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Women Quotes

62 of the best book quotes from Women
  1. #1
    “I tried not to feel intimidated when classroom conversation was dominated by male students, which it often was. Hearing them, I realized that they weren’t at all smarter than the rest of us. They were simply emboldened, floating on an ancient tide of superiority, buoyed by the fact that history had never told them anything different.”
  2. #2
    “Women endure entire lifetimes of these indignities—in the form of catcalls, groping, assault, oppression. These things injure us. They sap our strength. Some of the cuts are so small they’re barely visible. Others are huge and gaping, leaving scars that never heal. Either way, they accumulate. We carry them everywhere, to and from school and work, at home while raising our children, at our places of worship, anytime we try to advance.”
  3. #3
    “Why do men often call smart women devious?”
  4. #4
    “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”
    author
    Shakespeare
    person
    Women
    book
    Hamlet
    concept
    Perseverance
  5. #5
    “If this was a man’s world, a veil took the rough beard right off. Everything appeared softer, nicer. When I walked behind August in my bee veil, I felt like a moon floating behind a night cloud.”
  6. #6
    “A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.”
  7. #7
    “Success and likeability are positively correlated for men and negatively for women. When a man is successful, he is liked by both men and women. When a woman is successful, people of both genders like her less.”
  8. #8
    “It does good to no woman to be flattered [by a man] who does not intend to marry her; and it is madness in all women to let a secret love kindle within them, which, if unreturned and unknown, must devour the life that feeds it; and, if discovered and responded to, must lead, ignis-fatuus-like, into miry wilds whence there is no extrication.”
  9. #9
    “A woman, especially if she have the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can.”
    author
    Jane Austen
    person
    Women
    concept
    Knowledge
  10. #10
    Women can always put things in fewest words. Except when it’s blowing up; and then they lengthens it out.
    person
    Women
    character
    Mr. Sikes
  11. #11
    “She realized that the landscape of a woman’s soul could change as quickly as a world at war.”
  12. #12
    “Yet but three come one more.
    Two of both kinds make up four.
    Ere she comes curst and sad.
    Cupid is a knavish lad.
    Thus to make poor females mad.”
  1. #13
    All the privilege I claim for my own sex (it is not a very enviable one: you need not covet it), is that of loving longest, when existence or when hope is gone!
    author
    Jane Austen
    person
    Women
    book
    Persuasion
    concept
    Love
  2. #14
    I do not think I ever opened a book in my life which had not something to say upon woman’s inconstancy. Songs and proverbs, all talk of woman’s fickleness. But perhaps you will say, these were all written by men.
  3. #15
    I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.
  4. #16
    “When women are gathered together with no men around, they don’t have to be anything in particular; they can just be.”
  5. #17
    “At some point in a woman’s life, she just gets tired of being ashamed all the time. After that, she is free to become whoever she truly is.”
  6. #18
    “What struck me – with her and with many other female American friends I have – is how invested they are in being ‘liked’. How they have been raised to believe that their being likeable is very important and that this ‘likeable’ trait is a specific thing. And that specific thing does not include showing anger or being aggressive or disagreeing too loudly.”
  7. #19
    “As women must be more empowered at work, men must be more empowered at home.”
  8. #20
    “The time is long overdue to encourage more women to dream the possible dream.”
  9. #21
    “Guilt management can be just important as time management for mothers.”
  10. #22
    “We must raise both the ceiling and the floor.”
  11. #23
    “When woman work outside the home and share breadwinning duties, couples are more likely to stay together. In fact, the risk of divorce reduces by about half when a wife earns half the income and a husband does half the housework.”
  12. #24
    “She explained that many people, but especially women, feel fraudulent when they are praised for their accomplishments. Instead of feeling worthy of recognition, they feel undeserving and guilty, as if a mistake has been made. Despite being high achievers, even experts in their fields, women can’t seem to shake the sense that it is only a matter of time until they are found out for who they really are- impostors with limited skills or abilities.”
  1. #25
    “I hope you find true meaning, contentment, and passion in your life. I hope you navigate the difficult times and come out with greater strength and resolve. I hope you find whatever balance you seek with your eyes wide open. And I hope that you - yes, you - have the ambition to lean in to your career and run the world. Because the world needs you to change it.”
  2. #26
    “Women need to shift from thinking ‘I’m not ready to do that’ to thinking ‘I want to do that- and I’ll learn by doing it.‘”
  3. #27
    “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.”
  4. #28
    “In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.”“In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.”
  5. #29
    “That’s what sisters and girlfriends are all about. Sticking together even in the mud, ’specially in mud.”
  6. #30
    “Ya need some girlfriends, hon, ’cause they’re furever. Without a vow. A clutch of women’s the most tender, most tough place on Earth.”
  7. #31
    “Women may fall when there’s no strength in men.”
  8. #32
    “One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.”
  9. #33
    “Wendy,” Peter Pan continued in a voice that no woman has ever yet been able to resist, “Wendy, one girl is more use than twenty boys.”
    author
    J.M. Barrie
    person
    Women
    book
    Peter Pan
    character
    Wendy
  10. #34
    “And then we do a much greater disservice to girls, because we raise them to cater to the fragile egos of males. We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls: You can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful but not too successful, otherwise you will threaten the man. If you are the breadwinner in your relationship with a man, pretend that you are not, especially in public, otherwise you will emasculate him.”
