Women Quotes

Most popular women quotes

The fact that a woman can't be a priest doesn't mean that she is less than a man.

Catholicism priesthood

To call a woman a member of the weaker sex is a libel.
Love's all in all to woman.
Woman is woman's natural ally.
Woman was God's second mistake.

mankind

A woman's place is in the wrong.
She turned him down like a bedspread.
No woman dares express all she thinks.
Man has his will, but woman has her way.
You should not attempt to outwit a woman.
Women are made to be loved, not understood.
With women, the heart argues, not the mind.
Age to women is like Kryptonite to Superman.

age

Women as a sex are sphinxes without secrets.
One is not born a woman: one becomes a woman.
Woman will be the last thing civilized by Man.
A woman is as old as she looks before breakfast.

age

Every time we liberate a woman, we liberate a man.

feminism

Women like silent men. They think they're listening.
Women often get dropped from memory, and then history.
I hate women because they always know where things are.
The female of the species is more deadly than the male.
Women are too imaginative to have much power of reasoning.
The way to fight a woman is with your hat. Grab it and run.
There are only two types of women - goddesses and doormats.
Women always find their bitterest foes among their own sex.
Brigands demand your money or your life; women require both.
A woman's guess is much more accurate than a man's certainty.
The entire being of a woman is a secret which should be kept.
The whole thing about women is, they lust to be misunderstood.
A woman can say more in a sigh than a man can say in a sermon.
You can never get a woman to sit down and listen to a drum solo.
Show me a woman who doesn't feel guilty and I'll show you a man.
Woman brings to man his greatest blessing and his greatest plague.
Not only is woman's work never done, the definition keeps changing.
Men, their rights, nothing more; Women, their rights, nothing less.

feminism

Every woman is a rebel, and usually in wild revolt against herself.
My mother says a woman who will tell her own age will tell anything.
A sufficient measure of civilization is the influence of good women.

civilization society

When I was eleven I thought that women are solid from the neck down.
A woman is the only thing I am afraid of that I know will not hurt me.
There are two ways to handle a woman, and nobody knows either of them.
When women kiss it always reminds one of prize fighters shaking hands.
To be successful, a woman has to be much better at her job than a man.

equality

If women didn't exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning.
He who loves not wine, women and song remains a fool his whole life long.

Fools songs wine

If men knew all that women think, they would be twenty times more daring.
Blessed be Thou, our God and Lord of Hosts, who has not created me a woman.
β€” Traditional jewish prayer

prayers women's rights

Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful.

beauty

Neither earth nor ocean produces a creature as savage and monstrous as woman.
Women give us solace, but if it were not for women we would never need solace.
No woman should ever be quite accurate about her age. It looks so calculating.
The women of Greece count their age from their marriage, not from their birth.
Women are like elephants. I like to look at 'em, but I wouldn't want to own one.
In nine cases out of ten, a woman had better show more affection than she feels.
Do you know a young and beautiful woman who is not ready to flirtβ€”just a little?
What passes for woman's intuition is often nothing more than man's transparency.
I don't care how old you get, I think a woman ought to stay sexy for her husband.

age

Oh woman, woman! when to ill thy mind Is bent, all hell contains no fouler fiend.
What is better than wisdom? Woman. And what is better than a good woman? Nothing.
What woman hasn't felt that her life's journey is part meat market, part catwalk?
God settled it that one woman is enough for a man, and two is a war on your hands.
The wise woman thinks twice and speaks once or, better yet, does not speak at all.
Women have more imagination than men. They need it to tell us how wonderful we are.

men and women

When a woman says, "Ah, I could love you if . . ."β€”fear not, she already loves you.

love

All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his.

parents

There is certainly no beauty on earth which exceeds the natural loveliness of woman.
Men are by nature merely indifferent to one another; but women are by nature enemies.
A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.
We still think of a powerful man as a born leader and a powerful woman as an anomaly.

leadership men and women power

The great majority of severe neuroses in women have their origin in the marriage bed.

marriage psychiatrist psychology

Heav'n hath no rage like love to hatred turn'd, Nor Hell a fury, like a woman scorn'd.

famous

If civilization had been left in female hands, we would still be living in grass huts.

civilization

Women are not inherently passive or peaceful. We're not inherently anything but human.

feminism

Heav'n hath no rage like love to hatred turned, nor hell a fury, like a woman scorned.
Woman understands children better than man does, but man is more childlike than woman.
Of my two handicaps, being female put many more obstacles in my path than being black.

