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Bella Abzug:

I am not elevating women to sainthood, nor am I suggesting that all women share the same views, or that all women are good and all men bad.

Abigail Adams: the new Code of Laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make I desire you would Remember the Ladies...

Jane Addams:

The essence of immorality is the tendency to make an exception of myself.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie:

The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.

Catherine Aird:

If you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning.

Madeleine Albright:

There's a place in Hell reserved for women who don't help other women.

Louisa May Alcott:

I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.

Maya Angelou:

Talent is like electricity. We don't understand electricity. We use it.

Maya Angelou:

If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.

Susan B. Anthony:

Failure is impossible.

Minna Antrim:

To be loved is to be fortunate, but to be hated is to achieve distinction.

Corazon Aquino:

One must be frank to be relevant.

Diane Arbus:

My favorite thing is to go where I've never been.

Hannah Arendt:

In order to go on living one must try to escape the death involved in perfectionism.

Mary Kay Ash:

We must have a theme, a goal, a purpose in our lives. If you don't know where you are aiming, you don't have a goal.

Mary Kay Ash:

While clothes may not make the woman, they certainly have a strong effect on her self-confidence – which, I believe, does make the woman.

Margaret Atwood:

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.

Aung Sang Suu Kyi:

Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.

Jane Austen:

For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors and laugh at them in our turn?

Pearl Bailey:

You never find yourself until you face the truth.

Toni Cade Bambara:

The most effective way to do it, is to do it.

Ann Bancroft:

For me, exploration is about that journey to the interior, into your own heart. I'm always wondering, how will I act at my moment of truth?

Tallulah Bankhead:

It’s the good girls who keep diaries; the bad girls never have the time.

Jane B. Baron:

Storytelling may help us to build bridges, to connect with those others, to care. Ironically, I suspect that the caring must come first.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning:

Earth's crammed with Heaven.

Ethel Barrymore:

You grow up the day you have the first real laugh - at yourself.

Clara Barton:

I may sometimes be willing to teach for nothing, but if paid at all, I shall never do a man's work for less than a man's pay.

Simone de Beauvoir:

One is not born a woman, one becomes one.

Aphra Behn:

I value fame as much as if I had been born a Hero.

Aphra Behn:

Love ceases to be a pleasure when it ceases to be a secret.

Lilian Bell:

Even my wasted efforts are dear to me.

Betty Bender:

Anything I've ever done that ultimately was worthwhile...initially scared me to death.

Sarah Bernhardt:

Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.

Annie Besant:

Better remain silent, better not even think, if you are not prepared to act.

Elizabeth Blackwell:

If society will not admit of woman's free development, then society must be remodeled.

Sara Blakely:

Failure is not the outcome. Failure is not trying.

Charlotte Brontë:

Happiness is a matter which depends fully as much on the state of things within, as on the state of things without and around us.

Charlotte Brontë:

To see and know the worst is to take from Fear her main advantage.

Helen Gurley Brown:

Good girls go to heaven. Bad girls go everywhere.

Helen Gurley Brown:

You can have your titular recognition. I'll take money and power.

Rita Mae Brown:

If the world were a logical place, men would ride side-saddle.

Rita Mae Brown:

I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.

Louise Bryant:

I do not want to be treated as a lady, but I want to be treated as a human being.

Pearl S. Buck:

Truth is always exciting. Speak it, then; life is dull without it.

Carol Burnett:

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

Carol Burnett:

Comedy is tragedy plus time.

Calamity Jane:

I figure if a girl wants to be a legend she should just go ahead and be one.

Julia Cameron:

Leap, and the net will appear.

Jane Campion:

I would love to see more women directors because they represent half of the population – and gave birth to the whole world.

Rachel Carson:

One way to open your eyes is to ask yourself, "What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again?"

Willa Cather:

I shall not die of a cold. I shall die of having lived.

Catherine the Great:

I shall be an autocrat, that's my trade; and the good Lord will forgive me, that's his.

Carrie Chapman Catt:

The struggle for the vote was an effort to bring men to feel less superior and women to feel less inferior.

Carrie Chapman Catt:

The vote has been costly. Prize it...understand what it means and what it can do for your country.

Susannah Centlivre:

I always lov'd Precaution, and took care to avoid Dangers. But when a thing was past, I ever had Philosophy to be easie.

Coco Chanel:

You live but once, you might as well be amusing.

Dickey Chapelle:

Courage is not the absence of fear, it's the control of fear.

Shirley Chisholm:

Tremendous amounts of talent are being lost to our society just because that talent wears a skirt.

