Selected Quotes about Women

This woman's place is in the House - the House of Representatives. -- Bella Abzug

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 Adams

Three things have been difficult to tame: the oceans, fools and women. We may soon be able to tame the oceans; fools and women will take a little longer. -- Spiro T. Agnew

The history of all times, and of today especially, teaches that ... women will be forgotten if they forget to think about themselves. -- Louisa May Alcott

Woman is the salvation or the destruction of the family. She carries its destiny in the folds of her mantle. -- Henri Frederic Amiel

A woman who is convinced that she deserves to accept only the best challenges herself to give the best. Then she is living phenomenally. -- Maya Angelou

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

Does feminist mean large unpleasant person who'll shout at you or someone who believes women are human beings. To me it's the latter, so I sign up. -- Margaret Atwood

History, real solemn history, I cannot be interested in.... I read it a little as a duty; but it tells me nothing that does not either vex or weary me. The quarrels of popes and kings, with wars and pestilences in every page; the men all so good for nothing, and hardly any women at all - it is very tiresome. -- Jane Austen

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

Good women always think it is their fault when someone else is being offensive. Bad women never take the blame for anything. -- Anita Brookner

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

Here's all you have to know about men and women: women are crazy, men are stupid. And the main reason women are crazy is that men are stupid. -- George Carlin

A woman has the age she deserves. -- Coco Chanel

Confusion has seized us, and all things go wrong, The women have leaped from "their spheres," And, instead of fixed stars, shoot as comets along, And are setting the world by the ears! -- Maria Weston Chapman

The history of woman is the history of the continued and universal oppression of one sex by the other. The emancipation of woman is her restoration to equal rights and privileges with man. -- Tennesse Claflin

A woman watches her body uneasily, as though it were an unreliable ally in the battle for love. -- Leonard Cohen

Very often when I am introduced to women, I think, "What is she really like behind the disguise which she wears?" And very often I discover that she is pleasant enough, and probably would expand and glow if she received enough affection. -- Robertson Davies

Why then should women be denied the benefits of instruction? If knowledge and understanding had been useless additions to the sex, God almighty would never have given them capacities. -- Daniel Defoe

There are some women who should barely be spoken to; they should only be caressed. -- Edgar Degas

Women share with men the need for personal success, even the taste of power, and no longer are we willing to satisfy those needs through the achievements of surrogates, whether husbands, children, or merely role models. -- Elizabeth Dole

O woman, perfect woman! what distraction Was meant to mankind when thou wast made a devil! -- John Fletcher

Despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, I have not been able to answer... the great question that has never been answered: what does a woman want? -- Sigmund Freud

A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age. -- Robert Frost

There is no occasion for women to consider themselves subordinate or inferior to men. -- Mohandas K. Gandhi

Woman is the companion of man, gifted with equal mental capacity. -- Mohandas K. Gandhi

A house does not need a wife any more than it needs a husband. -- Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The original necessity for the ceaseless presence of the woman to maintain the altar fire -- and it was an altar fire in very truth at one period -- has passed with the means of prompt ignition; the matchbox has freed the housewife from that incessant service, but the feeling that women should stay at home is with us yet. -- Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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

Women need not always keep their mouths shut and their wombs open. -- Emma Goldman

It would be as wise to set up an accomplished lawyer to saw wood as a business as to condemn an educated and sensible woman to spend all her time boiling potatoes and patching old garments. Yet this is the lot of many a one who incessantly stitches and boils and bakes, compelled to thrust back out of sight the aspirations which fill her soul. -- Sarah Grimke

Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea. -- Robert A. Heinlein

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

Women do not always have to write about women, or gay men about gay men. Indeed, something good and new might happen if they did not. -- Kathryn Hughes

There is in every true woman's heart a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity; but which kindles up, and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity. -- Washington Irving

Had I been a man, I might have explored the Poles or climbed Mount Everest, but as it was, my spirit found outlet in the air. -- Amy Johnson

