Woman Quotes

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The happiest women, like the happiest nations, have no history. George Eliot
For my part I distrust all generalizations about women, favorable and unfavorable, masculine and feminine, ancient and modern; all alike, I should say, result from paucity of experience. Bertrand Russell
The especial genius of women I believe to be electrical in movement, intuitive in function, spiritual in tendency. Margaret Fuller
Women hate everything which strips off the tinsel of sentiment, and they are right, or it would rob them of their weapons.Lord Byron
The strength of women comes from the fact that psychology cannot explain us. Men can be analyzed, women merely adored. Oscar Wilde
When women love us, they forgive us everything, even our crimes; when they do not love us, they give us credit for nothing, not even out virtues. Honore De Balzac
I think I could be a good woman if I had five thousand a year. Becky Sharp
Women, despite the fact that nine out of ten of them go through life with a death-bed air either of snatching-the-last-moment or with martyr-resignation, do not die tomorrow -- or the next day. They have to live on to any one of many bitter ends. Anonymous
Eve is a twofold mystery. Elizabeth Barrett Browning
No woman is really an insider in the institutions fathered by masculine consciousness. When we allow ourselves to believe we are, we lose touch with parts of ourselves defined as unacceptable by that consciousness; with the vital toughness and visionary strength of the angry grandmothers, the fierce market women of the Ibo's Women's War, the marriage-resisting women silk workers of pre-Revolutionary China, the millions of widows, midwives, and the women healers tortured and burned as witches for three centuries in Europe. Adrienne Rich
A complete woman is probably not a very admirable creature. She is manipulative, uses other people to get her own way, and works within whatever system she is in. Anita Brookner
If it weren't for women, men would still be wearing last week's socks. Cynthia Nelms
Young women... you are, in my opinion, disgracefully ignorant. You have never made a discovery of any sort of importance. You have never shaken an empire or led an army into battle. The plays by Shakespeare are not by you, and you have never introduced a barbarous race to the blessings of civilization. What is your excuse? Virginia Woolf
The mouth of a cannon is safer that the mouth of a woman scorned. Anonymous
Woman is not born: she is made. In the making, her humanity is destroyed. She becomes symbol of this, symbol of that: mother of the earth, slut of the universe; but she never becomes herself because it is forbidden for her to do so. Andrea Dworkin
There are many examples of women that have excelled in learning, and even in war, but this is no reason we should bring em all up to Latin and Greek or else military discipline, instead of needle-work and housewifery. Bernard Mandeville
it's a sort of bloom on a woman. If you have it you don't need to have anything else; and if you don't have it, it doesn't much matter what else you have. Sir James M. Barrie
If a test of civilization be sought, none can be so sure as the condition of that half of society over which the other half has power. Harriet Martineau
When a woman behaves like a man why doesn't she behave like a nice man? Dame Edith Evans
A woman is home caring for her children! even if she can't. Trapped in this well-built trap, A woman blames her mother for luring her into it, while ensuring that her own daughter never gets out; she recoils from the idea of sisterhood and doesn't believe women have friends, because it probably means something unnatural, and anyhow, A Woman is afraid of women. She's a male construct, and she's afraid women will deconstruct her. She's afraid of everything, because she can't change. Thighs forever thin and shining hair and shining teeth and she's my Mom, too, all seven percent of her. And she never grows old. Ursula K. Le Guin
To be successful, a woman has to be better at her job than a man. Golda Meir
Woman is the future of man. That means that the world which was once formed in man's image will now be transformed to the image of woman. The more technical and mechanical, cold and metallic it becomes, the more it will need the kind of warmth that only the woman can give it. If we want to save the world, we must adapt to the woman, let ourselves be led by the woman, let ourselves be penetrated by the Ewigweiblich, the eternally feminine. Milan Kundera
Women sometimes seem to share a quiet, unalterable dogma of persecution that endows even the most sophisticated of them with the inarticulate poignancy of the peasant. Anonymous
A woman's heart must be of such a size and no larger, else it must be pressed small, like Chinese feet; her happiness is to be made as cakes are, by a fixed receipt. George Eliot
Women have no wilderness in them. They are provident instead content in the tight hot cell of their hearts. To eat dusty bread. Louise Bogan
The being who, for most men, is the source of the most lively, and even, be it said, to the shame of philosophical delights, the most lasting joys; the being towards or for whom all their efforts tend for whom and by whom fortunes are made and lost; for whom, but especially by whom, artists and poets compose their most delicate jewels; from whom flow the most enervating pleasures and the most enriching sufferings -- woman, in a word, is not, for the artist in general... only the female of the human species. She is rather a divinity, a star. Charles Baudelaire