Hillary Rodham Clinton:

If I want to knock a story off the front page, I just change my hairstyle.

Martha Layne Collins:

In my opinion, there are no women's issues, only issues which affect women more than men. But I believe all issues are women's issues, or should be.

Marva Collins:

I cannot change the world. But I do not have to conform.

Marie Curie:

Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.

Dorothea Day:

In a world where there is so much to be done, I felt strongly impressed that there must be something for me to do.

Joan Didion:

We tell ourselves stories in order to live.

Babe Didrikson:

The formula for success is simple: practice and concentration then more practice and more concentration.

Babe Didrikson:

The Babe is here. Who's coming in second?

Maureen Dowd:

The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for.

Isadora Duncan:

Art is not necessary at all. All that is necessary to make this world a better place to live in is to love - to love as Christ loved, as Buddha loved.

Eleonora Duse, speaking of Sarah Bernhardt:

A woman had done that! And, as a consequence, I felt liberated. I felt that I had the right to do what I wanted...

Amelia Earhart:

Adventure is worthwhile.

Marion Wright Edelman:

Ordinary women of grace are, in a sense, my real role models.

Marion Wright Edelman:

You're not obligated to win. You're obligated to keep trying to do the best you can every day.

Bonnie Edelstein:

A group is a bunch of people in an elevator. A team is also a bunch of people in an elevator, but the elevator is broken!

George Eliot:

The mistakes that we male and female mortals make when we have our own way might fairly raise some wonder that we are so fond of it.

Queen Elizabeth I:

If we still advise, we shall never do.

Queen Elizabeth I:

The past cannot be cured.


If you run a thousand miles a minute, you can expect to wear out a few pairs of shoes.

Delia Ephron:

To me, having it all — if one wants to define it at all — is the magical time when what you want and what you have match up.

Nora Ephron:

I try to write parts for women that are as complicated and interesting as women actually are.

Melissa Etheridge:

Don’t let anyone tell you that you have to be a certain way. Be unique. Be what you feel.

Millicent Garrett Fawcett:

What draws men and women together is stronger than the brutality and tyranny which drive them apart.

Geraldine Ferraro:

The promise of our country is that the rules are fair.

Tina Fey:

I like to write about women, not so much about the way they relate to men, but about the way they relate to each other.

Lyn Ford:

When we know one another's stories we realize how much we are alike even though we are very different and unique people.

Rose Franken:

Anyone can be passionate, but it takes real lovers to be silly.

Betty Friedan:

The only way for a woman, as for a man, to find herself, to know herself as a person, is by creative work of her own. There is no other way.

Daisy Fuentes:

I decided to make news, not give it.

Margaret Fuller:

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

Indira Gandhi:

Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.

Indira Gandhi:

You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.

Indira Gandhi:

You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose.

Judy Garland:

I try to bring the audience's own drama - tears and laughter they know about - to them.

Gabby Giffords:

Be passionate. Be courageous. Be your best.

Nikki Giovanni:

If now isn't a good time for the truth I don't see when we'll get to it.

Whoopi Goldberg:

Normal is nothing more than a cycle on a washing machine.

Emma Goldman:

Before we can forgive one another, we have to understand one another.

Ellen Goodman:

The things we hate about ourselves aren't more real than things we like about ourselves.

Ruth Gordon:

Never give up. And never, under any circumstances, face the facts.

Martha Graham:

The body says what words cannot.

Zaha Hadid:

You have to believe not only in yourself, you have to believe that the world is worth your sacrifices.

Uta Hagen:

We must overcome the notion that we must be robs you of the chance to be extraordinary.

Mia Hamm:

I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.

Gracie Hansen:

Don't be afraid your life will end; be afraid that it will never begin.

Helen Hayes:

If you rest, you rust.

Carolyn Heilbrun:

Power consists to a large extent in deciding what stories will be told.

Audrey Hepburn:

People, even more than things, have to be restored, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone.

Katharine Hepburn:

If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.

Maggie Hughes:

Speak your mind, even if your voice shakes.

Sarah Huntington:

That's the challenge - to change the system more than it changes you.

Shirley Jackson:

A pretty sight, a lady with a book.

Alice James:

How sick one gets of being 'good,' how much I should respect myself if I could burst out and make everyone wretched for twenty-four hours; embody selfishness.

Betsey Johnson:

Girls do not dress for boys. They dress for themselves, and of course, each other. If girls dressed for boys, they’d just walk around naked at all times.

Kimberly Johnson:

Never ruin an apology with an excuse.

Angelina Jolie:

When other little girls wanted to be ballet dancers I kind of wanted to be a vampire.

