2000 Quotations by Women

I’ve been collecting quotations for years and figured I’d put my collections online for others to use as they wish. Enjoy these quotations, use the comment form to share any quotations by women you don’t find here.

I want to have children, but my friends scare me. One of my friends told me she was in labor for 36 hours. I don’t even want to do anything that feels GOOD for 36 hours.
- Rita Rudner

In life as in the dance: Grace glides on blistered feet.
- Alice Abrams

Prejudice squints when it looks, and lies when it talks.
- Duchess de Abrantes

Our struggle today is not to have a female Einstein get appointed as an assistant professor. It is for a woman schlemiel to get as quickly promoted as a male schlemiel.
- Bella Abzug

All the men on my staff can type.
- Bella Abzug

I prefer the word “homemaker” because “housewife” always implies that there may be a wife someplace else.
- Bella Abzug

Congress is a middle-aged, middle-class, white male power structure… no wonder it’s been so totally unresponsive to the needs of this country.
- Bella Abzug

I began wearing hats as a young lawyer because it helped me to establish my professional identity. Before that, whenever I was at a meeting, someone would ask me to get coffee–they assumed I was a secretary.
- Bella Abzug

Time wounds all heels.
- Jane Ace

The chickens have come home to roast.
- Jane Ace

We have too many high sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them.
- Abigail Smith Adams

I am more and more convinced that man is a dangerous creature; and that power, whether vested in many or a few, is ever grasping, and, like the grave, cries, “Give, give!”
- Abigail Smith Adams

If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.
- Abigail Smith Adams

Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the husbands. Remember, all men would be tyrants if they could.
- Abigail Smith Adams

Most people spend their lives going to bed when they’re not sleepy and getting up when they are.
- Cindy Adams

Social advance depends as much upon the process through which it is secured as upon the result itself.
- Jane Addams

You do not know what life means when all the difficulties are removed! I am simply smothered and sickened with advantages. It is like eating a sweet dessert the first thing in the morning.
- Jane Addams

Henry James chews more than he bites off.
- Mrs. Henry Adams

The writer has a grudge against society, which he documents with accounts of unsatisfying sex, unrealized ambition, unmitigated loneliness, and a sense of local and global distress.
- Renata Adler

The Rubicons which women must cross, the sex barriers which they must breach, are ultimately those that exist in the own minds.
- Freda Adler

A house is not a home.
- Polly Adler

For a certain type of woman who risks losing her identity in a man, there are all those questions… until you get to the point and know that you really are living a love story.
- Anouk Aimee

The more the years go by, the less I know. But if you give explanations and understand everything, then nothing can happen. What helps me go forward is that I stay receptive, I feel that anything can happen.
- Anouk Aimee

It’s so much better to desire than to have…. The moment of desire, when you know something is going to happen–that’s the most exalting.
- Anouk Aimee

If you can’t be a good example, then you’ll just have to be a horrible warning.
- Catherine Aird

Love is the only thing that we can carry with us when we go, and it makes the end so easy.
- Louisa May Alcott

My definition [of a philosopher] is a man up in a balloon, with his family and friends holding the ropes which confine him to earth and trying to haul him down.
- Louisa May Alcott

What do girls do who haven’t any mothers to help them through their troubles?
- Louisa May Alcott

Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen; the more select, the more enjoyable.
- Louisa May Alcott

Love is a great beautifier.
- Louisa May Alcott

I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.
- Louisa May Alcott

Trying to squash a rumor is like trying to unring a bell.
- Shana Alexander

Evolution is fascinating to watch. To me it is most interesting when one can observe the evolution of a single man.
- Shana Alexander

I don’t believe man is woman’s natural enemy. Perhaps his lawyer is.
- Shana Alexander

The mark of a true crush… is that you fall in love first and grope for reasons afterward.
- Shana Alexander

Backward, turn backward, O

Time, in your flight,

Make me a child again just for tonight.
- Elizabeth Akers Allen

My husband will never chase another woman. He’s too fine, too decent, too old.
- Gracie Allen

When I was born I was so surprised I didn’t talk for a year and a half.
- Gracie Allen

Almost anything is easier to get into than out of.
- Agnes Allen

I’ve always felt that a person’s intelligence is directly reflected by the number of conflicting points of view he can entertain simultaneously on the same topic.
- Lisa Alther

Any mother could perform the jobs of several air-traffic controllers with ease.
- Lisa Alther

We know an age more vividly through its music than its historians.
- Rosanne Ambrose-Brown

As long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you otherwise might.
- Marian Anderson

My greatest enemy is reality. I have fought it successfully for thirty years.
- Margaret Anderson

In real love you want the other person’s good. In romantic love you want the other person.
- Margaret Anderson

On packing: Lay out all you clothes and all your money. Then, take half the clothes and twice the money.
- Susan Butler Anderson

Paradise is exactly like where you are right now… only much, much better.
- Laurie Anderson

First you must realize you are in danger.
- Lynn V. Andrews

Some people regard discipline as a chore. For me, it is a kind of order that sets me free to fly.
- Julie Andrews

I speak to the black experience, but I am always talking about the human condition–about what we can endure, dream, fail at, and still survive.
- Maya Angelou

Most plain girls are virtuous because of the scarcity of opportunity to be otherwise.
- Maya Angelou

Listen carefully to what country people call mother wit. In those homely sayings are couched the collective wisdom of generations.
- Maya Angelou

…always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors.
- Maya Angelou

If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.
- Maya Angelou

Self-pity in its early stages is as snug as a feather mattress. Only when it hardens does it become uncomfortable.
- Maya Angelou

Children’s talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.
- Maya Angelou

Persons who are born too soon, or born too late, seldom achieve the eminence of those who are born at the right time.
- Katharine Anthony

Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputations… can never effect a reform.
- Susan B. Anthony

Experience is a good teacher, but she sends in terrific bills.
- Minna Antrim

Man forgives woman anything save the wit to outwit him.
- Minna Antrim

We sold our house and are moving into one of those Pandemoniums.
- Marie Aragon

Love involves a peculiar unfathomable combination of understanding and misunderstanding.
- Diane Arbus

My husband and I have figured out a really good system about the housework: neither one of us does it.
- Dottie Archibald

The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be either good or evil.
- Hannah Arendt

The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution.
- Hannah Arendt

The revolutionaries are those who know when power is lying in the street and then they can pick it up. Armed uprising by itself has never yet led to a revolution.
- Hannah Arendt

Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.
- Hannah Arendt

There are no dangerous thoughts; thinking itself is dangerous.
- Hannah Arendt

What I cannot live with may not bother another man’s conscience. The result is that conscience will stand against conscience.
- Hannah Arendt

Perfection consists not in doing extraordinary things, but in doing ordinary things extraordinarily well. Neglect nothing; the most trivial action may be performed to God.
- Angelique Arnauld

God does not ask you ability or your inability. He asks only your availability.
- Mary Kay Ash

So many women just don’t know how great they really are. They come to us all vogue outside and vague on the inside.
- Mary Kay Ash

If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can’t, you’re right.
- Mary Kay Ash

Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn’t know it, so it goes on flying anyway.
- Mary Kay Ash

Absence does not make the heart grow fonder, but it sure heats up the blood.
- Elizabeth Ashley

In a great romance, each person basically plays a part that the other really likes.
- Elizabeth Ashley

For it is impossible for a man to put forward fair and honest views about our affairs if he has not, like everyone else, children whose lives may be at stake.
- Asphasia

Dear boy, it isn’t that your manners are bad–it’s simply that you have no manners at all.
- Margot Asquith

He could not see a belt without hitting below it.
- Margot Asquith

Rectitude, platitude, high-hatitude.
- Margot Asquith

Years ago I thought old age would be dreadful, because I should not be able to do things I would want to do. Now I find there is nothing I want to do.
- Lady Nancy Astor

Women have got to make the world safe for men since men have made it so darned unsafe for women.
- Lady Nancy Astor

I married beneath me. All women do.
- Lady Nancy Astor

People who talk about peace are very often the most quarrelsome.
- Lady Nancy Astor

Real education should educate us out of self into something far finer; into a selflessness which links us with all humanity.
- Lady Nancy Astor

The penalty for success is to be bored by the people who used to snub you.
- Lady Nancy Astor

The main dangers in this life are the people who want to change everything… or nothing.
- Lady Nancy Astor

The first time Adam had a chance, he laid the blame on women.
- Lady Nancy Astor

The very commonplaces of life are components of its eternal mystery.
- Gertrude Atherton

The answers you get from literature depend upon the questions you pose.
- Margaret Atwood

One man’s cookbook is another woman’s soft porn: there’s a certain sybaritic voyeurism involved, an indulgence by proxy.
- Margaret Atwood

Because I am a mother, I am capable of being shocked: as I never was when I was not one.
- Margaret Atwood

The Eskimo has fifty-two names for snow because it is important to them; there ought to be as many for love.
- Margaret Atwood

Eating, our earliest metaphor, precedes our consciousness of gender difference, race, nationality, and language.
- Margaret Atwood

I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal.
- Jane Austen

What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance.
- Jane Austen

A woman, if she has the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can.
- Jane Austen

Everything nourishes what is strong already.
- Jane Austen

For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbours, and laugh at them in our turn?
- Jane Austen

I think I may boast myself to be, with all possible vanity, the most unlearned and uninformed female who ever dared to be an authoress.
- Jane Austen

One half the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.
- Jane Austen

It is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should refuse an offer of marriage.
- Jane Austen

Why not seize the pleasure at once? How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation!
- Jane Austen

In nine cases out of ten, a woman had better show more affection than she feels.
- Jane Austen

I have been a selfish being all my life, in practice, though not in principle.
- Jane Austen

When a woman ceases to alter the fashion of her hair, you guess that she has passed the crisis of her experience.
- Mary Austin

To revolutionize a whole house on the coming of a few visitors betrays not only poor taste, but an absolute lack of character. Let your friends come into your life; let them see you as you are, and not find you trying to be somebody else.
- Emma Whitcomb Babcook

Imagination is the highest kite one can fly.
- Lauren Bacall

But when you’re with people, don’t wear your depression like a badge. You’re going to have to learn to fake cheerfulness. Believe it or not, eventually that effort will pay off: you’ll actually start feeling happier.
- Jean Bach

Love is like a violin. The music may stop now and then, but the strings remain forever.
- June Masters Bacher

You don’t get to choose how you’re going to die or when. You can only decide how your going to live. Now!
- Joan Baez

Action is the antidote to despair.
- Joan Baez

As long as one keeps searching, the answers come.
- Joan Baez

The easiest kind of relationship for me is with ten thousand people. The hardest is with one.
- Joan Baez

People see God every day, they just don’t recognize Him.
- Pearl Bailey

Sometimes I would almost rather have people take away years of my life than take away a moment.
- Pearl Bailey

You never find yourself until you face the truth.
- Pearl Bailey

He that will not give some portion of his ease, his blood, his wealth, for other’s good, is a poor, frozen churl.
- Joanna Baillie

Instant availability without continuous presence is probably the best role a mother can play.
- Lotte Bailyn

Everything else you grow out of, but you never recover from childhood.
- Beryl Bainbridge

I wasn’t really naked. I simply didn’t have any clothes on.
- Josephine Baker

Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations.
- Faith Baldwin

Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness.
- Faith Baldwin

She was torn between love and booty.
- Faith Baldwin

You see much more of your children once they leave home.
- Lucille Ball

Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.
- Lucille Ball

The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.
- Lucille Ball

Zen is not interested in high-flown statements; it wants its pupil to bite his apple and not discuss it.
- Anne Bancroft

I am as pure as the driven slush.
- Tallulah Bankhead

I have been absolutely hag-ridden with ambition. If I could wish to have anything in the world it would be to be free of ambition.
- Tallulah Bankhead

It’s one of the tragic ironies of the theater that only one man in it can count on steady work–the night watchman.
- Tallulah Bankhead

Nobody can be exactly like me. Sometimes even I have trouble doing it.
- Tallulah Bankhead

I am a foe of moderation, the champion of excess. If I may lift a line from a die-hard whose identity is lost in the shuffle, “I’d rather be strongly wrong than weakly right.”
- Tallulah Bankhead

If you want to help the American theater, don’t be an actress, be an audience.
- Tallulah Bankhead

I’ve tried several varieties of sex. The conventional position makes me claustrophobic. And the others give me either a stiff neck or lock jaw.
- Tallulah Bankhead

You must know the story of your culture and be proud of your ancestors.
- Romana Banuelos

It is sad to grow old, but nice to ripen.
- Brigitte Bardot

Men are beasts and even beasts don’t behave as they do.
- Brigitte Bardot

It is better to be unfaithful than faithful without wanting to be.
- Brigitte Bardot

I don’t think when I make love.
- Brigitte Bardot

The idea of strictly minding our own business is moldy rubbish. Who could be so selfish.
- Myrtle Barker

People fighting their aloneness will do almost anything to avoid silence.
- Myrtle Barker

I cannot sing the old songs,

Or dream those dreams again.
- Charlotte Barnard

Absence makes the heart go wander.
- Betsy Barr

I’m no one’s trophy!
- Constance Barr

It’s okay to be fat. So you’re fat. Just be fat and shut up about it.
- Roseanne Barr

I figure that if the children are alive when I get home, I’ve done my job.
- Roseanne Barr

A guy is a lump like a doughnut. So, first you gotta get rid of all the stuff his mom did to him. And then you gotta get rid of all that macho crap that they pick up from beer commercials. And then there’s my personal favorite, the male ego.
- Roseanne Barr

The thing women have got to learn is that nobody gives you power. You just take it.
- Roseanne Barr

When it comes to getting things done, we need fewer architects and more brick layers.
- Colleen C. Barrett

Veni, vidi, Visa. (We came, we saw, we went shopping.)
- Jan Barrett

Work is either fun or drudgery. It depends on your attitude. I like fun.
- Colleen C. Barrett

The healthy and strong individual is the one who asks for help when he needs it. Whether he’s got an abscess on his knee or in his soul.
- Rona Barrett

Love is an exploding cigar we willingly smoke.
- Lynda Barry

You grow up the day you have your first real laugh at yourself.
- Ethel Barrymore

Power can be seen as power with rather than power over, and it can be used for competence and co-operation, rather than dominance and control.
- Anne L. Barstow

Writers have two main problems. One is writer’s block, when the words won’t come at all, and the other is logorrhea, when the words come so fast that they can hardly get to the wastebasket in time.
- Cecilia Bartholomew

…a disgruntled reflection on my own life as a sort of desperate improvisation in which I was constantly trying to make something coherent from conflicting elements to fit rapidly changing settings.
- Mary Catherine Bateson

In many ways, constancy is an illusion…. Of any stopping place in life, it is good to ask whether it will be a good place from which to go on as well as a good place to remain.
- Mary Catherine Bateson

See into life–don’t just look at it.
- Anne Baxter

Love thy neighbor as thyself, but choose your neighborhood.
- Louise Beal

It’s frightening to think that you mark your children merely by being yourself.
- Simone de Beauvoir

I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom.
- Simone De Beauvoir

I am incapable of conceiving infinity, and yet I do not accept finity. I want the adventure that is the context of my life to go on without end.
- Simone de Beauvoir

As long as the family and the myth of the family… have not been destroyed, women will still be oppressed.
- Simone de Beauvoir

Art is an attempt to integrate evil.
- Simone de Beauvoir

One’s life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion.
- Simone de Beauvoir

The word love has by no means the same sense for both sexes, and this is one cause of the serious misunderstandings that divide them.
- Simone de Beauvoir

When an individual is kept in a situation of inferiority, the fact is that he does become inferior.
- Simone de Beauvoir

One is not born a woman, one becomes one.
- Simone de Beauvoir

We grow neither better nor worse as we get old, but more like ourselves.
- Mary Lamberton Becker

All food is the gift of the gods and has something of the miraculous, the egg no less than the truffle.
- Sybille Bedford

Love ceases to be a pleasure when it ceases to be a secret.
- Aphra Behn

You need to get up in the morning and say, “Boy, I’m going to–in my own stupid way–save the world today.”
- Carol Bellamy

The trouble is not that we are never happy–it is that happiness is so episodical.
- Ruth Benedict

We grow in time to trust the future of our answers.
- Ruth Benedict

Our faith in the present dies out long before our faith in the future.
- Ruth Benedict

…Society in its full sense… is never an entity separable from the individuals who compose it.
- Ruth Benedict

Racism is the new Calvinism which asserts that one group has the stigmata of superiority and the other has those of inferiority.
- Ruth Benedict

…persons who would be placed outside the pale of society with contempt are not those who would be placed there by another culture.
- Ruth Benedict

Words are a form of action, capable of influencing change. Their articulation represents a complete, lived experience.
- Ingrid Bengis

As time passes we all get better at blazing a trail through the thicket of advice.
- Margot Bennett

A recipe is only a theme, which an intelligent cook can play each time with a variation.
- Madame Benoit

Family jokes, though rightly cursed by strangers, are the bond that keeps most families alive.
- Stella Benson

Above all, remember that the most important thing you can take anywhere is not a Gucci bag or French-cut jeans; it’s an open mind.
- Gail Rubin Bereny

People see you as an object, not as a person, and they project a set of expectation onto you. People who don’t have it think beauty is a blessing, but actually it sets you apart.
- Candice Bergen

Dreams are, by definition, cursed with short life spans.
- Candice Bergen

Were women meant to do everything–work and have babies?
- Candice Bergen

Men say they love independence in a woman, but they don’t waste a second demolishing it brick by brick.
- Candice Bergen

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
- Sally Berger

You never saw a fish on the wall with its mouth shut.
- Sally Berger

A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.
- Ingrid Bergman

Happiness is good health and a bad memory.
- Ingrid Bergman

I have no regrets. I wouldn’t have lived my life the way I did if I was going to worry about what people were going to say.
- Ingrid Bergman

Courage is fear that has said its prayers.
- Dorothy Bernard

Tell a female she’s thin and she’s yours for life.
- Anne Bernays

Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.
- Sarah Bernhardt

The time when you need to do something is when no one else is willing to do it, when people are saying it can’t be done.
- Mary Frances Berry

If our people are to fight their way out of bondage we must arm them with the sword and the shield and the buckler of pride.
- Mary McLeod Bethune

Invest in the human soul. Who knows, it might be a diamond in the rough.
- Mary McLeod Bethune

Irony is the hygiene of the mind.
- Elizabeth Bibesco

Constant togetherness is fine–but only for Siamese twins.
- Victoria Billings

Giving away a fortune is taking Christianity too far.
- Charlotte Bingham

Femininity appears to be one of those pivotal qualities that are so important no one can define it.
- Caroline Bird

Ideally, couples need three lives; one for him, one for her, and one for them together.
- Jacqueline Bisset

I’m fascinated by a man with a twinkle in his eye.
- Jacqueline Bisset

Make-believe colors the past with innocent distortion, and it swirls ahead of us in a thousand ways–in science, in politics, in every bold intention.
- Shirley Temple Black

A mother is neither cocky, nor proud, because she knows the school principal may call at any minute to report that her child had just driven a motorcycle through the gymnasium.
- Mary Kay Blakely.

There are two sorts of romantics: those who love, and those who love the adventure of loving.
- Lesley Blanch

Justice is a concept. Muscle is the reality.
- Linda Blandford

Life would be as insupportable without the prospect of death, as it would be without sleep.
- Lady Marguerite Blessington

Those who are formed to win general admiration are seldom calculated to bestow individual happiness.
- Lady Marguerite Blessington

Love-matches are made by people who are content, for a month of honey, to condemn themselves to a life of vinegar.
- Lady Marguerite Blessington

A woman’s head is always influenced by her heart, but a man’s heart is always influenced by his head.
- Lady Marguerite Blessington

There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness.
- Lady Marguerite Blessington

Genius is the gold in the mine; talent is the miner that works and brings it out.
- Lady Marguerite Blessington

Mountains appear more lofty the nearer they are approached, but great men resemble them not in this particular.
- Lady Marguerite Blessington

Behind almost every woman you ever heard of stands a man who let her down.
- Naomi Bliven

Never tell anyone they look tired; it only makes people feel worse.
- Susan Blond

Figure out what your most magnificent qualities are and make them indispensable to the people you want to work with. Notice that I didn’t say “work for.”
- Linda Bloodworth-Thomason

Dogs come when they’re called; cats take a message and get back to you.
- Mary Bly

It’s silly to suggest the writing of poetry as something ethereal, a sort of soul-crashing emotional experience that wrings you. I have no fancy ideas about poetry. It doesn’t come to you on the wings of a dove. It’s something work hard at.
- Louise Bogan

Getting fat isn’t so bad, it gives your hugs more meeting places.
- Julie Bolus

The only reason I would take up jogging is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.
- Erma Bombeck

My sister and I never engaged in sibling rivalry. Our parents weren’t that crazy about either one of us.
- Erma Bombeck

One thing they never tell you about child raising is that for the rest of your life, at the drop of a hat, you are expected to know your child’s name and how old he or she is.
- Erma Bombeck

Women are never what they seem to be. There is the woman you see and there is the woman who is hidden. Buy the gift for the woman who is hidden.
- Erma Bombeck

Never go to a doctor whose house plants have died.
- Erma Bombeck

…we’ve talked a good game of “go out and fulfill your dreams” and “be everything you were meant to be.” But by the same token, we want daughters-in-law who are going to stay home and raise our grandchildren.
- Erma Bombeck

I’m going to stop punishing my children by saying, “Never mind! I’ll do it myself.”
- Erma Bombeck

Any college that would take your son he should be too proud to go to.
- Erma Bombeck

Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.
- Erma Bombeck

I look just like the girls next door… if you happen to live next door to an amusement park.
- Dolly Parton

If high heels were so wonderful, men would be wearing them.
- Sue Grafton

I’m not going to vacuum ’til Sears makes one you can ride on.
- Roseanne

It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else.
- Erma Bombeck

Dreams have only one owner at a time. That’s why dreamers are lonely.
- Erma Bombeck

Never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth.
- Erma Bombeck

When you’re an orthodox worrier, some days are worse than others.
- Erma Bombeck

If a man watches three football games in a row, he should be declared legally dead.
- Erma Bombeck

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, “I used everything you gave me.”
- Erma Bombeck

I’m trying very hard to understand this generation. They have adjusted the timetable for childbearing so that menopause and teaching a sixteen-year-old how to drive a car will occur in the same week.
- Erma Bombeck

It goes without saying that you should never have more children than you have car windows.
- Erma Bombeck

It is only possible to live happily ever after on a day to day basis.
- Margaret Bonnano

For a single woman, preparing for company means wiping lipstick off the milk carton.
- Elayne Boosler

A man who was loved by 300 women singled me out to live with him. Why? I was the only one without a cat.
- Elayne Boosler

When women are depressed they either eat or go shopping. Men invade another country.
- Elayne Boosler

Mr. Right is now a guy who hasn’t been laid in fifteen years.
- Elayne Boosler

My ancestors wandered lost in the wilderness for forty years because even in biblical times, men would not stop to ask for directions.
- Elayne Boosler

I’m just a person trapped inside a woman’s body.
- Elayne Boosler

You never see a man walking down the street with a woman who has a little pot belly and a bald spot.
- Elayne Boosler

Actors should be overheard, not listened to, and the audience if fifty percent of the performance.
- Shirley Booth

