Powerful Women Quotes

101 Powerful Women Quotes: Amazing Collections





I was meant to be woman-the-joyous, but I carry in my heart a thousand centuries of pain. I was meant to be woman-the-radiant, but my eyes tell a world-old story…. This destruction that we permit through our own unenlightenment, this gnarled and knotted being, this life bound to its pack, is not of God. It is of you, or it is of me. God gave us time to live, but we have so distorted it that we have only time to perish. – Muriel Strode (1875–1964), “A Soul’s Faring: XII,” A Soul’s Faring, 1921


There is no such thing as an ugly woman. – Vincent Van Gogh


Women are always beautiful. – Ville Valo


There is no question about it — woman is different. That is half the secret of her charm. She is one of those delightful subjects we can discuss, concuss, and rediscuss from every imaginable point of view, ad infinitum, world without end, without ever coming to any final conclusion, because woman is not final herself.
She is always changing, always improving, forever eluding the grasp of the crude male intelligence by never doing just what it expects her to do — the net result being that she usually arrives at her predestined goal before the perplexed and blinking man in the case finds out what she is really driving at.
Then, of course, he consoles himself by denouncing her as illogical, and endeavors to cover his defeat with some such cynical philosophy as that of Chimmie Fadden: “You never kin tell what a woman is goin’ to do until it’s too late to do you any good to know.” This is the principal function of philosophy everywhere — explanation of failure.
– Woods Hutchinson, A.M., M.D. (1862–1930), Civilization and Health, “Chapter VIII: The Hardy Nerves of Woman,” 1914


The time has gone by forever when woman can be regarded as a mere ornament, and can be shut out of active life. She is not a doll or a toy. She has her duties and responsibilities. She is not born merely to be married as soon as possible, and from girlhood to consider her wedding as the goal of her life. Thousands of young women will never be married, and yet their life need not be a failure though their fingers are never circled by a wedding-ring. Women have immortal souls. Their heaven does not depend upon being linked with a husband. Every young girl should set for her great central aim in life, to be a woman, a true, noble, pure, holy woman, to seek ever the highest things. That should be her aim, — to realize in her character all the possibilities of her womanhood. Accept your duty, and do it. Accept your responsibility, and meet it. Be true in every relation you are called to fill. Be brave enough to be loyal always to your womanhood. Train your mind to think. Set your ideal before you, — rich, beautiful womanhood, — and bend all your energy to reach it. – J.R. Miller, Girls: Faults and Ideals, 1892 [Altered. –tg]


If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant’s life, she will choose to save the infant’s life without even considering if there are men on base. – Dave Barry


Women cannot complain about men anymore until they start getting better taste in them. – Bill Maher


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[W]omen are meant to be loved, not to be understood. – Oscar Wilde, “The Sphinx without a Secret,” 1891


A woman can say more in a sigh than a man can say in a sermon. – Arnold Haultain


No man who respects his mother or loves his sister, can speak disparagingly of any woman; however low she may seem to have sunk, she is still a woman. I want every man to remember this. Every woman is, or, at some time, has been a sister or daughter…. – Victoria Claflin Woodhull Martin, Tried As By Fire; or, The True and the False, Socially.


Before woman can advance, man must love her for the higher, not the lower faculties of her being… the wife, the friend, the mother. – Henry James Slack (1818–1896), The Ministry of the Beautiful, “Conversation IV: Spring-time on the Western Coast,” 1850  [Edith speaking —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


Next to the wound, what women make best is the bandage. – Jules Barbey d’Aurevilly


I also inherited something else, a trait that’s increasingly rare nowadays and one that I’ve grown proud of. [My father] taught me, in his own stumbling, unorthodox, wordless way, to respect women—that they are more than one-night stands and objects of amusement. In every instance, there’s a soul beneath that supple, scented skin, and you should never stroke one without first touching the other. – Joe Kita, “Sex, Women, and Love,” Wisdom of Our Fathers, 1999


Women like silent men. They think they’re listening. – Marcel Achard


Sure God created man before woman. But then you always make a rough draft before the final masterpiece. – Author Unknown


Some men know that a light touch of the tongue, running from a woman’s toes to her ears, lingering in the softest way possible in various places in between, given often enough and sincerely enough, would add immeasurably to world peace. – Marianne Williamson, “A Woman’s Worth”


A male gynecologist is like an auto mechanic who has never owned a car. – Carrie Snow


