"And partly, the worst thing you could do in my family was need something from someone. So physical strength represented an avenue of self-sufficiency to me."
"We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot."Alison Bechdel on Eleanor Roosevelt
"That which does not kill us makes us stronger."Alison Bechdel on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."Alison Bechdel on Helen Keller
"Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men."Alison Bechdel on John F. Kennedy
"The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places."Alison Bechdel on Ernest Hemingway
"But mostly, it's a book about my relationship with my father."