Anne Roiphe

When I grew up, you needed to have straight hair. It's symbolic of needing to be like everyone else, needing to look like everyone else. And what that meant was looking like the dominant ruling class in America.

Anne Roiphe


I really consider myself a writer, and a writer who is sometimes a social critic. I'm not an ideologue, I don't join a party. I follow along and take notes. Sometimes I throw in my two cents.

Anne Roiphe


You can be creative and not addictive, or addictive and not creative. Most addicted people do not produce anything of remarkable note.

Anne Roiphe


Grief is in two parts. The first is loss. The second is the remaking of life.

Anne Roiphe


I think that certainly the artists of the '40s, '50s and '60s were fighting a very conformist society, which didn't give them enough space to live or create, and they were bucking all kinds of spoken and unspoken rules.

Anne Roiphe


We also have to make sure our children know the history of women. Tell them the rotten truth: It wasn't always possible for women to become doctors or managers or insurance people. Let them be armed with a true picture of the way we want it to be.

Anne Roiphe


If I were planning to be stranded on a desert island, I wouldn't take Freud's books with me, because I've already read them all.

Anne Roiphe

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