There are two ways of meeting difficulties: you alter the difficulties or you alter yourself to meet them.
- Phyllis Bottome

Pick a man for his human qualities, his values, his compatibility with you, rather than what he represents in status, power or good looks.
- Carol Botwin

The art of music is so deep and profound that to approach it very seriously only is not enough. One must approach music with serious rigor and, at the same time, with a great, affectionate joy.
- Nadia Boulanger

Work is something you can count on, a trusted lifelong friend who never deserts you.
- Margaret Bourke-White

No object is mysterious. The mystery is your eye.
- Elizabeth Bowen

For your born writer, nothing is so healing as the realization that he has come upon the right word.
- Catherine Drinker Bowen

Writers seldom choose as friends those self-contained characters who are never in trouble, never unhappy or ill, never make mistakes, and always count their change when it is handed to them.
- Catherine Drinker Bowen

What I regret, on behalf of myself of long ago, is not the overweeningness, but the playing it safe.
- Elizabeth Bowen

Intimacies between women often go backwards, beginning in revelations and ending up in small talk without loss of esteem.
- Elizabeth Bowen

Experience isn’t interesting till it begins to repeat itself–in fact, till it does that, it hardly is experience.
- Elizabeth Bowen

We are minor in everything but our passions.
- Elizabeth Bowen

One can live in the shadow of an idea without grasping it.
- Elizabeth Bowen

I’m going to have to ride the fence awhile until I find where the gates are.
- Eva Bowring

Why does a small tax increase cost you two hundred dollars and a substantial tax cut save you thirty cents?
- Peg Bracken

You don’t get over hating to cook, any more than you get over having big feet.
- Peg Bracken

The road that is built in hope is more pleasant to the traveler than the road built in despair, even though they both lead to the same destination.
- Marion Zimmer Bradley

A babe at the breast is as much pleasure as the bearing is pain.
- Marion Zimmer Bradley

Authority without wisdom is like a heavy ax without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish.
- Anne Bradstreet

Let Greeks be Greeks, and women what they are.
- Anne Bradstreet

Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.
- Harriet Braiker

He who walks in another’s tracks leaves no footprints.
- Joan L. Brannon

God is not static. God is in constant creation, constantly being created. We are not static either. We are in constant creation.
- Cil Braun

Never fear spoiling children by making them too happy. Happiness is the atmosphere in which all good affections grow.
- Ann Eliza Bray

Who has not experienced how, on nearer acquaintance, plainness becomes beautified and beauty loses its charm, according to the quality of the heart and mind.
- Fredrika Bremer

Let the world know you as you are, not as you think you should be, because sooner or later, if you are posing, you will forget the pose, and then where are you?
- Fanny Brice

Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian; wine and tarragon make it French. Sour cream makes it Russian; lemon and cinnamon make it Greek. Soy sauce makes it Chinese; garlic makes it good.
- Alice May Brock

Men judge us by the success of our efforts. God looks at the efforts themselves.
- Charlotte Bronte
- I’ve dreamt in my life dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas; they’ve gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the color of my mind.
- Emily Bronte

If I could I would always work in silence and obscurity, and let my efforts be known by their results.
- Emily Bronte

Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education; they grow there, firm as weeds among rocks.
- Charlotte Bronte

Neither birth nor sex forms a limit to genius.
- Charlotte Bronte

Life is so constructed, that the event does not, cannot, will not, match the expectation.
- Charlotte Bronte

Conventionality is not morality. Self righteousness is not religion. To attack the first is not to assail the last.
- Charlotte Bronte

I need noise and interruptions and irritation [to write]: irritation and discomfort are a great starter. The loneliness of doing it any other way would kill me.
- Anita Brookner

Poetry is life distilled.
- Gwendolyn Brooks

I refuse to consign the whole male sex to the nursery. I insist on believing that some men are my equals.
- Brigit Brophy

A life of reaction is a life of slavery, intellectually and spiritually. One must fight for a life of action, not reaction.
- Rita Mae Brown

Divorce: Fission after fusion.
- Rita Mae Brown

If the world were a logical place men would ride side-saddle.
- Rita Mae Brown

Love is a narcissism shared by two.
- Rita Mae Brown

Beauty can’t amuse you, but brainwork–reading, writing, thinking–can.
- Helen Gurley Brown

Never fail to know that if you are doing all the talking, you are boring somebody.
- Helen Gurley Brown

I finally figured out the only reason to be alive is to enjoy it.
- Rita Mae Brown

Art is a moral passion married to entertainment. Moral passion without entertainment is propaganda, and entertainment without moral passion is television.
- Rita Mae Brown

If a woman doesn’t vote, she doesn’t have a right to complain about anything.
- Bess Brown

Nearly every glamorous, wealthy, successful career woman you might envy now started out as some kind of schlep.
- Helen Gurley Brown

Love doesn’t drop on you unexpectedly; you have to give off signals sort of like an amateur radio operator.
- Helen Gurley Brown

Once you know what women are like, men get kind of boring. I’m not trying to put them down, I mean I like them sometimes as people, but sexually they’re dull.
- Rita Mae Brown

Sex is a pleasurable exercise in plumbing, but be careful or you’ll get yeast in your drain tap.
- Rita Mae Brown

Music binds us together with invisible threads.
- Pam Brown

Lead me not into temptation; I can find the way myself.
- Rita Mae Brown

Why speak of time travel? We have a tried and proven method with us. Music moves us across centuries and continents without ever leaving our chairs.
- Pam Brown

When it comes time to do your own life, you either perpetuate your childhood or you stand on it and finally kick it out from under.
- Rosellen Brown

I’d never seen men hold each other. I thought the only things they were allowed to do was shake hands or fight.
- Rita Mae Brown

I believe that when all the dreams are dead, you’re left only with yourself. You’d better like yourself a lot.
- Rita Mae Brown

Since when was genius found respectable?
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

How do I love the? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach…
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Earth’s crammed with heaven.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

What monster have we here? A great Deed at this hour of day? A great just Deed–and not for pay? Absurd–or insincere.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Light tomorrow with today.
- Elizabeth Barret Browning

Men get opinions as boys learn to spell, By reiteration chiefly.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Let us be content to work To do the things we can, and not presume To fret because it’s little.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The devil’s most devilish when respectable.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

For frequent tears have run The colours from my life.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

God answers sharp and sudden some prayers, And thrusts the thing we have prayed for in our face, A gauntlet with a gift in’t.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The Greeks said grandly in their tragic phrase, “Let no one be called happy till his death;” to which I would add, “Let no one till his death, be called unhappy.”
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Do not think about trying to make it through a lifetime with a man. Just concentrate on making it through a year… The reason a man will not try to split up with you after a year or so is his limitless fear of breaking in a new model.
- Stephanie Brush

Self-expression must pass into communication for its fulfillment.
- Pearl S. Buck

Perhaps one has to be very old before one learns how to be amused rather than shocked.
- Pearl S. Buck

Race prejudice is not only a shadow over the colored–it is a shadow over all of us, and the shadow is darkest over those who feel it least and allow its evil effects to go on.
- Pearl S. Buck

The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration.
- Pearl S. Buck

The secret of joy in work is contained in one word–excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.
- Pearl S. Buck

Be born anywhere, little embryo novelist, but do not be born under the shadow of a great creed, not under the burden of original sin, not under the doom of salvation.
- Pearl S. Buck

Life without idealism is empty indeed. We just have hope or starve to death.
- Pearl S. Buck

Some are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same, and most mothers kiss and scold together.
- Pearl S. Buck

The basic discovery about any people is the discovery of the relationship between men and women.
- Pearl S. Buck

I am so absorbed in the wonder of earth and the life upon it that I cannot think of heaven and the angels. I have enough for this life.
- Pearl S. Buck

I do not believe in a child world… I believe the child should be taught from the very first that the whole world is his world, that adult and child share one world, that all generations are needed.
- Pearl S. Buck

Husbands are awkward things to deal with; even keeping them in hot water will not make them tender.
- Mary Buckley

Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present, and future.
- Gail Lumet Buckley

The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back.
- Abigail Van Buren

In Biblical times, a man could have as many wives as he could afford. Just like today.
- Abigail Van Buren

Women who miscalculate are called “mothers.”
- Abigail Van Buren

People who fight fire with fire usually end up with ashes.
- Abigail Van Buren

While forbidden fruit is said to taste sweeter, it usually spoils faster.
- Abigail Van Buren

If you want a place in the sun, you’ve got to put up with a few blisters.
- Abigail Van Buren

Age is something that doesn’t matter, unless you are a cheese.
- Billie Burke

I have always grown from my problems and challenges, from the things that don’t work out, that’s when I’ve really learned.
- Carol Burnett

What a lovely surprise to discover how un-lonely being alone can be.
- Ellen Burstyn

You have to love your children unselfishly. That’s hard. But it’s the only way.
- Barbara Bush

It seems to me I spent my life in car pools, but you know, that’s how it kept track of what was going on.
- Barbara Bush

Since every death diminishes a little, we grieve–not so much for the death as for ourselves.
- Lynn Caine

Success is important only to the extent that it puts one in a position to do more things one likes to do.
- Sarah Caldwell

The novel is rescued life.
- Hortense Calisher

First publication is a pure, carnal leap into that dark which one dreams is life.
- Hortense Calisher

Only when I was singing did I feel loved.
- Maria Callas

Marriage is the deep, deep peace of the double bed after the hurly-burly of the chaise lounge.
- Mrs. Patrick Campbell

It doesn’t matter what you do in the bedroom as long as you don’t do it in the street and frighten the horses.
- Mrs. Patrick Campbell

Bloom where you are planted.
- Nancy Reader Campion

Those whom the gods would destroy they first call “promising.”
- Jan Carew

Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.
- Sandra Carey

My mother is Irish, my father is black and Venezuelan, and me–I’m tan, I guess.
- Mariah Carey

If you treat a sick child like an adult and an adult like a sick child, everything usually works out pretty well.
- Ruth Carlisle

It’s best to incorporate a broadly eclectic point of view, and let whatever moves you be your inspiration.
- Wendy Carlos

You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.
- Amy Carmichael

I think it’s the end of progress if you stand still and think of what you’ve done in the past. I keep on.
- Leslie Caron

If we can’t turn the world around we can at least bolster the victims.
- Liz Carpenter

There is nothing more liberating than age.
- Liz Carpenter

A major advantage of age is learning to accept people without passing judgment.
- Liz Carpenter

What a lot we lost when we stopped writing letters! You can’t reread a phone call.
- Liz Carpenter

Instead of looking at life as a narrowing funnel, we can see it ever widening to choose the things we want to do, to take the wisdoms we’ve learned and create something.
- Liz Carpenter

Don’t get your knickers in a knot. Nothing is solved and it just makes you walk funny.
- Kathryn Carpenter

There is a difference between telling the truth and telling everything you know.
- Kathryn Carpenter

I think that one’s art is a growth inside one. I do not think one can explain growth. It is silent and subtle. One does not keep digging up a plant to see how it grows.
- Emily Carr

It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know the sense of wonder and humility.
- Rachel Carson

It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood.
- Rachel Carson

In every outthrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is a story of the earth.
- Rachel Carson

The discipline of the writer is to learn to be still and listen to what his subject has to tell him.
- Rachel Carson

I think it’s one of the scars in our culture that we have too high an opinion of ourselves. We align ourselves with the angels instead of the higher primates.
- Angela Carter

About age 30 most women think about having children, most men think about dating them.
- Judy Carter

Sometimes when I look at all my children, I say to myself, “Lillian, you should have stayed a virgin.”
- Lillian Carter

The nice thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side.
- Margaret Carty

Women and men in the crowd meet and mingle,

Yet with itself every soul standeth single.
- Alice Cary

There is no unbelief; Whoever plants a seed beneath the sod And waits to see it push away the clod, He trusts in God.
- Elizabeth York Case

A committee takes hours to put into minutes what can be done in seconds.
- Judy Castrina

The history of every country begins in the heart of a man or a woman.
- Willa Cather

Every fine story must leave in the mind of the sensitive reader an intangible residuum of pleasure, a cadence, a quality of voice that is exclusively the writer’s own, individual, unique.
- Willa Cather

Where there is great love there are always miracles.
- Willa Cather

No one can build his security upon the nobleness of another person.
- Willa Cather

Standing, as I do, in the view of God and eternity, I realize patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness toward anyone.
- Edith Cavell

Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.
- Eleanor Chaffee

Fashion is made to become unfashionable.
- Coco Chanel

Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty.
- Coco Chanel

Eat less than you think you want, eat with your intelligence, not your stomach. Never get up from the table with an inward, silent apology for being a pig.
- Coco Chanel

Wear makeup. It’s so conceited not to.
- Coco Chanel

How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something, but to be someone.
- Coco Chanel

The very fact that we make such a to-do over golden weddings indicates our amazement at human endurance.
- Ilka Chase

[Arriving at a philosophy and religion] makes the difference between living in a world which is merely a constant changing mass of phenomena and living in a significant, ordered universe.
- Mary Ellen Chase

The greatest danger in any argument is that real issues are often clouded by superficial ones, that momentary passions may obscure permanent realities.
- Mary Ellen Chase

The only people who never fail are those who never try.
- Ilka Chase

Sensuality is complicated. Love is intricate. And the flesh is sweet, but I no longer mistake it for the whole thing.
- Chris Chase

The trouble with some women is they get all excited about nothing–and then marry him.
- Cher

A girl can wait for the right man to come along but in the meantime that still doesn’t mean she can’t have a wonderful time with all the wrong ones.
- Cher

Life itself is the proper binge.
- Julia Child

I was thirty-two when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate.
- Julia Child

I was gravely warned by some of my female acquaintances that no woman could expect to be regarded as a lady after she had written a book.
- Lydia M. Child

[Love] is the divine vitality that everywhere produces and restores life. To each and every one of us, it gives the power of working miracles.
- Lydia M. Child

Should I stop swatting flies? Should I invite mice into my kitchen and serve them lunch? This speciesism is specious.
- Julia Child

You can seduce a man without taking anything off, without even touching him.
- Rae Dawn Chong

There are some people who leave impressions not so lasting as the imprint of an oar upon the water.
- Kate Chopin

I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.
- Agatha Christie

The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes.
- Agatha Christie

…But surely for everything you love you have to pay some price.
- Agatha Christie

I don’t think necessity is the mother of invention. Invention, in my opinion, arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness–to save oneself trouble.
- Agatha Christie

Where large sums of money are concerned, it is advisable to trust nobody.
- Agatha Christie

There is nothing more thrilling in this world, I think, than having a child that is yours, and yet is mysteriously a stranger.
- Agatha Christie

An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have; the older she gets, the more interested he is in her.
- Agatha Christie

Women observe subconsciously a thousand little details, without knowing they are doing so. Their subconscious mind adds these little things together– and they call the result intuition.
- Agatha Christie

Treat your friends as you do your picture, and place them in their best light.
- Jennie Jerome Churchill

A woman who can cope with the terrible twos can cope with anything.
- Judith Clabes

Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.
- Karen Kaiser Clark

My mother said: “Marry a man with good teeth and high arches.” She thought I should get that into the genetic structure of the family.
- Jill Clayburgh

Never learn to do anything. If you don’t learn you’ll always find someone else to do it.
- Jane Clemens

The challenge is to practice politics as the art of making what appears to be impossible, possible.
- Hillary Rodham Clinton

A man can be part of the design of your life, not necessarily the redesign of your life.
- Glenn Close

Why do grandparents and grandchildren get along so well? They have the same enemy–the mother.
- Claudette Colbert

Who said you should be happy? Do your work.
- Colette

A happy childhood is poor preparation for human contacts.
- Colette

Never touch a butterfly’s wing with your finger.
- Colette

Give me a dozen such heartbreaks, if that would help me lose a couple of pounds.
- Colette

For to dream and then to return to reality only means that our qualms suffer a change of place and significance.
- Colette

No temptation can ever be measured by the value of its object.
- Colette

It is wise to apply the refined oil of politeness to the mechanism of friendship.
- Colette

Look for a long time at what pleases you, and for a longer time at what pains you.
- Colette

There are days when solitude is a heady wine that intoxicates you with freedom, others when it is a bitter tonic, and still others when it is a poison that makes you beat your head against the wall.
- Colette

You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.
- Colette

My true friends have always given me that supreme proof of devotion, a spontaneous aversion for the man I loved.
- Colette

What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.
- Colette

Be happy. It’s one way of being wise.
- Colette

It’s not a bad idea to get in the habit of writing down one’s thoughts. It saves one having to bother anyone else with them.
- Isabel Colegate

…we have a tendency to obscure the forest of simple joys with the trees of problems.
- Christiane Collange

How life catches up with us and teaches us to love and forgive each other.
- Judy Collins

Don’t try to fix the students, fix ourselves first.
- Marva Collins

There is more difference within the sexes than between them.
- Ivy Compton-Burnett

Life is too short to stuff a mushroom.
- Shirley Conran

I would rather lie on a sofa than sweep beneath it.
- Shirley Conran

Better build schoolrooms for the boy, Than cells and gibbets for the man.
- Eliza Cook

There’s a magical tie to the land of our home, which the heart cannot break, though the footsteps may roam.
- Eliza Cook

Seek not outside yourself, heaven is within.
- Mary Lou Cook

Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.
- Mary Lou Cook

The male is a domestic animal which, if treated with firmness and kindness, can be trained to do most things.
- Jilly Cooper

I have never married because I have three pets at home that answer the same purpose as a husband. I have a dog that growls every morning, a parrot that swears all afternoon, and a cat that comes home late at night.
- Marie Corelli

I have a lot of excitement in my life. I used to call it tension, but I feel much better now that I call it excitement.
- Madeleine Costigan

Children in a family are like flowers in a bouquet: there’s always one determined to face in an opposite direction from the way the arranger desires.
- Marcelene Cox

No man knows his true character until he has run out of gas, purchased something on the installment plan, and raised an adolescent.
- Marcelene Cox

It is not enough to be very good if you have the ability to be great.
- Alberta Lee Cox

When small men cast long shadows the sun is going down.
- Venita Cravens
- Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your hearth or burn down your house, you can never tell.
- Joan Crawford

To keep the fire burning brightly there’s one easy rule: Keep the two logs together, near enough to keep each other warm and far enough apart–about a finger’s breadth–for breathing room. Good fire, good marriage, same rule.
- Marnie Reed Crowel

Advances are made by those with at least a touch of irrational confidence in what they can do.
- Joan L. Curcio

One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done.
- Marie Curie

Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.
- Marie Curie

Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.
- Marie Curie

Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.
- Marie Curie

It is the creative potential itself in human beings that is the image of God.
- Mary Daly

If you want to love somebody, stand there and do it. If you don’t, don’t. There are no other choices.
- Tyne Daly

Women have had the power of naming stolen from us.
- Mary Daly

As everybody knows, there is only one infallible recipe for the perfect omelette: your own.
- Elizabeth David

Old age is no place for sissies.
- Bette Davis

If you want a thing well done, get a couple of old broads to do it.
- Bette Davis

I am a woman meant for a man, but I never found a man who could compete.
- Bette Davis

The person who wants to make it has to sweat. And you’ve got to have the guts to be hated.
- Bette Davis

Basically, I believe the world is a jungle, and if it’s not a bit of a jungle in the home, a child cannot possibly be fit to enter the outside world.
- Bette Davis

I’ve always roared with laughter when they say life begins at forty. That’s the funniest remark ever. The day I was born was when life began for me.
- Bette Davis

Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.
- Bette Davis

Love is not enough. It must be the foundation, the cornerstone–but not the complete structure. It is much too pliable, too yielding.
- Bette Davis

I should never have married, but I didn’t want to live without a man. Brought up to respect the conventions, love had to end in marriage. I’m afraid it did.
- Bette Davis

Don’t be afraid of the space between your dreams and reality. If you can dream it, you can make it so.
- Belva Davis

In the race for love, I was scratched.
- Joan Davis

A lady is one who never shows her underwear unintentionally.
- Lillian Day

Personhole is not an acceptable de-sexed word.
- Shirley Dean

Self-sacrifice which denies common sense is not a virtue. It’s a spiritual dissipation.
- Margaretta W. Deland

We believe at once in evil, we only believe in good upon reflection. Is this not sad?
- Madame Dorothee Deluzy

It is easier to forgive an enemy than a friend.
- Madame Dorothee Deluzy

Why are we so blind? That which we improve, we have; that which we hoard, is not for ourselves.
- Madame Dorothee Deluzy

Employment and ennui are simply incompatible.
- Madame Dorothee Deluzy

Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what’s next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little.
- Agnes DeMille

I learned three important things in college–to use a library, to memorize quickly and visually, to drop asleep at any time given a horizontal surface and fifteen minutes. What I could not learn was to think creatively on schedule.
- Agnes DeMille

If you try to measure the future you will never risk the present. Playing it safe. A ghastly game.
- Catherine Deneuve

Modesty is the polite concession worth makes to inferiority.
- Comtesse de Diane

If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.
- Emily Dickinson

The Pedigree of Honey Does not concern the Bee– A Clover, any time, to him, Is Aristocracy.
- Emily Dickinson

I keep it, staying at Home– With a Bobolink for a Chorister– And an Orchard, for a dome–
- Emily Dickinson

Of Course–I prayed– And did God Care?
- Emily Dickinson

“Hope” is the thing with feathers– That perches in the soul– And sings the tune without the words– And never stops–at all–
- Emily Dickinson

“Faith” is a fine invention When gentlemen can see– But Microscopes are prudent In an Emergency.
- Emily Dickinson

We turn not older with years, but newer every day.
- Emily Dickinson

If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.
- Emily Dickinson

The mere sense of living is joy enough.
- Emily Dickinson

Fame is a fickle food Upon a shifting plate.
- Emily Dickinson

A word is dead When it is said, Some say. I say it just Begins to live.
- Emily Dickinson

To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.
- Emily Dickinson

Success is counted sweetest by those who n’er succeed. To comprehend nectar requires the sorest need.
- Emily Dickinson

Beauty is not caused. It is.
- Emily Dickinson

Fame is a bee It has a song It has a sting Ah, too, it has a wing.
- Emily Dickinson

Finite to fail, but infinite to venture.
- Emily Dickinson

In this short life that lasts an hour how much, how little, is within our power.
- Emily Dickinson

The thought behind I strove to join Unto the thought before. But sequence raveled out of reach Like balls upon the floor.
- Emily Dickinson

How dreary to be somebody! How public, like a frog To tell your name the livelong day To an admiring bog.
- Emily Dickinson

Publication is the auction of the Mind of Man.
- Emily Dickinson

A little Madness in the Spring Is wholesome even for the King…
- Emily Dickinson

The woman’s movement is no longer a cause but a symptom.
- Joan Didion

There is always a point in the writing of a piece when I sit in a room literally papered with false starts and cannot put one word after another and imagine that I have suffered a small stroke, leaving me apparently undamaged but actually aphasic.
- Joan Didion

Grammar is a piano I play by ear. All I know about grammar is its power.
- Joan Didion

The average man is more interested in a woman who is interested in him than he is in a woman with beautiful legs.
- Marlene Dietrich

It is the friends you can call up at 4 A. M. that matter.
- Marlene Dietrich

Sleeping alone, except under doctor’s orders, does much harm. Children will tell you how lonely it is sleeping alone. If possible you should always sleep with someone you love. You recharge your mutual batteries free of charge.
- Marlene Dietrich

