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Quotes by Women



A woman is like a tea bog -- you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

As women, we have super powers. We are sisters. We are healers. We are mothers. We are goddess warriors. ~ Merle Dandridge

The woman power of this nation can be the power which makes us whole and heals

the rotten community, now so shattered by war and poverty and racism. I have great faith in the power of women who will dedicate themselves whole-heartedly to the task of remaking our society. ~ Coretta Scott King

If you look back in history of the women who are most memorable and most stylish, they were never the followers of fashion. They were the ones who were unique in their style, breakers of the rules. They were authentic, genuine, original. They were not following the trends. ~ Nina Garcia

The principle goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done. ~ Jean Piaget


“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” ~ Maya Angelou

If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities. We must weave a social fabric in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place. Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

~Margaret Mead, Anthropologist (1901 to 1978)

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, Suffragist 1820-1906

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 (1832-1888) American Novelist

To know how to choose a path with heart is to learn how to follow intuitive feeling. Logic can tell you superficially where a path might lead to, but it cannot judge whether your heart will be in it.

~Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD, Author

A book came out recently written by scientists and environmentalists that made me so angry. It said the only thing we have to worry about is big industry.

Each individual who tries to make his or her own environment better is useless.

I find this criminal, because then you have a billion people all saying, "It doesn't matter what I do because I'm just one person."

But if you turn that around and a billion people say, "What I do does make a difference,"

then it will make a difference.

~Jane Goodall, Primatologist

To seek approval is to have no resting place, no sanctuary.

Like all judgment, approval encourages a constant striving. It makes us uncertain of who we are and of our true value. Approval cannot be trusted. It can be withdrawn

at any time no matter what our track record has been. It is as nourishing of real growth as cotton candy. Yet many of us spend our lives pursuing it.

~Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, Author

The women of today are the thoughts of their mothers and grandmothers, embodied, and made alive. They are active, capable, determined and bound to win. They have one thousand generations back of them ... Millions of women, dead and gone are speaking through us today. ~Matilda Joslyn Gage (1826 -1898) from National Citizen and Ballot Box,1889 (a newspaper she founded and edited.)

The moment a woman comes home to herself, the moment she knows that she has become a person of influence, an artist of her life, a sculptor of her universe, a person with rights and responsibilities who is respected and recognized, the resurrection of the world begins.

~Sister Joan Chittister, OSB (1936 - ) Benedictine nun and Chair, Global Peace Initiative of Women

I was the conductor of the Underground Railroad for eight years, and I can say what most conductors can't say: I never ran my train off the track and I never lost a passenger.

~Harriet Tubman (1820-1913) Slave, Liberator of Slaves and Spy

Life's not about waiting for the storms to pass... 

It's about learning to dance in the rain. ~Vivian Greene

So keep fightin' for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don't you forget to have fun doin' it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce. And when you get through kickin' ass and celebratin' the sheer joy of a good fight, be sure to tell those who come after how much fun it was."

Molly Ivins, Author (1944-2007) Quote from "The Fun's in the Fight" column for Mother Jones, 1993)

I have gained and sustained my optimism as a humble student of our living universe, our living Earth,

which clearly shows us the way out of our adolescent crisis into a mature global future.   The sooner we create our vision of all we desire, set our intention to implement it together, and put our individual capacities into collective action, the greater our chances of success. 

~Dr. Elisabet Sahtouris, Evolution Biologist

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, M.D. (1821-1910) (The first woman in the U.S. to become a physician)

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, Suffragist 1820-1906

Our difficulties launch us into new states of consciousness

where we are inspired to step out of the reality of our smallest thoughts and step into the limitless freedom of our biggest dreams.

~Debbie Ford, Author

The difference between involvement and commitment is like an eggs-and-ham breakfast: the chicken was involved, the pig was committed.

~Martina Navratilova, World Tennis Champ

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 (1832-1888) American Novelist

Help us to be ever faithful gardeners of the spirit, who know that without darkness nothing comes to birth, and without light nothing flowers.

~May Sarton (1912-1995) American Poet and Novelist

Why is it when we talk to God we are said to be praying, And when God talks to us we're said to be schizophrenic?

~Lily Tomlin, Actor, Comedian



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