Don't you realize that as long as you have to sit down to pee, you'll never be a dominant force in the world? You'll never be a convincing technocrat or middle manager. Because people will know. She's in there sitting down. Don Delillo
Women are most fascinating between the ages of thirty-five and forty, after they have won a few races and know how to pace themselves. Since few women ever pass forty, maximum fascination can continue indefinitely. Christian Dior
Women are the fulfilled sex. Through our children we are able to produce our own immortality, so we lack that divine restlessness which sends men charging off in pursuit of fortune or fame or an imagined Utopia. That is why we number so few geniuses among us. The wholesome oyster wears no pearl, the healthy whale no ambergris, and as long as we can keep on adding to the race, we harbor a sort of health within ourselves. Phyllis Mcginley
You may be a princess or the richest woman in the world, but you cannot be more than a lady. Jennie Jerome Churchill
We women are always in danger of living too exclusively in the affections; and though our affections are perhaps the best gifts we have, we ought also to have our share of the more independent life -- some joy in things for their own sake. It is piteous to see the helplessness of some sweet women when their affections are disappointed -- because all their teaching has been, that they can only delight in study of any kind for the sake of a personal love. They have never contemplated an independent delight in ideas as an experience which they could confess without being laughed at. Yet surely women need this defense against passionate affliction even more than men. George Eliot
A lady is nothing very specific. One man's lady is another man's woman; sometimes, one man's lady is another man's wife. Definitions overlap but they almost never coincide. Russell Lynes
If a woman possesses manly virtues one should run away from her; and if she does not possess them she runs away from herself. Friedrich Nietzsche
Every woman is a rebel, and usually in wild revolt against herself. Oscar Wilde
It requires nothing less than a chivalric feeling to sustain a conversation with a lady. Henry David Thoreau
Most women have no characters at all. Alexander Pope
You don't know a woman until you have received a letter from her. Ada Leverson
If it were not somewhat fanciful to suppose that every human excellence is presented, as it were, in one kind of being, we might believe that the whole treasure of morality and order is enshrined in the female character. Karl Wilhelm Von Humboldt
Women are considered deep -- why? Because one can never discover any bottom to them. Women are not even shallow. Friedrich Nietzsche
If women didn't exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning. Aristotle Onassis
Observe this, that tho a woman swear, forswear, lie, dissemble, back-bite, be proud, vain, malicious, anything, if she secures the main chance, she's still virtuous; that's a maxim. George Farquhar
The higher mental development of woman, the less possible it is for her to meet a congenial male who will see in her, not only sex, but also the human being, the friend, the comrade and strong individuality, who cannot and ought not lose a single trait of her character. Emma Goldman
What breadth, what beauty and power of human nature and development there must be in a woman to get over all the palisades, all the fences, within which she is held captive. Alexander Herzen
There is simply no dignified way for a woman to live alone. Oh, she can get along financially perhaps (though not nearly as well as a man), but emotionally she is never left in peace. Her friends, her family, her fellow workers never let her forget that her husbandlessness, her childlessness -- her selfishness, in short -- is a reproach to the American way of life. Erica Jong
Impenetrable in their dissimulation, cruel in their vengeance, tenacious in their purposes, unscrupulous as to their methods, animated by profound and hidden hatred for the tyranny of man -- it is as though there exists among them an ever-present conspiracy toward domination, a sort of alliance like that subsisting among the priests of every country. Denis Diderot
The angel of the Family is Woman. Mother, wife, or sister, Woman is the caress of life, the soothing sweetness of affection shed over its toils, a reflection for the individual of the loving providence which watches over Humanity. In her there is treasure enough of consoling tenderness to allay every pain. Moreover for every one of us she is the initiator of the future. The mother's first kiss teaches the child love; the first holy kiss of the woman he loves teaches man hope and faith in life; and love and faith create a desire for perfection and the power of reaching towards it step by step; create the future, in short, of which the living symbol is the child, link between us and the generations to come. Through her the Family, with its divine mystery of reproduction, points to Eternity. Giuseppe Mazzini
Aren't women prudes if they don't and prostitutes if they do? Kate Millet
There is a growing strength in women, but it's in the forehead, not in the forearm. Beverly Sills