Love for the joy of loving, and not for the offerings of someone else’s heart.
- Marlene Dietrich

In America sex is an obsession, in other parts of the world it is a fact.
- Marlene Dietrich

The dedicated life is the life worth living. You must give with your whole heart.
- Annie Dillard

The novel is a game or joke shared between author and reader.
- Annie Dillard

Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight.
- Phyllis Diller

Women want men, careers, money, children, friends, luxury, comfort, independence, freedom, respect, love and a three-dollar pantyhose that won’t run.
- Phyllis Diller

It’s a good thing beauty is only skin deep, or I’d be rotten to the core.
- Phyllis Diller

Whatever you may look like, marry a man your own age–as you beauty fades, so will his eyesight.
- Phyllis Diller

Never refer to your wedding night as the “original amateur hour.”
- Phyllis Diller

Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.
- Phyllis Diller

The entire being of a woman is a secret which should be kept.
- Isak Dinesen

A poet’s mission is to make others confound fiction and reality and to render them, for an hour, mysteriously happy.
- Isak Dinesen

All sorrows can be borne if you tell a story about them.
- Isak Dinesen

What is man, when you come to think upon him, but a minutely set, ingenious machine for turning, with infinite artfulness, the red wine of Shiraz into urine?
- Isak Dinesen

We must leave our mark on life while we have it in our power, lest it should close up, when we leave it, without a trace.
- Isak Dinesen

I don’t think that… one gets a flash of happiness once, and never again; it is there within you, and it will come as certainly as death.
- Isak Dinesen

The cure for anything is salt water–sweat, tears, or the sea.
- Isak Dinesen

When I was very young I fell deeply in love… and really believed I would never feel that way again… then nine years later… I did, and much, much more strongly and deeply than before.
- Isak Dinesen

The brain is as strong as its weakest think.
- Eleanor Doan

Love your enemy–it will drive him nuts.
- Eleanor Doan

I have to exercise in the morning before my brain figures out what I’m doing.
- Marsha Doble

I didn’t want to pray to God ’cause I didn’t want him to know where I was.
- Marsha Doble

Dating is an ancient ritual where, over a long series of consecutive, romantic dinners, you work very hard to be fascinating, witty, and charming so that you eventually get married and never speak to each other over dinner again!
- Marsha Doble

If I believed in casual sex, I’d have stayed married.
- Marsha Doble

It is possible that blondes also prefer gentlemen.
- Mamie Van Doren

I’ve married a few people I shouldn’t have, but haven’t we all?
- Mamie Van Doren

Alimony: Billing minus cooing.
- Mary Dorsey

If women understood and exercised their power they could remake the world.
- Emily Taft Douglas

Can it be that even as one grows to fit the space one lives in, one cannot grow until there’s space to grow?
- Rita Dove

I prefer to explore the most intimate moments, the smaller, crystallized details we all hinge our lives on.
- Rita Dove

There is space within sisterhood for likeness and difference, for the subtle differences that challenge and delight; there is space for disappointment–and surprise.
- Christine Downing

You’re only as good as your last picture.
- Marie Dressler

They gave me the “V” sign. Some forgot a finger, but….
- Liz Dreyfus

The pain of love is the pain of being alive. It’s a perpetual wound.
- Maureen Duffy

All reduction of people to objects, all imposition of labels and patterns to which they must conform, all segregation can lead only to destruction.
- Maureen Duffy

One loses many laughs by not laughing at oneself.
- Sara Jeannette Duncan

If you have anything to tell me of importance, for God’s sake begin at the end.
- Sara Jeannette Duncan

Any intelligent woman who reads the marriage contract, and then goes into it, deserves all the consequences.
- Isadora Duncan

You were once wild here. Don’t let them tame you!
- Isadora Duncan

Most human beings today waste some twenty-five to thirty years of their lives before they break through the actual and conventional lies which surround them.
- Isadora Duncan

What a price we pay for the glories of motherhood.
- Isadora Duncan

Change is an easy panacea. It takes character to stay in one place and be happy there.
- Elizabeth Clarke Dunn

Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace. The soul that knows it not, knows no release from little things; knows not the livid loneliness of fear.
- Amelia Earhart

Adventure is worthwhile in itself.
- Amelia Earhart

It is all right for the lion and lamb to lie down together if they are both asleep, but if one of them begins to get active it is dangerous.
- Crystal Eastman

One must never look for happiness: one meets it by the way….
- Isabelle Eberhardt

In youth we learn; in age we understand.
- Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach

We don’t believe in rheumatism and true love until after the first attack.
- Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach

You stay young as long as you can learn, acquire new habits and suffer contradiction.
- Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

Being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable.
- Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach

Sin makes its own hell, and goodness its own heaven.
- Mary Baker Eddy

To live and let live, without clamor for distinction or recognition; to wait on divine love; to write truth first on the tablet of one’s own heart–this is the sanity and perfection of living, and my human ideal.
- Mary Baker Eddy

Parents have become so convinced that educators know what is best for children that they forget that they themselves are really the experts.
- Marian Wright Edelman

We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.
- Marian Wright Edelman

All play and no work makes Jack a mere toy.
- Maria Edgeworth

The human heart, at whatever age, opens only to the heart that opens in return.
- Marie Edgeworth

If you are a fatalist, what can you do about it?
- Ann Edwards-Duff

What does not make sense is to conclude that societies in which men did not dominate women were societies in which women dominated men.
- Rianne Eisler

There’s many a one who would be idle if hunger didn’t pinch him; but the stomach sets us to work.
- George Eliot

It’s them as take advantage that get advantage in this world.
- George Eliot

I’ve never any pity for conceited people, because I think they carry their comfort about with them.
- George Eliot

I’m not denyin’ that women are foolish: God Almighty made ‘em to match the men.
- George Eliot

Having once embarked on your marital voyage, it is impossible not to be aware that you make no way and that the sea is not within sight–that, in fact, you are exploring an enclosed basin.
- George Eliot

No soul is desolate as long as there is a human being for whom it can feel trust and reverence.
- George Eliot

Our deeds determine us as much as we determine our deeds.
- George Eliot

Say “I love you” to those you love. The eternal silence is long enough to be silent in, and that awaits us all.
- George Eliot

In the man whose childhood has known caresses and kindness, there is always a fibre of memory that can be touched to gentle issues.
- George Eliot

The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.
- George Eliot

What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?
- George Eliot

No man can be wise on an empty stomach.
- George Eliot

We hand folks over to God’s mercy, and show none ourselves.
- George Eliot

It is never too late to be what you might have been.
- George Eliot

Iteration, like friction, is likely to generate heat instead of progress.
- George Eliot

In the love of a brave and faithful man there is always a strain of maternal tenderness; he gives out again those beams of protecting fondness which were shed on him as he lay on his mother’s knee.
- George Eliot

The responsibility of tolerance lies in those who have the wider vision.
- George Eliot

So to live is heaven; to make undying music in the world.
- George Eliot

Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles. What do we live for if not to make the world less difficult for each other?
- George Eliot

It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them.
- George Eliot

Cruelty, like every other vice, requires no motive outside of itself; it only requires opportunity.
- George Eliot

I like not only to be loved, but to be told I am loved.
- George Eliot

Mankind is not disposed to look narrowly into the conduct of great victors when their victory is on the right side.
- George Eliot

Blows are sarcasms turned stupid.
- George Eliot

Nothing is so good as it seems beforehand.
- George Eliot

Whether happiness may come or not, one should try and prepare one’s self to do without it.
- George Eliot

One must be poor to know the luxury of giving.
- George Eliot

It always seemed to me a sort of clever stupidity only to have one sort of talent–like a carrier pigeon.
- George Eliot

Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.
- George Eliot

It is vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquility: they must have action; and they will make it if the cannot find it.
- George Eliot

What we call despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope.
- George Eliot

No story is the same to us after a lapse of time; or rather we who read it are no longer the same interpreters.
- George Eliot

He was like the cock who thought the sun had risen to hear him crow.
- George Eliot

Breed is stronger than pasture.
- George Eliot

A difference of taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections.
- George Eliot

Our deeds will travel with us from afar,

And what we have been makes us what we are.
- George Eliot

Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact.
- George Eliot

I desire no future that will break the ties of the past.
- George Eliot

It is law that all things must be born in woman, even things invented by men.
- Agnes Whistling Elk

The purpose of medicine is power.
- Agnes Whistling Elk

All true sorcerers know how to steal power.
- Agnes Whistling Elk

Dreck is dreck and no amount of fancy polish is going to make it anything else.
- Linda Ellerbee

If men can run the world, why can’t they stop wearing neckties? How intelligent is it to start the day by tying a little noose around your neck?
- Linda Ellerbee

Humans must breathe, but corporations must make money.
- Alice Embree

The major concrete achievement of the women’s movement of the 1970s was the Dutch treat.
- Nora Ephron

The big cities of America are becoming Third World countries.
- Nora Ephron

If pregnancy were a book they would cut the last two chapters.
- Nora Ephron

If Sigmund Freud had watched Phil Donahue he would never have wondered what women want.
- Nora Ephron

In my sex fantasy, nobody ever loves me for my mind.
- Nora Ephron

…the desire to get married–which, I regret to say, I believe is basic and primal in women–is followed almost immediately by an equally basic and primal urge–which is to be single again.
- Nora Ephron

Beware of men who cry. It’s true that men who cry are sensitive to and in touch with their feelings, but the only feelings they tend to be sensitive to and in touch with are their own.
- Nora Ephron

As far as the men who are running for President are concerned, they aren’t even people I would date.
- Nora Ephron

Millions long for immortality who don’t know what to do on a rainy afternoon.
- Susan Ertz

The other line moves faster. This applies to all lines–bank, supermarket, tollbooth, customs, and so on. And don’t try to change lines. The Other Line–the one you were in originally–will then move faster.
- Barbara Ettore

When a woman behaves like a man, why doesn’t she behave like a nice man?
- Edith Evans

The great high of winning Wimbledon lasts for about a week. You go down in the record books, but you don’t have anything tangible to hold on to. But having a baby–there just isn’t any comparison.
- Chris Evert

You’ve got to take the initiative and play your game. In a decisive set, confidence is the difference.
- Chris Evert

Music is the voice of all sorrow, all joy. It needs no translation.
- Helen Exley

The hardest of all is learning to be a well of affection, and not a fountain, to show them that we love them, not when we feel like it, but when they do.
- Nan Fairbrother

The events of childhood do not pass, but repeat themselves like seasons of the year.
- Eleanor Farjeon

I have learned that to have a good friend is the purest of all God’s gifts, for it is a love that has no exchange of payment.
- Frances Farmer

The reason that the all-American boy prefers beauty to brains is that he can see better than he can think.
- Farrah Fawcett

We are told that “the hand which rocks the cradle rules the world.” I have lived in this world for over fifty years, but find no evidence of rulership in the act of cradle-rocking.
- Rebecca Latimer Felton

Never feel self-pity, the most destructive emotion there is. How awful to be caught up in the terrible squirrel cage of self.
- Millicent Fenwick

Being an old maid is like death by drowning–a really delightful sensation after you have ceased struggling.
- Edna Ferber

In order to write really well and convincingly, one must be somewhat poisoned by emotion. Dislike, displeasure, resentment, fault-finding, imagination, passionate remonstrance, a sense of injustice–they all make fine fuel.
- Edna Ferber

There is no denying the fact that writers should be read but not seen. Rarely are they a winsome sight.
- Edna Ferber

Living the past is a dull and lonely business; looking back strains the neck muscles, causes you to bump into people not going your way.
- Edna Ferber

A woman can look both moral and exciting–if she also looks as if it was quite a struggle.
- Edna Ferber

“Roast Beef Medium” is not a food. It is a philosophy.
- Edna Ferber

Life can’t ever really defeat a writer who is in love with writing, for life itself is a writer’s lover until death–fascinating, cruel, lavish, warm, cold, treacherous, constant.
- Edna Ferber

Spirituality is a kind of virgin wisdom, a knowing that comes prior to experience.
- Marilyn Ferguson

Of all the self-fulfilling prophecies in our culture, the assumption that aging means decline and poor health is probably the deadliest.
- Marilyn Ferguson

The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.
- Fanny Fern

The most important thing in a relationship between a man and a woman is that one of them be good at taking orders.
- Linda Festa

I was raised to sense what someone wanted me to be and be that kind of person. It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else’s eyes.
- Sally Field

I began to have an idea of my life, not as the slow shaping of achievement to fit my preconceived purposes, but as the gradual discovery and growth of a purpose which I did not know.
- Joanna Field

I’ve been on a diet for two weeks and all I’ve lost is two weeks.
- Totie Fields

I don’t want life to imitate art. I want life to be art.
- Carrie Fisher

I want to find myself before somebody bigger does.
- Carrie Fisher

A mother is not a person to lean on but a person to make leaning unnecessary.
- Dorothy Canfield Fisher

One of the many things nobody ever tells you about middle age is that it’s such a nice change from being young.
- Dorothy Canfield Fisher

I always wanted to blunt and blur what was painful. My idea [in taking drugs] was pain reduction and mind expansion, but I ended up with mind reduction and pain expansion.
- Carrie Fisher

I think of my body as a side effect of my mind. Like a thought I had once that manifested itself–Oops! Oh no! Manifested. Look at this. Now we have to buy clothes and everything.
- Carrie Fisher

I was street-smart–but unfortunately the street was Rodeo Drive.
- Carrie Fisher

My mom had the breakdown for the family, and I went into therapy for all of us.
- Carrie Fisher

Instant gratification takes too long.
- Carrie Fisher

You can’t find any true closeness in Hollywood, because everybody does the fake closeness so well.
- Carrie Fisher

As you get older, the pickings get slimmer, but the people don’t.
- Carrie Fisher

I am a spy in the house of me. I report back from the front lines of the battle that is me. I am somewhat nonplused by the event that is my life.
- Carrie Fisher

Nobody has ever measure, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.
- Zelda Fitzgerald

Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.
- Ella Fitzgerald

God has no hands but our hands and no tongue but our tongue.
- Annie Johnson Flint

No wonder young people are confused. Half are urged to find themselves; the other half are told to get lost.
- June Flynn

Habit is second nature.
- Eliza Lee Follen

The one important thing I have learned over the years is the difference between taking one’s work seriously and taking one’s self seriously. The first is imperative and the second disastrous.
- Margot Fonteyn

Life forms illogical patterns. It is haphazard and full of beauties which I try to catch as they fly by, for who knows whether any of them will ever return?
- Margot Fonteyn

Minor things can become moments of great revelation when encountered for the first time.
- Margot Fonteyn

It’s always been my feeling that God lends you your children until they’re about eighteen years old. If you haven’t made your points with them by then, it’s too late.
- Betty Ford

Language is wonderful thing. It can be used to express thoughts, to conceal thoughts, but more often, to replace thinking.
- Kelly Fordyce

Trouble is a sieve through which we sift our acquaintances. Those too big to pass through are our friends.
- Arlene Francis

Whoever is happy will make others happy too.
- Anne Frank

I don’t think of all the misery, but of all the beauty that still remains.
- Anne Frank

Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.
- Anne Frank

Choice has always been a privilege of those who could afford to pay for it.
- Ellen Frankfort

Of course, there’s no such thing a a totally objective person, except Almighty God, if she exists.
- Antonia Fraser

When a man gets up to speak, people listen then look. When a woman gets up, people look; then, if they like what they see, they listen.
- Pauline Frederick

Fear is a question. What are you afraid of and why? Our fears are a treasure house of self knowledge if we explore them.
- Marilyn French

To nourish children and raise them against odds is in any time, any place, more valuable than to fix bolts in cars or design nuclear weapons.
- Marilyn French

Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training.
- Anna Freud

If a few lustful and erotic reveries make the housework go by “as if in a dream,” why not?
- Nancy Friday

When she stopped conforming to the conventional picture of femininity she finally began to enjoy being a woman.
- Betty Friedan

Don’t accept that others know you better than yourself.
- Sonja Friedman

It is not lonely at the top. It’s better to be competent than well liked.
- Martha Friedman

This is a youth-oriented society, and the joke is on them because youth is a disease from which we all recover.
- Dorothy Fuldheim

I am suffocated and lost when I have not the bright feeling of progression.
- Margaret Fuller

Reverence the highest, have patience with the lowest. Let this day’s performance of the meanest duty be thy religion. Are the stars too distant, pick up the pebble that lies at thy feet, and from it learn the all.
- Margaret Fuller

The especial genius of women I believe to be electrical in movement, intuitive in function, spiritual in tendency.
- Margaret Fuller

Never reach out your hand unless you’re willing to extend an arm.
- Elizabeth Fuller

If your dreams never come true, stop dreaming.
- Elizabeth Fuller

A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.
- Margaret Fuller

Husbands are like fires–they go out when unattended.
- Zsa Zsa Gabor

Macho does not prove mucho.
- Zsa Zsa Gabor

Love is a game that two can play and both win.
- Eva Gabor

A girl must marry for love, and keep on marrying until she finds it.
- Zsa Zsa Gabor

Getting divorced just because you don’t love a man is almost as silly as getting married just because you do.
- Zsa Zsa Gabor

I want a man who’s kind and understanding. Is that too much to ask of a millionaire?
- Zsa Zsa Gabor

A man in love is incomplete until he he is married. Then he’s finished.
- Zsa Zsa Gabor

I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man I keep his house.
- Zsa Zsa Gabor

You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.
- Indira Gandhi

There are many things in your heart you can never tell to another person. They are you, your private joys and sorrows, and you can never tell them. You cheapen them, the inside of yourself when you tell them.
- Greta Garbo

I’ve always wanted two lives: one for the movies, and one for myself.
- Greta Garbo

Borrowed thoughts, like borrowed money, only show the poverty of the borrower.
- Marguerite Gardiner

If I am such a legend, why am I so lonely?
- Judy Garland

I was born at the age of twelve on the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer lot.
- Judy Garland

I’ll not listen to reason. Reason always means what someone else has got to say.
- Elizabeth Gaskell

If you want to succeed in the world it is necessary, when entering a salon, that your vanity should bow to that of others.
- Madame de Genlis

The most popular labor-saving device is still money.
- Phyllis George

You can bear anything if it isn’t your own fault.
- Katherine Fullerton Gerould

Hard indeed, in a world which has come to feel that it is more important to have an automobile to get away from the home with, than to have a home which you might like to stay in.
- Katherine Fullerton Gerould

I’m a publisher because it’s a cover for my indulgence. I love to read all day. But I come from nice Puritan stock, and I grew up believing that you have to work all day, so I made reading my work.
- Ann Getty

It is not only our errors which ruin us, but our way of conducting ourselves after committing them.
- Yvette Gilbert

The discovery now being celebrated by men in mid-life of the importance of intimacy, relationships, and care is something that women have known from the beginning.
- Carol Gilligan

In the different voice of women lies the truth of an ethic of care, the tie between relationship and responsibility, and the origins of aggression in the failure of connection.
- Carol Gilligan

A concept is stronger than a fact.
- Charlotte Perkins Gillman

There is no female mind. The brain is not an organ of sex. Might as well speak of a female liver.
- Charlotte Perkins Gillman

The people people have for friends Your common sense appall, But the people people marry Are the queerest folk of all.
- Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Where young boys plan for what they will achieve and attain, young girls plan for whom they will achieve and attain.
- Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The women who do the most work get the least money, and the women who have the most money do the least work.
- Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Fighting is essentially a masculine idea; a woman’s weapon is her tongue.
- Hermione Gingold

Instinct is the nose of the mind.
- Madame de Girardin

Off-the-rack solutions, like bargain basement dresses, never fit anyone.
- Françoise Giroud

Advisors are generally brilliant theoreticians but wretched practitioners.
- Françoise Giroud

What you get is a living–what you give is a life.
- Lillian Gish

Never get caught acting.
- Lillian Gish

It’s easier to act your way into new ways of feeling than to feel yourself into new ways of acting.
- Susan Glaser

All change is not growth; all movement is not forward.
- Ellen Glasgow

I suppose I am a born novelist, for the things I imagine are more vital and vivid to me than the things I remember.
- Ellen Glasgow

The only difference between a rut and a grave is their dimensions.
- Ellen Glasgow

Women like to sit down with trouble as if it were knitting.
- Ellen Glasgow

There wouldn’t be half as much fun in the world if it weren’t for children and men, and there ain’t a mite of difference between them under the skins.
- Ellen Glasgow

Women are one of the Almighty’s enigmas to prove to men that He knows more than they do.
- Ellen Glasgow

The act of longing for something will always be more intense than the requiting of it.
- Gail Godwin

One is taught by experience to put a premium on those few people who can appreciate you for what you are.
- Gail Godwin

The race of children possesses magically sagacious powers!
- Gail Godwin

Dreams say what they mean, but they don’t say it in daytime language.
- Gail Godwin

I believe that dreams transport us through the underside of our days, and that if we wish to become acquainted with the dark side of what we are, the signposts are there, waiting for us to translate them.
- Gail Godwin

Some things… arrive in their own mysterious hour, on their own terms and not yours, to be seized or relinquished forever.
- Gail Godwin

We never talked, my family. We communicated by putting Ann Landers articles on the refrigerator.
- Judy Gold

The strongest bulwark of authority is uniformity; the least divergence from it is the greatest crime.
- Emma Goldman

On writing: If they didn’t pay me, I’d do it for nothing.
- Laurel Goldman

The ultimate end of all revolutionary social change is to establish the sanctity of human life, the dignity of man, the right of every human being to liberty and well-being.
- Emma Goldman

Idealists… foolish enough to throw caution to the winds… have advanced mankind and have enriched the world.
- Emma Goldman

There is no hope even that women, with her right to vote, will ever purify politics.
- Emma Goldman

I know of no pleasure that quite matches that of seeing your youngster proudly flaunting something you have made.
- Ruth Goode

In the effort to give good and comforting answers to the young questioners whom we love, we very often arrive at good and comforting answers for ourselves.
- Ruth Goode

If women can sleep their way to the top, how come they aren’t there?
- Ellen Goodman

When we describe what the other person is really like, I suppose we often picture what we want. We look through the prism of our need.
- Ellen Goodman

It appears that the current stairway to heaven is lined with celery sticks. Everyone wants to be Born Again–three sizes smaller.
- Ellen Goodman

The more complete one’s life is, the more one’s creative capacities are fulfilled, the less one fears death…. People are not afraid of death per se, but of the incompleteness of their lives.
- Lisl Marburg Goodman

Electric clocks aren’t entirely useless when the power goes off. They tell you exactly when it happened.
- Jane Goodsell

To be alone is to be different; to be different is to be alone.
- Suzanne Gordon

A woman may develop wrinkles and cellulite, lose her waistline, her bustline, her ability to bear a child, even her sense of humor, but none of that implies a loss of her sexuality, her femininity.
- Barbara Gordon

Never give up; and never, under any circumstances, no matter what–never face the facts.
- Ruth Gordon

In our family we don’t divorce our men–we bury them.
- Ruth Gordon

You have to have a talent for having talent.
- Ruth Gordon

While others may argue about whether the world ends with a bang or a whimper, I just want to make sure mine doesn’t end with a whine.
- Barbara Gordon

Once the children were in the house the air became more vivid and more heated; every object in the house grew more alive.
- Mary Gordon

One should never be sexually involved with anyone one genuinely cares for. A sexual relationship guarantees a loss.
- Mary Gordon

