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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Quotes by Women

by Anna Kathryn lanier

To celebrate Women’s History Month, I’m listing quotes by famous (and maybe not so famous) women. I also have links to a websites or articles page about the women. So, check them out.  And read all the way through to discover information about my contest.

It is not easy to be a pioneer -- but oh, it is fascinating! I would not trade one moment, even the worst moment, for all the riches in the world. – Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, first woman in the United States to earn a medical degree, (1821-1910)

We are not what we know but what we are willing to learn. - Mary Catherine Bateson, writer and cultural anthropologist

Instead of getting hard ourselves and trying to compete, women should try and give their best qualities to men - bring them softness, teach them how to cry. – Joan Baez, American folksinger, (1941- )

One should hate very little, because it's extremely fatiguing. One should despise much, forgive often, and never forget. Pardon does not bring with it forgetfulness; at least not for me. - Sarah Bernhardt, actress (1845-1923)

It will not do to say that it is out of woman's sphere to assist in making laws, for if that were so, then it should be also out of her sphere to submit to them. - Amelia Jenks Bloomer, suffragist (1818 - 1894)

The ability of writers to imagine what is not the self, to familiarize the strange and mystify the familiar, is the test of their power. - Toni Morrison, writer (1931 - )

Women are supposed to be very calm generally: but women feel just as men feel; they need exercise for their faculties, and a field for their efforts as much as their brothers do; they suffer from too rigid a restraint, too absolute a stagnation, precisely as men would suffer...it is thoughtless to condemn them, or laugh at them, if they seek to do more than custom has pronounced necessary for their sex. - Charlotte Brontë, writer (1816-1854)

I think the key is for women not to set any limits. - Martina Navratilova, tennis star (October 18, 1956 - )

I know I have the body but of a weak and feeble woman; but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England, too. - Queen Elizabeth I, ruler of England (1533-1603)

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. - Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States (1884-1962)

Contest – What is your favorite quote by a woman? All those who comment will be eligible for a drawing for Ladies First by Lynn Santa Lucia. I’ll draw for a winner on Monday, March 21.

Anna Kathryn Lanier


Anonymous said...

The Margaret Thatcher one is a classic, but I enjoy the others as well.

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

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

When women are depressed they either eat or go shopping. Men invade another country.
-Elayne Boosler

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

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

Sally said...

Jane Austen is a favorite: It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

Caroline Clemmons said...

Anna Kathryn, I loved these, plus I loved the ones added by Anonymous. Thank you for reminding me of all these lovely quotes. I always loved the quote by Eleanor Roosevelt that went "No one can make you feel inferior without your permission." She had a lot of reason to know.

Anna Kathryn Lanier said...

Hi, gals. Sorry I haven't commented earlier. I should have said in my post that it's my birthday and I would be at RodeoHouston all day, enjoying the rodeo exhibits, rodeo and Brad Paisley concert with my daughters.

Great quotes. Caroline, I almost put that one by Eleanor, but then choose the other. Thanks. Anonymous....what's your name? Sally, I like that quote, too. Love the book and the Colin Firth movie version.

Marleen Gagnon said...

These are all good quotes, especially the one about forgiving, but I like Margaret Atwood: Don't be afraid of failure. "A ratio of failures is built into the process of writing. The wastebasket has evolved for a reason."
marleen at spursandroses dot com