Being a woman is of special interest only to aspiring male transsexuals. To actual women it is merely a good excuse not to play football. Fran Lebowitz
I think being a woman is like being Irish. Everyone says you're important and nice, but you take second place all the same. Iris Murdoch
I have no hesitation in saying that although the American woman never leaves her domestic sphere and is in some respects very dependent within it, nowhere does she enjoy a higher station. And if anyone asks me what I think the chief cause of the extraordinary prosperity and growing power of this nation, I should answer that it is due to the superiority of their women. Alexis De Tocqueville
The truth is, I often like women. I like their unconventionality. I like their completeness. I like their anonymity. Virginia Woolf
If Miss means respectably unmarried, and Mrs. respectably married, then Ms. means nudge, nudge, wink, wink. Angela Carter
The only way for a woman to provide for herself decently is for her to be good to some man that can afford to be good to her. George Bernard Shaw
It's only women who are not really quite women at all, frivolous women who have no idea, who neglect repairs. Marguerite Duras
There is only one real tragedy in a woman's life. The fact that her past is always her lover, and her future invariably her husband. Oscar Wilde
To be born woman is to know -- although they do not speak of it at school -- women must labor to be beautiful.William Butler Yeats
They talk about a woman's sphere, as though it had a limit. There's not a place in earth or heaven. There's not a task to mankind given... without a woman in it. Kate Field
To look almost pretty is an acquisition of higher delight to a girl who has been looking plain for the first fifteen years of her life than a beauty from her cradle can ever receive. Jane Austen
Woman is the dominant sex. Men have to do all sorts of stuff to prove that they are worthy of woman's attention. Camille Paglia
Slavery it is that makes slavery; freedom, freedom. The slavery of women happened when the men were slaves of kings. Ralph Waldo Emerson
If civilization had been left in female hands we would still be living in grass huts. Camille Paglia
We are volcanoes. When we women offer our experience as our truth, as human truth, all the maps change. There are new mountains. Ursula K. Le Guin
Woman is the Nigger of the World. John Lennon
But if God had wanted us to think just with our wombs, why did He give us a brain?Clare Boothe Luce
Women are a sisterhood. They make common cause in behalf of the sex; and, indeed, this is natural enough, when we consider the vast power that the law gives us over them. William Cobbett
I have always found women difficult. I don't really understand them. To begin with, few women tell the truth. Barbara Cartland
The common foible of women who have been handsome is to forget that they are no longer so. Francois De La Rochefoucauld
Women of quality are so civil, you can hardly distinguish love from good breeding.William Wycherley
To behold her is an immediate check to loose behavior; to love her is a liberal education. Sir Richard Steele
Of all things upon earth that bleed and grow, a herb most bruised is woman. Euripides
Woman's destiny is to be wanton, like the bitch, the she-wolf; she must belong to all who claim her. Marquis De Sade
I do not know if you remember the tale of the girl who saves the ship under mutiny by sitting on the powder barrel with her lighted torch and all the time knowing that it is empty? This has seemed to me a charming image of the women of my time. There they were, keeping the world in order by sitting on the mystery of life, and knowing themselves that there was no mystery. Isak Dinesen
A woman's whole life is a history of the affections. The heart is her world: it is there her ambition strives for empire; it is there her avarice seeks for hidden treasures. She sends forth her sympathies on adventure; she embarks her whole soul on the traffic of affection; and if shipwrecked, her case is hopeless -- for it is a bankruptcy of the heart. Washington Irving
Single women have a dreadful propensity for being poor. Which is one very strong argument in favor of matrimony. Jane Austen
The one woman who never gives herself is your free woman, who is always giving herself. D. H. Lawrence
I buy women shoes and they use them to walk away from me. Mickey Rooney
Like their personal lives, women's history is fragmented, interrupted; a shadow history of human beings whose existence has been shaped by the efforts and the demands of others. Elizabeth Janeway
The girl with a future avoids a man with a past. Evan Esar
Woman! The peg on which the wit hangs his jest, the preacher his text, the cynic his grouch, and the sinner his justification. Helen Rowland
The great mass of women throughout history have been confined to the cultural level of animal life in providing the male with sexual outlet and exercising the animal functions of reproduction and care of the young. Kate Millet
The great question that has never been answered, and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is ''What does a woman want?'' Sigmund Freud
Older women can afford to agree that femininity is a charade, a matter of colored hair, ecru lace and whalebones, the kind of slap and tat that transvestites are in love with, and no more. Germaine Greer