We challenge one another to be funnier and smarter…. It’s the way friends make love to one another.
- Annie Gottlieb

Respect… is appreciation of the separateness of the other person, of the ways in which he or she is unique.
- Annie Gottlieb

I believe one thing: that today is yesterday and tomorrow is today and you can’t stop.
- Martha Graham

…learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to live by practicing living, the principles are the same.
- Martha Graham

Nothing is more revealing than movement.
- Martha Graham

You can have anything you want if you want it desperately enough. You must want it with an inner exuberance that erupts through the skin and joins the energy that created the world.
- Sheila Graham

I always thought if you worked hard enough and tried hard enough, things would work out. I was wrong.
- Katherine Graham

Once, power was considered a masculine attribute. In fact, power has no sex.
- Katherine Graham

I’ve been married to one Marxist and one Fascist, and neither one would take the garbage out.
- Lee Grant

I am having trouble managing the mansion. What I need is a wife.
- Ella T. Grasso

Music is the voice of all humanity, of whatever time or place. In its presence we are one.
- Charlotte Gray

Only friends will tell you the truths you need to hear to make your life bearable.
- Francine Du Plessix Gray

I shall be an autocrat: that’s my trade. And the good Lord will forgive me: that’s His.
- Catherine the Great

I’ve always argued that it is just as desirable, just as possible, to have philosopher plumbers as philosopher kings.
- Edith Starrett Green

The way to do research is to attack the facts at the point of greatest astonishment.
- Celia Green

Freud is the father of psychoanalysis. It has no mother.
- Germaine Greer

I love men like some people like good food or wine.
- Germaine Greer

The fear of freedom is strong within us.
- Germaine Greer

There is no such thing as security. There never has been.
- Germaine Greer

Love is the drug which makes sexuality palatable in popular mythology.
- Germaine Greer

Loneliness is never more cruel than when it is felt in close propinquity with someone who has ceased to communicate.
- Germaine Greer

The essence of pleasure is spontaneity.
- Germaine Greer

There is no such thing as the pursuit of happiness, but there is the discovery of joy.
- Joyce Grenfell

To have a reason to get up in the morning, it is necessary to possess a guiding principle.
- Judith Guest

I got more children than I can rightly take care of, but I ain’t got more than I can love.
- Ossie Guffy

Even when I know it isn’t true, some little part of me always clings to the hope that everything would be different if I just had a new color of lipstick.
- Cathy Guisewite

I wanted to sleep with him and I didn’t know how to do it without getting married. I talked to everybody, my priest, my doctor, and they all said, “Do it. Get married.” Now I could punch them in the nose.
- Joan Hackett

What I know about money, I learned the hard way–by having had it.
- Margaret Halsey

Whenever I dwell for any length of time on my own shortcomings, they gradually begin to seem mild, harmless, rather engaging little things, not at all like the staring defects in other people’s characters.
- Margaret Halsey

If you are all wrapped up in yourself, you are overdressed.
- Kate Halverson

…so little stress is laid on the pleasure of becoming an educated person, the enormous interest it adds to life. To be able to be caught up in the world of thought–that is to be educated.
- Edith Hamilton

When the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again.
- Edith Hamilton

My parents always told me that people will never know how long it takes you to do something. They will only know how well it is done.
- Nancy Hanks

There is always something left to love. And if you ain’t learned that, you ain’t learned nothing.
- Lorraine Hansberry

Don’t be afraid your life will end; be afraid that it will never begin.
- Grace Hansen

A wedding is just like a funeral except that you get to smell your own flowers.
- Grace Hansen

Only when he voluntarily chooses that which he inexorably must do, has man any free will at all.
- M. Esther Harding

Yet if any human being is to reach full maturity both the masculine and the feminine sides of the personality must be brought up into consciousness.
- M. Esther Harding

There are books and there is literature. I have never met anyone who bought a book on the bestseller lists.
- Elizabeth Hardwick

One nice thing about egotists: They don’t talk about other people.
- Lucille S. Harper

The bravest thing you can do when you are not brave is to profess courage and act accordingly.
- Corra Harris

I refuse to believe that trading recipes is silly. Tuna-fish casserole is at least as real as corporate stock.
- Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

To be meek, patient, tactful, modest, honorable, brave, is not to be either manly or womanly; it is to be humane.
- Jane Harrison

Beware of people carrying ideas. Beware of ideas carrying people.
- Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

The only person I really believe in is me.
- Deborah Harry

Before you were conceived I wanted you Before you were born I loved you Before you were here an hour I would die for you This is the miracle of life.
- Maureen Hawkins

The biggest lesson we have to give our children is truth. And that’s what I’m saying: that we’re all built with illusions. And they break.
- Goldie Hawn

Comedy breaks down walls. It opens up people. If you’re good, you can fill up those openings with something positive. Maybe you can combat some of the ugliness in the world.
- Goldie Hawn

One has to grow up with good talk in order to form the habit of it.
- Helen Hayes

What is important is that one is capable of love. It is perhaps the only glimpse we are permitted of eternity.
- Helen Hayes

Only the poet can look beyond the detail and see the whole picture.
- Helen Hayes

Perhaps we have been misguided into taking too much responsibility from our children, leaving them too little room for discovery.
- Helen Hayes

The hardest years in life are those between ten and seventy.
- Helen Hayes

A discipline I have observed is an attitude of love and reverence to people.
- Bessie Head

Your dresses should be tight enough to show you’re a woman and loose enough to show you’re a lady.
- Edith Head

Whenever I want a really nice meal, I start dating again.
- Susan Healey

If there’s a choice between talking and not talking, always choose talking, even if it’s more difficult.
- Grace Hechinger

Babies don’t need fathers, but mothers do. Someone who is taking care of a baby needs to be taken care of.
- Amy Heckerling

Mama seemed to do only what my father wanted, and yet we lived the way my mother wanted us to live.
- Lillian Hellman

Nobody outside of a baby carriage or a judge’s chamber believes in an unprejudiced point of view.
- Lillian Hellman

I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year’s fashions.
- Lillian Hellman

Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.
- Lillian Hellman

People change and forget to tell each other.
- Lillian Hellman

Everybody’s mother still cares.
- Lillian Hellman

Fashions in sin change.
- Lillian Hellman

I like people who refuse to speak until they are ready to speak.
- Lillian Hellman

If I had to give young writers advice, I’d say don’t listen to writers talking about writing.
- Lillian Hellman

The convictions of Hollywood and television are made of boiled money.
- Lillian Hellman

It is a mark of many famous people that they cannot part with their brightest hour.
- Lillian Hellman

My mother was dead for five years before I knew that I loved her very much.
- Lillian Hellman

Since when do you have to agree with people to defend them from injustice?
- Lillian Hellman

I think housework is the reason most women go to the office.
- Heloise

If you think of yourself as the woman in the Cartier watch and the Hermes scarf, a house fire will destroy not only your possessions but your self.
- Linda Henley

I think most of the people involved in any art always secretly wonder whether they are really there because they’re good–or there because they’re lucky.
- Katharine Hepburn

I don’t care what is written about me so long as it isn’t true.
- Katharine Hepburn

When I started out, I didn’t have any desire to be an actress or to learn how to act. I just wanted to be famous.
- Katharine Hepburn

Death will be a great relief. No more interviews.
- Katherine Hepburn

Sometimes I wonder if men and women really suit each other. Perhaps they should live next door and just visit now and then.
- Katharine Hepburn

If you always do what interests you, then at least one person is pleased.
- Katharine Hepburn

If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun.
- Katharine Hepburn

Plain women know more about men than beautiful ones do.
- Katharine Hepburn

It is the plain women who know about love; the beautiful women are too busy being fascinating.
- Katharine Hepburn

If you have to support yourself, you had bloody well better find some way that is going to be interesting. And you don’t do that by sitting around wondering about yourself.
- Katharine Hepburn

There is a fine line between healthy dissent and arrogant disregard for authority.
- Pamela Herr

We measure success and depth by length of time, but it is possible to have a deep relationship that doesn’t always stay the same.
- Barbara Hershey

Liberty too can corrupt, and absolute liberty can corrupt absolutely.
- Gertrude Himmelfarb

In the Primordial Age Woman Was Once the Sun!
- Raicho Hiratsuka

Stop looking at the opposite sex as the enemy.
- Abby Hirsch

Don’t describe your long-term marital ambitions on the first date.
- Abby Hirsch

I’m suggesting we call sex something else, and it should include everything from kissing to sitting close together.
- Shere Hite

I gave my life to learning how to live. Now that I have organized it all it’s just about over.
- Sandra Hochman

If I had learned to type, I never would have made brigadier general.
- Brigadier General Elizabeth P. Hoisington

Never trust anyone who wants what you’ve got. Friend or no, envy is an overwhelming emotion.
- Blyth Holbrooke

You’ve got to have something to eat and a little love in your life before you can hold still for any damn body’s sermon on how to behave.
- Billie Holiday

I never hurt nobody but myself and that’s nobody’s business but my own.
- Billie Holiday

Don’t threaten me with love, baby.
- Billie Holiday

Guilt is the price we pay willingly for doing what we are going to do anyway.
- Isabelle Holland

I’m always making a comeback, but nobody ever tells me where I’ve been.
- Billie Holiday

When a person that one loves is in the world and alive and well… then to miss them is only a new flavor, a salt sharpness in experience.
- Winifred Holtby

You don’t manage people; you manage things. You lead people.
- Admiral Grace Hooper

Genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains.
- Jane E. Hopkins

Nobody’s interested in sweetness and light.
- Hedda Hopper

In my early days I was a sepia Hedy Lamarr. Now I’m black and a woman, singing my own way.
- Lena Horne

Cooking is love–it should be entered into with abandon, or not at all.
- Harriet Van Horne

Fortunately analysis is not the only way to resolve inner conflicts. Life itself still remains a very effective therapist.
- Karen Horney

Don’t you think that the best things are already in view?
- Julia Ward Howe

Etiquette is what you are doing when people are looking and listening. What you are thinking is your business.
- Virginia Cary Hudson

Security is not the meaning of my life. Great opportunities are worth the risks.
- Shirley Hufstedler

It is the weakness and danger of republics, that the vices as well as the virtues of the people are represented in their legislation.
- Mary H. Hunt

Through our children we… have a kind of spiritual reprieve.
- Edith F. Hunter

It takes a clever man to turn cynic and a wise man to be clever enough not to.
- Fannie Hurst

Sex is discovery.
- Fannie Hurst

I’m not happy when I’m writing, but I’m more unhappy when I’m not.
- Fannie Hurst

My epitaph should read: “She worked herself into this ground.”
- Kay Bailey Hutchinson

Washington is an endless series of mock palaces clearly built for clerks.
- Ada Louise Huxtable

God may forgive you, but I never can.
- Queen Elizabeth I

It is better die on your feet than to live on your knees.
- Dolores Ibarruri

True patriotism doesn’t exclude an understanding of the patriotism of others.
- Queen Elizabeth II

All my possessions for one moment of time.
- Queen Elizabeth I

It had been my repeated experience that when you said to life calmly and firmly (but very firmly!), “I trust you; do what you must,” life had an uncanny way of responding to your need.
- Olga Ilyin

A healthful hunger for a great idea is the beauty and blessedness of life.
- Jean Ingelow

Women prefer men who have something tender about them–especially the legal kind.
- Kay Ingram

It is easy to be independent when you’ve got money. But to be independent when you haven’t got a thing–that’s the Lord’s test.
- Mahalia Jackson

The important thing in acting is to be able to laugh and cry. If I have to cry, I think of my sex life. If I have to laugh, I think of my sex life.
- Glenda Jackson

I used to believe that anything was better than nothing. Now I know that sometimes nothing is better.
- Glenda Jackson

If I’m too strong for some people, that’s their problem.
- Glenda Jackson

Cloning is the sincerest form of flattery.
- Janet Jacobsen

What a sense of superiority it gives one to escape reading a book which everyone else is reading.
- Alice James

I suppose one has a greater sense of intellectual degradation after an interview with a doctor than from any human experience.
- Alice James

What we truly and earnestly aspire to be, that in some sense we are. The mere aspiration, by changing the frame of the mind, for the moment realizes itself.
- Anna Jameson

All government and exercise of power, no matter in what form, which is not based on love, and directed by knowledge, is tyranny.
- Anna Jameson

In morals, what begins in fear usually ends in wickedness; in religion, what begins in fear usually ends in fanaticism.
- Anna Jameson

A man may be as much a fool from the want of sensibility as the want of sense.
- Anna Jameson

The bread of life is love, the salt of life is work, the sweetness of life is poesy, and the water of life is faith.
- Anna Jameson

We haven’t come a long way, we’ve come a short way. If we hadn’t come a short way, no one would be calling us “baby.”
- Elizabeth Janeway

It seems to me highly improbable that women are going to realize their human potential without alienating men–some men, anyway.
- Elizabeth Janeway

Power is the ability not to have to please.
- Elizabeth Janeway

The most serious threat to the survival of mankind is not now ignorance in the traditional sense, but a morally neutral, an insensitive or inhibited human intelligence.
- Margo Jefferson

Girls got balls. They’re just a little higher up, that’s all.
- Joan Jett

Yes’m, old friends is always best, ‘less you can catch a new one that’s fit to make an old one out of.
- Sarah Orne Jewett

I see so many of these new folks nowadays, that seem to have neither past nor future. Conversation’s got to have some root in the past, or else you’ve got to explain every remark, an’ it wears a person out.
- Sarah Orne Jewett

Tact is after all a kind of mind reading.
- Sarah Orne Jewett

There are times not to flirt. When you’re sick. When you’re with children. When you’re on the witness stand.
- Joyce Jillson

God made man, and then said I can do better than that and made woman.
- Adela Rogers St. Johns

I think every woman is entitled to a middle husband she can forget.
- Adela Rogers St. Johns

There is so little difference between husbands you might as well keep the first.
- Adele Rogers St. Johns

Joy seems to me a step beyond happiness– happiness is a sort of atmosphere you can live in sometimes when you’re lucky. Joy is a light that fills you with hope and faith and love.
- Adela Rogers St. Johns

While the spirit of neighborliness was important on the frontier because neighbors were so few, it is even more important now because our neighbors are so many.
- Lady Bird Johnson

The novelist, afraid his ideas may be foolish, slyly puts them in the mouth of some other fool and reserves the right to disavow them.
- Dianne Johnson

Whenever tragedy strikes and people ask, “Why did this have to happen to me?” I always want to say to them, “Why not you? Are you so much different from the rest of the human race?”
- Winnie Johnson

Sainthood is acceptable only in saints.
- Pamela Hansford Johnson

Be fond of the man who jests at his scars, if you like; but never believe he is being on the level with you.
- Pamela Hansford Johnson

Telling it like it is means telling it like it was and how it is now that it isn’t what it was to the is now people.
- Jill Johnston

Failing to plan is a plan to fail.
- Effie Jones

Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living.
- “Mother” Mary Jones

Now, as always, the most automated appliance in a household is the mother.
- Beverly Jones

Gossip is the opiate of the oppressed.
- Erica Jong

When I was a ten-year-old book worm and used to kiss the dust jacket pictures of authors as if they were icons, it used to amaze me that these remote people could provoke me to love.
- Erica Jong

Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.
- Erica Jong

Take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame.
- Erica Jong

Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t.
- Erica Jong

I have not ceased being fearful, but I have ceased to let fear control me. I have accepted fear as part of life– specifically fear of change and fear of the unknown; and I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart…
- Erica Jong

Writing is one of the few professions left where you take all the responsibility for what you do. It’s really dangerous and ultimately destroys you as a writer if you start thinking about responses to your work or what your audience needs.
- Erica Jong

I went for years not finishing anything. Because, of course, when you finish something you can be judged…. I had poems which were rewritten so many times I suspect it was just a way of avoiding sending them out.
- Erica Jong

Men have always detested women’s gossip because they suspect the truth: their measurements are being taken and compared.
- Erica Jong

Solitude is un-American.
- Erica Jong

Men and women, women and men. It will never work.
- Erica Jong

Show me a woman who doesn’t feel guilty and I’ll show you a man.
- Erica Jong

And the trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.
- Erica Jong

You see an awful lot of smart guys with dumb women, but you hardly ever see a smart woman with a dumb guy.
- Erica Jong

The trick is not how much pain you feel–but how much joy you feel. Any idiot can feel pain. Life is full of excuses to feel pain, excuses not to live, excuses, excuses, excuses.
- Erica Jong

Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.
- Janis Joplin

Do not call for black power or green power. Call for brain power.
- Barbara Jordan

I never intended to become a run-of-the-mill person.
- Barbara Jordan

We’re still not where we’re going but we’re still not where we were.
- Natasha Josefowitz

Alimony is a system by which, when two people make a mistake, one of them keeps paying for it.
- Peggy Joyce

I pray hard, work hard and leave the rest to God.
- Florence Griffith Joyner

I like being unconventional.
- Florence Griffith Joyner

For a list of all the ways technology has failed to improve the quality of life, please press three.
- Alice Kahn

My father refused to have his photograph taken because he, like the Indians, believed that the camera captured your spirit. I don’t like having my picture taken because I believe the camera captures your image.
- Alice Kahn

Women want freedom from pain, security, creature comforts, and an end to loneliness. When you get down to the basics, it’s still the same old story, a fight for love and glory….
- Alice Kahn

Don’t wait for your “ship to come in,” and feel angry and cheated when it doesn’t. Get going with something small.
- Irene C. Kassoria

I once complained to my father that I didn’t seem to be able to do things the same way other people did. Dad’s advice? “Margo, don’t be a sheep. People hate sheep. They eat sheep.”
- Margo Kaufman

Remarriage is an excellent test of just how amicable your divorce was.
- Margo Kaufman

The only thing worse than a man you can’t control is a man you can.
- Margo Kaufman

When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.
- Helen Keller

My darkness has been filled with the light of intelligence, and behold, the outer day-lit world was stumbling and groping in social blindness.
- Helen Keller

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows.
- Helen Keller

Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.
- Helen Keller

Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
- Helen Keller

Alone we can so do little; together we can do so much.
- Helen Keller

Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disfranchised. No barrier of the senses shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourse of my book friends. They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness.
- Helen Keller

The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision.
- Helen Keller

One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.
- Helen Keller

I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do.
- Helen Keller

I thank God for my handicaps, for through them, I have found myself, my work and my God.
- Helen Keller

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature.
- Helen Keller

Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.
- Helen Keller

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.
- Helen Keller

I can see, and that is why I can be so happy in what you call the dark, but which to me is golden. I can see a God-made world, not a man-made world.
- Helen Keller

I do not want the peace which passeth understanding, I want the understanding which bringeth peace.
- Helen Keller

To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.
- Helen Keller

If we make our goal to live a life of compassion and unconditional love, then the world will indeed become a garden where all kinds of flowers can bloom and grow.
- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from.
- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.
- Helen Keller

The heresy of one age becomes the orthodoxy of the next.
- Helen Keller

Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all–the apathy of human beings.
- Helen Keller

We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.
- Helen Keller

No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.
- Helen Keller

I tried to stop smoking cigarettes by telling myself I just didn’t want to smoke, but I didn’t believe myself.
- Barbara Kelly

I became a feminist as an alternative to becoming a masochist.
- Sally Kempton

It is hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head.
- Sally Kempton

Men are brought up to command, women to seduce.
- Sally Kempton

There’s one sure way to telling when politicians aren’t telling the truth–their lips move.
- Felicity Kendal

I’m just a loud-mouthed middle-aged colored lady… and a lot of people think I’m crazy. Maybe you do too, but I never stop to wonder why I’m not like other people. The mystery to me is why more people aren’t like me.
- Florynce Kennedy

The biggest sin is sitting on your ass.
- Florynce Kennedy

Birds sing after a storm, why shouldn’t we?
- Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy

I looked on child rearing not only as work of love and duty but as a profession that was fully as interesting and challenging as any honorable profession in the world and one that demanded the best that I could bring to it.
- Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy

Life isn’t a matter of milestones but of moments.
- Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy

If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament.
- Florynce Kennedy

Don’t agonize. Organize.
- Florynce Kennedy

If you’re longing for the good old days, you’re not partaking of the good new days.
- Sheryl Kennedy

As a girl my temper often got out of bounds. But one day when I became angry at a friend over some trivial matter, my mother said to me, “Elizabeth, anyone who angers you conquers you.”
- Sister Elizabeth Kenny

Love the moment, and the energy of that moment will spread beyond all boundaries.
- Corita Kent

Hit’s a lot worse to be soul-hungry than to be body-hungry.
- A Woman from Kentucky

I don’t think you should have to go to high school until you are at least forty, you’ve had lost of therapy, and you’re ready for it.
- Marilyn Kentz

I think success has no rules, but you can learn a lot from failure.
- Jean Kerr

Partying is such sweet sorrow.
- Jean Kerr

Even though a number of people have tried, no one has yet found a way to drink for a living.
- Jean Kerr

Women speak because they wish to speak, whereas a man speaks only when driven to speech by something outside himself–like, for instance, he can’t find any clean socks.
- Jean Kerr

Being divorced is like being hit by a Mack truck. If you live through it, you start looking very carefully to the right and to the left.
- Jean Kerr

The real menace in dealing with a five-year-old is that in no time at all you begin to sound like a five-year-old.
- Jean Kerr

Personally, I think if a woman hasn’t met the right man by the time she’s 24, she may be lucky.
- Deborah Kerr

Hope is the feeling you have that the feeling you have isn’t permanent.
- Jean Kerr

Marrying a man is like buying something you’ve been admiring for a long time in a shop window. You may love it when you get it home, but it doesn’t always go with everything else in the house.
- Jean Kerr

The average, healthy, well-adjusted adult gets up at seven-thirty in the morning feeling just plain terrible.
- Jean Kerr

Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forward.
- Susan Kierbegaard

You can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time. And that’s sufficient.
- Rose King

Be bold. If you’re going to make an error, make a doozy, and don’t be afraid to hit the ball.
- Billie Jean King

If you’re small, you better be a winner.
- Billie Jean King

Champions take responsibility. When the ball is coming over the net, you can be sure I want the ball.
- Billie Jean King

Familiarity doesn’t breed contempt, it is contempt.
- Florence King

There’s no national glue holding us together because somebody put too much pluribus in the unum.
- Florence King

We worship education but hate learning.
- Florence King

I’m for prayer in the schools because ritual and ceremony are calming and civilizing, and the little fartlings should be tamped down whenever possible.
- Florence King

Children are satisfied with the stork story up to a certain age because the little fartlings are the world’s most crustaceous reactionaries; they don’t want to know, the don’t want their preconceived opinions toppled.
- Florence King

When alone I am not aware of my race or my sex, both in need of social contexts for definition.
- Maxine Hong Kingston

I don’t see much of Alfred any more since he got so interested in sex.
- Mrs. Alfred Kinsey

Fortunately for children, the uncertainties of the present always give way to the enchanted possibilities of the future.
- Gelsey Kirkland

Truth, which is important to a scholar, has got to be concrete. And there is nothing more concrete than dealing with babies, burps and bottles, frogs and mud.
- Jeane J. Kirkpatrick

Success and failure are both greatly overrated. But failure gives you a whole lot more to talk about.
- Hildegard Knef

I discovered I always have choices and sometimes it’s only a choice of attitude.
- Judith M. Knowlton

