"I don’t like ass kissers, flag wavers or team players. I like people who buck the system. Individualists. I often warn people: “Somewhere along the way, someone is going to tell you, ‘There is no “I” in team.’ What you should tell them is, ‘Maybe not. But there is an “I” in independence, individuality and integrity.’” Avoid teams at all cost. Keep your circle small. Never join a group that has a name. If they say, “We’re the So-and-Sos,” take a walk. And if, somehow, you must join, if it’s unavoidable, such as a union or a trade association, go ahead and join. But don’t participate; it will be your death. And if they tell you you’re not a team player, congratulate them on being observant."
- George Carlin (via tillthemusicends)
"I think one of the key ways for women to gain and keep power is education—education on their own fertility (in order to control their own bodies) and formal education as a means of becoming economically independent. If women can’t control their bodies or their income, how will they ever control their own destinies? Both bring autonomy, independence and empowerment."
Sandra Cisneros is the author of “Caramelo,” “Loose Woman, Woman Hollering” and “The House on Mango Street.”
Notable Women: Advice to Generation Next.