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Quotes by Women

(319 entries, updated January, 2010)


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

  2. The dance is a poem of which each movement is a word.
      Mata Hari

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

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

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

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

  7. Cynicism is an unpleasant way of telling the truth.
      Lillian Hellman

  8. With increased opportunity comes increased stress. The stress comes from multiple conflicting demands and very little in the way of role models.
      Madeline Hemmings

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

  10. Acting is the most minor of gifts. After all, Shirley Temple could do it when she was four.
      Katharine Hepburn

  11. Someone asked someone who was about my age: "How are you?" The answer was, "Fine. If you don't ask for details."
      Katharine Hepburn

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

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

  14. Security is not the meaning of my life. Great opportunities are worth the risk.
      Shirley Hufstedler

  15. There are two kinds of directors in the theater. Those who think they are God and those who are certain of it.
      Rhetta Hughes

  16. - I -
  17. It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.
      Delores Ibarruri

  18. It is better to be the widow of a hero than the wife of a coward.
      Dolores Ibarruri

  19. - J -
  20. When I have to cry, I think about my love life. When I have to laugh, I think about my love life.
      Glenda Jackson

  21. Tact is after all a kind of mind reading.
      Sarah Orne Jewett

  22. What are compliments? They are things you say to people when you don't know what else to say.
      Constance Jones

  23. Failing to plan is planning to fail.
      Effie Jones

  24. Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't.
      Erica Jong

  25. You take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame.
      Erica Jong

  26. Do not call for black power or green power. Call for brain power.
      Barbara Jordan

  27. A spirit of harmony will survive in America only if each of us remembers that we share a common destiny; if each of us remembers, when bitterness and self-interest seem to prevail, that we share a common destiny.
      Barbara Jordan - Keynote address, Democratic National Convention, 1976

  28. What people want is simple. They want an America as good as its promise.
      Barbara Jordan - Commencement Address, Harvard University, 1977

  29. - K -
  30. Don't wait for your "ship to come in," and feel angry and cheated when it doesn't. Get going with something small.
      Irene Kassorla

  31. 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

  32. 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 opened for us.
      Helen Keller

  33. The heresy of one age becomes the orthodoxy of the next.
      Helen Keller

  34. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature.
      Helen Keller

  35. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.
      Helen Keller

  36. There is one sure way of telling when politicians aren't telling the truth -- their lips move.
      Felicity Kendall

  37. Don't agonize. Organize.
      Florynce Kennedy

  38. Life isn't a matter of milestones but of moments.
      Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy

  39. I've had an exciting time; I married for love and got a little money along with it.
      Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy

  40. It's better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life.
      Sister Elizabeth Kenny

  41. Love the moment, and the energy of that moment will spread beyond all boundaries.
      Corita Kent

  42. 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

  43. 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

  44. Be bold. If you're going to make an error, make a doozey, and don't be afraid to hit the ball.
      Billie Jean King

  45. Segregation was wrong when it was forced by white people, and I believe it is still wrong when it is requested by black people.
      Coretta Scott King

  46. 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

  47. A gossip is someone who talks to you about others, a bore is someone who talks to you about himself, and a brilliant conversationalist is one who talks to you about yourself.
      Lisa Kirk

  48. A brilliant conversationalist is one who talks to you about yourself.
      Lisa Kirk

  49. Success and failure are greatly overrated. But failure gives you a whole lot more to talk about.
      Hildegard Knef

  50. I discovered I always have choices and sometimes it's pnly a choice of attitude.
      Judith M. Knowlton

  51. Procrastination gives you something to look forward to.
      Joan Konner

  52. - L -
  53. Television has proved that people will look at anything rather than each other.
      Ann Landers

  54. The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.
      Harper Lee

  55. 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

  56. The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty; not knowing what comes next.
      Ursula K. LeGuin

  57. Remember that as a teenager you are in the last stage of your life when you will be happy to hear the phone is for you.
      Fran Leibowitz

  58. The opposite of talking isn't listening. The opposite of talking is waiting.
      Fran Leibowitz

  59. Let us not confuse stability with stagnation.
      Mary Jean LeTendre

  60. A person who talks fast often says things she hasn't thought of yet.
      Caron Warner Lieber

  61. Good communicationation is just as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.
      Anne Morrow Lingbergh

  62. I feel we are all islands -- in a common sea.
      Anne Morrow Lingbergh

  63. There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is in having lots to do and not doing it.
      Mary Wilson Little

  64. The people I'm furious with are the women's liberationists. They keep getting up on soapboxes and proclaiming that women are brighter than men. It's true, but it should be kept quiet or it ruins the whole racket.
      Anita Loos

  65. What really matters is what you do with what you have.
      Shirly Lord

  66. There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of the people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.
      Sophia Loren

  67. Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.
      Sophia Loren

  68. No good deed goes unpunished.
      Clare Booth Luce

  69. - M -
  70. It's useless to hold a person to anything he says while he's in love, drunk, or running for office.
      Shirley MacLaine

  71. I would rather fight with my hands than my tongue.
      Dolley Madison

  72. There's one thing to be said for inviting trouble: it generally accepts.
      May Maloo

  73. The richer your friends, the more they will cost you.
      Elizabeth Marbury
  74. I have always had a dread of becoming a passenger in life.
      Margareth II, Queen of Denmark