What is important to a relationship is a harmony of emotional roles and not too great a disparity in the general level of intelligence.
- Mirra Komarovsky

Procrastination gives you something to look forward to.
- Joan Konner

This life isn’t bad for a first draft.
- Joan Konner

It’s better to have a rich soul than to be rich.
- Olga Korbut

…you have to do more than exchange Christmas cards or call each other once a year. There has to be some continued support and attention; otherwise the relationship is a sentimental attachment rather than a true friendship.
- Dolores Kreisman

The ultimate lesson all of us have to learn is unconditional love, which includes not only others but ourselves as well.
- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

We are, each of us, our own prisoner. We are locked up in our own story.
- Maxine Kumin

The Dust Bowl overlaid on the Great Depression taught us to “use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.”
- Mary Tullis Kunde

It is not lack of polling data or campaign contributions which keeps many women from ascending higher on the political ladder. It is fear and loathing for the political system itself.
- Madeleine Kunin

Because I am a storyteller I live by words. Perhaps music is a purer art form. It may be that when we communicate with life on another planet, it will be through music, not through language or words.
- Madeleine L’Engle

The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.
- Madeleine L’Engle

I do not think that I will ever reach a stage when I will say, “This is what I believe. Finished.” What I believe is alive… and open to growth….
- Madeleine L’Engle

Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid.
- Hedy Lamarr

One of the secrets of a long and fruitful life is to forgive everybody everything every night before you go to bed.
- Ann Landers

Class has nothing to do with money…. It is self-discipline and self-knowledge. It’s the sure-footedness that comes with having proved you can meet life.
- Ann Landers

In the final analysis it is not what you do for your children but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.
- Ann Landers

Television has proved that people will look at anything rather than each other.
- Ann Landers

One of the best ways to measure people is to watch the way they behave when something free is offered.
- Ann Landers

Keep in mind that the true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good.
- Ann Landers

Rose-colored glasses are never made in bifocals. Nobody wants to read the small print in dreams.
- Ann Landers

No thoroughly occupied man was ever yet very miserable.
- Letitia Landon

Childhood, whose very happiness is love.
- Letitia Landon

Art is the objectification of feeling, and subjectification of nature.
- Susanne K. Langer

To be successful, the first thing to do is fall in love with your work.
- Sister Mary Lauretta

The only thing that seems eternal and natural in motherhood is ambivalence.
- Jane Lazarre

All God’s children are not beautiful. Most of God’s children are, in fact, barely presentable.
- Fran Lebowitz

Nature has her enthusiasts, but on the whole, I am not to be counted among them. To put it rather bluntly, I am not the type who wants to go back to the land; I am the type who wants to go back to the hotel.
- Fran Lebowitz

I figure you have the same chance of winning the lottery whether you play or not.
- Fran Lebowitz

There is no such thing as inner peace. There is only nervousness and death.
- Fran Lebowitz

Women who insist upon having the same options as men would do well to consider the option of being the strong, silent type.
- Fran Lebowitz

Randomness scares people. Religion is a way to explain randomness.
- Fran Lebowitz

I’m sure that being sober all these years accounts for my ill humor.
- Fran Lebowitz

Nothing succeeds like address.
- Fran Lebowitz

Romantic love is mental illness. But it’s a pleasurable one. It’s a drug. It distorts reality, and that’s the point of it. It would be impossible to fall in love with someone that you really saw.
- Fran Lebowitz

Success didn’t spoil me; I’ve always been insufferable.
- Fran Lebowitz

I walk a lot in New York, not for the exercise but to get from place to place, and because it’s the way of having the least contact with human beings.
- Fran Lebowitz

I never took hallucinogenic drugs because I never wanted my consciousness expanded one unnecessary iota.
- Fran Lebowitz

Being a woman is of special interest only to aspiring male transsexuals. To actual women it is merely a good excuse not to play football.
- Fran Lebowitz

If you are of the opinion that the contemplation of suicide is sufficient evidence of a poetic nature, do not forget that actions speak louder than words.
- Fran Lebowitz

You can’t go around hoping that most people have sterling moral characters. The most you can hope for is that people will pretend that they do.
- Fran Lebowitz

Life is something to do when you can’t get to sleep.
- Fran Lebowitz

It’s much easier to write a solemn book than a funny book. It’s harder to make people laugh than it is to make them cry. People are always on the verge of tears.
- Fran Lebowitz

Never allow your child to call you by your first name. He hasn’t known you long enough.
- Fran Lebowitz

Remember that as a teenager you are in the last stage of your life when you will be happy to hear that the phone is for you.
- Fran Lebowitz

Even when freshly washed and relieved of all obvious confections, children tend to be sticky.
- Fran Lebowitz

The opposite of talking isn’t listening. The opposite of talking is waiting.
- Fran Lebowitz

Very few people possess true artistic ability. It is therefore both unseemly and unproductive to irritate the situation by making an effort. If you have a burning, restless urge to write or paint, eat something sweet and the feeling will pass.
- Fran Lebowitz

She is descended from a long line that her mother listened to.
- Gypsy Rose Lee

I have everything I had twenty years ago–except now it’s all lower.
- Gypsy Rose Lee

Not all women give most of their waking thoughts to pleasing men. Some are married.
- Emma Lee

Anything worth doing well is worth doing slowly.
- Gypsy Rose Lee

The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.
- Harper Lee

The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty; not knowing what comes next.
- Ursula K. LeGuin

Love doesn’t just sit there like a stone; it has to be made, like bread, remade all the time, made new.
- Ursula K. LeGuin

It was a mixed marriage. I’m human, he was a Klingon.
- Carol Leifer

I’m not into working out. My philosophy: No pain, no pain.
- Carol Leifer

If a day goes by and I haven’t been slain, I’m happy.
- Carol Leifer

He tricked me into marrying him. He told me he was pregnant.
- Carol Leifer

I found out why cats drink out of the toilet. My mother told me it’s because it’s cold in there. And I’m like: How did my mother know that?
- Wendy Liebman

Love never dies of starvation, but often of indigestion.
- Anne De Lenclos

I’ve been on so many blind dates, I should get a free dog.
- Wendy Liebman

Today a new sun rises for me; everything lives, everything is animated, everything seems to speak to me of my passion, everything invites me to cherish it…
- Anne De Lenclos

You can get lonesome–being that busy.
- Isabel Lennart

The difference between pornography and erotica is lighting.
- Gloria Leonard

No animal is so inexhaustible as an excited infant.
- Amy Leslie

A woman would be in despair if nature had formed her as fashion makes her appear.
- Julie de Lespinasse

Growing up is, after all, only the understanding that one unique and incredible experience is what everyone shares.
- Doris Lessing

And then, not expecting it, you become middle-aged and anonymous. No one notices you. You achieve a wonderful freedom. It is a positive thing. You can move about, unnoticed and invisible.
- Doris Lessing

I’ve always disliked words like inspiration. Writing is probably like a scientist thinking about some scientific problem, or an engineer about an engineering problem.
- Doris Lessing

None of you [men] ask for anything–except everything, but just for so long as you need it.
- Doris Lessing

In the world we live in, feminism is a trivial cause.
- Doris Lessing

That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you’ve understood all your life, but in a new way.
- Doris Lessing

It is terrible to destroy a person’s picture of himself in the interests of truth or some other abstraction.
- Doris Lessing

Think wrongly, if you please, but in all cases think for yourself.
- Doris Lessing

Excellence in education need not mean elitism, and equity need not mean mediocrity.
- Mary Jean LeTendre

Let us never confuse stability with stagnation.
- Mary Jean LeTendre

You don’t know a woman until you have had a letter from her.
- Ada Leverson

The truth is not always dressed for the evening.
- Margaret Lewerth

To move freely you must be deeply rooted.
- Bella Lewitzky

A person who talks fast often says things she hasn’t thought of yet.
- Caron Warner Lieber

I feel we are all islands–in a common sea.
- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

What release to write so that one forgets oneself, forgets one’s companion, forgets where one is or what one is going to do next–to be drenched in sleep or in the sea. Pencils and pads and curling blue sheets alive with letters heap up on the desk.
- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Nothing feeds the center [of being] so much as creative work. The curtain of mechanization has come down between the mind and the hand.
- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

One can never pay in gratitude; one can only pay “in kind” somewhere else in life.
- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.
- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Him that I love, I wish to be free–even from me.
- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach. One can collect only a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few.
- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

In the sheltered simplicity of the first days after a baby is born, one sees again the magical closed circle. The miraculous sense of two people existing only for each other.
- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

The most exhausting thing in life is being insincere.
- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

There is no sin punished more implacably by nature than the sin of resistance to change.
- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

By and large, mothers and housewives are the only workers who do not have regular time off. They are the great vacationless class.
- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

I believe that what woman resents is not so much giving herself in pieces as giving herself purposelessly.
- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is having lots to do and not doing it.
- Mary Wilson Little

Men who make no pretensions to being good on one day out of seven are called sinners.
- Mary Wilson Little

There are more tears shed over answered prayers than over unanswered prayers.
- St. Theresa

A youth with his first cigar makes himself sick; a youth with his first girl makes everybody sick.
- Mary Wilson Little

He who devotes sixteen hours a day to hard study may become as wise at sixty as he thought himself at twenty.
- Mary Wilson Little

The penalty of success is to be bored by the attentions of people who formerly snubbed you.
- Mary Wilson Little

I have a simple philosophy. Fill what’s empty. Empty what’s full. And scratch where it itches.
- Alice Roosevelt Longworth

I’ve always believed in the adage that the secret of eternal youth is arrested development.
- Alice Roosevelt Longworth

If you can’t say anything good about someone, sit right here by me.
- Alice Roosevelt Longworth

Fate keeps on happening.
- Anita Loos

It isn’t that gentlemen really prefer blonds, it’s just we look dumber.
- Anita Loos

Memory is more indelible than ink.
- Anita Loos

I’m furious about the Women’s Liberationists. They keep getting up on soapboxes and proclaiming that women are brighter than men. That’s true, but it should be kept very quiet or it ruins the whole racket.
- Anita Loos

When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. You are connected to your child, and to all those who touch your lives. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.
- Sophia Loren

Sex appeal is fifty percent what you’ve got and fifty percent what people think you’ve got.
- Sophia Loren

Everything you see I owe to spaghetti.
- Sophia Loren

There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will have truly defeated age.
- Sophia Loren

Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.
- Sophia Loren

Happiness, to some elation, is to others, mere stagnation.
- Amy Lowell

Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in.
- Amy Lowell

All books are either dreams or swords. You can cut or you can drug with words.
- Any Lowell

All autobiographies are alibi-ographies.
- Clare Boothe Luce

No good deed goes unpunished.
- Clare Boothe Luce

Lying increases the creative faculties, expands the ego, and lessens the frictions of social contacts.
- Clare Boothe Luce

Love is a verb.
- Clare Boothe Luce

I don’t have a warm personal enemy left. They’ve all died off. I miss them terribly because they’ve helped define me.
- Clare Boothe Luce

Nature abhors a virgin–a frozen asset.
- Clare Booth Luce

Women take naturally to it. The great trick in diplomacy is to make some unwitting man think your idea is his idea, and women have been doing that all their lives.
- Clare Boothe Luce

Thoughts have no sex.
- Clare Boothe Luce

A man’s home may seem to be his castle on the outside; inside it is more often his nursery.
- Clare Booth Luce

Censorship, like charity, should begin at home; but, unlike charity, it should end there.
- Clare Boothe Luce

It is matrimonial suicide to be jealous when you have a really good reason.
- Clare Boothe Luce

My attitude toward men who mess around is simple: If you find ‘em, kill ‘em.
- Loretta Lynn

Men are genetically inferior to women.
- Andrea Lynne

Yesterday is a canceled check; tomorrow is a promissory note; today is the only cash you have–so spend it wisely.
- Kay Lyons

Humiliating oneself is never fatal, unless one commits suicide thereafter.
- Jinx Melia

Pauline Lyttle

A woman is a woman until the day she dies, but a man’s a man only as long as he can.
- Moms Mabley

They say you shouldn’t say nothin’ about the dead unless it’s good. He’s dead. Good!
- Moms Mabley

Love’s a disease. But curable.
- Rose Macauley

Only one hour in the normal day is more pleasurable than the hour spent in bed with a book before going to sleep, and that is the hour spent in bed with a book after being called in the morning.
- Rose Macauley

It was a book to kill time for those who like it better dead.
- Rose Macauley

We are the hero of our own story.
- Mary MacCarthy

Nothing is interesting if you’re not interested.
- Helen MacInness

I don’t need a man to rectify my existence. The most profound relationship we’ll ever have is the one with ourselves.
- Shirley MacLaine

The best way to get most husbands to do something is to suggest that perhaps they’re too old to do it.
- Shirley MacLaine

Sex is hardly ever just about sex.
- Shirley MacLaine

Someday perhaps change will occur when times are ready for it instead of always when it is too late. Someday change will be accepted as life itself.
- Shirley MacLaine

I hoped that the trip would be the best of all journeys: a journey into ourselves.
- Shirley MacLaine

It all starts with self-reflection. Then you can know and empathize more profoundly with someone else.
- Shirley MacLaine

It’s useless to hold a person to anything he says while he’s in love, drunk, or running for office.
- Shirley MacLaine

Losing my virginity was a career move.
- Madonna

Life doesn’t suck, it is just inconvenient sometimes.
- Liz Madsen

But to look back all the time is boring. Excitement lies in tomorrow.
- Natalia Makarova

The only people with whom you should try to get even, are those who have helped you.
- May Maloo

There’s one thing to be said for inviting trouble; it generally accepts.
- May Maloo

Starting as a secretary is a shrewd course for any ambitious young woman. It plugs you in at a higher level than most entry-level jobs. You can eavesdrop and learn a lot.
- Joan Manley

We are all born charming, fresh, and spontaneous and must be civilized before we are fit to participate in society.
- Miss Manners

What you have when everyone wears the same playclothes for all occasions, is addressed by nickname, expected to participate in Show and Tell, and bullied out of any desire for privacy, is not democracy; it is kindergarten.
- Miss Manners

It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help.
- Miss Manners

Let us make a special effort to learn to stop communicating with each other, so we can have some conversation.
- Miss Manners

If you can’t be kind, at least be vague.
- Miss Manners

If you are rude to your ex-husband’s new wife at your daughter’s wedding, you will make her feel smug. Comfortable. If you are charming and polite, you will make her feel uncomfortable. Which do you want to do?
- Miss Manners

Never, never eat anything out of a carton…. Doing so is wicked and constitutes Miss Manners’ one exception to the generally genial rule about violations of etiquette not counting if you don’t get caught.
- Miss Manners.

The sign of intelligent people is their ability to control emotions by the application of reason.
- Marya Mannes

A candidate for office can have no greater advantage than muddled syntax; no greater liability than a command of the language.
- Marya Mannes

Wit has a deadly aim and it is possible to prick a large pretense with a small pin.
- Marya Mannes

If American men are obsessed with money, American women are obsessed with weight. The men talk of gain, the women of loss, and I do not know which talk is the more boring.
- Marya Mannes

All really great lovers are articulate, and verbal seduction is the surest road to actual seduction.
- Marya Mannes

Women are repeatedly accused of taking things personally. I cannot see any other honest way of taking them.
- Marya Mannes

Now that she had realized she was no longer young, she did not know how she should behave. She had become a stranger in her own life.
- Olivia Manning

The truth is friendship is every bit as sacred and eternal as marriage.
- Katherine Mansfield

Looking back, I imagine I was always writing. Twaddle it was, too. But better far write twaddle or anything, anything, than nothing at all.
- Katherine Mansfield

When we can begin to take our failures nonseriously, it means we are ceasing to be afraid of them. It is of immense importance to learn to laugh at ourselves.
- Katherine Mansfield

Men are those creatures with two legs and eight hands.
- Jayne Mansfield

Regret is an appalling waste of energy; you can’t build on it; it’s only good for wallowing in.
- Katherine Mansfield

I always felt that the great high privilege, relief, and comfort of friendship was that one had to explain nothing.
- Katherine Mansfield

Everything in life that we really accept undergoes a change.
- Katherine Mansfield

A caress is better than a career.
- Elisabeth Marbury

The richer your friends, the more they will cost you.
- Elisabeth Marbury

Do we really know anybody? Who does not wear one face to hide another?
- Frances Marion

You can live a lifetime and, at the end of it, know more about other people than you know about yourself.
- Beryl Markham

Research on the links between achievement, motivation and self-image suggests that possible selves–future selves–are part of one’s present self-image and are keys to success or failure.
- Hazel Markus

The only time a woman wishes she were a year older is when she is expecting a baby.
- Mary Marsh

Love is a flame which burns in heaven, and whose soft reflections radiate to us. Two worlds are opened, two lives given to it. It is by love that we double our being; it is by love that we approach God.
- Aimee Martin

I had been a humor writer all my life, but when I was writing this novel, I said, “Ah ha, because this is important, it can’t be funny.” A great fallacy!
- Judith Martin

Stop the habit of wishful thinking and start the habit of thoughtful wishes.
- Mary Martin

Men who pass most comfortably through the world are those who possess good digestions and hard hearts.
- Harriet Martineau

Writing every book is like a purge; at the end of it one is empty… like a dry shell on the beach, waiting for the tide to come in again.
- Daphne Du Maurier

Writers should be read–but neither seen nor heard.
- Daphne du Maurier

No matter how old a mother is she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement.
- Florida Scott Maxwell

…life is a party. You join in after it’s started and leave before it’s finished.
- Elsa Maxwell

Enemies to me are the sauce piquant to my dish of life.
- Elsa Maxwell

Laugh at yourself first, before anyone else can.
- Elsa Maxwell

If someone asks you how your are, And ‘though you don’t feel up to par, Remember this: The only line He wants to hear is, “I’m just fine.”
- Marguerite Whitley May

Full maturity… is achieved by realizing that you have choices to make.
- Angela Barron McBride

Love, it is a flower and you its only seed.
- Amanda McBroom

Make no judgments where you have no compassion.
- Anne McCaffrey

Bureaucracy, the rule of no one, has become the modern form of despotism.
- Mary McCarthy

…the writer cannot be omniscient in advance about the effects that he proposes to produce. The suspense of a novel is not only in the reader, but in the novelist, who is intensely curious about what will happen to the hero.
- Mary McCarthy

Congress–these, for the most part, illiterate hacks whose fancy vests are spotted with gravy, and whose speeches, hypocritical, unctuous, and slovenly, are spotted also with the gravy of political patronage.
- Mary McCarthy

You mustn’t force sex to do the work of love or love to do the work of sex.
- Mary McCarthy

Today the real test of power is not capacity to make war but capacity to prevent it.
- Anne O’Hare McCormick

Sticks and stones are hard on bones Aimed with angry art, Words can sting like anything But silence breaks the heart.
- Phyllis McGinley

Because I happen to a parent of almost fiercely maternal nature, I praise casualness. It seems to me the rarest of virtues. It is useful enough when children are small. It is important to the point of necessity when they are adolescents.
- Phyllis McGinley

In a successful marriage, there is no such thing as one’s way. There is only the way of both, only the bumpy, dusty, difficult, but always mutual path!
- Phyllis McGinley

Marriage was all a woman’s idea, and for man’s acceptance of the pretty yoke it becomes us to be grateful.
- Phyllis McGinley

These are my daughters, I suppose. But where in the world did the children vanish?
- Phyllis McGinley

Women are not men’s equals in anything except responsibility. We are not their inferiors, either, or even their superiors. We are quite simply different races.
- Phyllis McGinley

Getting along with men isn’t what’s truly important. The vital knowledge is how to get along with a man, one man.
- Phyllis McGinley

People are no longer sinful, they are only immature or underprivileged or frightened or, more particularly, sick.
- Phyllis McGinley

Baseball is what we were, football is what we have become.
- Mary McGrory

To heir is human.
- Dolores E. McGuire

Accept the pain, cherish the joys, resolve the regrets; then can come the best of benedictions–”If I had my life to live over, I’d do it all the same.”
- Joan McIntosh

Nobody objects to a woman being a good writer or sculptor or geneticist if at the same time she manages to be a good wife, good mother, good-looking, good-tempered, well-groomed and unaggressive.
- Leslie M. McIntyre

Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers.
- Mignon McLaughlin

No one really listens to anyone else, and if you try it for a while you’ll see why.
- Mignon McLaughlin

We’re all born brave, trusting and greedy, and most of us remain greedy.
- Mignon McLaughlin

There are so many things that we wish we had done yesterday, so few that we feel like doing today.
- Mignon McLaughlin

The only courage that matters is the kind that gets you from one minute to the next.
- Mignon McLaughlin

Likely as not, the child you can do the least with will do the most to make you proud.
- Mignon McLaughlin

Our strength is often composed of the weakness we’re damned if we’re going to show.
- Mignon McLaughlin

It’s innocence when it charms us, ignorance when it doesn’t.
- Mignon McLaughlin

What you can’t get out of, get into wholeheartedly.
- Mignon McLaughlin

Bored with your present enemies? Make new ones! Tell two of your women friends that they look alike.
- Mignon McLaughlin

Many are saved from sin by being so inept at it.
- Mignon McLaughlin

Most of us become parents long before we have stopped being children.
- Mignon McLaughlin

The head never rules the heart, but just becomes its partner in crime.
- Mignon McLaughlin

What you have become is the price you paid to get what you used to want.
- Mignon McLaughlin

It’s the most unhappy people who most fear change.
- Mignon McLaughlin

One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are when you don’t come home at night.
- Margaret Mead

Men have always been afraid that women could get along without them.
- Margaret Mead

Women, it is true, make human beings, but only men can make men.
- Margaret Mead

An occupation that has no basis in sex-determined gifts can now recruit its ranks from twice as many potential artists.
- Margaret Mead

Throughout history, females have picked providers for mates. Males pick anything.
- Margaret Mead

We know of no culture that has said, articulately, that there is no difference between men and women except in the way they contribute to the creation of the next generation.
- Margaret Mead

I do not believe in using women in combat, because females are too fierce.
- Margaret Mead

We are now at a point where we must educate our children in what no one knew yesterday, and prepare our schools for what no one knows yet.
- Margaret Mead

Every time we liberate a woman, we liberate a man.
- Margaret Mead

Women want mediocre men, and men are working hard to be as mediocre as possible.
- Margaret Mead

Because of their agelong training in human relations–for that is what feminine intuition really is–women have a special contribution to make to any group enterprise…
- Margaret Mead

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
- Margaret Mead

One characteristic of Americans is that they have no toleration at all of anybody putting up with anything. We believe that whatever is going wrong ought to be fixed.
- Margaret Mead

Knowledge of another culture should sharpen our ability to scrutinize more steadily, to appreciate more lovingly, our own.
- Margaret Mead

Whether women are better than men I cannot say–but I can say they are certainly no worse.
- Golda Meir

To be successful, a woman has to be much better at her job than a man.
- Golda Meir

Women’s liberation is just a lot of foolishness. It’s men who are discriminated against. They can’t bear children. And no one’s likely to do anything about that.
- Golda Meir

I must govern the clock, not be governed by it.
- Golda Meir

Don’t be humble–you’re not that great.
- Golda Meir

Moses dragged us for 40 years through the desert to bring us to the one place in the Middle East where there was no oil.
- Golda Meir