A woman might claim to retain some of the child's faculties, although very limited and defused, simply because she has not been encouraged to learn methods of thought and develop a disciplined mind. As long as education remains largely induction ignorance will retain these advantages over learning and it is time that women impudently put them to work. Germaine Greer
These impossible women! How they do get around us! The poet was right: Can't live with them, or without them. Aristophanes
We have now traced the history of women from Paradise to the nineteenth century and have heard nothing through the long roll of the ages but the clank of their fetters. Lady Jane Wilde
You've got many refinements. I don't think you need to worry about your failure at long division. I mean, after all, you got through short division, and short division is all that a lady ought to be called on to cope with. Tennessee Williams
Most women defend themselves. It is the female of the species -- it is the tigress and lioness in you -- which tends to defend when attacked. Margaret Thatcher
The trouble with some women is they get all excited about nothing, and then they marry him. Cher
Woman does not forget she needs the fecundator, she does not forget that everything that is born of her is planted in her. Anais Nin
What Women Want: To be loved, to be listened to, to be desired, to be respected, to be needed, to be trusted, and sometimes, just to be held. What Men Want: Tickets for the world series. Dave Barry
If they are ignorant, they are despised, if learned, mocked. In love they are reduced to the status of courtesans. As wives they are treated more as servants than as companions. Men do not love them: they make use of them, they exploit them, and expect, in that way, to make them subject to the law of fidelity. George Sand
Woman -- for example, look at her case! She turns tantalizing inviting glances on you. You seize her. No sooner does she feel herself in your grasp than she closes her eyes. It is a sign of her mission, the sign by which she says to man: ''Blind yourself, for I am blind.'' Luigi Pirandello
Growing up female in America. What a liability! You grew up with your ears full of cosmetic ads, love songs, advice columns, whoreoscopes, Hollywood gossip, and moral dilemmas on the level of TV soap operas. What litanies the advertisers of the good life chanted at you! What curious catechisms. Erica Jong
I expect that Woman will be the last thing civilized by man. George Meredith
To me the ''female principle'' is, or at least historically has been, basically anarchic. It values order without constraint, rule by custom not by force. It has been the male who enforces order, who constructs power structures, who makes, enforces, and breaks laws. Ursula K. Le Guin
There are only three things to be done with a woman. You can love her, suffer for her, or turn her into literature. Lawrence Durrell
We have dreamt of every woman there is, and dreamt too of the miracle that would bring us the pleasure of being a woman, for women have all the qualities -- courage, passion, the capacity to love, cunning -- whereas all our imagination can do is naively pile up the illusion of courage. Jean Baudrillard
A woman cannot do the thing she ought, which means whatever perfect thing she can, in life, in art, in science, but she fears to let the perfect action take her part and rest there: she must prove what she can do before she does it, -- prate of woman's rights, of woman's mission, woman's function, till the men (who are prating, too, on their side) cry, ''A woman's function plainly is... to talk.'' Poor souls, they are very reasonably vexed. Elizabeth Barrett Browning
As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world. Virginia Woolf
A woman is like a teabag -- only in hot water do you realize how strong she is. Nancy Reagan
The woman who can create her own job is the woman who will win fame and fortune. Amelia Earhart
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
The clichT that women, more consistently than men, turn inward for sustenance seems to mean, in practice, that women have richly defined the ways in which imagination creates possibility; possibility that society denies. Patricia Meyer Spacks
Girls who put out are tramps. Girls who don't are ladies. This is, however, a rather archaic usage of the word. Should one of you boys happen upon a girl who doesn't put out, do not jump to the conclusion that you have found a lady. What you have probably found is a lesbian. Fran Lebowitz
The great and almost only comfort about being a woman is that one can always pretend to be more stupid than one is and no one is surprised. Freya Stark
Women are natural guerrillas. Scheming, we nestle into the enemy's bed, avoiding open warfare, watching the options, playing the odds. Sally Kempton
We are educated in the grossest ignorance, and no art omitted to stifle our natural reason; if some few get above their nurses instructions, our knowledge must rest concealed and be as useless to the world as gold in the mine. Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
I repeat, sir, that in whatever position you place a woman she is an ornament to society and a treasure to the world. As a sweetheart, she has few equals and no superiors; as a cousin, she is convenient; as a wealthy grandmother with an incurable distemper, she is precious; as a wet-nurse, she has no equal among men. What, sir, would the people of the earth be without woman? They would be scarce, sir, almighty scarce. Mark Twain
