quotations about women
The strength of women comes from the fact that psychology cannot explain us. Men can be analysed, women ... merely adored.
OSCAR WILDE, The Ideal Husband
Men's eyes are in their heads; women's, in their hearts.
IVAN PANIN, Thoughts
The best judge of whether or not a country is going to develop is how it treats its women. If it's educating its girls, if women have equal rights, that country is going to move forward. But if women are oppressed and abused and illiterate, then they're going to fall behind.
BARACK OBAMA, Ladies' Home Journal, September 2008
Women's eyes have pierced more hearts than ever did the bullets of war.
WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs
Man may have discovered fire, but women discovered how to play with it.
CANDACE BUSHNELL, Sex and the City
The plainest man who pays attention to women, will sometimes succeed as well as the handsomest man who does not.
CHARLES CALEB COLTON, Lacon
This view that women are somehow inferior to men is not restricted to one religion or belief. Women are prevented from playing a full and equal role in many faiths. Nor, tragically, does its influence stop at the walls of the church, mosque, synagogue or temple. This discrimination, unjustifiably attributed to a Higher Authority, has provided a reason or excuse for the deprivation of women's equal rights across the world for centuries. At its most repugnant, the belief that women must be subjugated to the wishes of men excuses slavery, violence, forced prostitution, genital mutilation and national laws that omit rape as a crime. But it also costs many millions of girls and women control over their own bodies and lives, and continues to deny them fair access to education, health, employment and influence within their own communities.... The truth is that male religious leaders have had -- and still have -- an option to interpret holy teachings either to exalt or subjugate women. They have, for their own selfish ends, overwhelmingly chosen the latter.
JIMMY CARTER, "Losing My Religion for Equality"
I, Woman, am that wonder-breathing rose
That blossoms in the garden of the King.
ELSA BARKER, The Mystic Rose
I think that women as a group are so powerful. I still don't think we are able to embrace our power well enough yet. We think we live in a man's world and we have to follow their rules, and yet, we're so different, and our rules are so different. I wish that we could come together more as a political force. If women ran the world, I don't believe that there would be war. I really don't.... We understand the bigger picture. We understand our impact on the environment, on the world. We understand the generations that will go after us because we gave birth to them.
KYRA SEDGWICK, Newsweek, October 15, 2007
A woman's charm is fifty percent illusion.
TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, A Streetcar Named Desire
When women are the advisers, the lords of creation don't take the advice till they have persuaded themselves that it is just what they intended to do. Then they act upon it, and, if it succeeds, they give the weaker vessel half the credit of it. If it fails, they generously give her the whole.
LOUISA MAY ALCOTT, Little Women
Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus.
JOHN GRAY, Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus
I'm supposed to have a Ph.D. on the subject of women. But the truth is I've flunked more often than not. I'm very fond of women; I admire them. But, like all men, I don't understand them.
FRANK SINATRA, attributed, The Way You Wear Your Hat
Woman is a delightful instrument of pleasure, but it is necessary to know its trembling strings, to study the position of them, the timid keyboard, the fingering so changeful and capricious which befits it.
HONORE DE BALZAC, Physiology of Marriage
I don't see how a man is to be good for much unless he has some one woman to love him dearly.
GEORGE ELIOT, Middlemarch
A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong she is until she gets into hot water.
ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, attributed, Woman's Day, August 2011
I believe a strong woman may be stronger than a man, particularly if she happens to have love in her heart. I guess a loving woman is indestructible.
JOHN STEINBECK, East of Eden
Women are like tricks by sleight of hand,
Which, to admire, we should not understand.
WILLIAM CONGREVE, Love for Love
Every world has faults
This one has too many
Unattainable Female Objects.
DAVID JONATHAN NEWMAN, "U.F.O.", The Light Looks Another Way
It will be a pity if women in the more conventional mould are to be phased out, for there will never be anyone to go home to.
ANITA BROOKNER, A Friend from England