You start out happy that you have no hips or boobs. All of a sudden you get them, and it feels sloppy. Then just when you start liking them, they start drooping. – Cindy Crawford


You say I am discontented, proud and ambitious; that’s true, and I’m glad of it. I am discontented, because I can’t help feeling that there is a better sort of life than this dull one made up of everlasting work, with no object but money. I can’t starve my soul for the sake of my body, and I mean to get out of the treadmill if I can. I’m proud, as you call it, because I hate dependence where there isn’t any love to make it bearable…. I’m willing to work, but I want work that I can put my heart into, and feel that it does me good, no matter how hard it is. I only ask for a chance to be a useful, happy woman, and I don’t think that is a bad ambition. Even if I only do what my dear mother did, earn my living honestly and happily, and leave a beautiful example behind me, to help one other woman as hers helps me, I shall be satisfied. – Louisa May Alcott, “Christie,” Work: A Story of Experience, 1873


Women blossom and re-blossom throughout their lives, thus in age making a beautifully garden’d reminiscence of many kinds of flowers. – Terri Guillemets, “Tending,” 2012


A woman’s eyes are so essential a thing with me; I turn to them so often, and find they give me so much to think about, that if I were nothing but head, women might, for all I cared, be nothing but eyes. – Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742–1799), “The Character of a Person of my Acquaintance”  [Lichtenberg’s unfinished “autopsychography” (Norman Alliston, 1908). —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


Amy’s lecture did Laurie good, though, of course, he did not own it till long afterward; men seldom do,—for when women are the advisers, the lords of creation don’t take the advice till they have persuaded themselves that it is just what they intended to do; then they act upon it, and, if it succeeds, they give the weaker vessel half the credit of it; if it fails, they generously give her the whole. – Louisa May Alcott, Little Women, “Learning to Forget,” 1869


The average woman would rather have beauty than brains, because the average man can see better than he can think. – Author Unknown


Every girl should use what Mother Nature gave her before Father Time takes it away. – Laurence J. Peter


Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult. – Charlotte Whitton


The poems in this book are intensely feminine and for me this means more than anything else that they are deeply human. We are yet scarcely aware, in spite of our boasted twentieth-century progress, of what lies deeply hidden, of mystery and passion, of domestic love and joy and sorrow, of romantic visions and practical ambitions, in the heart of a woman. The emancipation of woman is yet to be wholly accomplished; though woman has stamped her image on every age of the world’s history, and in the heart of almost every man since time began, it is only a little over half a century since she has either spoke or acted with a sense of freedom. During this time she has made little more than a start to catch up with man in the wonderful things he has to his credit; and yet all that man has to his credit would scarcely have been achieved except for the devotion and love and inspiring comradeship of woman. – William Stanley Braithwaite, Introduction to Georgia Douglas Camp Johnson, The Heart of a Woman and Other Poems, 1918


The two women exchanged the kind of glance women use when no knife is handy. – Ellery Queen


Curve: The loveliest distance between two points. – Mae West


Can you imagine a world without men? No crime and lots of happy fat women. – Nicole Hollander


She’s worth her tea and toast ten times over, — nobody knows what a “thunder-and-lightning woman” is till she gets alongside of one of those old-maidish girls, with hair the color of brown sugar, and eyes like the blue of a teacup. She must be foudroyant and pyramidal, — if these French adjectives may be naturalized for this one particular exigency. – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., “The Widow Rowens Gives a Tea-Party,” The Professor’s Story, 1859  [A little altered. Published 1861 as Elsie Venner: A Romance of Destiny. Foudroyant: dazzling, stunning, from the French ‘struck by lightning.’ —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


Women get the last word in every argument. Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument. – Author Unknown


A pessimist is a man who thinks all women are bad. An optimist is a man who hopes they are. – Chauncey Mitchell Depew


[She] had Charms enough to engage any Heart; she had all the Advantages of Youth and Nature; a Shape excellent; a most agreeable Stature, not too tall, and far from low, delicately proportioned; her Face a little inclined round, soft, smooth and white; her Eyes were blue, a little languishing, and full of Love and Wit; a Mouth curiously made, dimpled, and full of Sweetness; Lips round, soft, plump and red; white Teeth, firm and even; her Nose a little Roman, and which gave a noble Grace to her lovely Face, her Hair light brown; a Neck and Bosom delicately turned, white and rising; her Arms and Hands exactly shaped; to this a Vivacity of Youth engaging; a Wit quick and flowing; a Humour gay, and an Air irresistibly charming… – Aphra Behn, “The Argument,” Love-Letters between a Nobleman and His Sister, 1684  [Sister-in-law, actually. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


