About Women, By Men

When I think of talking, it is of course with a woman. For talking at its best being an inspiration, it wants a corresponding divine quality of receptiveness, and where will you find this but in a woman?

--Oliver Wendell Holmes

Funny business, a woman's career: the things you drop on the way up the ladder so you can move faster. You forget you'll need them again when you get back to being a woman. It's one career all females have in common, whether we like it or not: being a woman. Sooner or later, we've got to work at it, no matter how many other careers we've had or wanted.

--Joseph L. Mankiewicz (in All About Eve)

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

--Robert A. Heinlein

Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.

--Timothy Leary

About Women, By Women

Male and female represent the two sides of the great radical dualism. But in fact they are perpetually passing into one another. Fluid hardens to solid, solid rushes to fluid. There is no wholly masculine man, no purely feminine woman.

--Margaret Fuller

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

--Charlotte Whitton

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

--Margaret Thatcher

For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.

--Virginia Woolf

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

--Faith Wittlesey

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

--Pat Schroeder

By Women, on Life

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

--Ethel Barrymore

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

--Martha Washington

I have no regrets. I wouldn't have lived my life the way I did if I was going to worry about what people were going to say.

--Ingrid Bergman

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, "I used everything you gave me."

--Erma Bombeck

I believe you are your work. Don't trade the stuff of your life, time, for nothing more than dollars. That's a rotten bargain.

--Rita Mae Brown

When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.

--Helen Keller

What you have become is the price you paid to get what you used to want.

--Mignon McLaughlin

As long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you otherwise might.

--Marian Anderson

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

If men can run the world, why can't they stop wearing neckties? How intelligent is it to start the day by tying a little noose around your neck?

--Linda Ellerbee

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

--Grace Hansen