Louisa May Alcott:
"Stay" is a charming word in a friend's vocabulary.
As long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you otherwise might.
Susan B. Anthony:
Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.
The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution.
War has become a luxury that only small nations can afford.
Do not do what you would undo if caught.
Mary Kay Ash:
Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn't know that so it goes on flying anyway.
She tells enough white lies to ice a wedding cake.
The main dangers in this life are the people who want to change everything... or nothing.
The penalty of success is to be bored by people who used to snub you.
I do not want people to be agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them.
By the time I'd grown up, I naturally supposed that I'd grown up.
In Hollywood, an equitable divorce settlement means each party getting fifty percent of the publicity.
(on being told that a store was not open to the public) I'm not the public.
You don't get to choose how you're going to die, or when. You can only decide how you're going to live now.
It seems to me that those songs that have been any good, I have nothing much to do with the writing of them. The words have just crawled down my sleeve and come out on the page.
The easiest kind of relationship for me is with ten thousand people. The hardest is with one.
There is a way to look at the past. Don't hide from it. It will not catch you if you don't repeat it.
Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations.
You see much more of your children once they leave home.
Only good girls keep diaries. Bad girls don't have time.
(on seeing a former lover for the first time in years) I thought I told you to wait in the car.
It's one of the tragic ironies of the theatre that only one man in it can count on steady work: the night watchman.
It is better to be unfaithful than to be faithful without wanting to be.
Colleen C. Barrett:
When it comes to getting things done, we need fewer architects and more bricklayers.
Colleen C. Barrett:
Work is either fun or drudgery. It depends on your attitude. I like fun.
You grow up the day you have your first real laugh at yourself.
You must learn day by day, year by year, to broaden your horizon. The more things you love, the more you are interested in, the more you enjoy, the more you are indignant about, the more you have left when anything happens.
I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight, I can stand and feed and nurse them.
Simone de Beauvoir:
One is not born a woman, one becomes one.
The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose.
It is really asking too much of a woman to expect her to bring up her husband and her children too.
Our faith in the present dies out long before our faith in the future.
Hollywood is like Picasso's bathroom.
The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.
Happiness is good health and a bad memory.
I have no regrets. I wouldn't have lived my life the way I did if I was going to worry about what people were going to say.
It is not whether you really cry. It's whether the audience thinks you are crying.
Shirley Temple Black:
I stopped believing in Santa Claus at age six when my mother took me to see him in a store and he asked for my autograph.
Alice Stone Blackwell:
Justice is better than chivalry if we cannot have both.
Justice is a concept. Muscle is the reality.
A stale mind is the devil's breadbox.
Dogs come when they're called. Cats take a message and get back to you.
Sarah Knowles Bolton:
Forget the past and live the present hour.
I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage.
If a man watches three football games in a row, he should be declared legally dead.
We've got a generation now who were born with semi-equality. They don't know how it was before, so they think, this isn't too bad. We're working. We have our attache cases and our three-piece suits. I get very disgusted with the younger generation of women. We had a torch to pass, and they are just sitting there. They don't realize it can be taken away. Things are going to have to get worse before they join in fighting the battle.
When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, "I used everything you gave me."
Never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth.
I tried to commit suicide by sticking my head in the oven, but there was a cake in it.
Ever notice that Soup for One is eight aisles away from Party Mix?
I've never been married, but I tell people I'm divorced so they won't think something's wrong with me.
When the sun comes up, I have morals again.
When women are depressed, they eat or go shopping. Man invade another country. It's a whole different way of thinking.
There are two ways of meeting difficulties. You alter the difficulties or you alter yourself to meet them.
An artist can show things that other people are terrified of expressing.
Catherine Drinker Bowen:
Writers seldom choose as friends those self-contained characters who are never in trouble, never unhappy or ill, never make mistakes, and always count their change when it is handed to them.
Art is one thing that can go on mattering once it has stopped hurting.
Nobody speaks the truth when there is something they must have.
Why does a slight tax increase cost you two hundred dollars and a substantial tax cut save you thirty cents?
If what I do prove well, it won't advance. / They'll say it's stolen, or else it was by chance.
If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.
Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.
Look twice before you leap.
Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education; they grow there, firm as weeds among rocks.
A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success.
If Shakespeare had to go on an author tour to promote Romeo and Juliet, he never would have written Macbeth.
Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery.
Marriage is not just spiritual communion, it is also remembering to take out the trash.
No matter how love-sick a woman is, she shouldn't take the first pill that comes along.
Helen Gurley Brown:
Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere.
Rita Mae Brown:
If the world were a logical place, men would ride side-saddle.
Rita Mae Brown:
Lead me not into temptation; I can find the way myself.
Rita Mae Brown:
I believe the true function of age is memory. I'm recording as fast as I can.
Rita Mae Brown:
I believe you are your work. Don't trade the stuff of your life, time, for nothing more than dollars. That's a rotten bargain.
Pearl S. Buck:
Truth is always exciting. Speak it, then; life is dull without it. Billie Burke:
Age is something that doesn't matter, unless you are a cheese.
