It never surprised me that 'we,' in French, means yes. Even in adulthood I'm addicted to the word. 'Oh yes, we saw that movie.' 'Our favorite restaurant.' 'We figured out--' Hal, Michael, my family, students, friends, find it puzzling. 'We' saw that? Not that I remember.' Secretly this is a matter of pride to me. Promiscuous we!/Me, plus anybody else./Permeable we!
Eve Sedgwick, "A Dialog on Love"
It seems to me that the premise we ought to establish, in order both to avoid exclusion and to recognize difference, should be: never to uproot, remove, withdraw, a child or adult struck by destiny from her or his original, living environment.
Henri-Jacques Stiker, A History of Disability, pp. 194-195
The only equality that is important, or indeed conceivable, is equality of being. Inequality in the various aspects of man is inevitable and even welcome; is it the basis of any rich and complex life. The inequality that is evil is inequality which denies the essential equality of being.
Raymond Williams, Culture and Society, 1780-1950, p. 317
You see, as much as possible I never try to judge or criticize anything. When you see something that you haven’t seen before, like this Pop art—and I’m just talking about myself now—I would never think of judging or deriding or criticizing because what can you prove with your words? The words you use making fun or making judgments have absolutely no value. They are just taunts, a pack of words. At least with a painting it’s there, or the thing is there in flesh and you do what you want with it. Just turn your back to it if you want but don’t bother writing about it or thinking about it.