Only a male intellect clouded by the sexual drive could call the stunted, narrow-shouldered, broad-hipped and short-legged sex the fair sex. Arthur Schopenhauer
If there hadn't been women we'd still be squatting in a cave eating raw meat, because we made civilization in order to impress our girl friends. And they tolerated it and let us go ahead and play with our toys. Orson Welles
The real thinking of woman is pre-eminently practical and applied. It is something we describe as sound common sense, and is usually directed to what is close at hand and personal. In general, it can be said that feminine mentality manifests an undeveloped, childlike, or primitive character; instead of the thirst for knowledge, curiosity; instead of judgment, prejudice; instead of thinking, imagination or dreaming; instead of will, wishing. Where a man takes up objective problems, a woman contents herself with solving riddles; where he battles for knowledge and understanding, she contents herself with faith or superstition, or else she makes assumptions. Emma Jung
The new women! I could barely recognize them as being of the same sex as myself, their buttocks arrogant in tight jeans, openly inviting, breasts falling free and shameless and feeling no apparent obligation to smile, look pleasant or keep their voices low. And how they live! Just look at them to know how! If a man doesn't bring them to orgasm, they look for another who does. If by mistake they fall pregnant, they abort by vacuum aspiration. If they don't like the food, they push the plate away. If the job doesn't suit them, they hand in their notice. They are satiated by everything, hungry for nothing. They are what I wanted to be; they are what I worked for them to be: and now I see them, I hate them. Fay Weldon
Femininity appears to be one of those pivotal qualities that is so important no one can define it. Caroline Bird
A typical minority group stereotype -- woman as nigger -- if she knows her place (home), she is really a quite lovable, loving creature, happy and childlike. Naomi Weisstein
Nature has given women so much power that the law has very wisely given them little. Samuel Johnson
Maybe I couldn't make it. Maybe I don't have a pretty smile, good teeth, nice tits, long legs, a cheeky ass, a sexy voice. Maybe I don't know how to handle men and increase my market value, so that the rewards due to the feminine will accrue to me. Then again, maybe I'm sick of the masquerade. I'm sick of pretending eternal youth. I'm sick of belying my own intelligence, my own will, my own sex. I'm sick of peering at the world through false eyelashes, so everything I see is mixed with a shadow of bought hairs; I'm sick of weighting my head with a dead mane, unable to move my neck freely, terrified of rain, of wind, of dancing too vigorously in case I sweat into my lacquered curls. I'm sick of the Powder Room. I'm sick of pretending that some fatuous male's self-important pronouncements are the objects of my undivided attention, I'm sick of going to films and plays when someone else wants to, and sick of having no opinions of my own about either. I'm sick of being a transvestite. I refuse to be a female impersonator. I am a woman, not a castrate. Germaine Greer
The Woman-Soul leadeth us upward and on. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
The feminine mystique has succeeded in burying millions of American women alive. Betty Friedan
The individual woman is required a thousand times a day to choose either to accept her appointed role and thereby rescue her good disposition out of the wreckage of her self-respect, or else follow an independent line of behavior and rescue her self-respect out of the wreckage of her good disposition. Jeannette Rankin
It is not women's fault if we are so tender. It is in the nature of the lives we live. And further, it would be a terrible catastrophe if men had to live men's lives and women's also. Which is precisely what has happened today -- to women. Selma James
Good women always think it is their fault when someone else is being offensive. Bad women never take the blame for anything. Anita Brookner
I'm anal retentive. I'm a workaholic. I have insomnia. And I'm a control freak. That's why I'm not married. Who could stand me? Madonna
Give us that grand word ''woman'' once again, and let's have done with ''lady''; one's a term full of fine force, strong, beautiful, and firm, fit for the noblest use of tongue or pen; and one's a word for lackeys. Ella Wheeler Wilcox
The chief thing about a woman -- who is much of a woman -- is that in the long run she is not to be had... She is not to be caught by any of the catch-words, love, beauty, honor, duty, worth, work, salvation -- none of them -- not in the long run. In the long run she only says ''Am I satisfied, or is there some beastly dissatisfaction gnawing and gnawing inside me.'' And if there is some dissatisfaction, it is physical, at least as much as psychic, sex as much as soul. D. H. Lawrence
It will be a pity if women in the more conventional mould are to be phased out, for there will never be anyone to go home to. Anita Brookner
All observations point to the fact that the intellectual woman is masculinized; in her, warm, intuitive knowledge has yielded to cold unproductive thinking. Helene Deutsch

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