There’s no difference between one’s killing and making decisions that will send others to kill. It’s exactly the same thing, or even worse.
- Golda Meir

The sense of humor has other things to do than being conspicuous in the act of laughter.
- Alice Meynell

The worst part of success is to try to find someone who is happy for you.
- Bette Midler

Cherish forever what makes you unique, ‘cuz you’re really a yawn if it goes!
- Bette Midler

If only I’d known that one day my differentness would be an asset, then my early life would have been much easier.
- Bette Midler

My idea of superwoman is someone who scrubs her own floors.
- Bette Midler

I have my standards. They may be low, but I have them.
- Bette Midler

My candle burns at both ends; It will not last the night; But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends– It gives a lovely light!
- Edna St. Vincent Millay

It is not true that life is one damn thing after another–it’s one damn thing over and over.
- Edna St. Vincent Millay

Not Truth, but Faith is what keeps the world alive.
- Edna St. Vincent Millay

‘Tis not love’s going hurts my days, but that it went in little ways.
- Edna St. Vincent Millay

A person who publishes a book appears willfully in public with his pants down. If it is a good book nothing can hurt him. If it is a bad book, nothing can help him.
- Edna St. Vincent Millay

Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what’s next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little.
- Agnes De Mille

The truest expression of a people is in its dances and its music. Bodies never lie.
- Agnes De Mille

If it’s very painful for you to criticize your friends–you’re safe in doing it. But if you take the slightest pleasure in it, that’s the time to hold your tongue.
- Alice Duer Miller

Men are too emotional to vote. Their conduct at baseball games and political conventions shows this, while their innate tendency to appeal to force renders them particularly unfit for the task of government…. Man’s place in in the armory.
- Alice Duer Miller

Don’t ever dare to take your college as a matter of course–because like Democracy and Freedom, many people you’ll never know anything about have broken their hearts to get it for you.
- Alice Duer Miller

Male and female are really two cultures and their life experiences are utterly different.
- Kate Millett

Many women do not recognize themselves as discriminated against. No better proof could be found of the totality of their conditioning.
- Kate Millett

Aren’t women prudes if they don’t and prostitutes if they do?
- Kate Millett

Reality is something you rise above.
- Liza Minnelli

After all, tomorrow is another day.
- Margaret Mitchell

Besides learning to see, there is another art to be learned–not to see what is not.
- Maria Mitchell

Every formula which expresses a law of nature is a hymn of praise to God.
- Maria Mitchell

Until you’ve lost your reputation, you never realize what a burden it was or what freedom really is.
- Margaret Mitchell

Even my mother didn’t like me all the time, but she let me come home anyway.
- Ann Mckay Thompson

Death and taxes and childbirth! There’s never any convenient time for any of them!
- Margaret Mitchell

To fall in love you have to be in the state of mind for it to take, like a disease.
- Nancy Mitford

I love children, especially when they cry, for then someone takes them away.
- Nancy Mitford

I have only ever read one book in my life, and that is White Fang. It’s so frightfully good I’ve never bothered to read another.
- Nancy Mitford

Freedom of the press works in such a way that there is not much freedom from it.
- Princess Grace of Monaco

That’s the trouble, a sex symbol becomes a thing. I just hate being a thing.
- Marilyn Monroe

I have never quite understood this sex symbol business, but if I’m going to be a symbol of something, I’d rather have it sex than some of the other things they’ve got symbols for.
- Marilyn Monroe

Husbands are chiefly good lovers when they are betraying their wives.
- Marilyn Monroe

No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting.
- Mary Wortley Montagu

Only a mother knows a mother’s fondness.
- Mary Wortley Montagu

I despise the pleasure of pleasing people that I despise.
- Mary Wortley Montagu

Satire should, like a polished razor keen, Wound with a touch that’s scarcely felt or seen.
- Mary Wortley Montagu

…that invaluable ignorance which is the companion of youth; those sanguine groundless hopes, and that lively vanity, which make all the happiness of life. To my extreme mortification I grow wiser every day.
- Mary Wortley Montagu

Remember my unalterable maxim, “When we love, we always have something to say.”
- Mary Wortley Montagu

The fruit that falls without shaking, indeed, is too mellow for me.
- Mary Wortley Montagu

It was formerly a terrifying view to me that I should one day be an old woman. I now find the Nature has provided pleasures for every state.
- Mary Wortley Montagu

…the task of the educator [of young children] lies in seeing that the child does not confound good with immobility, and evil with activity.
- Maria Montessori

Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.
- Maria Montessori

When I see myself on the screen, I am so beautiful I jump for joy.
- Maria Montez

If you see a tennis player who looks as if he is working hard, then that means he isn’t very good.
- Helen Wills Moody

All races need to learn to communicate with each other and a good way to start is with a smile and a blessing.
- Princess Pale Moon

You can’t be brave if you’ve only had wonderful things happen to you.
- Mary Tyler Moore

Sometimes you have to get to know someone really well to realize you’re really strangers.
- Mary Tyler Moore

Any writer overwhelmingly honest about pleasing himself is almost sure to please others.
- Marianne Moore

A slowness to applaud betrays a cold temper of an envious spirit.
- Hannah More

Perish discretion when it interferes with duty.
- Hannah More

There is one single fact which we may oppose to all the wit and argument of infidelity, namely, that no man ever repented of being a Christian on his death bed.
- Hannah More

Life is a short day; but it is a working day. Activity may lead to evil, but inactivity cannot lead to good.
- Hannah More

Age doesn’t protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects your from age.
- Jeanne Moreau

Feed yourself and feed others. Then, if you have to say good-bye, it won’t matter. You will have shared love.
- Jeanne Moreau

Don’t accept rides from strange men–and remember that all men are strange as hell.
- Robin Morgan

I wrote my first novel because I wanted to read it.
- Toni Morrison

On writing: The language must be careful and must appear effortless. It must not sweat. It must suggest and be provocative at the same time.
- Toni Morrison

Whenever I feel uneasy about my writing, I think: What would be the response of the people in the book if they read the book? That’s my way of staying on track. Those are the people for whom I write.
- Toni Morrison

I never wanted to grow up to be a writer, I just wanted to grow up to be an adult.
- Toni Morrison

Until you make peace with who you are, you’ll never be content with what you have.
- Doris Mortman

When men are oppressed, it’s tragedy. When women are oppressed, it’s tradition.
- Bernadette Mosala

If I didn’t start painting, I would have raised chickens.
- Grandma Moses

Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be.
- Grandma Moses

A primitive artist is an amateur whose work sells.
- Grandma Moses

Don’t take the will for the deed; get the deed!
- Ethel Watts Mumford

Knowledge is power if you know about the right person.
- Ethel Watts Mumford

God gave us our relatives; thank God we can choose our friends.
- Ethel Watts Mumford

We can only learn to love by loving.
- Iris Murdoch

Falling out of love is very enlightening; for a short while you see the world with new eyes.
- Iris Murdoch

All art is a struggle to be, in a particular sort of way, virtuous.
- Iris Murdoch

The reason there are so few female politicians is that it is too much trouble to put makeup on two faces.
- Maureen Murphy

Whatever it is you’re doing–writing, painting or performing–art should not be precious or obscure. Art is communication. You’re communicating your feelings and vision.
- Elizabeth Murray

Life’s an open book and an education helps you write success stories.
- Joyce A. Myers

Never get so fascinated by the extraordinary that you forget the ordinary.
- Magdalen Nabb

When you’re not thin and blond, you come up with a personality real quick.
- Kathy Najimy

Just go out there and do what you’ve got to do.
- Martina Navratilova

Whoever said, “It’s not whether you win or lose that counts,” probably lost.
- Martina Navratilova

A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though, awakens your own expectations.
- Patricia Neal

To love one that is great is almost to be great one’s self.
- Susanne Curchod Necker

Too many wish to be happy before becoming wise.
- Susanne Curchod Necker

Innocence and mystery never dwell long together.
- Susanne Curchod Necker

Worship your heroes from afar; contact withers them.
- Susanne Curchod Necker

What we call reality is an agreement that people have arrived at to make life more livable.
- Louise Nevelson

You must create your own world. I am responsible for my world.
- Louise Nevelson

I never feel age… If you have creative work, you don’t have age or time.
- Louise Nevelson

True strength is delicate.
- Louise Nevelson

Marriage–a book in which the first chapter is written in poetry and the remaining chapters in prose.
- Beverly Nichols

As any psychologist will tell you, the worst thing you can possibly do to a woman is to deprive her of a grievance.
- Beverly Nichols

Planning a wedding is not the best way to start off married life.
- Kathy Nicolai

People living deeply have no fear of death.
- Anais Nin

The dream was always running ahead of one. To catch up, to live for a moment in unison with it, that was the miracle.
- Anais Nin

It’s all right for a woman to be, above all, human. I am a woman first of all.
- Anais Nin

The only abnormality is the incapacity to love.
- Anais Nin

I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing.
- Anais Nin

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.
- Anais Nin

Beware of allowing a tactless word, a rebuttal, a rejection to obliterate the whole sky.
- Anais Nin

Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.
- Anais Nin

We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.
- Anais Nin

It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it.
- Anais Nin

The role of the writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say.
- Anais Nin

Each contact with a human being is so rare, so precious, one should preserve it.
- Anais Nin

I’ll break open the story and tell you what is there. Then, like the others that have fallen out onto the sand, I will finish with it, and the wind will take it away.
- Nisa

If a child lives with approval, he learns to live with himself.
- Dorothy Law Nolte

I don’t understand the appeal of Spuds McKenzie. He’s always surrounded by beautiful women. Now, I’m single, and I know the pickin’s can be mighty slim, but you have to be really desperate to date out of your species.
- Susan Norfleet

Art is the difference between seeing and just identifying.
- Jean Mary Norman

Knowing is the most profound kind of love, giving someone the gift of knowledge about yourself.
- Marsha Norman

In spite of the cost of living, it’s still very popular.
- Kathleen Norris

Life is easier to take than you’d think; all that is necessary is to accept the impossible, do without the indispensable, and bear the intolerable.
- Kathleen Norris

Just the knowledge that a good book is waiting at the end of a long day makes that day happier.
- Kathleen Norris

There seems to be so much more winter than we need this year.
- Kathleen Norris

I’m no lady; I’m a member of Congress, and I’ll proceed on that basis.
- Mary Norton

With children no longer the universally accepted reason for marriage, marriages are going to have to exist on their own merits.
- Eleanor Holmes Norton

I did not sleep. I never do when I am over-happy, over-unhappy, or in bed with a strange man.
- Edna O’Brien

It’s not so much how busy you are, but why you are busy. The bee is praised; the mosquito is swatted.
- Marie O’Conner

As far as I’m concerned, the best place in the world to be is on a good cutting horse working cattle.
- Sandra Day O’Connor

Citizens cannot learn the lessons of self-government if their local efforts are devoted to reviewing proposals formulated by a faraway national legislature.
- Sandra Day O’Connor

Nighttime is really the best time to work. All the ideas are there to be yours because everyone else is asleep.
- Catherine O’Hara

If one could only reproduce nature, and always with less beauty than the original, why paint at all?
- Georgia O’Keefe

I don’t enjoy looking at paintings in general. I know too much about them. I take them apart.
- Georgia O’Keefe

I firmly believe that mankind is so instinctively, unconsciously involved with the survival and growth of the species that when an individual attempts to live selfishly, he will either fail or fall into despair.
- Joyce Carol Oates

Women want the seemingly impossible: that men treat them with the respect and fairmindedness with which they treat most men.
- Joyce Carol Oates

Things could be a lot worse.
- Joyce Carol Oates

If you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do well matters very much.
- Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Cosmetics are a boon to every woman, but a girl’s best beauty aid is still a near-sighted man.
- Yoko Ono

When our knowledge coalesces with our humanity and our humor, it can add up to wisdom.
- Carol Orlock

After a certain number of years, our faces become our biographies.
- Cynthia Ozick

Stories ought to judge and interpret the world.
- Cynthia Ozick

When something does not insist on being noticed, when we aren’t grabbed by the collar or struck on the skull by a presence or an event, we take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.
- Cynthia Ozick

If we had to say what writing is, we would define it essentially as an act of courage.
- Cynthia Ozick

Chowder breathes reassurance. It steams consolation.
- Clementine Paddleford

Never grow a wishbone, daughter, where you backbone ought to be.
- Clementine Paddleford

Leaving sex to the feminists is like letting your dog vacation at the taxidermist.
- Camille Paglia

I was a fantastic student until ten, and then my mind began to wander.
- Grace Paley

Trust in God: She will provide.
- Emmeline Pankhurst

Four be the things I am wiser to know: Idleness, sorrow, a friend, and a foe.
- Dorothy Parker

One more drink and I’ll be under the host.
- Dorothy Parker

I can’t write five words but that I change seven.
- Dorothy Parker

I might repeat to myself, slowly and soothingly, a list of quotations beautiful from minds profound; if I can remember any of the damn things.
- Dorothy Parker

This is not a book to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.
- Dorothy Parker

Oh, life is a glorious cycle of song, A medley of extemporanea; And Love is a thing that can never go wrong; And I am Marie of Romania.
- Dorothy Parker

Age before beauty; and pearls before swine.
- Dorothy Parker

If you’re going to write, don’t pretend to write down. It’s going to be the best you can do, and it’s the fact that it’s the best you can do that kills you.
- Dorothy Parker

I’d like to have money. And I’d like to be a good writer. These two can come together, and I hope they will, but if that’s too adorable, I’d rather have money.
- Dorothy Parker

Brevity is the soul of lingerie.
- Dorothy Parker

The cleverest woman on earth is the biggest fool on earth with a man.
- Dorothy Parker

Art is a form of catharsis.
- Dorothy Parker

I do everything for a reason. Most of the time the reason is money.
- Suzy Parker

The best way to keep children at home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant–and let the air out of the tires.
- Dorothy Parker

The two most beautiful words in the English language are “check enclosed.”
- Dorothy Parker

Wit has truth in it; wisecracking is simply calisthenics with words.
- Dorothy Parker

If I had any decency, I’d be dead. Most of my friends are.
- Dorothy Parker

You might as well live.
- Dorothy Parker

I like the philosophy of the sandwich, as it were. It typifies my attitude to life, really. It’s all there, it’s fun, it looks good, and you don’t have to wash up afterwards.
- Molly Parkin

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.
- Dolly Parton

I’m not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I’m not dumb… and I also know that I’m not blonde.
- Dolly Parton

You’d be surprised how much it costs to look this cheap.
- Dolly Parton

Honey, get off the cross. Somebody else needs the wood.
- Dolly Parton

If I hadn’t had them, I would have had some made.
- Dolly Parton

You’ll find in no park or city A monument to a committee.
- Victoria Pasternak

The great truth is that women actually like men, and men can never believe it.
- Isabel Patterson

In youth we learn how little we can do for ourselves; in age how little we can do for others. The wisdom of experience is incommunicable.
- Isabel Patterson

No person should be denied equal rights because of the shape of her skin.
- Pat Paulsen

No one can arrive from being talented alone. God gives talent, work transforms talent into genius.
- Anna Pavlova

Behind every successful man is a surprised woman.
- Maryon Pearson

The mistake a lot of politicians make is in forgetting they’ve been appointed and thinking they’ve been anointed.
- Mrs. Claude Pepper

Just because everything is different doesn’t mean anything has changed.
- Irene Peter

Life is entirely too time-consuming.
- Irene Peter

I’m not going to starve to death just so I can live a little longer.
- Irene Peter

The conservatives want to lay off civil servants when it’s the uncivil servants we should get rid of.
- Irene Peter

Ignorance is no excuse–it’s the real thing.
- Irene Peter

Today, if you’re not confused, you are not thinking clearly.
- Irene Peter

Happiness must be cultivated. It is like character. It is not a thing to be safely let alone for a moment, or it will run to weeks.
- Elizabeth Stuart Phelps

You know you’re old when you notice how young the derelicts are getting.
- Jeanne Phillips

Success has many fathers, failure is a mother.
- Jeanne Phillips

You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call “failure” is not the falling down, but the staying down.
- Mary Pickford

If you want to be listened to, you should put in time listening.
- Marge Piercy

Life is the first gift, love is the second, and understanding the third.
- Marge Piercy

It is not sex that gives the pleasure, but the lover.
- Marge Piercy

Shared laughter is erotic too.
- Marge Piercy

Never eat more than you can lift.
- Miss Piggy

When you are in love with someone you want to be near him all the time, except when you are out buying things and charging them to him.
- Miss Piggy

Juries scare me. I don’t want to put my faith in twelve people who weren’t smart enough to get out of jury duty.
- Monica Piper

The feeble tremble before opinion, the foolish defy it, the wise judge it, the skillful direct it.
- Jeanne de la Platiere

Boys don’t make passes at female smartasses.
- Letty Cottin Pogrebin

Friendships aren’t perfect and yet they are very precious. For me, not expecting perfection all in one place was a great release.
- Letty Cottin Pogrebin

To have a good enemy, choose a friend; he knows where to strike.
- Diane de Pointiers

What do women want? Shoes.
- Mimi Pond

It’s all right to drink like a fish–if you drink what a fish drinks.
- Mary Pettibone Poole

He who laughs, lasts.
- Mary Pettibone Poole

Love must be learned, and learned again and again; there is no end to it. Hate needs no instruction, but only wants to be provoked.
- Katherine Anne Porter

I work whenever I’m let.
- Katherine Anne Porter

I’ve been called a stylist until I really could tear my hair out. And I simply don’t believe in style. The style is you.
- Katherine Anne Porter

Adventure is something you seek for pleasure, or even for profit… but experience is what really happens to you in the long run; the truth that finally overtakes you.
- Katherine Anne Porter

I’ve only spent about ten per cent of my energies on writing. The other ninety per cent went to keeping my head above water.
- Katherine Anne Porter

Imparting knowledge is only lighting other men’s candles at our lamp, without depriving ourselves of any flame.
- Jane Porter

The best manner of avenging ourselves is by not resembling him who has injured us.
- Jane Porter

Money can be translated into the beauty of living, a support in misfortune, an education, or future security. It also can be translated into a source of bitterness.
- Sylvia Porter

Beware the danger signals that flag problems: silence, secretiveness, or sudden outburst.
- Sylvia Porter

I never yet heard man or woman much abused that I was not inclined to think the better of them, and to transfer the suspicion or dislike to the one who found pleasure in pointing out the defects of another.
- Jane Porter

It’s a man’s world, and you men can have it.
- Katherine Anne Porter

It is as hard to find a neutral critic as it is a neutral country in time of war. I suppose if a critic were neutral, he wouldn’t trouble to write anything.
- Katherine Anne Porter

I have not much interest in anyone’s personal history after the tenth year, not even my own. Whatever one was going to be was all prepared before that.
- Katherine Anne Porter

No man can be explained by his personal history, least of all a poet.
- Katherine Anne Porter

Ideal conversation must be an exchange of thought, and not, as many of those who worry most about their shortcomings believe, an eloquent exhibition of wit or oratory.
- Emily Post

Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.
- Emily Post

Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality.
- Beatrix Potter

Children like a fine word every now and again.
- Beatrix Potter

Adults are always asking little kids what they want to be when they grow up–’cause they’re looking for ideas.
- Paula Poundstone

The wages of sin are death, but by the time taxes are taken out, it is just a tired feeling.
- Paula Poundstone

The academic conception of bright children is based upon their ability to memorize, not to do or to think.
- Sophy H. Powell

Hold fast to whatever fragments of love are left, for sometimes a mosaic is more beautiful than an unbroken pattern.
- Dawn Powell

When loving hearts are separated, not the one which is exhaled to heaven, but the survivor it is which tastes the sting of death.
- Duchesse de Praslin

The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be the beginning.
- Ivy Baker Priest

Dreams grow holy put in action.
- Adelaide Procter

You can’t turn back the clock. But you can wind it up again.
- Bonnie Prudden

All people and all ideas are tolerable, except, of course, those we have to deal with.
- Patricia Pumphrey

The Greek word for idiot, literally translated, means one who does not participate in politics. That sums up my conviction on the subject.
- Gladys Pyle

Lawyers are… operators of the toll bridge which anyone in search of justice must pass.
- Jane Bryant Quinn

I base my fashion taste on what doesn’t itch.
- Gilda Radner

To achieve, you need thought. You have to know what you are doing and that’s real power.
- Ayn Rand

Love and friendship are profoundly personal, selfish values… an expression and assertion of self-esteem, a response to one’s own values in the person of another.
- Ayn Rand

The task of philosophy is to provide man with a comprehensive view of life. This view serves as a frame of reference for all his actions–mental or physical, psychological or existential.
- Ayn Rand

The upper classes are… a nation’s past; the middle class is its future.
- Ayn Rand

Individualism regards man as an independent, sovereign entity who possesses a right to his own life, a right derived from his nature as a rational being.
- Ayn Rand

Every major horror of history was committed in the name of an altruistic motive. Has any act of selfishness ever equaled the carnage perpetrated by disciples of altruism?
- Ayn Rand

You take people as far as they will go, not as far as you would like them to go.
- Jeannette Rankin

We have to get it into our heads once and for all that we cannot settle disputes by eliminating human beings.
- Jeannette Rankin

You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.
- Jeannette Rankin

What one decides to do in a crisis depends on one’s philosophy of life, and that philosophy cannot be changed by an incident. If one hasn’t any philosophy in crises, others make the decision.
- Jeannette Rankin

Giving a man space is like giving a dog a computer: The chances are he will not use it wisely.
- Bette-Jane Raphael

When writers refer to themselves as “we” and to the reader as “you,” it’s two against one.
- Judith Rascoe

A woman has got to love a bad man once or twice in her life, to be thankful for a good one.
- Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

I don’t believe in a government elite. Power is insidious. It cannot be held too long by any one person.
- Dixy Lee Ray

Integrity is so perishable in the summer months of success.
- Vanessa Redgrave

Art… does not take kindly to facts, is helpless to grapple with theories, and is killed outright by a sermon.
- Agnes Repplier

There is nothing in the world so enjoyable as a thorough-going monomania.
- Agnes Repplier

We cannot really love anybody with whom we never laugh.
- Agnes Repplier

The pitfall of the feminist is the belief that the interests of men and women can ever be severed; that what brings sufferings to the one can leave the other unscathed.
- Agnes Repplier

Too much rigidity on the part of teachers should be followed by a brisk spirit of insubordination on the part of the taught.
- Agnes Repplier

The clear-sighted do not rule the world, but they sustain and console it.
- Agnes Repplier

It is in his pleasures that a man really lives, it is from his leisure that he constructs the fabric of self.
- Agnes Repplier

It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.
- Agnes Repplier

The world of vested interests is not a world which welcomes the disruptive force of candor.
- Agnes Repplier

It ain’t no use putting up your umbrella till it rains.
- Alice Caldwell Rice

Lying is done with words and also with silence.
- Adrienne Rich

The moment of change is the only poem.
- Adrienne Rich

Oh to be only half as wonderful as my child thought I was when he was small, and only half as stupid as my teenager now thinks I am.
- Rebecca Richards

For me life is a challenge. And it will be a challenge if I live to be 100 or if I get to be a trillionaire.
- Beah Richards

Teaching was the hardest work I had ever done, and it remains the hardest work I have done to date.
- Ann Richards

It seems necessary to completely shed the old skin before the new, brighter, stronger, more beautiful one can emerge… I never thought I’d be getting a life lesson from a snake!
- Julie Ridge