African-Americans civil rights

Here's to woman! Would that we could fall into her arms without falling into her hands.
I don't believe women can carry a pack, live in a foxhole, or go a week without a bath.
If society will not admit to woman's free development, then society must be remodelled.

feminism

There are three things I have always loved and never understood β€” Art, Music, and Women.

culture

An angry woman is vindictive beyond measure, and hesitates at nothing in her bitterness.

anger

A woman is like a tea bag You never know how strong she is until she gets into hot water.
Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but backwards and in high heels.
A woman is like a tea bag – you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.
Most women have all other women as adversaries; most men have all other men as their allies.
There is a proverb in the South that a woman laughs when she can, and weeps when she pleases.
My mom never taught me to be waiting for some prince on a white horse to swipe me off my feet.
As long as a woman can look ten years younger than her own daughter, she is perfectly satisfied.
If you teach a boy, you educate an individual; but if you teach a girl, you educate a community.

education

Women have got to make the world safe for men since men have made it so darned unsafe for women.

men and women

There is no worse evil than a bad woman; and nothing has ever been created better than a good one.
Love is based on a view of women that is impossible to those who have had any experience with them.

cynical love

Women who buy perfume and flowers for themselves because men don't do it are called "self-basting."
The fickleness of the women I love is only equaled by the infernal constancy of the women who love me.

infidelity

The highest compliment they were capable of paying was that in their minds she was not overtly female.
A white woman. A white woman has only one handicap to overcomeβ€”that of sex. I have twoβ€”both sex and race.

African-Americans race

No matter how much a woman loved a man, it would still give her a glow to see him commit suicide for her.
No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother.

abortion feminism freedom

Changeable women are more enduring than monotonous ones. They are sometimes murdered but seldom deserted.
A woman, especially, if she have the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can.
The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says: It's a girl.

equality

These impossible women! How they do get around us! The poet was right: Can't live with them, or without them.
I have some women friends but I prefer men. Don't trust women. There is a built-in competition between women.
For a man to pretends to understand women is bad manners. For him to really to understand them is bad morals.
I kissed my first woman and smoked my first cigarette on the same day. I have never had time for tobacco since.
The true man wants two things: danger and play.  For that reason he wants woman, as the most dangerous plaything.
The woman's place of power within each of us is neither white nor surface; it is dark, it is ancient, it is deep.

feminism inspirational

One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age. A woman who would tell one that would tell one anything.

age

When you civilize a man, you only civilize an individual; but when you civilize a woman, you civilize an entire nation.
Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.

feminism

A rose by any other name may smell as sweet, but a woman called by a devaluing name will only be weakened by the misnomer.
The last thing a woman will consent to discover in a man whom she loves, or on whom she simply depends, is want of courage.

courage

For women the best aphrodisiacs are words.  The G-spot is in the ears.  He who looks for it below there is wasting his time.
And what would our ideas of God, of religion, be like if they had come to us through the minds of women? Ever think of that?

God religion

The man who discovers a woman's weakness is like the huntsman in the heat of the day who finds a cool spring. He wallows in it.
I consider woman as a beautiful romantic animal, that may be adorned with furs and feathers, pearls and diamonds, ores and silks.
A woman is careful with judgment, is courteous, has courage, and is much given to kindness, support, and respect for other women.
A woman is a foreign land,
Of which, though there he settle young,
A man will ne'er quite understand,
The customs, politics, and tongue.

men and women

Old-fashioned ways which no longer apply to changed conditions are a snare in which the feet of women have always become readily entangled.
I'd much rather be a woman than a man. Women can cry, they can wear cute clothes, and they are the first to be rescued off of sinking ships.
Let me remind all women that we live longer and better lives when we have sisters we love, not necessarily born in our bloodline or of our race.
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 our virtues.

love

Women are not entirely wrong when they reject the rules of life prescribed for the world, for they were established by men only, without their consent.
I wanted to be a wife and to create a beautiful home to make my man happy, but there was more to life than being a diligent maid with a permanent pussy.
Women and people of low birth are very hard to deal with. If you are friendly with them, they get out of hand, and if you keep your distance, they resent it.
If I were asked to what the singular prosperity and growing strength of the Americans ought mainly to be attributed, I should reply: to the superiority of their women.
Women's presence in the Church hasn't been emphasized much because the temptation of machismo didn't allow a space to make visible the place of women in the community.

