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Quotes by Women

(319 entries, updated January, 2010)

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  1. I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity.
      Gilda Radner

  2. I base my fashion taste on what doesn't itch.
      Gilda Radner

  3. I will feel equality has arrived when we can elect to office women who are as incompetent as some of the men who are already there.
      Maureen Reagan

  4. Anyone who says you can't see a thought simply dosen't know art.
      Wynetka Ann Reynolds

  5. Lying is done with words and also with silence.
      Adrienne Rich

  6. Teaching was the hardest work I had ever done, and it remains the hardest work I have done to date.
      Ann Richards

  7. 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

  8. All adventures, especially into new territory, are scary.
      Sally Ride

  9. You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.
      Eleanor Roosevelt

  10. Friendship with ones self is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.
      Eleanor Roosevelt

  11. I could not, at any age, be content to take my place by the fireside and simply look on. Life was meant to be lived. Curiousity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.
      Eleanor Roosevelt

  12. If my husband ever met a woman on the street who looked like one of his paintings he would faint.
      Jacqueline Roque, wife of Pable Picasso

  13. Before a marriage, a man will lie awake all night thinking about something you've said; after marriage, he'll fall asleep before you finish saying it.
      Helen Rowland

  14. A husband is what is left of the lover after the nerve has been extracted.
      Helen Rowland

  15. Whenever I date a guy, I think, is this the man I want my children to spend their weekends with?
      Rita Rudner

  16. The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.
      Muriel Rukeyser

  17. Success is a public affair. Failure is a private funeral.
      Rosiland Russel

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  19. Human successes, like human failures, are composed of one action at a time and achieved by one person at a time.
      Patsy H. Sampson

  20. There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.
      George Sand

  21. It doesn't matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.
      Anne Sexton

  22. Getting to the top isn't bad, and it's probably best done as an afterthought.
      Anne Wilson Shaef

  23. In great moments life seems neither right nor wrong, but something greater, it seems inevitable.
      Margaret Sherwood

  24. You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try.
      Beverly Sills

  25. I am not eccentric. It's just that I am more alive than most people. I am an unpopular electric ell set in a pond of goldfish.
      Dame Edith Sitwell

  26. No matter how big or soft or warm your bed is, you still have to get out of it.
      Grace Slick

  27. Interpretation is the revenge of the intellectual upon art.
      Susan Sontag

  28. Sanity is a cozy lie.
      Susan Sontag

  29. Social science affirms that a woman's place in society marks the level of civilization.
      Elizabeth Cady Stanton

  30. Career is too pompous a word. It was a job, and I have always felt privileged to be paid for what I love doing.
      Barbara Stanwyck

  31. Love is the emplem of eternity; it confounds all notions of time; effaces all memory of begining, all fear of an end.
      Madame de Stael

  32. 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

  33. Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone.
      Gladys Browyn Stern

  34. You can't get spoiled if you do your own ironing.
      Meryl Streep

  35. Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
      Muriel Strode

  36. The truth is not wonderful enough to suit the newspapers; so they enlarge upon it, and invent ridiculous embellishments.
      Annie Sullivan

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  38. No one worth possessing can be quite possessed.
      Sara Teasdale

  39. Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.
      Mother Teresa

  40. Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.
      Mother Teresa

  41. Loneliness is the most terrible poverty.
      Mother Teresa

  42. You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.
      Margaret Thatcher

  43. There can be no liberty unless there is economic liberty.
      Margaret Thatcher

  44. Success is having a flair for the thing that you are doing; knowing that is not enough, that you have got to have hard work and a sense of purpose.
      Margaret Thatcher

  45. No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he'd only had good intentions -- he had money, too.
      Margaret Thatcher

  46. If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.
      Margaret Thatcher

  47. Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't.
      Margaret Thatcher

  48. Never face facts; if you do you'll never get up in the morning.
      Marlo Thomas

  49. Sometimes I worry about being a success in a mediocre world.
      Lily Tomlin

  50. Why is it when we talk to God we're said to be praying, but when God talks to us we're scizophrenic?
      Lily Tomlin

  51. War is the unfolding of miscalculations.
      Barbara Tuchman

  52. I've been rich and I've been poor. Rich is better.
      Sophie Tucker

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

  55. Do you want to trace your family tree? Run for public office.
      Patricia H. Vance

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  57. A sobering thought: what if, at this very moment, I am living up to my full potential?
      Jane Wagner

  58. I personally think we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain.
      Jane Wagner

  59. No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.
      Alice Walker

  60. 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

  61. 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

  62. A friend is one who knows all about you and likes you anyway.
      Christi Mary Warner

  63. Years ago fairy tales all began with "Once upon a time...", now we know they all begin with, "If I am elected..."
      Carolyn Warner

  64. The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not our circumstances.
      Martha Washington

  65. The only safe ship in a storm is leadership.
      Faye Wattleton

  66. The arts are the rain forests of society. They produce the oxygen of freedom, and they are the early warning system when freedom is in danger.
      June Wayne

  67. What you teach your own children is what you really believe in.
      Cathy Warner Weatherford

  68. It is very east to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own.
      Jessamyn West

  69. Memory is a magnet. It will pull to it and hold only material nature has designed it to attract.
      Jessamyn West

  70. We want the facts to fit the preconceptions. When they don't, it is easier to ignore the facts than to change the preconceptions.
      Jessamyn West

  71. The main difference between men and women is that men are lunatics and women are idiots.
      Dame Rebecca West

  72. Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience.
      Dame Rebecca West

  73. Life is the only real counselor; wisdom unfiltered through personal experience does not become a part of the moral tissue.
      Edith Wharton

  74. The best way for children to learn about money is for you not to have any.
      Katherine Whitehorn

  75. Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but she did it backwards and in high heels.
      Faith Whittlesey

  76. Teaching is the greatest act of optimism.
      Colleen Wilcox

  77. In advertising terms an intellectual is anybody who reads a morning newspaper.
      Anna-MAria Winchester

  78. You can stand tall without standing on someone. You can be a victor without having victems.
      Harriet Woods

  79. The first duty of a lecturer: to hand you after an hour's discourse a nugget of pure truth to wrap up between the pages of your notebooks, and keep on the mantlepiece forever.
      Virginia Woolfe

  80. If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.
      Virginia Woolfe

  81. Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.
      Virginia Woolfe

  82. Each has his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by his heart, and his friends can only read the title.
      Virginia Woolf

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