ series of mysteries that was first published in 1990. She is also an articulate speaker and is vocal in expressing her thoughts on various social issues. We bring to you a treasure trove of quotes and sayings that have been excerpted from her novels, books, poems, interviews, speeches, thoughts and writings. Read on to explore a compilation of some of the motivational and quotes and thoughts by Rita Mae Brown.

The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four people is suffering from a mental illness. Look at your 3 best friends. If they're ok, then it's you.

- Rita Mae Brown

I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.

- Rita Mae Brown

Sorrow is how we learn to love. Your heart isn't breaking. It hurts because it's getting larger. The larger it gets, the more love it holds.

- Riding Shotgun, Rita Mae Brown

About all you can do in life is be who you are. Some people will love you for you. Most will love you for what you can do for them, and some won't like you at all.

- Rita Mae Brown

One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.

- Rita Mae Brown

Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.

- Alma Mater, Rita Mae Brown

When I got [my] library card, that was when my life began.

- Rita Mae Brown

The only queer people are those who don't love anybody.

- Rita Mae Brown

If it weren't for the last minute, nothing would get done.

- Rita Mae Brown

Loving's pretty easy. It's letting someone love you that's hard.

- Riding Shotgun, Rita Mae Brown

Women need to feel loved and men need to feel needed.

- Riding Shotgun, Rita Mae Brown

Lead me not into temptation; I can find the way myself.

- Rita Mae Brown

Unfortunately, Susan didn't remember what Jane Fulton once said, 'Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.

- Sudden Death, Rita Mae Brown

When God made man she was practicing.

- Cat on the Scent, Rita Mae Brown

I finally figured out the only reason to be alive is to enjoy it.

- Rita Mae Brown

Writers will happen in the best of families.

- Rita Mae Brown

A deadline is negative inspiration. Still, it's better than no inspiration at all.

- Rita Mae Brown

Happiness is pretty simple: someone to love, something to do, something to look forward to.

- Hiss of Death, Rita Mae Brown

He unzipped his pants and his brains fell out.

- Venus Envy, Rita Mae Brown

If the world were a logical place, men would ride side-saddle.

- Rita Mae Brown

Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts.

- Rita Mae Brown

Don't hope more than you're willing to work.

- Rita Mae Brown

He tried to drown his troubles but they knew how to swim.

- Rita Mae Brown

Any woman whose I.Q. hovers above her body temperature must be a feminist.

- Rita Mae Brown

If you're afraid to die, you're afraid to live. You can't have one without the other.

- Rita Mae Brown

Language exerts hidden power, like the moon on the tides.

- Rita Mae Brown

Every day you're alive and someone loves you is a miracle.

- Rita Mae Brown

Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work.

- Rita Mae Brown

It doesn't matter to me. We're still cousins in our own way. Blood's just something old people talk about to make you feel bad.

- Rubyfruit Jungle, Rita Mae Brown

I mean, what do people talk about when they're married?" "Their kids, I guess." "Maybe that's all they have in common.

- Rubyfruit Jungle, Rita Mae Brown

Normal is the average of deviance.

- Rita Mae Brown

Two wrongs don't make a right. No, but three will get you back on the freeway!

- Rita Mae Brown

Sex makes monkeys out of all of us. If you don’t give in to it, you wind up a cold, unfeeling bastard. If you do, you spend the rest of your life picking up the pieces. . . .

- Alma Mater/ Alma Mater, Rita Mae Brown

I think the reason I choose the comic approach so often is because it's harder, therefore affording me the opportunity to show off.

- Alma Mater, Rita Mae Brown

I hate the telephone. I think the lowest circle of hell is reserved for Alexander Graham Bell.

- Rita Mae Brown

The writer's job is not to write a novel, hold it up and say, “Here I am,” but to write a novel, hold it up and say, “Here YOU are.

- Rita Mae Brown

I believe that we often disguise pain through ritual and it may be the only solace we have.

- Rita Mae Brown

❝Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going.❞

- Rita Mae Brown

Oh well, maybe the only beauty left in cities is in the oil slicks on the road and maybe there isn't any beauty left in the people who live in these places.

- Rubyfruit Jungle, Rita Mae Brown

High heels were invented by a woman who had once been kissed on the forehead.

- Six of One, Rita Mae Brown

Whoever heard of a neurotic frog? Where do humans get off thinking they're the pinnacle of evolution?

- Rubyfruit Jungle, Rita Mae Brown

I still miss those I loved who are no longer with me but I find I am grateful for having loved them. The gratitude has finally conquered the loss.