The rarest thing in the world is a woman who is pleased with photographs of herself. – Elizabeth Metcalf


There is a special place in hell for women who do not help other women. – Madeleine K. Albright


I had always heard it said that he alone knew, even to its subsoil, the complex soul of a woman. – Octave Mirbeau, A Chambermaid’s Diary, translated from the French by Benjamin R. Tucker, 1900


A man’s face is his autobiography. A woman’s face is her work of fiction. – Oscar Wilde


There’s something luxurious about having a girl light your cigarette. In fact, I got married once on account of that. – Harold Robbins


When a man talks dirty to a woman, it’s sexual harassment. When a woman talks dirty to a man, it’s $3.95 a minute. – Author Unknown


Men get laid, but women get screwed. – Quentin Crisp


The most popular image of the female despite the exigencies of the clothing trade is all boobs and buttocks, a hallucinating sequence of parabolae and bulges. – Germaine Greer


Whether they give or refuse, it delights women just the same to have been asked. – Ovid


However, I’m not denyin’ the women are foolish: God Almighty made ’em to match the men. – George Eliot, Adam Bede (Mrs. Poyser)


Women are like elephants to me. I like to look at them, but I wouldn’t want to own one. – W.C. Fields


Women really do rule the world. They just haven’t figured it out yet. When they do, and they will, we’re all in big big trouble. – “Doctor Leon,” drleons.com


Ah, women. They make the highs higher and the lows more frequent. – Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche


I expect Woman will be the last thing civilized by Man. – George Meredith


A creature ruled by the lunar cycle in charge of a business‽ Absurd! Have you gone insane? – Making History, “Night Cream” [S1, E7, 2017], written by Alison Agosti, spoken by the character John Hancock who has time-traveled to modern-day America


Men who don’t like girls with brains don’t like girls. – Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966


Women keep a special corner of their hearts for sins they have never committed. – Cornelia Otis Skinner


[I]n all your Amours you should prefer old Women to young ones…. Because as they have more Knowledge of the World and their Minds are better stor’d with Observations, their Conversation is more improving and more lastingly agreeable…. Because when Women cease to be handsome, they study to be good…. they supply the Diminution of Beauty by an Augmentation of Utility…. Because in every Animal that walks upright, the Deficiency of the Fluids that fill the Muscles appears first in the highest Part: The Face first grows lank and wrinkled; then the Neck; then the Breast and Arms; the lower Parts continuing to the last as plump as ever…. Because the Compunction is less. The having made a young Girl miserable may give you frequent bitter Reflections; none of which can attend the making an old Woman happy…. [and Lastly] They are so grateful!! – Benjamin Franklin, letter to friend, 1745 June 25th


Lovely female shapes are terrible complicators of the difficulties and dangers of this earthly life, especially for their owners. – George du Maurier


Every cynical proverb about woman, invented by man, is a salve or a plaster for some sore spot on his self-esteem. – Woods Hutchinson, A.M., M.D. (1862–1930), Civilization and Health, “Chapter VIII: The Hardy Nerves of Woman,” 1914


Every woman is wrong until she cries, and then she is right — instantly. – Sam Slick (Thomas Chandler Haliburton)


The essence of life is the smile of round female bottoms, under the shadow of cosmic boredom. – Guy de Maupassant


I have an idea that the phrase “weaker sex” was coined by some woman to disarm some man she was preparing to overwhelm. – Ogden Nash


When men reach their sixties and retire, they go to pieces. Women go right on cooking. – Gail Sheehy


The torment that so many young women know, bound hand and foot by love and motherhood, without having forgotten their former dreams. – Simone de Beauvoir


Be to her virtues very kind,
Be to her faults a little blind.
– Matthew Prior


They may talk of a comet, or a burning mountain, or some such bagatelle; but to me a modest woman, dressed out in all her finery, is the most tremendous object of the whole creation. – Oliver Goldsmith


A highbrow is a man who has found something more interesting than women. – Edgar Wallace


It upsets women to be, or not to be, stared at hungrily. – Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960


You see, dear, it is not true that woman was made from man’s rib; she was really made from his funny bone. – J.M. Barrie, What Every Woman Knows


If women didn’t exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning. – Aristotle Onassis


Men will always delight in a woman whose voice is lined with velvet. – Brendan Francis


Men really prefer reasonably attractive women; they go after the sensational ones to impress other men. – Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966


