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  • Writer's pictureGina Greenlee, Author

Gloria Steinem Reader



Quotes from Revolution from Within: A Book of Self Esteem by Gloria Steinem


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True Self

The point of the journey is not just the healing. It’s also recovering the truest, spontaneous, joyful, and creative core of ourselves.











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The idea of intrinsic worth is so dangerous to authoritarian systems that it is condemned as self-indulgent, selfish, egocentric, godless, counter-revolutionary and any other epithet that puts the individual in the wrong.


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There seems to be a law of intentionality: change is undertaken to please others do that but no more; changes undertaken to please ourselves, do that and no less.



For the answer, we can turn inward and listen to an always honest inner voice.


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We hurt both ourselves and other people when we become who they want us to be instead of who we really are.


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Self-Trust


There is always one true inner voice. Trust it.


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If our dreams weren’t already within us we could not even dream.


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Creativity

Imagining anything is the first step toward creating it. Believing in a true self is what allows a true self to be born. I’ve noticed that most art in the world does not have a capital ‘A.’ But it is a way of turning everyday objects into personal expressions.


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The art of life is not controlling what happens to us but using what happens to us.


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The more regularly you create, the more you will notice an image often repeated in varying ways. That is your true self-made visible.


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Any of our human capacities, if unused out of fear or shame, leaves a small hole in the fabric of our self-esteem.


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Belief

We need to face one fact squarely: what the future could hold, and what each of us could become, is limited mainly by what we believe.












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The idea that our brains are ever subject to improving, diversifying, and sharpening, if we will only believe in them enough to stimulate them, is good news for everyone.


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Body Wisdom

If feelings of unworthiness are rooted in our bodies, self-esteem needs to start there.


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Growth

As for who we will be, the answer is: we don’t know; we are on the edge of history. But we do know that growth comes from saying yes to the unknown.



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