“We women, when we’re searching for a meaning to our lives or for the path of knowledge, always identify with one of four classic archetypes.
“The Virgin (and I’m not speaking here of a sexual virgin) is the one whose search springs from her complete independence, and everything she learns is the fruit of her ability to face challenges alone.
“The Martyr finds her way to self-knowledge through pain, suffering, and surrender.
“The Saint finds her true reason for living in unconditional love and in her ability to give without asking anything in return.
“Finally, the Witch justifies her existence by going in search of complete and limitless pleasure.”
“You came here because you saw a female face in the flames. That face is the face you see now in the mirror, so try to honor it. Don’t let yourself be weighed down by what other people think, because in a few years, in a few decades, or in a few centuries, that way of thinking will have changed. Live now what others will only live in the future.
“What do you want? You can’t want to be happy, because that’s too easy and too boring. You can’t want only to love, because that’s impossible. What do you want? You want to justify your life, to live it as intensely as possible. That is at once a trap and a source of ecstasy. Try to be alert to that danger and experience the joy and the adventure of being that woman who is beyond the image reflected in the mirror.”
in “The Witch of Portobello”