I married beneath me — all women do. – Nancy Astor, speech, Oldham, England, 1951


Women dress alike all over the world: they dress to be annoying to other women. – Elsa Schiaparelli


Women are never stronger than when they arm themselves with their weakness. – Marie de Vichy-Chamrond, marquise du Deffand


If President Nixon’s secretary, Rosemary Woods, had been Moses’ secretary, there would only be eight commandments. – Art Buchwald, 1974


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


I’d much rather be a woman than a man. Women can cry, they can wear cute clothes, and they’re the first to be rescued off sinking ships. – Gilda Radner


She wore a short skirt and a tight sweater and her figure described a set of parabolas that could cause cardiac arrest in a yak. – Woody Allen, Getting Even, 1973


It is only rarely that one can see in a little boy the promise of a man, but one can almost always see in a little girl the threat of a woman. – Alexandre Dumas, fils


When a woman comes to her glass, she does not employ her time in making herself look more advantageously what she really is, but endeavours to be as much another creature as she possibly can. Whether this happens because they stay so long and attend their work so diligently that they forget the faces and persons which they first sat down with, or whatever it is, they seldom rise from the toilet the same woman they appeared when they began to dress. – Joseph Addison


All women are basically in competition with each other for a handful of eligible men. – Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966


A woman should soften but not weaken a man. – Sigmund Freud


Women are in league with each other, a secret conspiracy of hearts and pheromones. – Camille Paglia


When I glimpse the backs of women’s knees I seem to hear the first movement of Beethoven’s “Pastoral Symphony.” – Author Unknown


A woman wears her tears like jewelry. – Author Unknown


A woman’s tears and her kisses are her strongest arguments. – James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher’s Stone, 1882


If a girl looks swell when she meets you, who gives a damn if she’s late? Nobody. – J.D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye


No woman wants to see herself too clearly. – Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966


I prefer the word homemaker, because housewife always implies that there may be a wife someplace else. – Bella Abzug


The basic Female body comes with the following accessories: garter belt, panti-girdle, crinoline, camisole, bustle, brassiere, stomacher, chemise, virgin zone, spike heels, nose ring, veil, kid gloves, fishnet stockings, fichu, bandeau, Merry Widow, weepers, chokers, barrettes, bangles, beads, lorgnette, feather boa, basic black, compact, Lycra stretch one-piece with modesty panel, designer peignoir, flannel nightie, lace teddy, bed, head. – Margaret Atwood


Women go to beauty parlors for the unmussed look men hate. – Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960


Women polish the silver and water the plants and wait to be really needed. – Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960


You have to have the kind of body that doesn’t need a girdle in order to get to pose in one. – Carolyn Kenmore


A woman’s hopes are woven of sunbeams; a shadow annihilates them. – George Eliot


[A] woman’s three best comforters,—kind words, a baby, and a cup of tea. – Louisa May Alcott, “Through the Mist,” Work: A Story of Experience, 1873


There are women who do not like to cause suffering to many men at a time, and who prefer to concentrate on one man: These are the faithful women. – Alfred Capus


Physically, a man is a man for a much longer time than a woman is a woman. – Honoré de Balzac, The Physiology of Marriage


The girls that are always easy on the eyes are never easy on the heart. – Author Unknown


If a woman must make a fool of herself, the least a man can do is to let her be one in her own way. – When Ladies Meet, 1941 movie written by Rachel Crothers, John Meehan, Leon Gordon, S.K. Lauren, and Anita Loos, spoken by the character Bridgie Drake


Men enjoy being thought of as hunters, but are generally too lazy to hunt. Women, on the other hand, love to hunt, but would rather nobody knew it. – Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966


I’ve reached the age where competence is a turn-on. – Billy Joel


Being a lady is an attitude. – Chuck Woolery, Love Connection


A man gives many question marks, however, a woman is a whole mystery. – Diana Stürm


Chastity in feeling and imagination, in word and action, is the principal virtue that either of choice or unconsciously reigns in the bosom of woman. It is tender and delicate, like an exotic plant, and cannot endure exposure…. The family is her sphere of action, there she arranges and orders what man gathers, and with propriety and taste embellishes the house, and renders it attractive. She desires whatever increases domestic comfort, as furniture and dress, order and cleanliness, full chests and drawers. – Frederick A. Rauch, Psychology; or, A View of the Human Soul: Including Anthropology, Being the Substance of a Course of Lectures, Delivered to the Junior Class Marshall College, Penn., 1840