I was just looking at the jukebox. Just playing records. She said, "You want to play with me?" I said, "Sure. How much?" She says, "Five bucks, two dollars for the room." "Was it nice, Jack?" "All women are nice." -- Jack Kerouac

I prefer to regard a dessert as I would imagine the perfect woman: subtle, a little bittersweet, not blowsy and extrovert. Delicately made up, not highly rouged. Holding back, not exposing everything and, of course, with a flavor that lasts. -- Graham Kerr

“Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, ‘She doesn’t have what it takes.’ They will say, ‘Women don’t have what it takes.” -- Clare Boothe Luce

I think the key is for women not to set any limits. -- Martina Navratilova

I am a woman above everything else. -- Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Life on the planet is born of woman. -- Adrienne Rich

Campaign behavior for wives: Always be on time. Do as little talking as humanly possible. Lean back in the parade car so everybody can see the president. -- Eleanor Roosevelt

Where love is absent, there can be no woman. -- George Sand

A free race cannot be born of slave mothers. -- Margaret Sanger

Friends are generally of the same sex, for when men and women agree, it is only in the conclusions; their reasons are always different. -- George Santayana

The loneliest woman in the world is a woman without a close woman friend. -- George Santayana

When people ask me why I am running as a woman, I always answer, "What choice do I have?" -- Pat Schroeder

A successful woman preacher was once asked "what special obstacles have you met as a woman in the ministry?" "Not one," she answered, "except the lack of a minister's wife." -- Anna Garlin Spencer

No book has yet been written in praise of a woman who let her husband and children starve or suffer while she invented even the most useful things, or wrote books, or expressed herself in art, or evolved philosophic systems. -- Anna Garlin Spencer

The failure of women to produce genius of the first rank in most of the supreme forms of human effort has been used to block the way of all women of talent and ambition for intellectual achievement in a manner that would be amusingly absurd were it not so monstrously unjust and socially harmful. -- Anna Garlin Spencer

The friendship between a man and a woman which does not lead to marriage or desire for marriage may be a life long experience of the greatest value to themselves and to all their circle of acquaintance and of activity; but for this type of friendship both a rare man and a rare woman are needed. Perhaps it should be added that either the man or the woman thus deeply bound in lifelong friendship who seeks marriage must find a still rarer man or woman to wed, to make such a three cornered comradeship a permanent success. -- Anna Garlin Spencer

It is dangerous for a woman to defy the gods; To taunt them with the tongue's thin tip, Or strut in the weakness of mere humanity, Or draw a line daring them to cross. -- Anne Spencer

If women are supposed to be less rational and more emotional at the beginning of our menstrual cycle when the female hormone is at its lowest level, then why isn't it logical to say that, in those few days, women behave the most like the way men behave all month long? -- Gloria Steinem

So much has been said and sung of beautiful young girls, why don't somebody wake up to the beauty of old women? -- Harriet Beecher Stowe

If you want anything said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman. -- Margaret Thatcher

A little more matriarchy is what the world needs, and I know it. Period. Paragraph. -- Dorothy Thompson

Well behaved women rarely make history. -- Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Some leaders are born women. -- Unknown

A fickle and changeful thing is a woman ever. -- Virgil

In the faces of men and women I see God. -- Walt Whitman

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

Woman begins by resisting a man's advances and ends by blocking his retreat. -- Oscar Wilde

Women are systematically degraded by receiving the trivial attentions which men think it manly to pay to the sex, when, in fact, men are insultingly supporting their own superiority. -- Mary Wollstonecraft

The history of men's opposition to women's emancipation is more interesting perhaps than the story of that emancipation itself. -- Virginia Woolf

When, however, one reads of a witch being ducked, of a woman possessed by devils, of a wise woman selling herbs, or even a very remarkable man who had a mother, then I think we are on the track of a lost novelist, a suppressed poet. . . indeed, I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman. -- Virginia Woolf

Why are women ... so much more interesting to men than men are to women? -- Virginia Woolf

For her own breakfast she 'll project a scheme, Nor take her tea without a stratagem. -- Edward Young

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