Ann Jones:

The story of women who kill is the story of women.

Mother Jones:

Get it right, I ain't a humanitarian...I'm a hell-raiser!

Janis Joplin:

Don't compromise yourself. You're all you've got.

Barbara Jordan:

If you are dissatisfied with they way things are, then you have got to resolve to change them.

Sister Corita Kent:

Life is succession of moments and to live each is to succeed.

Helen Keller:

One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.

Helen Keller:

Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.

Billie Jean King:

The main thing is to care. Care very hard, even if it is only a game you are playing.

Shamila Kohestani:

Take a moment to think about how valuable your freedom is, and how you can use it to help someone living without.

Anne Lamott:

The truth is that progress is usually small and sneaky.

Susanne K. Langer:

If we would have new knowledge, we must get a whole world of new questions.

Jennifer Lawson:

Dissension is healthy, even when it gets loud.

Doris Lessing:

Think wrongly, if you please, but in all cases think for yourself.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh:

When one is out of touch with oneself, one cannot touch others.

Anita Loos:

Show business is the best possible therapy for remorse.

Audre Lorde:

If our history has taught us anything, it is that action for change directed against the external conditions of our oppressions is not enough.

Audre Lorde:

What woman here is so enamored of her own oppression that she cannot see her heelprint upon another woman's face?

Clare Booth Luce:

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."

Rosa Luxemburg:

Those who do not move, do not notice their chains.

Loretta Lynn:

I've seen things, and that's almost the same as doing them.

Wilma Mankiller:

Prior to my election, young Cherokee girls would never have thought that they might grow up and become chief.

Mary McCarthy:

We all live in suspense, from day to day; from hour to hour; in other words we're the hero of our own story.

Colleen McCullough:

The lovely thing about being 40 is that you can appreciate 25 year old men more.

Rose McGowan:

I like strong, strong women who don’t go down without a fight. I like iconic roles. They don’t come around very often, so I have to wait for them.

Mignon McLaughlin:

The only courage that matters is the kind that gets you from one minute to the next.

Mignon McLaughlin:

Courage can't see around corners but goes around them anyway.

Mignon McLaughlin:

Life marks us all down, so it's just as well that we start out by overpricing ourselves.

Terry McMillan:

Can't nothing make your life work if you ain't the architect.

Margaret Mead:

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead:

I do not believe in using women in combat, because females are too fierce.

Maria Mitchell:

No woman should say, "I am but a woman." But a woman! What more can you ask to be?

Robin Morgan:

The "otherizing" of women is the oldest oppression known to our species, and it's the model, the template, for all other oppressions.

Robin Morgan:

Only she who attempts the absurd can achieve the impossible.

Toni Morrison:

Love is or it ain't. Thin love ain't love at all.

Toni Morrison:

You have to be willing to think the unthinkable.


No one can dub you with dignity. That's yours to claim.

Jane O'Reilly:

Trying to be a perfect not really a big improvement on trying to be a perfect wife, mother and lady.

Grace Paley:

People will sometimes say, "Why don't you write more politics?" And I have to explain to them that writing the lives of women IS politics.

Murasaki Shikibu:

People who do not get into scrapes are a great deal less interesting than those who do.

Martina Navratilova:

Whoever said, "It's not whether you win or lose that counts," probably lost.

Florence Nightingale:

I attribute my success to this - I never gave or took any excuse.

Florence Nightingale:

To understand God's thoughts one must study statistics...the measure of his purpose.

Marsha Norman:

Knowing is the most profound kind of love, giving someone the gift of knowledge about yourself.

Marsha Norman:

Success is always something that you have to recover from.

Annie Oakley:

Aim at a high mark and you will hit it.

Jennifer Oullette:

If you really want to know who I am, let me tell you a story.

Christabel Pankhurst:

Remember the dignity of your womanhood. Take courage, join hands, stand beside us, fight with us.

Emmeline Pankhurst:

I am what you call a hooligan!

Sylvia Pankhurst:

The profound divergences of opinion on war and peace had been shown to know no sex.

Dolly Parton:

Find out who you are and do it on purpose.

Dolly Parton:

If you don't like the road you're walking, start paving another one.

Alice Paul:

There will never be a new world order until women are a part of it.

Irene Peter:

Just because everything is different doesn't mean anything has changed.

Bernadette Peters:

You gotta be original, because if you're like someone else, what do they need you for?

Mary Pickford:

You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call "failure" is not the falling down, but the staying down.

Sylvia Plath:

The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.

Leontyne Price:

You should always know when you're shifting gears in life.

