No phallic hero, no matter what he does to himself or to another to prove his courage, ever matches the solitary, existential courage of the woman who gives birth.
(Andrea Dworkin (b. 1946), U.S. feminist critic. Speech, first delivered to Queens College, City University of New York, March 12, 1975. "The Sexual Politics of Fear and Courage," published in Our Blood, ch. 5 (1976).)
Men disappoint me so, I disappoint myself so, yet courage, patience, shuffle the cards ...
(Margaret Fuller (1810-1850), U.S. author, literary critic, journalist. letter, February 21, 1841, to Rev. W.H. Channing, quoted in Margaret Fuller Ossoli, p. 112, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Houghton, Mifflin and Co., Boston (1898).)