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The sad truth is that excellence makes people nervous.
Shana Alexander ~The Feminine Eye, 1966

Women should be tough, tender, laugh as much as possible, and live long lives. The struggle for equality continues unabated, and the woman warrior who is armed with wit and courage will be among the first to celebrate victory.
Maya Angelou

Every woman should have a purse of her own
Susan B. Anthony

Men, their rights, and nothing more;
women, their rights, and nothing less."
Susan B. Anthony

Love involves a peculiar unfathomable combination of understanding and misunderstanding.
Diane Arbus

Sons branch out, but one woman leads to another.
 Margaret Atwood

You never find yourself until you face the truth.
 Pearl Bailey

Knowing what you can not do is more important than knowing what you can do.  In fact, that's good taste.
Lucille Ball ~ quoted in The Real Story of Lucille Ball,  1954

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
Sally Berger

I'm not going to vacuum 'til Sears makes one you can ride on.
Roseanne Barr

The happiest excitement in life is to be convinced that one is fighting for all one is worth on behalf of some clearly seen and deeply felt good.
Ruth Benedict

Never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth.
Erma Bombeck

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.
Charlotte Bronte

Accept that all of us can be hurt, that all of us can-and surely will at times-fail. Other vulnerabilities, like being embarrassed or risking love, can be terrifying too. I think we should follow a simple rule: if we can take the worst, take the risk.
Dr. Joyce Brothers

I listen and give input only if somebody asks.
Barbara Bush

You have to love your children unselfishly. That's hard. But it's the only way.
Barbara Bush

The trouble with some women is they get all excited about nothing - and then they marry him.

Never introduce the Vice-President of the company you work for as the bosses' wife.
Kay Chirichigno

I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.
Agatha Christie

Once children learn how to learn, nothing is going to narrow their mind. The essence of teaching is to make learning contagious, to have one idea spark another.
Marva Collins American educator

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

Hope is a thing with feathers / That perches in the soul, /
 And sings the tune without words / And never stops at all.
Emily Dickinson

Always be nice to your children because they are the ones who will
choose your rest home.
Phyllis Diller

We spend the first twelve months of our children's lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next twelve telling them to sit down and shut up.
Phyllis Diller

When nothing is sure, everything is possible.
Margaret Drabble

Given a choice between hearing my daughter say "I'm pregnant" or "I used a condom", most mothers would get up  in the middle of the night and buy them herself.
Joyceln Elders

It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive.  There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them."
George Eliot

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

Toughness doesn't have to come in a pinstripe suit.
 Dianne Feinstein

My heart's in the right place. I know, 'cuz I hid it there.
Carrie Fisher

When you realize the value of all life, you dwell less on what is past and concentrate more on the preservation of the future.
Dian Fossey

Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training.
Anna Freud

I'm an excellent housekeeper.  Every time I get a divorce, I keep the house.
Zsa Zsa Gabor

My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition.
Indira Gandhi

Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to error that counts.
Nikki Giovanni

The only difference between a rut and a grave is their dimensions.
Ellen Glasgow

Normal is in the eye of the beholder.
Whoopi Goldberg

Courage is very important. Like a muscle, it is strengthened by use.
 Ruth Gordon

If high heels were so wonderful, men would still be wearing them.
Sue Grafton

 The hardest years in life are those between ten and seventy.
  Helen Hayes

Sometimes I wonder if men and women really suit each other.  Perhaps they should live next door and just visit now and then.
Katherine Hepburn

Enemies are so stimulating.
Katharine Hepburn

Don't be a hard rock when you really are a gem!
Lauryn Hill

Fortunately, psychoanalysis is not the only way to resolve inner conflicts.  Life itself remains a very effective therapist.
Karen Horney

You've got to learn to respect what you don't understand.
The Indigo Girls

Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow that talent to the dark place where it leads.
Erica Jong

You see a lot of smart guys with dumb women, but you hardly ever see a smart woman with a dumb guy.
Erica Jong

College isn't the place to go for ideas.
Helen Keller

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
Helen Keller

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it.  Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
Helen Keller

These are the things I know: You always throw spilled salt over your left shoulder, plant rosemary at your gate, keep lavender for luck and fall in love whenever possible
Alice Hoffman, Practical Magic

Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.
Barbara Kingsolver

To be successful, the first thing to do is fall in love with your work.
Sister Mary Lauretta

Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are
 --Ann Landers

The naked truth is always better than the best-dressed lie.
 Ann Landers

The difference between pornography and erotica is lighting.
Gloria Leonard

What matters most is that we learn from living.
 Doris Lessing

I've been on so many blind dates, I should get a free dog.
Wendy Liebman

Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

It is terribly amusing how many different climates of feelings one can go through in one day.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach. One can collect only a few, and they are more beautifl if they are few.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

When I dare to be powerful -- to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.
Audre Lorde

It is useless to hold a person to anything he says while he's in love, drunk, or running for office.
Shirley MacLaine

I am treating you as my friend, asking you to share my present minuses in the hope that I can ask you to share my future pluses.
Katherine Mansfield

A spark between two people can lead to a short circuit.
Amanda Marteleur

Don't let your life pass you by, weep not for the memories
Sarah McLachlan, I Will Remember You, 1999

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

I have discovered that patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.
Joyce Meyer

I would rather stay positive and get 50 percent good results, than stay negative and get 100 percent bad results!
Joyce Meyer

Laughter not only makes the journey endurable and even enjoyable, it also helps keep us healthy.... Be like a child: learn to laugh more!
Joyce Meyer

There is nothing as tragic as being alive and not enjoying life... Life should be celebrated!
Joyce Meyer