There is in all of us an impediment to perfect happiness, namely, weariness of what we possess, and a desire for what we have not.
- Virginia des Rieux

Women are like dogs really. They love like dogs, a little insistently. And they like to fetch and carry and come back wistfully after hard words, and learn rather easily to carry a basket.
- Mary Roberts Rinehart

Service to youth is the rent we pay for the space we occupy on earth.
- Jane Deeter Rippin

After we made love he took a piece of chalk and made an outline of my body.
- Joan Rivers

I don’t work out. If God had intended me to bend over, He’d have put diamonds on the floor.
- Joan Rivers

There is not one female comic who was beautiful as a little girl.
- Joan Rivers

When two people love each other, they don’t look at each other, they look in the same direction.
- Ginger Rogers

Scratch most feminists and underneath there is a woman who longs to be a sex object. The difference is that is not all she longs to be.
- Betty Rollin

I don’t think you can look for love. All you can do is get yourself in a situation where you don’t discourage something that may be rather nice.
- Linda Ronstadt

There have been times when I’ve prayed for a bus to hit me so I’d have an excuse not to perform.
- Linda Ronstadt

Friendship with oneself is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Understanding is a two-way street.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

The giving of love is an education in itself.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

I believe that anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do, provided he keeps doing them until he gets a record of successful experiences behind him.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

…fiction is more interesting than any other form of literature to those of us who really like to study people; the author can really tell the truth without hurting anyone and without humiliating himself too much.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

A democratic way of life presupposes free public education over a long period; it presupposes also an education for personal responsibility that too often is neglected.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Happiness is not a goal, it is a by-product.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

I think I am pretty much of a fatalist. You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage and with the best that you have to give.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

When you cease to make a contribution you begin to die.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

I think somehow, we learn who we really are and then live with that decision.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with the best you have to give.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

When a man talks to you about his mother’s cooking, pay no attention, for between the ages of 12 and 21, a boy can eat large quantities of anything and never feel it.
- Sarah Tyson Rorer

We may be joined in our imaginations by a timeless cosmic connection.
- Sheila Rose

Never feel remorse for what you have thought about your wife. She has thought much worse things about you.
- Jean Rostand

Everyone is the Child of his past.
- Edna G. Rostow

A man snatches the first kiss, pleads for the second, demands the third, takes the fourth, accepts the fifth–and endures all the rest.
- Helen Rowland

When you see a married couple coming down the street, the one who is two or three steps ahead is the one that’s mad.
- Helen Rowland

There are only two kinds of men–the dead and the deadly.
- Helen Rowland

To a woman the first kiss is just the end of the beginning but to a man it is the beginning of the end.
- Helen Rowland

Before marriage, a man declares that he would lay down his life to serve you; after marriage, he won’t even lay down his newspaper to talk to you.
- Helen Rowland

Marriage is a bargain, and somebody has to get the worst of the bargain.
- Helen Rowland

Failing to be there when a man wants her is a woman’s greatest sin, except to be there when he doesn’t want her.
- Helen Rowland

When a girl marries she exchanges the attentions of many men for the inattention of one.
- Helen Rowland

Every man wants a woman to appeal to his better side, his nobler instincts and his higher nature–and another woman to help him forget them.
- Helen Rowland

When a man makes a woman his wife, it’s the highest compliment he can pay her, and it’s usually the last.
- Helen Rowland

A man’s heart may have a secret sanctuary where only one woman may enter, but it is full of little anterooms which are seldom vacant.
- Helen Rowland

In olden times sacrifices were made at the altar–a custom which is still continued.
- Helen Rowland

A bachelor never quite gets over the idea that he is a thing of beauty and a boy forever.
- Helen Rowland

Husband: what is left of the lover after the nerve has been extracted.
- Helen Rowland

Love, the quest; marriage, the conquest; divorce, the inquest.
- Helen Rowland

Love: woman’s eternal spring and man’s eternal fall.
- Helen Rowland

It takes a woman 20 years to make a man of her son, and another woman 20 minutes to make a fool of him.
- Helen Rowland

The hardest task in a girl’s life is to prove to a man that his intentions are serious.
- Helen Rowland

Woman is the peg on which the wit hangs his jest, the preacher his text, the cynic his grouch, and the sinner his justification.
- Helen Rowland

The follies which a man regrets most in his life are those which he didn’t commit when he had the opportunity.
- Helen Rowland

A fool and her money are soon courted.
- Helen Rowland

There are no ugly women, only lazy ones.
- Helena Rubinstein

It occurred to me when I was thirteen and wearing white gloves and Mary Janes and going to dancing school, that no one should have to dance backward all their lives.
- Jill Ruckelshaus

The best way to win an argument is to begin by being right.
- Jill Ruckelshaus

Never play peek-a-boo with a child on a long plane trip. There’s no end to the game. Finally I grabbed him by the bib and said, “Look, it’s always gonna be me!”
- Rita Rudner

If I never want to see a man again, I just say, “I love you, I want to marry you. I want to have your children….” Sometimes they leave skid marks.
- Rita Rudner

Someday I want to be rich. Some people get so rich they lose all respect for humanity. That’s how rich I want to be.
- Rita Rudner

My grandmother was a very tough woman. She buried three husbands. Two of them were just napping.
- Rita Rudner

I want to have children and I know my time is running out: I want to have them while my parents are still young enough to take care of them.
- Rita Rudner

When I meet a man I ask myself, “Is this who I want my children to spend their weekends with?”
- Rita Rudner

I love being married. It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.
- Rita Rudner

My boyfriend and I broke up. He wanted to get married, and I didn’t want him to.
- Rita Rudner

I was on a date recently, and the guy took me horseback riding. That was kind of fun, until we ran out of quarters.
- Susie Loucks

This guy says, “I’m perfect for you, ’cause I’m a cross between a macho and a sensitive man.” I said, “Oh, a gay trucker?”
- Judy Tenuta

My husband and I are either going to buy a dog or have a child. We can’t decide whether to ruin our carpet or ruin our lives.
- Rita Rudner

When I was a girl I only had two friends, and they were imaginary. And they would only play with each other.
- Rita Rudner

The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.
- Muriel Rukeyser

I didn’t want to be a boy, ever, but I was outraged that his height and intelligence were graces for him and gaucheries for me.
- Jane Rule

Happiness is not a state to arrive at–but a manner of traveling.
- Margaret Lee Runbeck

Silences make the real conversations between friends. Not the saying but the never needing to say is what counts.
- Margaret Lee Runbeck

Marriage laws, the police, armies and navies are the mark of human incompetence.
- Dora Russell

Success is a public affair. Failure is a private funeral.
- Rosalind Russell

Politics makes strange bedclothes.
- Rosalind Russell

I’ll match my flops with anybody’s but I wouldn’t have missed ‘em. Flops are a part of life’s menu and I’ve never been a girl to miss out on any of the courses.
- Rosalind Russell

Taking joy in life is a woman’s best cosmetic.
- Rosalind Russell

I have come to the conclusion, after many years of sometimes sad experience, that you cannot come to any conclusion at all.
- Vita Sackville-West

Stick with your family.
- Ida P. Safir

One can never speak enough of the virtues, the dangers, the power of shared laughter.
- Francoise Sagan

It is best to learn as we go, not go as we have learned.
- Leslie Jeanne Sahler

Vanity is the quicksand of reason.
- George Sand

Art is not a study of positive reality, it is the seeking for ideal truth.
- George Sand

Man… is only too glad to have woman hold strictly to the Christian principle of suffering in silence.
- George Sand

It is a mistake to regard age as a downhill grade toward dissolution. The reverse is true. As one grows older one climbs with surprising strides.
- George Sand

One wastes so much time, one is so prodigal of life, at twenty! Our days of winter count for double. That is the compensation of the old.
- George Sand

There is only one sex…. A man and a woman are so entirely the same thing that one can scarcely understand the subtle reasons for sex distinction with which our minds are filled.
- George Sand

Sex prejudice is so ingrained in our society that many who practice it are simply unaware that they are hurting women. It is the last socially acceptable prejudice.
- Bernice Sandler

No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body. No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother.
- Margaret H. Sanger

Woman must not accept; she must challenge. She must not be awed by that which has been built up around her; she must reverence that woman in her which struggles for expression.
- Margaret Sanger

Time–our youth–it never really goes, does it? It is all held in our minds.
- Helen Hoover Santmyer

Experience shows us Wealth unchaperoned by Virtue is never an innocuous neighbor.
- Sappho

How love the limb-loosener sweeps me away…
- Sappho

Old age is not an illness, it is a timeless ascent. As power diminishes, we grow toward the light.
- May Sarton

Each day, and the living of it, has to be a conscious creation in which discipline and order are relieved with some play and pure foolishness.
- May Sarton

True feeling justifies whatever it may cost.
- May Sarton

No partner in a love relationship… should feel that he has to give up an essential part of himself to make it viable.
- May Sarton

An ounce of sequins can be worth a pound of home cooking.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Never underestimate the power of passion.
- Eve Sawyer

I think the one lesson I have learned is that there is no substitute for paying attention.
- Diane Sawyer

People assume you can’t be shy and be on television. They’re wrong.
- Diane Sawyer

I’m always fascinated by the way memory diffuses fact.
- Diane Sawyer

Time and trouble will tame an advanced young woman, but an advanced old woman is uncontrollable by any earthly force.
- Dorothy Sayers

No, no, there must be a limit to the baseness even of publishers.
- Dorothy Sayers

The only sin passion can commit is to be joyless.
- Dorothy Sayers

As I grow older and older And totter towards the tomb, I find that I care less and less Who goes to bed with whom.
- Dorothy Sayers

Unbosom yourself. Trouble shared is trouble halved.
- Dorothy Sayers

Paradoxical as it may seem, to believe in youth is to look backward; to look forward we much believe in age.
- Dorothy Sayers

They went at it hammer and tongues.
- Mary Schaefer

Women’s place is the the House–and in the Senate.
- Gloria Schaffer

Women dress alike all over the world: they dress to be annoying to other women.
- Elsa Schiaparelli

A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness.
- Elsa Schiaparelli

The idea is to look as if you own the world, not as if you’re carrying it around on your shoulders.
- Elin Schoen

Many women have more power than they recognize, and they’re very hesitant to use it, for they fear they won’t be loved.
- Patricia Schroeder

When men talk about defense, they always claim to be protecting women and children, but they never ask the women and children what they think.
- Patricia Schroeder

A lot of us who came of age in the 1060s are very wary of authority. But you can’t be your child’s friend, you have to turn into a parent.
- Wendy Schuman

Any woman who has a great deal to offer the world is in trouble.
- Hazel Scott

There’s a time when you have to explain to your children why they’re born, and it’s a marvelous thing if you know the reason by then.
- Hazel Scott

Don’t make the mistake of treating your dogs like humans, or they’ll treat you like dogs.
- Martha Scott

I’d like to grow very old as slowly as possible.
- Irene Mayer Selznick

Ideal beauty is a fugitive which is never located.
- La Marquise de Sevigne

I am never afraid of what I know.
- Anna Sewell

In a dream you are never eighty.
- Anne Sexton

It doesn’t matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.
- Anne Sexton

This is my death… and it will profit me to understand it.
- Anne Sexton

Music has brought me some of the highest moments of my life. I don’t even hear the music. I don’t even hear the notes. I’m not aware that someone has turned on a tape machine–I’m in another world.
- Jane Seymour

You have to count on living every single day in a way you believe will make you feel good about your life–so that if it were over tomorrow, you’d be content with yourself.
- Jane Seymour

Getting to the top isn’t bad, and it’s probably best done as an afterthought.
- Anne Wilson Shaef

Be aware that young people have to be able to make their own mistakes and that times change.
- Gina Shapira

Coition, sometimes called “the little death,’ is more like a slight attack of apoplexy.
- Pauline Shapler

Fond as we are of our loved ones, there comes at times during their absence an unexplained peace.
- Anne Shaw

When men reach their sixties and retire they go to pieces. Women just go right on cooking.
- Gail Sheehy

Changes are not only possible and predictable, but to deny them is to be an accomplice to one’s own unnecessary vegetation.
- Gail Sheehy

Good enough. Successful enough. Thin enough. Rich enough. When you have self-respect you have enough, and when you have enough you have self-respect.
- Gail Sheehy

It is hardly surprising that women concentrate on the way they look instead of what was in their minds since not much has been put in their minds to begin with.
- Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

In great moments life seems neither right nor wrong, but something greater, it seems inevitable.
- Margaret Sherwood

Trouble is part of your life, and if you don’t share it, you don’t give the person who loves you enough chance to love you enough.
- Dinah Shore

The best money advice ever given me was from my father. When I was a little girl, he told me, “Don’t spend anything unless you have to.”
- Dinah Shore

Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads, which sew people together through the years.
- Simone Signoret

The strength of a nation, especially of a republican nation, is in the intelligent and well-ordered homes of the people.
- Lydia H. Sigourney

We’re always being told that time is running out; it is and getting things done won’t stop it.
- Joan Silber

There is a growing strength in women, but it’s in the forehead, not in the forearm.
- Beverly Sills

I’m cheerful, I’m not happy. There’s a big difference.
- Beverly Sills

A happy woman is one who has no cares at all; a cheerful woman is one who has cares but doesn’t let them get her down.
- Beverly Sills

You can’t be too rich or too thin.
- Wallis Simpson

I am patient with stupidity, but not with those who are proud of it.
- Dame Edith Sitwell

I am one of those unhappy persons who inspire bores to the highest flights of art.
- Dame Edith Sitwell

Most women dress as if they had been a mouse in a previous incarnation, or hope to be one in the next.
- Dame Edith Sitwell

Poetry is the deification of reality.
- Dame Edith Sitwell

I have often wished I had time to cultivate modesty. But I am too busy thinking about myself.
- Dame Edith Sitwell

I wish the government would put a tax on pianos for the incompetent.
- Dame Edith Sitwell

Why not be oneself? That is the whole secret of a successful appearance. If one is a greyhound, why try to look like a Pekingese?
- Dame Edith Sitwell

Good taste is the worst vice ever invented.
- Dame Edith Sitwell

The cry of the ghetto is being heard by a nation with its fingers in its ears.
- Barbara Sizemore

One learns in life to keep silent and draw one’s own confusions.
- Cornelia Otis Skinner

Woman’s virtue is man’s greatest invention.
- Cornelia Otis Skinner

I can enjoy flowers quite happily without translating them into Latin.
- Cornelia Otis Skinner

No matter how big or soft or warm your bed is, you still have to get out of it.
- Grace Slick

If you carry yourself like a beauty, people will think of you as one.
- Michele Slung

Never advertise what you don’t have for sale.
- Michele Slung

We are not human beings trying to be spiritual. We are spiritual beings trying to be human.
- Jacqueline Small

If you cannot have your dear husband for a comfort and a delight, for a breadwinner and a cross-patch, for a sofa, chair or hot water bottle, one can use him as a Cross to be borne.
- Stevie Smith

In our constant search for security we can never gain any peace of mind until we secure our own soul.
- Margaret Chase Smith

As far as I’m concerned, being any gender is a drag.
- Patti Smith

It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. The went out and happened to things.
- Elinor Smith

It sometimes happens, even in the best of families, that a baby is born. This is not necessarily cause for alarm. The important thing is to keep your wits about you and borrow some money.
- Elinor Smith

The only place you find success before work is in the dictionary.
- May V. Smith

Begin somewhere; you cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do.
- Liz Smith

Don’t hold grudges; it’s pointless. Jealousy too is a non-cathartic negative emotion.
- Liz Smith

It is not always possible to know what one has learned, or when the dawning will arrive. You will continue to shift, sift, to shake out and to double back. The synthesis that finally occurs can be in the most unexpected place and time.
- Virginia B. Smith

Faith and doubt both are needed–not as antagonists, but working side by side–to take us around the unknown curve.
- Lillian Smith

Can you imagine a world without men? No crime and lots of happy fat women.
- Marion Smith

The trouble with the 1980′s as compared with the 1970′s is that teenagers no longer rebel and leave home.
- Marion Smith

There is nothing that you can have when you are old that can replace being young and having nothing.
- Mary Wallace Smith

Education is a private matter between the person and the world of knowledge and experience, and has little to do with school or college.
- Lillian Smith

Never underestimate the power of simple courtesy. Your courtesy may not be returned or remembered, but discourtesy will.
- Princess Jackson Smith

After an acquaintance of ten minutes many women will exchange confidences that a man would not reveal to a lifelong friend.
- Page Smith

What is most beautiful in virile men is something feminine; what is most beautiful in feminine women is something masculine.
- Susan Sontag

Sanity is a cozy lie.
- Susan Sontag

Books are… funny little portable pieces of thought.
- Susan Sontag

I was not looking for my dreams to interpret my life, but rather for my life to interpret my dreams.
- Susan Sontag

The only interesting answers are those which destroy the questions.
- Susan Sontag

Interpretation is the revenge of the intellectual upon art.
- Susan Sontag

If you’re never scared or embarrassed or hurt, it means you never take any chances.
- Julia Sorel

One should only see a psychiatrist out of boredom.
- Muriel Spark

Be on the alert to recognize your prime at whatever time of your life it may occur.
- Muriel Spark

I see no reason to keep silent about my enjoyment of the sound of my own voice as I work.
- Muriel Spark

Malice is like a game of poker or tennis; you don’t play it with anyone who is manifestly inferior to you.
- Hilde Spiel

The past which is so presumptuously brought forward as a precedent for the present, was itself founded on some past that went before it.
- Madame de Stael

The voice of conscience is so delicate that is is easy to stifle it; but it is also so clear that it is impossible to mistake it.
- Madame de Stael

The human mind always makes progress, but it is a progress in spirals.
- Madame de Stael

Politeness is the art of choosing among your thoughts.
- Madame de Stael

The more I see of man, the more I like dogs.
- Madame de Stael

The success of any man with any woman is apt to displease even his best friends.
- Madame de Stael

The sense of this word among the Greeks affords the noblest definition of it: “enthusiasm” signifies “God in us.”
- Madame de Stael

A religious life is a struggle and not a hymn.
- Madame de Stael

The more we know, the better we forgive. Whoe’er feels deeply, feels for all that live.
- Madame de Stael

The greater part of what women write about women is mere sycophancy to man.
- Madame de Stael

When a noble life has prepared for old age, it is not decline that it reveals, but the first days of immortality.
- Madame de Stael

She did observe, with some dismay, that far from conquering all, love lazily sidestepped practical problems.
- Jean Stafford

If I had to live my life over again, I’d dare to make more mistakes next time.
- Nadine Stair

Well, there’s a Book that says we’re all sinners and I at least chose a sin that’s made quite a few people happier than they were before they met me.
- Sally Stanford

No man can be held throughout the day by what happens throughout the night.
- Sally Stanford

To think that all in me of which my father would have felt proper pride had I been a man, is deeply mortifying to him because I am a woman.
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Woman’s discontent increases in exact proportion to her development.
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Social science affirms that a woman’s place in society marks the level of civilization.
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton

The Bible and the Church have been the greatest stumbling blocks in the way of women’s emancipation.
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton

I want to go on until they have to shoot me.
- Barbara Stanwyck

Civilizations do not degenerate through fear, but because they forget that fear exists.
- Freya Stark

Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.
- Pamela Vaull Starr

When they are alone they want to be with others, and when they are with others they want to be alone. After all, human beings are like that.
- Gertrude Stein

To write is to write is to write is to write is to write is to write is to write is to write.
- Gertrude Stein

You’ll be old and you never lived, and you kind of feel silly to lie down and die and to never have lived, to have been a job chaser and never have lived.
- Gertrude Stein

Everybody knows if you are too careful you are so occupied in being careful that you are sure to stumble over something.
- Gertrude Stein

Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.
- Gertrude Stein

I like a view but I like to sit with my back turned to it.
- Gertrude Stein

We are always the same age inside.
- Gertrude Stein

There ain’t no answer. There ain’t going to be any answer. There never has been an answer. That’s the answer.
- Gertrude Stein

I am an American and I have lived half my life in Paris, not the half which made me, but the half in which I made what I made.
- Gertrude Stein

I do want to get rich but I never want to do what there is to do to get rich.
- Gertrude Stein

I write for myself and strangers. The strangers, dear Readers, are an afterthought.
- Gertrude Stein

Money is always there but the pockets change; it is not in the same pockets after a change, and that is all there is to say about money.
- Gertrude Stein

You are the product of your own brainstorm.
- Rosemary Konner Steinbaum

Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.
- Gloria Steinem

I can’t mate in captivity.
- Gloria Steinem

Logic is in the eye of the logician.
- Gloria Steinem

A pedestal is as much a prison as any small, confined space.
- Gloria Steinem

The surest way to be alone is to get married.
- Gloria Steinem

The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn but to unlearn.
- Gloria Steinem

A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.
- Gloria Steinem

Writing… keeps me from believing everything I read.
- Gloria Steinem

Women may be the one group that grows more radical with age.
- Gloria Steinem

Writers are notorious for using any reason to keep from working: over-researching, retyping, going to meetings, waxing the floors–anything.
- Gloria Steinem

Libraries are the last democratic educational institution… the most important and democratic source of information… and the last refuge of those without modems.
- Gloria Steinem

By the year 2000 we will, I hope, raise our children to believe in human potential, not God.
- Gloria Steinem

Hope is a very unruly emotion.
- Gloria Steinem

Some of us are becoming the men we wanted to marry.
- Gloria Steinem

Men should think twice before making widowhood woman’s only path to power.
- Gloria Steinem

One day, an army of gray-haired women may quietly take over the earth.
- Gloria Steinem

Experience is a comb that life gives you after you lose your hair.
- Judith Stern

Talk without effort is nothing.
- Mary W. Stewart

Goodwill is no easy symbol of good wishes. It is an immeasurable and tremendous energy, the atomic energy of the spirit.
- Eleanor Stock

Making the decision to have a child–it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.
- Elizabeth Stone

Dr. Ruth says that, as women, we should tell our lovers how to make love to us. My boyfriend goes nuts if I tell him how to drive.
- Pam Stone

A person educated in mind and not in morals is a menace to society.
- Juanita Kidd Stout

Everyone confesses in the abstract that exertion which brings out all the powers of body and mind is the best thing for us all; but… nobody does much more than circumstances drive them to do.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe

No one is so thoroughly superstitious as the godless man.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe

When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe

So much has been said and sung of beautiful young girls, why doesn’t somebody wake up to the beauty of old women?
- Harriet Beecher Stowe

Half the misery in the world comes of want of courage to speak and to hear the truth plainly, and in a spirit of love.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe

If women want any rights they had better take them, and say nothing about it.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe

Most mothers are instinctive philosophers.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe

The literature of a people must so ring from the sense of its nationality; and nationality is impossible without self-respect, and self-respect is impossible without liberty.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe

I never taught language for the purpose of teaching it; but invariably used language as a medium for the communication of thought; thus the learning of language was coincident with the acquisition of knowledge.
- Annie Sullivan

It’s a great mistake, I think, to put children off with falsehoods and nonsense, when their growing powers of observation and discrimination excite in them a desire to know about things.
- Annie Sullivan

Children require guidance and sympathy far more than instruction.
- Annie Sullivan