  11. #35
    “We teach girls shame. ‘Close your legs. Cover yourself.’ We make them feel as though being born female they’re already guilty of something. And so, girls grow up to be women who cannot say they have desire. They grow up to be women who silence themselves. They grow up to be women who cannot say what they truly think. And they grow up — and this is the worst thing we do to girls — they grow up to be women who have turned pretense into an art form.”
  12. #36
    “I have chosen to no longer be apologetic for my femaleness and my femininity. And I want to be respected in all of my femaleness because I deserve to be.”
  1. #37
    “Some people ask: ‘Why the word feminist? Why not just say you are a believer in human rights, or something like that?’ Because that would be ... a way of pretending that it was not women who have, for centuries, been excluded. It would be a way of denying that the problem of gender targets women.”
  2. #38
    “I carried the books to my room and read through the night. I loved the fiery pages of Mary Wollstonecraft, but there was a single line written by John Stuart Mill that, when I read it, moved the world: “It is a subject on which nothing final can be known.” The subject Mill had in mind was the nature of women. Mill claimed that women have been coaxed, cajoled, shoved and squashed into a series of feminine contortions for so many centuries, that it is now quite impossible to define their natural abilities or aspirations.”
  3. #39
    “Men are simpler than you imagine my sweet child. But what goes on in the twisted, tortuous minds of women would baffle anyone.”
    author
    Daphne du Maurier
    person
    Women
    book
    Rebecca
    concept
    Men
  4. #40
    Nothing is so necessary for a young man as the company of intelligent women
    author
    Leo Tolstoy
    person
    Women
    book
    War and Peace
    character
    Prince Vassily
    concept
    Men
  5. #41
    “Wasn’t that the point of the book? For women to realize, We are just two people. Not that much separates us. Not nearly as much as I’d thought.”
    author
    Kathryn Stockett
    person
    Women
    book
    The Help
    character
    Skeeter
    concepts
    EqualityRace
  6. #42
    “Since stepping reluctantly into public life, I’ve been held up as the most powerful woman in the world and taken down as an “angry black woman.” I’ve wanted to ask my detractors which part of that phrase matters to them the most—is it “angry” or “black” or “woman”?”
  7. #43
    Woman is sacred; the woman one loves is holy.
  8. #44
    “We women have something of the mother in us that makes us rise above smaller matters when the mother-spirit is invoked.”
    author
    Bram Stoker
    person
    Women
    book
    Dracula
    character
    Mina Murray
    concept
    Mothers
  9. #45
    “There was something rather blousy about roses in full bloom, something shallow and raucous, like women with untidy hair”
  10. #46
    “If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad.”
  11. #47
    “Do not consider me now as an elegant female, intending to play you, but as a rational creature, speaking the truth from her heart.”
  12. #48
    ″‘Good riddance,’ he said, and moved toward the door. We had to open up our little wall of women to let him through.”
  1. #49
    ″. . . Big Mama kept bees, too, right out there in the same spot they’re in today. Nobody around here had ever seen a lady beekeeper till her. She liked to tell everybody that women made the best beekeepers, ‘cause they have a special ability built into them to love creatures that sting. ‘It comes from years of loving children and husbands,’ she’d say.”
  2. #50
    “Turned on its side, the brick announced a happy bee family, no Ozzie, just Harriet and her ten thousand daughters.”
  3. #51
    “Flirting is a woman’s trade, one must keep in practice.”
  4. #52
    “A girl likes to be crossed a little in love now and then.”
  5. #53
    “Women should be respected as well! Generally speaking, men are held in great esteem in all parts of the world, so why shouldn’t women have their share? Soldiers and war heroes are honored and commemorated, explorers are granted immortal fame, martyrs are revered, but how many people look upon women too as soldiers?”
  6. #54
    “No one but a woman can help a man when he is in trouble of the heart.”
  7. #55
    “I knew from my own life experience that when someone shows genuine interest in your learning and development, even if only for ten minutes in a busy day, it matters. It matters especially for women, for minorities, for anyone society is quick to overlook.”
  8. #56
    “I recommend adopting two concurrent goals: a long-term dream and an eighteen-month plan.”
  9. #57
    “I realized that searching for a mentor has become the professional equivalent of waiting for Prince Charming. We all grew up on the fairy tale “Sleeping Beauty,” which instructs young women that if they just wait for their prince to arrive, they will be kissed and whisked away on a white horse to live happily ever after. Now young women are told that if they can just find the right mentor, they will be pushed up the ladder and whisked away to the corner office to live happily ever after. Once again, we are teaching women to be too dependent on others.”
  10. #58
    “Friendships between women, as any woman will tell you, are built of a thousand small kindnesses... swapped back and forth and over again.”
  11. #59
    “Men tell stories,” I say. It is the truest, simplest answer to his question. “Women get on with it.”
  12. #60
    “We spend too much time teaching girls to worry about what boys think of them. But the reverse is not the case. We don’t teach boys to care about being likeable.”
  13. #61
    “Egg laying is the main thing, Lily. She’s the mother of every bee in the hive, and they all depend on her to keep it going. I don’t care what their job is—they know the queen is their mother. She’s the mother of thousands.”
  14. #62
    “I suppose that we women are such cowards that we think a man will save us from fears, and we marry him.”
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