„If you were not to be its victim, this book and body would amuse you with its arrogance. It would make you laugh. Because you were not its victim, you could feel no pain of betrayal.“
— Peter Greenaway British film director 1942
From the eighth book, "The Book of the Seducer"
The Pillow Book
— Aimee Mann American indie rock singer-songwriter (born 1960) 1960
Song lyrics, Charmer (2012)
Contexte: When you’re a charmer
the world applauds
they don’t know that secretly charmers
feel like they’re frauds When you’re a charmer
you hate yourself
a victim of sideshow hypnosis
like everyone else.
„I want to ask you, to use some empathy right now. And when I say 'empathy', what I'm saying is: place yourself in the position of the animals, and start to view this issue from the animals' point of view. From the victims' point of view. When you examine any form of injustice, whether humans are victims or animals are victims, please remember the victim's point of view. If you are not the victim, don't examine it entirely from your point of view because when you're not the victim, it becomes pretty easy to rationalize and excuse cruelty, injustice, inequality, slavery, and even murder. But when you're the victim, things look a lot differently from that angle.“
— Gary Yourofsky animal rights activist 1970
Part of the speech to the students of the Georgia Institute of Technology (Summer 2010)
— Leonard Cohen Canadian poet and singer-songwriter 1934 - 2016
— Harriett Woods American politician 1927 - 2007
As quoted in Carolyn Warner, The Last Word : A Treasury of Women's Quotes (1992), p. 147,
„The victim who is able to articulate the situation of the victim has ceased to be a victim: he or she has become a threat.“
— James Baldwin (1924-1987) writer from the United States 1924 - 1987
„With men, we blame the victim. We blame men because we have camouflaged men’s victimization by teaching men to also be the victimizer. Men’s victimizer status camouflages men’s victim status.“
— Warren Farrell, livre The Myth of Male Power
Source: The Myth of Male Power (1993), Part IV: Where do we go from here, p. 357.
— Trinny Woodall English fashion advisor and designer, television presenter and author 1964
Retail therapists (2007)
„There are moments in your life when you see yourself through someone else’s eyes, when your only hope of believing you’re capable of doing something is because someone else believes it for you.“
— Marc Acito American novelist, humorist, screenwriter 1966
Source: How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship & Musical Theater
„Empathy, he once had decided, must be limited to herbivores or anyhow omnivores who could depart from a meat diet. Because, ultimately, the empathic gift blurred the boundaries between hunter and victim, between the successful and the defeated.“
— Philip K. Dick, livre Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Source: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
— Mary Higgins Clark Novelist, writer 1927 - 2020
„You cannot hope to sweep someone else away by the force of your writing until it has been done to you.“
— Stephen King American author 1947
Source: On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
„No one is ever a victim, although your conquerors would have you believe in your own victimhood. How else could theu conquer you?“
— Barbara Marciniak 1928 - 2012
Source: Family of Light: Pleiadian Tales and Lessons in Living
„All broken hearts are circumstantial. Every lovelorn jerk is the victim of bad timing, good intentions, and someone else’s poor decision making.“
— Joshua Ferris, Then We Came to the End
Source: Then We Came to the End
„We forgive ourselves because no one is guilty. Generation after generation, each one is victim to the one before. We end up with many centuries of being victims, but in the end you understand that there is no reason for resentment.“
— Alejandro Jodorowsky Filmmaker and comics writer 1929
Psychomagic: The Transformative Power of Shamanic Psychotherapy (2010)
Contexte: Family hurts us, it is like a trap, it shortens our life, it bothers us psychically and socioculturally, it forces us into a limited level of consciousness, it robs us of our essential self, it inculcates ideas in us that are not our own, and at the moment when we find ourselves in the world, all of this collapses and we have to build a life from scratch. We forgive ourselves because no one is guilty. Generation after generation, each one is victim to the one before. We end up with many centuries of being victims, but in the end you understand that there is no reason for resentment.