If you want to say it with flowers, a single rose says: "I'm cheap!"
Celebrity was a long time in coming; it will go away. Everything goes away.
Giving birth is like taking your lower lip and forcing it over your head.
I don't have false teeth. Do you think I'd buy teeth like these?
I am ashamed of confessing that I have nothing to confess.
Traveling is the ruin of all happiness! There's no looking at a building after seeing Italy.
I married the first man I ever kissed. When I tell my children that they just about throw up.
(commencement address to Wellesley College) And who knows? Somewhere out there in this audience may even be someone who will one day follow in my footsteps, and preside over the White House as the president's spouse. I wish him well.
The eleventh commandment - thou shalt not be found out - is the only one that is virtually impossible to keep these days.
Mrs. Patrick Campbell:
(to George Bernard Shaw) When you were quite a little boy, somebody ought to have said "hush" just once.
Mrs. Patrick Campbell:
It doesn't make any difference what you do in the bedroom as long as you don't do it in the street and frighten the horses.
Those whom the gods would destroy they first call "promising."
If we can't turn the world around we can at least bolster the victims.
What a lot we lost when we stopped writing letters. You can't reread a phone call.
In every out-thrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand, there is the story of the earth.
(at age 85) Sure, I'm for helping the elderly. I'm going to be old myself someday.
A committee takes hours to put into minutes what can be done in seconds.
Where there is great love there are always miracles.
Catherine the Great:
I shall be an autocrat, that's my trade; and the good Lord will forgive me, that's his.
Elegance is refusal.
The trouble with some women is they get all excited about nothing - and then they marry him.
Noncooks think it's silly to invest two hours' work in two minutes' enjoyment; but if cooking is evanescent, so is the ballet.
There are some people who leave impressions not so lasting as the imprint of an oar upon the water.
Never do anything yourself that others can do for you.
The best time to plan a book is while you're doing the dishes.
Where large sums of money are concerned, it is advisable to trust nobody.
An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have. The older she gets the more interested he is in her.
I don't think necessity is the mother of invention. Invention, in my opinion, arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness - to save oneself trouble.
I've always believed in writing without a collaborator, because where two people are writing the same book, each believes he gets all the worry and only half the royalties.
Jennie Jerome Churchill:
We owe something to extravagance, for thrift and adventure seldom go hand in hand.
It's not a bad idea to get in the habit of writing down one's thoughts. It saves one having to bother anyone with them.
Common sense is perhaps the most equally divided, but surely the most underemployed, talent in the world.
When you belong to a minority, you have to be better in order to have the right to be equal.
If I can't have too many truffles, I'll do without truffles.
What a wonderful life I've had! I only wish I'd realized it sooner.
Writing only leads to more writing.
Loneliness is the universal problem of rich people.
The secret of having a personal life is not answering too many questions about it.
Friendship is not possible between two women, one of whom is very well dressed.
Ivy Compton Burnett:
Pushing forty? She's hanging on for dear life.
There's a magical tie to the land of our home, which the heart cannot break, though the footsteps may roam.
Alice Roosevelt Longworth:
He looks as though he's been weaned on a pickle.
Joan Ganz Cooney:
There is a young and impressionable mind out there that is hungry for information. It has latched on to an electronic tube as its main source of nourishment.
When we escaped from Cuba, all we could carry was our education.
A sparkling house is a fine thing if the children aren't robbed of their luster in keeping it that way.
A vacation frequently means that the family goes away for a rest, accompanied by a mother who sees that the others get it.
Eating without conversation is only stoking.
The quickest way to know a woman is to go shopping with her.
Weather means more when you have a garden. There's nothing like listening to a shower and thinking how it is soaking in around your green beans.
I never go out unless I look like Joan Crawford the movie star. If you want to see the girl next door, go next door.
All you'll get from strangers is surface pleasantry or indifference. Only someone who loves you will criticize you.
Romance is the glamour which turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze.
I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done.
Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.
I'd marry again if I found a man who had fifteen million dollars, would sign over half to me, and guarantee that he'd be dead within a year.
(about a starlet) She's the original good time that was had by all.
(on being told that her death was rumored) With the newspaper strike on, I wouldn't consider dying.
Old age is no place for sissies.
The really frightening thing about middle age is the knowledge that you'll grow out of it.
A lady is one who never shows her underwear unintentionally.
Agnes De Mille:
The truest expression of a people is in its dances and its music. Bodies never lie.
Diane de Poitiers:
To have a good enemy, choose a friend; he knows where to strike.
Diane de Poitiers:
The years that a woman subtracts from her age are not lost. They are added to other women's.
Madame de Sevigne:
I fear nothing so much as a man who is witty all day long.
Madame de Stael:
Love is the emblem of eternity; it confounds all notions of time; effaces all memory of beginning, all fear of an end.
Hope is a thing with feathers / That perches in the soul, / And sings the tune without words / And never stops at all.
They say that God is everywhere, and yet we always think of Him as somewhat of a recluse.