In passing, also, I would like to say that the first time Adam had a chance he laid the blame on woman. – Nancy Astor, My Two Countries


God did it on purpose so that we may love you men instead of laughing at you. – Mrs Patrick Campbell, in reply to a male acquaintance who asked why women seem to have no sense of humor


Men at most differ as Heaven and Earth, but women, worst and best, as Heaven and Hell. – Alfred Lord Tennyson


A woman asks little of love: only that she be able to feel like a heroine. – Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966


The chief excitement in a woman’s life is spotting women who are fatter than she is. – Helen Rowland


I would rather trust a woman’s instinct than a man’s reason. – Stanley Baldwin


I live! Red life boils in my veins, earth yields beneath my feet, in the glow of love I embrace trees and statues, and they live in my embrace. Every woman is to me the gift of a world. I revel in the melody of her countenance, and with a single glance of my eye I can enjoy more than others with their every limb through all their lives. – Heinrich Heine, “Ideas: Book Le Grand,” 1826, translated from German by Charles Godfrey Leland, Pictures of Travel, 1855


And verily, a woman need know but one man well, in order to understand all men; whereas a man may know all women and understand not one of them. – Helen Rowland


I should like to know what is the proper function of women, if it is not to make reasons for husbands to stay at home, and still stronger reasons for bachelors to go out. – George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss


Men look at themselves in mirrors. Women look for themselves. – Elissa Melamed


If your husband expects you to laugh, do so; if he expects you to cry, don’t; if you don’t know what he expects, what are you doing married? – Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966


Women do not find it difficult nowadays to behave like men, but they often find it extremely difficult to behave like gentlemen. – Compton Mackenzie, Literature in My Time, 1933


One is not born a woman, one becomes one. – Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex, 1949


Let us leave the beautiful women to men with no imagination. – Marcel Proust, Albertine disparue, 1925


That’s the trouble with us. We number everything. Take women, for example. I think they deserve to have more than twelve years between the ages of twenty-eight and forty. – James Thurber, 1960


Dramatic art in her opinion is knowing how to fill a sweater. – Bette Davis, about Jayne Mansfield


The man’s desire is for the woman; but the woman’s desire is rarely other than for the desire of the man. – Samuel Taylor Coleridge


[H]ow I ogled the girls, and how they tittered at me! women give a man’s ideas so elegant a turn. – Thomas Morton, The Way To Get Married, 1796


After about twenty years of marriage, I’m finally starting to scratch the surface of that one. And I think the answer lies somewhere between conversation and chocolate. – Mel Gibson, about what women want


Women who make men talk better than they are accustomed to are always popular. – E.V. Lucas


I’m not against half naked girls — not as often as I’d like to be. – Benny Hill


A man is as good as he has to be, and a woman is as bad as she dares. – Elbert Hubbard


You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggests that you think she’s pregnant unless you can see an actual baby emerging from her at that moment. – Dave Barry


The supply of good women far exceeds that of the men who deserve them. – Robert Graves


What men desire is a virgin who is a whore. – Edward Dahlbert


Women are afraid of mice and of murder, and of very little in between. – Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966


A woman should be an illusion. – Ian Fleming


There are three things men can do with women: love them, suffer for them, or turn them into literature. – Stephen Stills


I admire the female sex. The life makers. It must be amazing to have a body that can carry an entire creature inside. – Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain, 2008


It is because of men that women dislike one another. – Jean de La Bruyère, Characters, 1688


Look like a girl, act like a lady, think like a man and work like a dog. – Caroline K. Simon


If you are ever in doubt as to whether to kiss a pretty girl, always give her the benefit of the doubt. – Thomas Carlyle


Take time as it comes, the wind as it blows, woman as she is. – Alfred de Musset, The Confession of a Child of the Century/La Confession d’un enfant du siècle, 1836, Desgenais to Octave, translated from French by Kendall Warren


Women who feel naked without their lipstick are well over thirty. – Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966


Women are like dogs really. They love like dogs, a little insistently. And they like to fetch and carry and come back wistfully after hard words, and learn rather easily to carry a basket. – Mary Roberts Rinehart


It’s simple. Women only nag when they feel unappreciated. – Louis de Bernières, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin


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


Women are beautiful, and yummy. – A.C. Van Cherub, c.1987


[H]er figure might be described by a poet as just set in the luxurious mould of womanhood. – “Diary of a Surgeon,” in The Library of Fiction, or Family Story-Teller; consisting of Original Tales, Essays, and Sketches of Character, Vol. I, 1836