Nagging is the repetition of unpalatable truths.
- Edith Summerskill

To love is to receive a glimpse of heaven.
- Karen Sunde

If you talk about yourself, he’ll think you’re boring. It you talk about others, he’ll think you’re a gossip. If you talk about him, he’ll think you’re a brilliant conversationalist.
- Linda Sunshine

On the other hand, things being what they are today, most of us will settle for a guy who holds down a steady job and isn’t carrying an infectious disease.
- Linda Sunshine

Love from one being to another can only be that two solitudes come nearer, recognize and protect and comfort each other.
- Han Suyin

Joy is more joyful given a tune.
- Jane Swan

I’ll be eighty this month. Age, if nothing else, entitles me to set the record straight before I dissolve. I’ve given my memoirs far more thought than any of my marriages. You can’t divorce a book.
- Gloria Swanson

It is necessary to try to pass one’s self always; this occupation ought to last as long as life.
- Queen Christina of Sweden

The fact that God has prohibited despair gives misfortune the right to hope all things, and leaves hope free to dare all things.
- Anne Sophie Swetchine

We deceive ourselves when we fancy that only weakness needs support. Strength needs it more. A straw or a feather sustains itself long in the air.
- Anne Sophie Swetchine

Resignation is putting God between ourselves and our troubles.
- Anne Sophie Swetchine

We forgive too little; forget too much.
- Anne Sophie Swetchine

To love deeply in one direction makes us more loving in all others.
- Anne Sophie Swetchine

In the opinion of the world, marriage ends all, as it does in in comedy. The truth is precisely the opposite: it begins all.
- Anne Sophie Swetchine

There is a transcendent power in example. We reform others unconsciously, when we walk uprightly.
- Anne Sophie Swetchine

In order to have an enemy, one must be somebody. One must be a force before he can be resisted by another force. A malicious enemy is better than a clumsy friend.
- Anne Sophie Swetchine

The best advice on the art of being happy is about as easy to follow as advice to be well when one is sick.
- Anne Sophie Swetchine

It is amazing how much people can get done if they do not worry about who gets the credit.
- Sandra Swinney

We need time to dream, time to remember, and time to reach the infinite. Time to be.
- Gladys Taber

I always find that statistics are hard to swallow and impossible to digest. The only one I can remember is that if all the people who go to sleep in church were laid end to end they would be a lot more comfortable.
- Mrs. Robert A. Taft

When he’s late for dinner, I know he’s either having an affair or is lying dead in the street. I always hope it’s the street.
- Jessica Tandy

There’s no deodorant like success.
- Elizabeth Taylor

Some of my best leading men have been dogs and horses.
- Elizabeth Taylor

I suppose when they reach a certain age some men are afraid to grow up. It seems the older the men get, the younger their new wives get.
- Elizabeth Taylor

No one worth possessing Can be quite possessed.
- Sara Teasdale

I make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes.
- Sara Teasdale

Of my own spirit let me be in sole though feeble mastery.
- Sara Teasdale

There’s nothing half so real in life as the things you’ve done… inexorably, unalterably done.
- Sara Teasdale

Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat…. We must find each other.
- Mother Teresa

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
- Mother Teresa

Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.
- Mother Teresa

Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.
- Mother Teresa

Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.
- Mother Teresa

We can do no great things–only small things with great love.
- Mother Teresa

I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career.
- Gloria Steinem

My hometown was so small that our school taught Driver’s Ed and Sex Ed in the same car.
- Mary Sue Terry

If I were going to convert to any religion I would probably choose Catholicism because it at least has female saints and the Virgin Mary.
- Margaret Atwood

If the King’s English was good enough for Jesus, it’s good enough for the children of Texas!
- “Ma” Ferguson, Governor of Texas

In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man; if you want anything done, ask a woman.
- Margaret Thatcher

I owe nothing to Women’s Lib.
- Margaret Thatcher

Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by traffic from both sides.
- Margaret Thatcher

I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.
- Margaret Thatcher

I do not know anyone who has got to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but should get you pretty near.
- Margaret Thatcher

If it’s me against 48, I feel sorry for the 48.
- Margaret Thatcher

You don’t tell deliberate lies, but sometimes you have to be evasive.
- Margaret Thatcher

Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.
- Margaret Thatcher

No one knows how it is that with one glance a boy can break through into a girl’s heart.
- Nancy Thayer

It’s never too late–in fiction or in life–to revise.
- Nancy Thayer

Never economize on luxuries.
- Angela Thirkell

If one cannot invent a really convincing lie, it is often better to stick to the truth.
- Angela Thirkell

Sometimes the best helping hand you can give is a good, firm push.
- Joann Thomas

Fearful as reality is, it is less fearful than evasions of reality…. Look steadfastly into the slit, pin-pointed malignant eyes of reality as an old hand trainer dominates his wild beasts.
- Caitlin Thomas

I remember those happy days and often wish I could speak into the ears of the dead the gratitude which was due to them in life and so ill-returned.
- Gwyn Thomas

We didn’t have much, but we sure had plenty.
- Sherry Thomas

Time is nature’s way of keeping everything from happening at once.
- Yolanda Thomas

Never face facts; if you do you’ll never get up in the morning.
- Marlo Thomas

A man has to be Joe McCarthy to be called ruthless. All a woman has to do is put you on hold.
- Marlo Thomas

Is nothing in life ever straight and clear, the way children see it?
- Rosie Thomas

One of the things about equality is not just that you be treated equally to a man, but that you treat yourself equally to the way you treat a man.
- Marlo Thomas

If you don’t want to get tackled, don’t carry the ball.
- Ann McKay Thompson

Through music we may wander where we will in time, and find friends in every century.
- Helen Thomson

I was brought up in a clergyman’s household, so I am a first-class liar.
- Sybil Thorndike

Don’t bite the hand that has your allowance in it.
- Lisa Tidler

Traditions are group efforts to keep the unexpected from happening.
- Barbara Tober

What is sauce for the goose may be sauce for the gander, but it is not necessarily sauce for the chick, the duck, the turkey, or the guinea hen.
- Alice B. Toklas

The young men of today seem mostly to be interested in the manner rather than the matter.
- Alice B. Toklas

No matter how cynical I get, I can’t keep up.
- Lily Tomlin

Reality is a crutch for people who can’t cope with drugs.
- Lily Tomlin

Thank God kids never mean well.
- Lily Tomlin

If love is the answer, could you rephrase the question?
- Lily Tomlin

Is this the party to whom I am speaking?
- Lily Tomlin

The best mind-altering drug is truth.
- Lily Tomlin

Ninety-eight percent of the adults in this country are decent, hard working honest Americans. It’s the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then we elected them.
- Lily Tomlin

When we talk to God, we’re praying. When God talks to us we’re schizophrenic.
- Lily Tomlin

We’re all in this alone.
- Lily Tomlin

Reality is nothing but a collective hunch.
- Lily Tomlin

The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win you’re still a rat.
- Lily Tomlin

Sometimes I feel like a figment of my own imagination.
- Lily Tomlin

Sometimes I worry about being a success in a mediocre world.
- Lily Tomlin

I personally think we developed language because of our deep need to complain.
- Lily Tomlin

Boyfriends weren’t friends at all; they were prizes, escorts, symbols of achievement, fascinating strangers, and the Other.
- Susan Allen Toth

Fear is faith that it won’t work out.
- Sister Mary Tricky

If you really want to be happy, nobody can stop you.
- Sister Mary Tricky

I think I am, therefore I am, I think.
- Sister Mary Tricky

It is the mind that makes the body.
- Sojourner Truth

If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back, and get it right side up again!
- Sojourner Truth

Religion without humanity is poor human stuff.
- Sojourner Truth

I started with this idea in my head, “There’s two things I’ve got a right to, death or liberty.”
- Harriet Tubman

War is the unfolding of miscalculations.
- Barbara Tuchman

God! The country that produced George Washington has got this collection of crumb-bums!
- Barbara Tuchman

I’ve always been in a condition in which I cannot not write.
- Barbara Tuchman

I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor; rich is better.
- Sophie Tucker

Keep breathing.
- Sophie Tucker

From birth to age 18 a girl needs good parents. From 18 to 35 she needs good looks. From 35 to 55 she needs a good personality. From 55 on, she needs good cash.
- Sophie Tucker

The next best thing to winning is losing! At least you’ve been in the race.
- Nellie Hershey Tullis

No man is responsible for his father, that is entirely his mother’s affair.
- Margaret Turnbull

Being a sex symbol has to do with an attitude, not looks. Most men think it’s looks, most women know otherwise.
- Kathleen Turner

A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend. A successful woman is one who can find such a man.
- Lana Turner

Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew. They’re what make the instrument stretch–what make you go beyond the norm.
- Cicely Tyson

If only we could all accept that there is no difference between us where human values are concerned. Whatever sex.
- Liv Ullman

Tears may be dried up, but the heart–never.
- Marguerite de Valois

Do you want to trace your family tree? Run for public office.
- Patricia H. Vance

The fame you earn has a different taste from the fame that is forced upon you.
- Gloria Vanderbilt

Humor is such a strong weapon, such a strong answer. Women have to make fun of themselves, laugh about themselves, because they have nothing to lose.
- Agnes Varda

Diplomacy is the art of letting someone have your way.
- Daniele Vare

I’ve been married so long I’m on my third bottle of Tabasco sauce.
- Susan Vass

What I wanted to be when I grew up was–in charge.
- Brigadier General Wilma Vaught

The first time you buy a house you see how pretty the paint is and buy it. The second time you look to see if the basement has termites. It’s the same with men.
- Lupe Velez

We are not amused.
- Queen Victoria

I feel sure that no girl could go to the altar, and would probably refuse, if she new all…
- Queen Victoria

One advantage of marriage, it seems to me, is that when you fall out of love with him, or he falls out of love with you, it keeps you together until you maybe fall in love again.
- Judith Viorst

Brevity may be the soul of wit, but not when someone’s saying “I love you.” Even though he insists it would take forever to count the ways in which he loves you, let him start counting.
- Judith Viorst

The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair.
- Mary Heaton Vorse

A sobering thought: What if, right at this very moment, I am living up to my full potential?
- Jane Wagner

I have gained and lost the same ten pounds so many times over and over again my cellulite must have dejà vu.
- Jane Wagner

All my life I wanted to be someone; I guess I should have been more specific.
- Jane Wagner

Reality is the leading cause of stress amongst those in touch with it. I can take it in small doses–but, as a lifestyle, I find it too confining.
- Jane Wagner

I am ambitious in the sense that I want to be more than I am now. But if I were truly ambitious, I think I’d already be more than I am now.
- Jane Wagner

After all, what is reality anyway? Nothin’ but a collective hunch.
- Jane Wagner

Infinity. It could be time on a ego trip, for all I know.
- Jane Wagner

Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn’t matter. I’m not sure a bad person can write a good book. If art doesn’t make us better, then what on earth is it for.
- Alice Walker

I have fought and kicked and fasted and prayed and cursed and cried myself to the point of existing.
- Alice Walker

And so our mothers and grandmothers have, more often than not anonymously, handed on the creative spark, the seed of the flower they themselves never hoped to see…
- Alice Walker

I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.
- Alice Walker

Nature has created us with the capacity to know God, to experience God.
- Alice Walker

The more I wonder… the more I love.
- Alice Walker

Any God I ever felt in church I brought in with me. And I think all the other folks did too. They come to church to share God, not find God.
- Alice Walker

Success can make you go one of two ways. It can make you a prima donna–or it can smooth the edges, take away the insecurities, let the nice things come out.
- Barbara Walters

It is tough. If you just want a wonderful little creature to love, you can get a puppy.
- Barbara Walters

Show me someone who never gossips, and I’ll show you someone who isn’t interested in people.
- Barbara Walters

Parents of young children should realize that few people, and maybe no one, will find their children as enchanting as they do.
- Barbara Walters

It’s not nice to make fun of fat people–but, what the hell, they can’t catch you.
- Marsha Warfield

It is easy to work for someone else; all you have to do is show up.
- Rita Warford

A friend is one who knows all about you and likes you anyway.
- Christi Mary Warner

Years ago fairy tales all began with “Once upon a time…”
-now we know they all begin with, “If I am elected…”
- Carolyn Warner

Why are we so fond of life which beings with a cry and ends with a groan?
- Mary, Countess of Warwick

The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not our circumstances.
- Martha Washington

I think that wherever your journey takes you, there are new gods waiting there, with divine patience–and laughter.
- Susan M. Watkins

There has never been an age that did not applaud the past and lament the present.
- Lillian Eichler Watson

I find it short of obscene that women are forced to expose ourselves to politicians–forced to submit our private matters, our private decisions… to public debate!
- Faye Wattleton

What you teach your own children is what your really believe in.
- Cathy Warner Weatherford

It would be curious to discover who it is to whom one writes in a diary. Possibly to some mysterious personification of one’s own identity.
- Beatrice Webb

We are tomorrow’s past.
- Mary Webb

If necessity is the mother of invention, what was papa doing?
- Ruth Weekley

I can therefore I am.
- Simone Weil

To want friendship is a great fault. Friendship ought to be a gratuitous joy, like the joys afforded by art, or life…
- Simone Weil

Classrooms with walls and time periods are the main obstacles to using the technology.
- Cheryl Weiner

Man seems not so much wicked as frail, unable to face pain, trouble and growing old. A good woman knows that nature is her enemy. Look at what it does to her.
- Fay Weldon

We should live and learn; but by the time we’ve learned, it’s too late to live.
- Carolyn Wells

Learn the wisdom of compromise, for it is better to bend a little than to break.
- Jane Wells

Actions lie louder than words.
- Carolyn Wells

Of two evils choose the prettier.
- Carolyn Wells

A critic is a necessary evil, and criticism is an evil necessity.
- Carolyn Wells

Don’t depend on a big wheel to do you a good turn.
- Joan I. Welsh

All serious daring starts from within.
- Eudora Welty

Whatever our theme in writing, it is old and tried. Whatever our place, it has been visited by the stranger, it will never be new again. It is only the vision that can be new; but that is enough.
- Eudora Welty

Each story tells me how to write it, but not the one afterwards.
- Eudora Welty

The excursion is the same when you go looking for your sorrow as when you go looking for your joy.
- Eudora Welty

The events in our lives happen in a sequence in time but in their significance to ourselves they find their own order… the continuous thread of revelation.
- Eudora Welty

Relationship is a pervading and changing mystery… brutal or lovely, the mystery waits for people wherever they go, whatever extreme they run to.
- Eudora Welty

When I’m good I’m good, but when I’m bad I’m better.
- Mae West

He who hesitates is last.
- Mae West

Too much of a good thing is wonderful.
- Mae West

I don’t like myself, I’m crazy about myself.
- Mae West

It is very easy to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own.
- Jessamyn West

A man in the house is worth two in the street.
- Mae West

Marriage is a great institution, but I’m not ready for an institution.
- Mae West

Give a man a free hand and he’ll run it all over you.
- Mae West

I’ve been in more laps than a napkin.
- Mae West

It is better to be looked over than overlooked.
- Mae West

Whenever I’m caught between two evils, I take the one I’ve never tried.
- Mae West

I only like two kinds of men: domestic and foreign.
- Mae West

It isn’t what I do, but how I do it. It isn’t what I say, but how I say it. And how I look when I do it and say it.
- Mae West

Love conquers all things except poverty and toothache.
- Mae West

It’s not the men in my life that counts–it’s the life in my men.
- Mae West

When women go wrong, men go right after them.
- Mae West

People call me feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute.
- Rebecca West

He is every other inch a gentleman.
- Rebecca West

Man is a hating rather than a loving animal.
- Rebecca West

The trouble about man is twofold. He cannot learn truths which are too complicated; he forgets truths which are too simple.
- Rebecca West

I write books to find out about things.
- Rebecca West

Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience.
- Rebecca West

Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures.
- Jessamyn West

Writing is so difficult that I often feel that writers, having had their hell on earth, will escape punishment hereafter.
- Jessamyn West

A taste for irony has kept more hearts from breaking than a sense of humor, for it takes irony to appreciate the joke which is on oneself.
- Jessamyn West

Groan and forget it.
- Jessamyn West

I’ve done more harm by the falseness of trying to please than by the honesty of trying to hurt.
- Jessamyn West

It’s hard to be funny when you have to be clean.
- Mae West

To err is human–but it feels divine.
- Mae West

I used to be Snow White, but I drifted.
- Mae West

You’re never too old to become younger.
- Mae West

The main difference between men and women is that men are lunatics and women are idiots.
- Rebecca West

It is always one’s virtues and not one’s vices that precipitate one into disaster.
- Rebecca West

He who hesitates–is a damn fool.
- Mae West

Keep a diary and one day it’ll keep you.
- Mae West

One figure can sometimes add up to a lot.
- Mae West

Journalism is the ability to meet the challenge of filling space.
- Rebecca West

If you want a baby, have a new one. Don’t baby the old one.
- Jessamyn West

Don’t window shop at the bakery.
- Carol Weston

Beware of fishing for compliments–you might come up with a boot.
- Carol Weston

The only thing to do is to hug one’s friends tight and do one’s job.
- Edith Wharton

Life is the only real counselor; wisdom unfiltered through personal experience does not become a part of the moral tissue.
- Edith Wharton

They seemed to come suddenly upon happiness as if they had surprised a butterfly in the winter woods…
- Edith Wharton

I don’t believe in God, but I do believe in his saints.
- Edith Wharton

If we only stopped trying to be happy we would have a pretty good time.
- Edith Wharton

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
- Edith Wharton

In spite of illness, in spite even of the archenemy sorrow, one can remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in big things, and happy in small ways.
- Edith Wharton

What this woman wants, with all due respect to S. Freud, is for men to stop asking that question and to realize the women are human beings, not some alien species. They want the same things men want.
- Diane White

Keep the other person’s well being in mind when you feel an attack of soul-purging truth coming on.
- Betty White

A food isn’t necessarily essential just because your child hates it.
- Katherine Whitehorn

Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it.
- Katherine Whitehorn

I am firm. You are obstinate. He is a pig-headed fool.
- Katherine Whitehorn

Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but she did it backwards and in high heels.
- Faith Whittlesey

Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily this is not difficult.
- Charlotte Whitton

Strong and convincing art has never risen from theories.
- Mary Wigman

Laugh, and world laughs with you; Weep, and you weep alone, For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth, But has trouble enough of its own.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Teaching is the greatest act of optimism.
- Colleen Wilcox

There is new strength, repose of mind, and inspiration in fresh apparel.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Talk happiness. The world is sad enough Without your woe. No path is wholly rough.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

We flatter those we scarcely know, We please the fleeting guest, And deal full many a thoughtless blow To those who love us best.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

It doesn’t happen all at once. You become. It takes a long time.
- Margery Williams

As you grow older, you’ll find that you enjoy talking to strangers far more than to your friends.
- Joy Williams

We learn from experience. A man never wakes up his second baby just to see it smile.
- Grace Williams

If you can make a woman laugh you can do anything with her.
- Nicol Williamson

My deepest impulses are optimistic; an attitude that seems to me as spiritually necessary and proper as it is intellectually suspect.
- Ellen Willis

My idea of heaven is a great big baked potato and someone to share it with.
- Oprah Winfrey

Unless you choose to do great things with it, it makes no difference how much you are rewarded, or how much power you have.
- Oprah Winfrey

Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.
- Oprah Winfrey

When I look into the future, it’s so bright it burns my eyes.
- Oprah Winfrey

It isn’t until you come to a spiritual understanding of who you are–not necessarily a religious feeling, but deep down, the spirit within–that you can begin to take control.
- Oprah Winfrey

I think
- therefore, I’m single.
- Lizz Winstead

I think onstage nudity is disgusting, shameful, and damaging to all things American. But if I were twenty-two with a great body, it would be artistic, tasteful, patriotic, and a progressive religious experience.
- Shelley Winters

I have bursts of being a lady, but it doesn’t last long.
- Shelley Winters

I did a picture in England one winter and it was so cold I almost got married.
- Shelley Winters

Now that I’m over sixty I’m veering toward respectability.
- Shelley Winters

Government must be responsive to the needs and the dreams of its people.
- Mary Ellen Withrow

Western women have been controlled by ideals and stereotypes as much as by material constraints.
- Naomi Wolf

I do not wish women to have power over men; but over themselves.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

…for truth must be common to all, or it will be inefficacious with respect to its influence on general practice.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

Taught from infancy that beauty is woman’s scepter, the mind shapes itself to the body, and roaming around its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

The only time a woman really succeeds in changing a man is when he’s a baby.
- Natalie Wood

You can stand tall without standing on someone. You can be a victor without having victims.
- Harriet Woods

Sexiness wears thin after a while and beauty fades, but to be married to a man who makes you laugh every day, ah, now that’s a real treat!
- Joanne Woodward

If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.
- Virginia Woolf

One of the signs of passing youth is the birth of a sense of fellowship with other human beings as we take our place among them.
- Virginia Woolf

It’s no use trying to sum people up. One must follow hints, not exactly what is said, nor yet entirely what is done.
- Virginia Woolf

A woman must have money and a room of her own.
- Virginia Woolf

Women have always been poor, not for two hundred years merely, but from the beginning of time…. Women, then, have not had a dog’s chance of writing poetry. That is why I have laid so much stress on money and a room of one’s own.
- Virginia Woolf

To enjoy freedom we have to control ourselves.
- Virginia Woolf

I read the book of Job last night–I don’t think God comes well out of it.
- Virginia Woolf

Women have served all these centuries as looking glasses possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting the figure of man at twice its natural size.
- Virginia Woolf

It is probably that both in life and in art the values of a woman are not the values of a man.
- Virginia Woolf

Biography is to give a man some kind of shape after his death.
- Virginia Woolf

Once conform, once do what other people do because they do it, and a lethargy steals over all the finer nerves and faculties of the soul. She becomes all outer show and inward emptiness; dull, callous, and indifferent.
- Virginia Woolf

Masterpieces are not single and solitary births; they are the outcome of many years of thinking in common, of thinking by the body of the people, so that the experience of the mass is behind the single voice.
- Virginia Woolf

To write weekly, to write daily, to write shortly, to write for busy people catching trains in the morning or for tired people coming home in the evening, is a heartbreaking task for men who know good writing from bad.
- Virginia Woolf

Yet it is in our idleness, In our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top.
- Virginia Woolf

Arrange whatever pieces come your way.
- Virginia Woolf

There are no teachers, saints, prophets, good people, but the artists.
- Virginia Woolf

Another of our highly prized virtues is fidelity. We are immensely pleased with ourselves when we are faithful.
- Ida Ross Wylie

Spiritual and religious traditions, when shaped by the feminine principle, affirm the cyclical phases of our lives and the wisdom each phase brings, the sacredness of our bodies and the body of the Earth.
- Patrice Wynne

Men are taught to apologize for their weaknesses, women for their strengths.
- Lois Wyse

Leaving behind books is even more beautiful–there are far too many children.
- Marguerite Yourcenar

I have never seasoned a truth with the sauce of a lie in order to digest it more easily.
- Marguerite Yourcenar

I have known exactly what I wanted since I was eight years old. My husband chased me until I caught him.
- Pia Zadora

The only way to stop smoking is to just stop–no ifs, ands, or butts.
- Edith Zittler

Iron age: The historical period preceding the Era of Permanent Press.
- Sandra Zorn

The older I get, the less important the comma becomes. Let the reader catch his own breath.
- Elizabeth Clarkson Zwart

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