- A -
- "Stay" is a charming word in a friend's vocabulary.
Louisa May Alcott
- It is rarely that you see an American writer who is not hopelessly sane.
- 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.
- Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.
Susan B. Anthony
- I'm not interested in age. People who tell me their age are silly. You're as old as you feel.
- The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution.
- Do not do what you would undo if caught.
- In America, you watch TV and you think that it's totally unreal, then you step outside and it's just the same.
- Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn't know that so it goes on flying anyway.
Mary Kay Ash
- The main dangers in this life are the people who want to change everything...or nothing.
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
- One reason I don't drink is that I want to know when I'm having a good time.
Lady Nancy Astor
- B -
- You see much more of your children once they leave home.
- It seems to me that those songs that have been any good, I have nothing much to do with the writing of them. The words have just crawled down my sleeve and come out on the page.
- The easiest kind of relationship for me is with ten thousand people. The hardest is with one.
- There is a way to look at the past. Don't hide from it. It will not catch you -- if you don't repeat it.
- Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations.
- It's one of the tragic ironies of the theatre that only one man in it can count on steady work -- the night watchman.
- It's sad to grow old, but nice to ripen.
- Work is either fun or drudgery. It depends on your attitude. I like fun.
Colleen C. Barrett
- When it comes to getting things done, we need fewer architects and more bricklayers.
Colleen C. Barrett
- You must learn day by day, year by year, to broaden your horizon. The more things you love, the more you are interested in, the more you enjoy, the more you are indignant about, the more you have left when anything happens.
- You grow up the day you have your first real laugh, at yourself.
- I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight, I can stand and feed and nurse them.
- The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose.
- Our faith in the present dies out long before our faith in the future.
- The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
- It is not whether you really cry. It's whether the audience thinks you are crying.
- Happiness is good health and a bad memory.
- 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.
- A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.
- Justice is better than chivalry if we cannot have both.
Alice Stone Blackwell
- Justice is a concept. Muscle is the reality.
- Dogs come when they're called. Cats take a message and get back to you.
- Forget the past and live the present hour.
Sarah Knowles Bolton
- 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."
- We've got a generation now who were born with semiequality. They don't know how it was before, so they think, this isn't too bad. We're working. We have our attache' cases and our three piece suits. I get very disgusted with the younger generation of women. We had a torch to pass, and they are just sitting there. They don't realize it can be taken away. Things are going to have to get worse before they join in fighting the battle.
- If a man watches three football games in a row, he should be declared legally dead.
- It is only possible to live happily ever after on a day-to-day basis.
- For a single woman, preparing for company means wiping the lipstick off of the milk carton.
- There are two ways of meeting difficulties. You alter the difficulties or you alter yourself to meet them.
- 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
- Why does a slight tax increase cost you two hundred dollars and a substantial tax cut save you thirty cents.
- If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.
- Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.
- 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.
- Look twice before you leap.
- A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success.
Dr Joyce Brothers
- I believe the true function of age is memory. I'm recording as fast as I can.
Rita Mae Brown
- I believe you are your work. Don't trade the stuff of your life, time, for nothing more than dollars. That's a rotten bargain.
Rita Mae Brown
- Age is something that doesn't matter, unless you are a cheese.
- Celebrity was a long time in coming; it will go away. Everything goes away.
- And who knows? Somewhere out there in this audience may even be someone who will one day follow my footsteps, and preside over the White House as the president's spouse. I wish him well!
Barbara Bush, commencement address to Wellesley College
- C -
- Those whom the gods would destroy they first call "promising."
- What a lot we lost when we stopped writing letters. You can't reread a phone call.
- If we can't turn the world around we can at least bolster the victems.
- In every outthrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is the story of the earth.
- Sure I'm for helping the elderly. I'm going to be old myself someday.
Lillian Carter (at age 85)
- A committee takes hours to put into minutes what can be done in seconds.
- Where there is great love there are always miracles.
- An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have. The older she gets the more interested he is in her.
- I've always believed in writing without a collaborator, because where two people are writing the same book, each believes he gets all the worry and only half the royalties.
- 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.
- Where large sums of money are concerned, it is advisable to trust nobody.
- Common sense is perhaps the most equally divided, but surely the most underemployed, talent in the world.
- When you belong to a minority, you have to be better in order to have the right to be equal.
- The secret of having a personal life is not answering too many questions about it.
- Loneliness is the universal problem of rich people.
- There's a magical tie to the land of our home, which the heart cannot break, though the footsteps may roam.
- There is a young and impresionable mind out there that is hungry for information. It has latched on to an electronic tube as its main source of nourishment.
Joan Ganz Cooney
- When we escaped from Cuba, all we could carry was our education.
- I never go out unless I look like Joan Crawford the movie star. If you want to see the girl next door, go next door.
- All you'll get from strangers is surface pleasantry or indifference. Only someone who loves you will criticize you.
- One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done.
- Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.
- D -
- Old age is no place for sissies.
- The really frightening thing about middle age is the knowledge that you'll grow out of it.
- To have a good enemy, choose a friend; he knows where to strike.
Diane de Pointers
- It has taken me years of struggle, hard work and research to learn to make one simple gesture, and I know enough about the art of writing to realize that it would take as many years of concentrated effort to write one simple, beautiful sentence.
- Most women set out to change a man, and when they have changed him they do not like him.
- A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within.
- E -
- Adventure is worthwhile in itself.
- Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace. The soul that knows it bot, knows no release from little things; knows not the livid loneliness of fear.
- No, I don't understand my husband's theory of relativity, but I know my husband, and I know he can be trusted.
- Blessed is the man who, having nothing to stay, abstains from giving us worthy evidence of the fact.
- Nothing is so good as it seems beforehand.
- Animals are such agreeable friends, they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.
- 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?
- Millions long for immortality who don't know what to do on a rainy afternoon.
- F -
- Winning may not be everything, but losing has little to recommend it.
Big doesn't necessarily mean better. Sunflowers aren't better than violets.
- It was not so very long ago that people thought that semiconductors were part-time orchestra leaders and microchips were cery, very small snack foods.
- You don't have to have fought in a war to love peace.
- I don't want life to imitate art. I want life to be art.
- Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong.
- Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.
- Women are not forgiven for ageing. Robert Redford's lines of distinction are my old-age wrinkles.
- Telling lies and showing off to get attention are mistakes I made that I don't want my kids to make.
- Take your work seriously, but never yourself.
Dame Margot Fonteyn
- Language is a wonderful thing. It can be used to express thoughts, to conceal thoughts, but more often, to replace thinking.
- Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.
- This is a youth-oriented society, and the joke is on them because youth is a disease from which we all recover.
- If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.
- G -
- I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man I keep his house.
Zsa Zsa Gabor
- My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition.
- You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.
- I'll not listen to reason. Reason always means what someone else has got to say.
- The most popular labor saving device is still money.
- If love means never having to say you're sorry, then marriage means always having to say everything twice.
- Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theatre.
- The very best impromptu speeches are the ones written well in advance.
- The freedom of the press works in such a way that there is not much freedom from it.
Princess Grace (Grace Kelly) of Monaco
- I've been married to one Marxist and one Facist, and neither one would take the garbage out.
- I've always argued that it is just as desirable, just as possible, to have philosopher plumbers as philosopher kings.
Edith Starett Green
- There is no such thing as security. There never has been.