 You can look at a person's attitude and know what kind of thinking is prevalent in his life... It's better to be positive and wrong than negative and right!
Joyce Meyer

If sex is such a natural phenomenon,
 how come there are so many books on how to?
Bette Midler

Death and taxes and childbirth: There's never any convenient
 time for any of them
 Margaret Mitchell

Nobody really cares if you're miserable, so you might as well be happy.
Cythina Nelms

Then the time came when the risk it took To remain tight in a bud was more painful Than the risk it took to blossom
Anais Nin

The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.
Ellen Parr

I'm not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I'm not dumb ... and I also know that I'm not blonde.
Dolly Parton

Behind every successful man is a surprised woman.
Maryon Pearson

Remorse presupposes enough self-forgetfulness to feel the pain ofothers.
Sister Helen PreJean ~ Dead Man Walking, 1993

The next thing to being clever is being able to quote someone who is.
 Mary Pettibone Poole

I base most of my fashion taste on what doesn't itch.
Gilda Radner

Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness --not pain or mindless self-indulgence- is the proof of your moral integrity, since it is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values.
Ayn Rand ~Atlas Shrugged, 1957

A desire presupposes the possibility of action to achieve it; action presupposes a goal which is worth achieving.
Ayn Rand ~Atlas Shrugged, 1957

God... a being whose only definition is that he is beyond man's power to conceive.
Ayn Rand ~ Atlas Shrugged, 1957

[Government] "help" to business is just as disastrous as government persecution...the only way a government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off.
Ayn Rand, 1962

Individual rights are the means of subordinating society to moral law.
Ayn Rand, 1963

Man is a being with free will; therefore, each man is potentially good or evil, and it's up to him and only him (through his reasoning mind) to decide which he wants to be.
Ayn Rand 1946 ~Personal notes on The Strike [later Atlas Shrugged]

The worst guilt is to accept an unearned guilt.
Ayn Rand ~ Atlas Shrugged, 1957

Make the most of What you have, When you have it, Where you are.
Eleanor Roosevelt

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Eleanor Roosevelt

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Eleanor Roosevelt

You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
Eleanor Roosevelt

I love being married.  It's so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.
Rita Rudner

I want to have children, but my friends scare me. One of my friends told me she was in labor for 36 hours. I don't even want to do anything that feels good for 36 hours.
Rita Rudner

My boyfriend and I broke up. He wanted to get married and I didn't want him to.
Rita Rudner

Whenever I date a guy, I think, "Is this the man I want my children to spend their weekends with?"
Rita Rudner

Do I have an option? when asked by the press if
she was "running as a woman."
Patricia Schroeder, former U.S. Representative

 You have to count on living every single day in a way you believe will make you feel good about your life - so that if it were over tomorrow, you'd be content with yourself.
 Jane Seymour

I earn and pay my own way as a great many women do today. Why should unmarried women be discriminated against - unmarried men are not.
Dinah Shore

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

I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career
Gloria Steinem

It doesn't matter where we begin the personal/political circle, but it
matters desperately that we complete it.
Gloria Steinem

Some of us are becoming the men we wanted to marry.
Gloria Steinem

Children require guidance and sympathy far more than instruction.
Annie Sullivan

Nagging is the repetition of unpalatable truths.
Baroness Edith Summerskill

Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.
Mother Teresa

The hunger of love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.
Mother Teresa

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is a beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is life, fight for it!
Mother Teresa

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

Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by traffic from both sides.
Margaret Thatcher

No matter who says what, you should accept it with a smile and do your own work.
Mother Teresa

In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man; if you want anything done, ask a woman.
Margaret Thatcher

I can handle reality in small doses, but as a lifestyle, it's much too confining.
Lily Tomlin

If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in a library?
Lily Tomlin

The trouble with the rat-race is that even if you win, you're still a rat.
Lily Tomlin

Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time.  Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.
Betty Smith

Silent Gratitude isn't very much use to anyone.
Gertrude B. Stein

There is nothing stronger in the world than gentleness.
Han Suyin

I wonder if it pisses God off when people walk by the color purple in a field and don't notice
Alice Walker, The Color Purple

Until the day arrives when all women decide that our rights are not
negotiable, our future choices will not be secure.
       Faye Wattleton, Life on the Line, 1996

I have learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances.
Martha Washington

I have learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances.
Martha Washington

The future is made of the same stuff as the present
Simone Weil
 French theologian and philosopher

People call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that distinguish me from a doormat.
Rebecca West, 1913

I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it.
Mae West

I used to be Snow White, but I drifted.
Mae West

Too much of a good thing is wonderful.
Mae West

Our way is not soft grass, it's a mountain path with lots of rocks, But it goes upwards, forward, toward the sun.
 Ruth Westheimer

There are only two ways of spreading light - to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
Edith Wharton

I suppose there is one friend in the life of each of us who seems not a separate person, however dear and beloved, but an expansion, an interpretation, of one's self, the very meaning of one's soul.
Edith Wharton

If you give your life as a wholehearted response to love, then love will wholeheartedly respond to you.
 Marianne Williamson

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deep fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, "who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?"
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world!
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us
It is in everyone!
As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fears, our presence automatically liberates others.
Marianne Williamson for Nelson Mandela's inaugural speech

I know that you cannot hate other people without hating yourself.
Oprah Winfrey

I don't think of myself as a poor, deprived ghetto girl who made good. I think of myself as somebody who from an early age knew I was responsible for myself, and I had to make good."
Oprah Winfrey

I read the book of Job last night - I don't think God comes out well in it.
Virginia Woolf

(The history of most women is) hidden either by silence, or by
flourishes and ornaments that amount to silence.
Virginia Woolf

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