  75. No matter how old a mother is she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement.
      Florida Scott Maxwell

  76. I touch the future. I teach.
      Christa McAuliffe

  77. There are so many things that we wish we had done yesterday, so few that we feel like doing today.
      Mignon McLaughlin

  78. Our strength is often composed of the weakness we're damned if we're going to show.
      Mignon McLaughlin

  79. Most of us become parents long before we have stopped being children.
      Mignon McLaughlin

  80. In the arithmetic of love,
    one plus one equals everything,
    and two minus one equals nothing.
      Mignon McLaughlin

  81. What you have become is the price you paid to get what you used to want.
      Mignon McLaughlin

  82. Likely as not, the child you can do the least with will do the most to make you proud.
      Mignon McLaughlin

  83. Even cowards can endure hardship; only the brave can endure suspense.
      Mignon McLaughlin

  84. Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers.
      Mignon McLaughlin

  85. Many are saved from sin by being so inept at it.
      Mignon McLaughlin

  86. Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committrf citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
      Margaret Mead

  87. Life in the twentieth century is like a parachute jump: you have to get it right the first time.
      Margaret Mead

  88. One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are when you don't come home at night.
      Margaret Mead

  89. We are now at a point where we must educate our children in what no one knew yesterday, and prepare our schools for what noone knows yet.
      Margaret Mead

  90. Those who don't know how to weep with their whole heart, don't know how to laugh either.
      Golda Meir

  91. Whether women are better than men I cannot say -- but I can say they are certainly no worse.
      Golda Meir

  92. 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

  93. I must govern the clock, not be governed by it.
      Golda Meir

  94. Old age is like a plane flying through a storm. Once you're aboard, there's nothing you can do.
      Golda Meir

  95. It is true: Europe is no club of christians. But the following is also true: Europe is a club of core values. Here Human and Civil Rights apply. These Human and Civil Rights substantially are based on the christian idea of man.
      Angele Merkel - 2006

  96. Broadway has been very good to me. But then, I've been very good to broadway.
      Ethel Merman

  97. Rap is poetry set to music. But to me it's like a jackhammer.
      Bette Midler

  98. The worst part of success is to try to find someone who is happy for you.
       Bette Midler

  99. I wouldn't say I invented tacky, but I definitely brought it to its present high popularity.
      Bette Midler

  100. The truest expression of a people is in its dances and its music. Bodies never lie.
      Agnes De Mille

  101. Reality is something you rise above.
      Liza Minnelli

  102. Study as if you were going to live forever; live as if you were going to die tomorrow.
      Maria Mitchell

  103. Life's under no obligation to give us what we expect.
      Margaret Mitchell

  104. If you see a tennis player who looks as if he is working hard, then that means he isn't very good.
      Helen Willis Moody

  105. You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you.
      Mary Tyler Moore

  106. Sometimes you have to get to know someone really well to realize you're really strangers.
      Mary Tyler Moore

  107. If I didn't start painting, I would have raised chickens.
      Grandma Moses

  108. Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be.
      Grandma Moses

  109. Knowledge is power, if you know it about the right person.
      Ethel Watts Mumford

  110. Teachers can change lives with just the right mix of chalk and challenges.
      Joyce A. Myers

  111. - N -
  112. Just go out there and do what you have to do.
      Martina Navratilova

  113. The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing in the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.
      Lady Dorothy Nevill

  114. Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
      Anaias Nin

  115. The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.
      Anais Nin

  116. I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing.
      Anaias Nin

  117. We don't see things as they are. We see them as we are.
      Anais Nin

  118. 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.
      Anaias Nin

  119. - O -
  120. Everywhere I go I'm asked if the universities stifle writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them. There's many a best seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.
      Flannery O'Connor

  121. 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

  122. Night time is really the best time to work. All the ideas are there to be yours because everyone else is asleep.
      Catherine O'Hara

  123. Nobody sees a flower really; it is so small. We haven't time, and to see takes time -- like to have a friend takes time.
      Georgia O'Keefe

  124. What is sad for women of my generation is that they weren't supposed to work if they had families. What were they going to do when the children are grown - watch the raindrops coming down the window pane?
      Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

  125. - P -
  126. Misfortune, and recited misfortune especially, may be prolonged to the point where it ceases to excite pity and arouses only irritation.
      Dorothy Parker

  127. Four be the things I am wiser to know:
  128. Idleness, sorrow, a friend, and a foe.
      Dorothy Parker

  129. The best way to keep your children home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant -- and let the air out of the tires.
      Dorothy Parker

  130. My only concern was to get home after a hard day's work.
      Rosa Parks

  131. The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.
      Dolly Parton

  132. Behind every great man there is a suprised woman.
      Maryon Pearson

  133. The mistake a lot of politicians make is in forgetting they've been appointed and thinking they've been annointed.
      Mildred Webster Pepper

  134. 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 weeds.
      Elizabeth Stuart Phelps

  135. Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality.
      Beatrix Potter

  136. The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be the beginning.
      Ivy Baker Priest


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