The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Piss You Off!: Thoughts on Life, Love, and Rebellion

By Gloria Steinem

2,301 ratings - 4.06* vote

A beautifully illustrated collection of Gloria Steinem's most inspirational and outrageous quotes, with an introduction and essays by the feminist activist herself.For decades--and especially now, in these times of crisis--people around the world have found guidance, humor, and unity in Gloria Steinem's gift for creating quotes that offer hope and inspire action. From her A beautifully illustrated collection of Gloria Steinem's most inspirational and outrageous quotes, with an

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Book details

Hardcover, 192 pages
October 29th 2019 by Random House
ISBN
0593132688 (ISBN13: 9780593132685)
Edition Language
English

Community Reviews

Emily B

This book is a collection of powerful quotes from Gloria Steinem that are worth reading and considering‘Invading bodies is still less punished than invading property’

Jessica

I like books made solely of quotes, but I love books made of quotes and essays about issues. Even more so about racism, feminism and etc. Gloria Steinem has the voice of a young 24 year old woman, but she is 85. An I know what I your thinking age shouldn’t matter and I agree wholeheartedly. But when a voice is strong, clear and can relate to a younger generation that is extremely important. I love her and I love how fierce and determined she is to bring human rights to the forefront.
I will definitely be reading more from her.

Jessica Marshall

Really easy read but it felt more like I'd done a night on Pinterest than actually read a book.

Louise

This is a collection of quotes, adages and pithy advice. Some have brief introductions by its author, Gloria Steinem and illustrations by friends.The short entries are upbeat, inspiring and empowering.The audience is women, but the quotes, adages and advice are universally applicable.I would recommend it as a gift book - perfect for birthdays or graduations.

Cátia Vieira

4.5 stars rounded down to 4 stars.
The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Piss You Off by Gloria Steinem is one of those books that manage to be really concise and straightforward yet inspiring and heartfelt. Gloria Steinem is an American feminist, journalist and political activist. She is widely recognized as a leader for the American feminist movement in the 1960s and 1970s.

I have been meaning to read one of her books for a long time. I thought I would start with My Life On The Road that has gathered amazing reviews. But, then I heard about The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Piss You Off. I didn’t really know what to expect, if I’m being honest. It’s been described as “a beautifully illustrated collection of Gloria Steinem’s most inspirational and outrageous quotes, with an introduction and essays by the feminist activist herself.”

But I said “Hell, yes! Let’s read it! It’s Steinem, after all!”. It’s definitely a beautiful illustrated collection! The quotes are truly inspiring. Steinem is able to put into words my thoughts, reflections, beliefs and fear. Like a true leader, she conveys what’s in our feminist souls. And, the essays are very short but prominent and straight to the point. I mean, I shared a bunch of quotes on my stories and you went crazy: WHAT’S THAT BOOK? THIS IS THE BOOK, BOOKWORMS! THIS IS OUR BOOK, YOU FEMINISTS! Do I recommend it? One thousand times YES! I felt so inspired by it! Like I had the enough strength and trust in myself to give my own speech! And that’s what we need!

Thanks to @murdochbooks for the amazing copy!
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Becky (Head In The Pages)

First of all I love the cover, and the illustrations are beautiful! I want so many of them hanging on my walls!
I love this book. I think there are some lovely quotes and I didn’t think it was too heavy or overdone.
There are some great discussion points and I agree with the majority of them.
I love that Gloria discusses the inherent racism that is so often in feminism, and that it doesn’t always completely represent everyone that it should.

I think this is a lovely book you can dip in and out of, share quotes from and have as a coffee table book.

Kourtney

I’m a sucker for good quotations. But more importantly, I’m a sucker for clear, specific steps to keeping a movement forward. Great recap of many of her pieces of work. A few of my favorite quotes:

“As long as females are valued only for our wombs, we will never be valued for our minds and hearts”

“Voting isn’t the most we can do, but it’s the least”

“Democracy begins with owning our bodies. By that measure, women have rarely lived in a democracy”

“We don’t grow better with age, just more like the unique selves we were born to be before made up gender roles took over our central years”

“Moving beyond words”

Michael Legge

Shame he dies in the end.

Johanna Hammarström

It's a quotebased book where Steinem reflects over some of the quotes of her life (having been a political activist most of her life), both her own and some of her friends.
It feels like a very powerful read!

Jennifer

Reading this will fire up your feminist fervour. And make you smile. And make you want to do something. And give you hope.

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