Robin Quivers:

It’s sad that women characters have lost so much ground in popular movies. Didn’t "Thelma and Louise" prove that women want to see women doing things on film?

Bernice Johnson Reagon:

Today whenever women gather together it is not necessarily nurturing. It is coalition building. And if you feel the strain, you may be doing some good work.

Ann Richards:

The roosters may crow, but the hens deliver the goods.

Joan Rivers:

I succeeded by saying what everyone else is thinking.

Karen Ripley:

I decided to do gay and lesbian comedy because I don't ever want to be rich and famous, and it's working.

Robyne Robinson:

Fear is the mind-killer.

Eleanor Roosevelt:

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:

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.

Phyllis Rose:

I believe we need literature, which, by allowing us to experience more fully, to imagine more fully, enables us to live more freely.

Sheila Rowbotham:

There is no "beginning" of feminism in the sense that there is no beginning to defiance in women.

Arundhati Roy:

Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.

Wilma Rudolph:

Believe me, the reward is not so great without the struggle.

Adina L. Ruskin:

Even if it is a whisper, we must find our voice.

Buffy Sainte-Marie:

By looking at the questions the kids are asking, we learn the scope of what needs to be done.

George Sand:

Vanity is the quicksand of reason.

Dalia Sapon-Shevin:

Your Heart is a Muscle The Size of Your Fist. Keep Loving, Keep Fighting.


Although they are only breath, words which I command are immortal.

Susan Sarandon:

I'm tired of being labeled anti-American because I ask questions.

Dorothy L. Sayers:

The best remedy for a bruised heart is not...repose upon a manly bosom. Much more efficacious are honest work, physical activity, and the sudden acquisition of wealth.

Maria Sharapova:

Whether you win a match or lose a match, in terms of your emotions, it’s important to be pretty levelheaded.

Maria Sharapova:

Without my dad, I wouldn't be here.

Anna Howard Shaw:

It is useless to talk virtue to a starving girl.

Mary W. Shelley:

Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful.

Anna Deavere Smith:

Perhaps art is a quest for the perfect, or even the imperfect. Reality always falls short on both sides.

Liz Smith:

To deny that we need and want power is to deny that we hope to be effective.

Margaret Chase Smith:

When people keep telling you that you can't do a thing, you kind of like to try it.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton:

I would have girls regard themselves not as adjectives but as nouns.

Gertrude Stein:

An audience is always warming but it must never be necessary to your work.

Gloria Steinem:

My generation felt life was over at 30. Your generation thinks you have to have made it by 30. Neither are true.

Lucy Stone:

The young women of today do not and can never know at what price their right to free speech and to speak at all in public has been earned.

Harriet Beecher Stowe:

Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.

Donna Tartt:

I guess that anything we manage to save from history is a miracle.

Elizabeth Taylor:

I feel very adventurous. There are so many doors to be opened, and I'm not afraid to look behind them.

Twyla Tharp:

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.

Mother Theresa:

None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful.

Emma Thompson:

It's unfortunate and I really wish I wouldn't have to say this, but I really like human beings who have suffered. They're kinder.

Gertrud von Le Fort:

Not alone is the child born through the mother, but the mother also is born through the child.

Diana Vreeland:

The only real elegance is in the mind; if you’ve got that, the rest really comes from it.

Alice Walker:

Healing cannot be done by settling a score.

Wendy Wasserstein:

Don't live down to expectations. Go out there and do something remarkable.

Alice Waters:

The things most worth wanting are not available everywhere all the time.

Ida B. Wells:

The people must know before they can act, and there is no educator to compare with the press.

Mae West:

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.

Rebecca West:

People call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute.

Edith Wharton:

Think what stupid things the people must have done with their money who say they're "happier without"!

Margaret Wheatley:

Leadership is a series of behaviors rather than a role for heroes.

Laura Ingalls Wilder:

If enough people think of a thing and work hard enough at it, I guess it's pretty nearly bound to happen, wind and weather permitting.

Oprah Winfrey:

As you become more clear about who you really are, you'll be better able to decide what is best for you - the first time around.

Oprah Winfrey:

Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.

Mary Wollstonecraft:

It is justice, not charity, that is wanting in the world.

Victoria Woodhull:

Is it fair to treat a woman worse than a man, and then revile her because she is a woman?

Virginia Woolf:

As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world.

Malala Yousafzai:

One book, one pen, one child, one teacher, can change the world.

Elizabeth Zimmermann:

One un-vents something; one unearths it; one digs it up; one runs it down in whatever recesses of the eternal consciousness it has gone to ground.