quotations about women
A sensible woman can never be happy with a fool.
GEORGE WASHINGTON, letter to Eleanor Parke Custis, January 16, 1795
I think women of a certain generation, mine in particular, feel like we can have it all because that's what we were fed. It's like, we reap the benefits of the feminist movement -- they did all the legwork and now we're going to try to be parents and successful business people and great wives and good friends and take a cooking class and blah, blah, blah ...
SARAH JESSICA PARKER, interview, BBC, December 13, 2005
I have always found the female of the human species many times more difficult to understand than the male.
OSAMU DAZAI, No Longer Human
There is one common condition for the lot of women in Western civilization and all other civilizations that we know about for certain, and that is, woman as a sex is disliked and persecuted, while as an individual she is liked, loved, and even, with reasonable luck, sometimes worshipped.
REBECCA WEST, speech to the Fabian Society, 1928
A bitch is no match for a lady except in a brass bed, honey, and sometimes not even there.
TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, The Night of the Iguana
As to the pretty girls who went past, from the day on which I had first known that their cheeks could be kissed, I had become curious about their souls. And the Universe had appeared to me more interesting.
MARCEL PROUST, Within a Budding Grove
It was the part of a woman so to refine and educate her mind, as to be the cause of good alone to him whose fate depended on her smile.
MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT SHELLEY, Lodore
Men seldom make passes
At girls who wear glasses.
DOROTHY PARKER, New York World, August 16, 1925
When Man and Woman die, as Poets sung,
His Heart's the last part moves, her last, the tongue.
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1739
Most women desire someone who makes them laugh and also feel safe, so basically a clown ninja.
Women are getting more lead roles in Hollywood, which is fantastic. Bolstered by the box office success of movies like Trainwreck, The Hunger Games franchise and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, women in Hollywood have seen some small returns on their ongoing efforts at chipping away at the film industry's white, male problem. But, the numbers for diversity -- and, by extension, representation -- remain dismal. That's no surprise to anyone paying attention.
MEGAN REYNOLDS, "Study: Women Are Getting More Leads In Film, But Alas, They Are Mostly White", The Frisky, February 10, 2016
Women are more than freestanding uteruses.
PHOEBE MALTZ BOVY, New Republic, February 8, 2016
Everything about woman is a riddle, and everything about woman has a single solution: that is, pregnancy.
FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE, Thus Spake Zarathustra
Let men tremble to win the hand of woman, unless they win along with it the utmost passion of her heart.
NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE, The Scarlet Letter
Birth control is the first important step woman must take toward the goal of her freedom. It is the first step she must take to be man's equal. It is the first step they must both take toward human emancipation.
MARGARET SANGER, "Morality and Birth Control", Birth Control Review, February/March 1918
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; and it is narrow-minded in their more privileged fellow-creatures to say that they ought to confine themselves to making puddings and knitting stockings, to playing on the piano and embroidering bags.
CHARLOTTE BRONTË, Jane Eyre
The happiest women, like the happiest nations, have no history.
GEORGE ELIOT, The Mill on the Floss
I know little of women. But I've heard dread tales.
HAROLD PINTER, Moonlight
O woman, perfect woman! what distraction
Was meant to mankind when thou wast made a devil!
JOHN FLETCHER, Monsieur Thomas
The man's desire is for the woman; but the woman's desire is rarely other than for the desire of the man.
SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE, Table Talk, July 23, 1827