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, Collier’s, 1955 June 10th


A husband only worries about a particular Other Man; a wife distrusts her whole species. – Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966


A woman who cannot be ugly is not beautiful. – Karl Kraus


A man chases a woman until she catches him. – American Proverb


Variability is one of the virtues of a woman. It avoids the crude requirement of polygamy. So long as you have one good wife you are sure to have a spiritual harem. – G.K. Chesterton, Alarms and Discursions, “The Glory of Grey”


Beauty is the first present Nature gives to women, and the first it takes away. – Méré


There’s just something about letting a girl have her way with you. – A.C. Van Cherub, c.1987


Brains are an asset, if you hide them. – Mae West


Breasts and bosoms I have known
Of varied shapes and sizes
From poignant disappointments
To jubilant surprises.- Waldo Pierce


With men, as with women, the main struggle is between vanity and comfort; but with men, comfort often wins. – Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966


Men will never know the agony of childbirth, menstrual cramps, or removing glitter nail polish. – Author unknown


Once a woman has given you her heart, you can never get rid of the rest of her. – John Vanbrugh, The Relapse, 1696


A man never knows how to say goodbye; a woman never knows when to say it. – Helen Rowland


Is it too much to ask that women be spared the daily struggle for superhuman beauty in order to offer it to the caresses of a subhumanly ugly mate? – Germaine Greer, The Female Eunuch, 1970


A woman can look both moral and exciting… if she also looks as if it was quite a struggle. – Edna Ferber


Women have very little idea of how much men hate them. – Germaine Greer


Do you not know I am a woman? when I think, I must speak. – William Shakespeare, As You Like It


Being a woman is of special interest only to aspiring male transsexuals. To actual women, it is simply a good excuse not to play football. – Fran Lebowitz


You’re booty-blinded. You know what that is? It’s like being snow-blinded only it ain’t no snow, it’s a cute little piece of ass. – From the movie I Spy (Fine, Friedkin, Wibberley, Scherick, Ronn)


Women are never landlocked: they’re always mere minutes away from the briny deep of tears. – Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966


To get to a woman’s heart, a man must first use his own. – Mike Dobbertin, quoted in A 5th Portion of Chicken Soup for the Soul


Woman’s virtue is man’s greatest invention. – Cornelia Otis Skinner, attributed


Nature has given women so much power that the law has very wisely given them little. – Samuel Johnson


Women speak two languages — one of which is verbal. – William Shakespeare


Women are wiser than men because they know less and understand more. – James Thurber


My eleven-year-old daughter mopes around the house all day waiting for her breasts to grow. – Bill Cosby


In the first place, I hate women because they always know where things are. At first blush, you might think that a perverse and merely churlish reason for hating women, but it is not. Naturally, every man enjoys having a woman around the house who knows where his shirt-studs and his brief-case are, and things like that, but he detests having a woman around who knows where everything is, even things that are of no importance at all, such as, say, the snapshots her husband took three years ago at Elbow Beach. The husband has never known where these snapshots were since the day they were developed and printed; he hopes, in a vague way, if he thinks about them at all, that after three years they have been thrown out. But his wife knows where they are, and so do his mother, his grandmother, his great-grandmother, his daughter, and the maid. They could put their fingers on them in a moment, with that quiet air of superior knowledge which makes a man feel that he is out of touch with all the things that count in life. – James Thurber, “The Case Against Women”


Who loves not women, wine, and song, remains a fool his whole life long. – German Proverb


Good-looking girls break hearts, and goodhearted girls mend them. – Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966


Fighting is essentially a masculine idea; a woman’s weapon is her tongue. – Hermione Gingold


I like this girl, she is so jolly rude. – H.J. Byron, Old Soldiers, 1873


The people I’m furious with are the women’s liberationists. They keep getting up on soapboxes and proclaiming women are brighter than men. That’s true, but it should be kept quiet or it ruins the whole racket. – Anita Loos, New York Times, 1974 February 10th


Women always worry about the things that men forget; men always worry about the things women remember. – Author Unknown


No matter how happily a woman may be married, it always pleases her to discover that there is a nice man who wishes that she were not. – H.L. Mencken


We are foolish, and without excuse foolish, in speaking of the superiority of one sex to the other, as if they could be compared in similar things! Each has what the other has not; each completes the other; they are in nothing alike; and the happiness and perfection of both depend on each asking and receiving from the other what the other only can give. – John Ruskin

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