Catholicism

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?
The witty woman is a tragic figure in American life.  Wit destroys eroticism and eroticism destroys wit, so women must choose between taking lovers and taking no prisoners.
It takes a man a lifetime to find out about one particular woman; but if he puts in, say, ten years, industrious and curious, he can acquire the general rudiments of the sex.
Tell a girl she's beautiful, and she wouldn't believe you really mean it. Tell her she's more beautiful than another girl, and she would delightfully believe you're being true.

beauty

Successful women's tendency to critique themselves instead of others opens them to different behavioral habits than men, who are more likely to accept recognition and deflect blame.
β€” Sally Helgesen (How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion, or Job)

career

Our nation has had a long and unfortunate history of sex discrimination . . . rationalized by an attitude of "romantic paternalism" which, in practical effect, put women not on a pedestal, but in a cage.

women's rights

I'd like to ask the men here to consider idly, in some spare moment, whether by any chance they've been building any walls to keep the women out, or to keep them in their place, and what they may have lost by doing so.
β€” Ursula Le Guin (at the AussieCon sci-fi convention in 1975 in Melbourne)
My dear boy, no woman is a genius. Women are a decorative sex. They never have anything to say, but they say it charmingly. Women represent the triumph of matter over mind, just as men represent the triumph of mind over morals.

men

She spends half her time making herself attractive to men, and the other half trying to divine which of the attracted are serious enough to marry her, and which wish to ram her against the nearest wall and jab into her recklessly.
We have no faith in ourselves. I have never met a woman who, deep down in her cure, really believes she has great legs. And if she suspects that she might have great legs, then she's convinced that she has a shrill voice and no neck.
It is imperative that a woman keep her sense of humor intact and at the ready. She must see, even if only in secret, that she is the funniest, looniest woman in her world, which she should also see as being the most absurd world of all times.
Woman is a delicious instrument of pleasure, but it is necessary to know its quivering strings, study the pose of it, its timid keyboard, the changing and capricious fingering.  How many orangsβ€”men, I mean, marry without knowing what a woman is!
The woman is the foundation on which nations are built. She is the heart of her nation. If that heart is weak, the people are weak. If her heart is strong and her mind is clear, then the nation is strong and knows its purpose. The woman is the center of everything.

feminism

Being a woman is hard work. Not without joy and even ecstasy, but still relentless, unending work. Becoming an old female may require only being born with certain genitalia, inheriting long-living genes, and the fortune not to be run over by an out-of-control truck, but to become and remain a woman command the existence and employment of genius.
When women speak truly they speak subversively β€” they can't help it: if you're underneath, if you're kept down, you break out, you subvert. We are volcanoes. When we women offer our experience as our truth, as human truth, all the maps change. There are new mountains. That's what I want – to hear you erupting. You young Mount St Helenses who don't know the power in you – I want to hear you.
β€” Ursula Le Guin (Commencement speech at Bryn Mawr College (1986))
Instead of viewing money and position as the sole or even chief markers of success, women also tend to place a high value on the quality of their lives at work and the impact of their contributions. Enjoying co-workers and clients, having some degree of control over their time, and believing that their work makes a positive difference in the world are key motivators for many successful women.
β€” Sally Helgesen (How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion, or Job)

career office

The woman who survives intact and happy must be at once tender and tough. She must have convinced herself, or be in the unending process of convincing herself, that she, her values, and her choices are important. In a time and world where males hold sway and control, the pressure upon women to yield their rights of way is tremendous. And it is under those very circumstances that the woman's toughness must be in evidence.
I can imagine myself blurbing a book in which Brian Aldis, predictably, sneers at my work, because then I could preen myself on my magnanimity. But I cannot imagine myself blurbing a book, the first of a new series and hence presumably exemplary of the series, which not only contains no writing by women, but the tone of which is so self-contentedly, exclusively male, like a club, or a locker room. That would not be magnanimity, but foolishness. Gentlemen, I just don't belong here.