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

Famous As: Writer
Born On: November 28, 1944
Born In: Hanover, Pennsylvania, United States
Age: 77 Years
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.

Rita Mae Brown
Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

Rita Mae Brown
Women need to feel loved and men need to feel needed.

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

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.

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

Rita Mae Brown
When God made man she was practicing.

When God made man she was practicing.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Rita Mae Brown
He unzipped his pants and his brains fell out.

He unzipped his pants and his brains fell out.

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

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

Rita Mae Brown
Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts.

Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

Rita Mae Brown
Language exerts hidden power, like the moon on the tides.

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

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

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.

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.

Rita Mae Brown
I mean, what do people talk about when they're married?

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

Rita Mae Brown
Normal is the average of deviance.

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!

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. . . .

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. . . .

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

❝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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

Rita Mae Brown
All this overt heterosexuality amused me. If only they knew.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rita Mae Brown
Well, we're just All-American queers.

Well, we're just All-American queers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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?

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.

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.

Rita Mae Brown
A peacefulness follows any decision, even the wrong one.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

Rita Mae Brown
At least Jennifer was beyond being tormented by itchy dresses.

At least Jennifer was beyond being tormented by itchy dresses.

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

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

Rita Mae Brown
Full bloom, the pastures turning an impossible emerald green, she

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rita Mae Brown
PAST CLAWS AND EFFECT

PAST CLAWS AND EFFECT

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

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

Rita Mae Brown