- Rita Mae Brown

I believe in a lively disrespect for most forms of authority.

- Rita Mae Brown

Dean: Don't you find that somewhat of an aberration? Doesn't this disturb you my dear? After all, it's not normal. Molly: I know it's not normal for people in this world to be happy, and I'm happy.

- Rubyfruit Jungle, Rita Mae Brown

All this overt heterosexuality amused me. If only they knew.

- Rubyfruit Jungle, Rita Mae Brown

Put your money in your head, that way no one can take it from you.

- Six of One, Rita Mae Brown

No government has the right to tell its citizens when or whom to love. The only queer people are those who don't love anybody.

- Rita Mae Brown

I'd never seen men hold each other. I thought the only things they were allowed to do was shake hands or fight.

- Rubyfruit Jungle, Rita Mae Brown

Leroy bet me I couldn’t find a pot of gold at the end, and I told him that was a stupid bet because the rainbow was enough.

- Rubyfruit Jungle, Rita Mae Brown

My tombstone is going to say: 'Born: Yes. Died: Yes.

- Six of One, Rita Mae Brown

Do you think it's possible that love multiples? We're taught to think it divides. There's only so much to go around, like diamonds. It multiples.

- Six of One, Rita Mae Brown

Well, we're just All-American queers.

- Rubyfruit Jungle, Rita Mae Brown

I'm not an addictive personality, I just like getting high, that's all.

- Six of One, Rita Mae Brown

You have nothing to fear in life, not you, not anyone, because every bad thing you think can happen will- but not always in the form you imagine

- Venus Envy, Rita Mae Brown

I have changed my definition of tragedy. I now think tragedy is not foul deeds done to a person (usually noble in some manner) but rather that tragedy is irresolvable conflict.

- Alma Mater, Rita Mae Brown

Everybody gets married. It's something you have to do, like dying.

- Rubyfruit Jungle, Rita Mae Brown

You gay?” “Oh, I wouldn’t say I was gay. I’d just say I was enchanted.” “Me too.

- Rubyfruit Jungle, Rita Mae Brown

The tax code will never be simplified in our lifetime because it’s not about taxes; it’s about congressmen distributing the pork.

- Full Cry, Rita Mae Brown

Whenever a young thing wants to be free minus serious thought, she gets pregnant and then gets married. Voil!

- Six of One, Rita Mae Brown

Course I didn't want to be a doctor. I was going to be president only I kept it secret.

- Rubyfruit Jungle, Rita Mae Brown

Anyway, how did I know the president was for real? I never saw him, just pictures in the paper and they can make those up. How do you know someone is real if you don't see him?

- Rubyfruit Jungle, Rita Mae Brown

In school they told us the president was the best man in the whole country but I knew my father was the best man in the whole country; the country didn't know it, that's all.

- Rubyfruit Jungle, Rita Mae Brown

A peacefulness follows any decision, even the wrong one.

- Rita Mae Brown

You can't pee in front of little Lord Jesus, go back to the hills.

- Rubyfruit Jungle, Rita Mae Brown

Then you stay in that root cellar until Jesus comes back.

- Rubyfruit Jungle, Rita Mae Brown

I don’t care whether they like me or not. Everybody’s stupid, that’s what I think. I care if I like me, that’s what I truly care about.

- Rubyfruit Jungle, Rita Mae Brown

Because the real worship is not one man, one vote, it’s one man, one dollar. Commerce drives democracy, not vice versa.

- Full Cry, Rita Mae Brown

At least Jennifer was beyond being tormented by itchy dresses.

- Rubyfruit Jungle, Rita Mae Brown

No one is ever safe. So why not live as much as you can?

- Pay Dirt, Rita Mae Brown

Full bloom, the pastures turning an impossible emerald green, she

- Hiss of Death, Rita Mae Brown

Small log cabin once stood near the creek, but as the Jones family’s fortunes

- Rest in Pieces, Rita Mae Brown

They’re walking around in clothing but they’re still the same animals who lived in caves, feared the dark, and smashed one another over the head for beans.

- Catch as Cat Can, Rita Mae Brown

Given that 80 percent plus of the U.S. population lives in cities and suburbs, the connection with nature is fading to the detriment of all living creatures.

- Let Sleeping Dogs Lie: A Novel, Rita Mae Brown

PAST CLAWS AND EFFECT

- Whisker of Evil, Rita Mae Brown

He thought how strange life was. The certainties vanish. What takes their place is resourcefulness and thanking God for life.

- Tail Gait, Rita Mae Brown