Inspirational Quotes

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Quotes Directory

Women

"In my heart, I think a woman has two choices: either she's a feminist or a masochist."
Gloria Steinem

"Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead."
Louisa May Alcott

"Cautious, careful people always casting about to preserve their reputation or social standards never can bring about reform. Those who are really in earnest are willing to be anything or nothing in the world's estimation, and publicly and privately, in season and out, avow their sympathies with despised ideas and their advocates, and bear the consequences."
Susan B. Anthony

"The day will come when men will recognize woman as his peer, not only at the fireside, but in councils of the nation. Then, and not until then, will there be the perfect comradeship, the ideal union between the sexes that shall result in the highest development of the race."
Susan B. Anthony

"In passing, also, I would like to say that the first time Adam had a chance he laid the blame on a woman."
Nancy Astor

(British Politician)

"For what is done or learned by one class of women becomes, by virtue of their common womanhood, the property of all women."
Elizabeth Blackwell

(The first woman in the U.S. to become a physician)

"We stand now where two roads diverge. But unlike the roads in Robert Frost's familiar poem, they are not equally fair. The road we have long been traveling is deceptively easy, a smooth superhighway on which we progress with great speed, but at its end lies disaster. The other fork of the road—the one "less traveled by"—offers our last, our only chance to reach a destination that assures the preservation of the earth."
Rachel Carson

"The family unit plays a critical role in our society and in the training of the generation to come."
Sandra Day O'Connor

"We've chosen the path to equality, don't let them turn us around."
Geraldine Ferraro
(The first woman to be nominated as Vice President of the United States)

"You can do one of two things; just shut up, which is something I don't find easy, or learn an awful lot very fast, which is what I tried to do."
Jane Fonda

 "If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it."
Margaret Fuller

 "My address is like my shoes. It travels with me. I abide where there is a fight against wrong."
Mother Jones

"Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got."
Janis Joplin

"Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose."
Helen Keller

"If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse gift will find a fitting place."
Margaret Mead

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

"I can honestly say that I was never affected by the question of the success of an undertaking. If I felt it was the right thing to do, I was for it regardless of the possible outcome."
Golda Meir

"Something which we think is impossible now is not impossible in another decade."
Constance Baker Motley
(First Black Woman in the U.S. to become a Federal Judge)

"I think the key is for women not to set any limits."
Martina Navratilova

"People think at the end of the day that a man is the only answer [to fulfillment]. Actually a job is better for me."
Princess Diana

"Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
Eleanor Roosevelt

"I think it's very important for everyone in America to realize right now the state of our country, not just on this issue but on a lot of issues, that it is time to get active again. People have just sat back and just sort of said, oh, let somebody else do it for a long time, and we're seeing what's happening to the country, even freedom of speech. It's not going well. So I think this is a real opportunity for people to see, yes, if you do get out and you do get active, there are other people there. You just have to seek them out."
Mary Steenburgen

"The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn."
Gloria Steinem

"I am also very proud to be a liberal. Why is that so terrible these days? The liberals were liberators—they fought slavery, fought for women to have the right to vote, fought against Hitler, Stalin, fought to end segregation, fought to end apartheid. Liberals put an end to child labor and they gave us the five day work week! What's to be ashamed of?"
Barbra Streisand

"We still live in a world in which a significant fraction of people, including women, believe that a woman belongs and wants to belong exclusively in the home."
Rosalyn Sussman
(Nobel Prize-winning medical physicist)

"You can tell how high a society is by how much of its garbage is recycled."
Dhyani Ywahoo
(Native American)

"It's so clear that you have to cherish everyone. I think that's what I get from these older black women, that every soul is to be cherished, that every flower is to bloom."
Alice Walker

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

"As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world."
Virginia Woolf

 

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Jane Austen is considered one of the foremost writers of the early 19th century. Her fiction focuses on relationships and the attempts by her heroes and heroines to find fortune and romance. Her ironic tone often comes through whether speaking as the narrator of a tale or through one of the characters.

Selected Jane Austen Quotations

  • For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?
  • About history: The quarrels of popes and kings, with wars and pestilences in every page; the men all so good for nothing, and hardly any women at all - it is very tiresome.
  • Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery.
  • One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.
  • A woman, especially if she has the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can.
  • One cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty.
  • If there is anything disagreeable going on men are always sure to get out of it.
  • What strange creatures brothers are!
  • A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.
  • Human nature is so well disposed towards those who are in interesting situations, that a young person, who either marries or dies, is sure to be kindly spoken of.
  • It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
  • If a woman doubts as to whether she should accept a man or not, she certainly ought to refuse him. If she can hesitate as to Yes, she ought to say No, directly.
  • It is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should refuse an offer of marriage.
  • Why not seize the pleasure at once? How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation!
  • Nobody minds having what is too good for them.
  • A person who can write a long letter with ease, cannot write ill.
  • Nothing is more deceitful than the appearance of humility. It is often only carelessness of opinion, and sometimes an indirect boast.
  • It is not time or opportunity that is to determine intimacy; it is disposition alone. Seven years would be insufficient to make some people acquainted with each other, and seven days are more than enough for others.
  • Man is more robust than woman, but he is not longer lived; which exactly explains my view of the nature of their attachments.
  • If any one faculty of our nature may be called more wonderful than the rest, I do think it is memory.
  • I do not want people to be agreeable, as it saves me that trouble of liking them.

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