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Quotes by Women

(319 entries, updated January, 2010)

    - A -
  1. "Stay" is a charming word in a friend's vocabulary.
      Louisa May Alcott

  2. It is rarely that you see an American writer who is not hopelessly sane.
      Margaret Anderson

  3. 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

  4. Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.
      Susan B. Anthony

  5. I'm not interested in age. People who tell me their age are silly. You're as old as you feel.
      Elizabeth Arden

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

  7. Do not do what you would undo if caught.
      Leah Arendt

  8. In America, you watch TV and you think that it's totally unreal, then you step outside and it's just the same.
      Joan Armatrading

  9. 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

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

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

  12. One reason I don't drink is that I want to know when I'm having a good time.
      Lady Nancy Astor

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

  15. 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.
      Joan Baez

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

  17. 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.
      Pearl Bailey

  18. Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations.
      Faith Baldwin

  19. It's one of the tragic ironies of the theatre that only one man in it can count on steady work -- the night watchman.
      Tallulah Bankhead

  20. It's sad to grow old, but nice to ripen.
      Brigitte Bardot

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

  22. When it comes to getting things done, we need fewer architects and more bricklayers.
      Colleen C. Barrett

  23. 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.
      Ethel Barrymore

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

  25. 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.
      Clara Barton

  26. The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose.
      Hada Bejar

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

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

  29. It is not whether you really cry. It's whether the audience thinks you are crying.
      Ingrid Bergman

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

  31. 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

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

  33. Justice is better than chivalry if we cannot have both.
      Alice Stone Blackwell

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

  35. Dogs come when they're called. Cats take a message and get back to you.
      Mary Bly

  36. Forget the past and live the present hour.
      Sarah Knowles Bolton

  37. 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

  38. 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.
      Erma Bombeck

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

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

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

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

  43. 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

  44. Why does a slight tax increase cost you two hundred dollars and a substantial tax cut save you thirty cents.
      Peg Bracken

  45. 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.
      Anne Bradstreet

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

  47. 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

  48. Look twice before you leap.
      Charlotte Bronte

  49. A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success.
      Dr Joyce Brothers

  50. I believe the true function of age is memory. I'm recording as fast as I can.
      Rita Mae Brown

  51. 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

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

  53. Celebrity was a long time in coming; it will go away. Everything goes away.
      Carol Burnett

  54. 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

  55. - C -
  56. Those whom the gods would destroy they first call "promising."
      Jan Carew

  57. What a lot we lost when we stopped writing letters. You can't reread a phone call.
      Liz Carpenter

  58. If we can't turn the world around we can at least bolster the victems.
      Liz Carpenter

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

  60. Sure I'm for helping the elderly. I'm going to be old myself someday.
      Lillian Carter (at age 85)

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

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

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

  64. 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.
      Agatha Christie

  65. 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

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

  67. Common sense is perhaps the most equally divided, but surely the most underemployed, talent in the world.
      Christiane Collage

  68. When you belong to a minority, you have to be better in order to have the right to be equal.
      Christiane Collage

  69. The secret of having a personal life is not answering too many questions about it.
      Joan Collins

  70. Loneliness is the universal problem of rich people.
      Joan Collins

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

  72. 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

  73. When we escaped from Cuba, all we could carry was our education.
      Alicia Coro

  74. 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.
      Joan Crawford

  75. All you'll get from strangers is surface pleasantry or indifference. Only someone who loves you will criticize you.
      Judith Crist

  76. One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done.
      Marie SkÅ‚odowska Curie

  77. Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.
      Marie SkÅ‚odowska Curie

  78. - D -
  79. Old age is no place for sissies.
      Bette Davis

  80. The really frightening thing about middle age is the knowledge that you'll grow out of it.
      Doris Day

  81. To have a good enemy, choose a friend; he knows where to strike.
      Diane de Pointers

  82. 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.
      Isadora Duncan

  83. Most women set out to change a man, and when they have changed him they do not like him.
      Marlene Dietrich

  84. A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within.
      Ariel Durant

  85. - E -
  86. Adventure is worthwhile in itself.
      Amelia Earhart

  87. 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.
      Amelia Earhart

  88. No, I don't understand my husband's theory of relativity, but I know my husband, and I know he can be trusted.
      Elsa Einstein

  89. Blessed is the man who, having nothing to stay, abstains from giving us worthy evidence of the fact.
      George Eliot

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

  91. Animals are such agreeable friends, they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.
      George Eliot

  92. 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

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

  94. - F -
  95. Winning may not be everything, but losing has little to recommend it.
      Dianne Feinstein

  96. Big doesn't necessarily mean better. Sunflowers aren't better than violets.
      Edna Ferber

  97. 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.
      Geraldine Ferraro

  98. You don't have to have fought in a war to love peace.
      Geraldine Ferraro

  99. I don't want life to imitate art. I want life to be art.
      Carrie Fisher

  100. 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.
      Ella Fitzgerald

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

  102. Women are not forgiven for ageing. Robert Redford's lines of distinction are my old-age wrinkles.
      Jane Fonda

  103. Telling lies and showing off to get attention are mistakes I made that I don't want my kids to make.
      Jane Fonda

  104. Take your work seriously, but never yourself.
      Dame Margot Fonteyn

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

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

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

  108. If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.
      Margaret Fuller

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

  111. 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.
      Indira Gandhi

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

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

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

  115. If love means never having to say you're sorry, then marriage means always having to say everything twice.
      Estelle Getty

  116. Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theatre.
      Gail Godwin

  117. The very best impromptu speeches are the ones written well in advance.
      Ruth Gordon

  118. The freedom of the press works in such a way that there is not much freedom from it.
      Princess Grace (Grace Kelly) of Monaco

  119. I've been married to one Marxist and one Facist, and neither one would take the garbage out.
      Lee Grant

  120. I've always argued that it is just as desirable, just as possible, to have philosopher plumbers as philosopher kings.
      Edith Starett Green

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

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