I was raised almost entirely on turnips and potatoes, but I think that the turnips had more to do with the effect than the potatoes.
In America, sex is an obsession; in other parts of the world it's a fact.
Most women set out to try to change a man, and once they have changed him they don't like him.
Once a woman has forgiven a man, she must not reheat his sins for breakfast.
The average man is more interested in a woman who is interested in him than he is in a woman - any woman - with beautiful legs.
Always be nice to your children because they are the ones who will choose your rest home.
If it weren't for baseball, many kids wouldn't know what a millionaire looked like.
Housework can't kill you, but why take a chance?
Some people say that cats are sneaky, evil, and cruel. True, and they have many other fine qualities as well.
Travel, instead of broadening the mind, often merely lengthens the conversation.
It has taken me years of struggle, hard work and research to learn to make one simple gesture, and I know enough about the art of writing to realize that it would take as many years of concentrated effort to write one simple, beautiful sentence.
People don't live nowadays: they get about ten percent out of life.
A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within.
Adventure is worthwhile in itself.
Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace. The soul that knows it not, knows no release from little things; knows not the livid loneliness of fear.
No, I don't understand my husband's theory of relativity, but I know my husband, and I know he can be trusted.
I don't sleep with happily married men.
Animals are such agreeable friends, they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.
Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us worthy evidence of the fact.
Excessive literary production is a social offense.
Different taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections.
It is a common enough case, that of a man being suddenly captivated by a woman nearly the opposite of his ideal.
Nothing is so good as it seems beforehand.
If men can run the world, why can't they stop wearing neckties? How intelligent is it to start the day by tying a little noose around your neck?
If pregnancy were a book they would cut the last two chapters.
What my mother believed about cooking is that if you worked hard and prospered, someone else would do it for you.
Whenever I get married I start buying Gourmet magazine.
Millions long for immortality who don't know what to do on a rainy afternoon.
When a woman behaves like a man, why doesn't she behave like a nice man?
God gave women intuition and femininity. Used properly, the combination easily jumbles the brain of any man I've ever met.
Winning may not be everything, but losing has little to recommend it.
A woman can look both moral and exciting... if she also looks as if it was quite a struggle.
Being an old maid is like death by drowning, a really delightful sensation after you cease to struggle.
Writers should be read but not seen. Rarely are they a winsome sight.
Big doesn't necessarily mean better. Sunflowers aren't better than violets.
Miriam "Ma" Ferguson (Governor of Texas, 1924):
English was good enough for Jesus Christ and it's good enough for the children of Texas.
It was not so very long ago that people thought that semiconductors were part-time orchestra leaders and microchips were very small snack foods.
You don't have to have fought in a war to love peace.
I don't want life to imitate art. I want life to be art.
Family dinners are more often than not an ordeal of nervous indigestion, preceded by hidden resentment and ennui and accompanied by psychosomatic jitters.
Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong.
Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.
My husband said he wanted to have a relationship with a redhead, so I dyed my hair.
Telling lies and showing off to get attention are mistakes I made that I don't want my kids to make.
Women are not forgiven for aging. Robert Redford's lines of distinction are my old-age wrinkles.
Take your work seriously, but never yourself.
Language is a wonderful thing. It can be used to express thoughts, to conceal thoughts, but more often, to replace thinking.
Who would ever think that so much went on in the soul of a young girl?
Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.
It is easier to live through someone else than to become complete yourself.
Men are not the enemy, but the fellow victims. The real enemy is women's denigration of themselves.
This is a youth-oriented society, and the joke is on them because youth is a disease from which we all recover.
If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.
Zsa Zsa Gabor:
How many husbands have I had? You mean apart from my own?
Zsa Zsa Gabor:
I don't remember anybody's name. How do you think the "dahling" thing got started?
Zsa Zsa Gabor:
The women's movement hasn't changed my sex life. It wouldn't dare.
Zsa Zsa Gabor:
I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man I keep his house.
There exists no politician in India daring enough to attempt to explain to the masses that cows can be eaten.
My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition.
You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.
I was born at the age of twelve on an MGM lot.
I'll not listen to reason. Reason always means what someone else has got to say.
The only aspect of our travels that is interesting to others is disaster.
The most popular labor saving device is still money.
If love means never having to say you're sorry, then marriage means always having to say everything twice.
He who laughs last didn't get it.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman:
In New York City, everyone is an exile, none more so than the Americans.
Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theatre.
The very best impromptu speeches are the ones written well in advance.
Princess Grace of Monaco:
The freedom of the press works in such a way that there is not much freedom from it.
If high heels were so wonderful, men would be wearing them.
The youthful sparkle in Ronald Reagan's eyes is caused by his contact lenses, which he keeps highly polished.
If I hadn't started painting, I would have raised chickens.
Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be.
I've been married to one Marxist and one Fascist, and neither one would take the garbage out.
I don't believe in divorce. I believe in widowhood.
The way to do research is to attack the facts at the point of greatest astonishment.
Edith Starett Green:
I've always argued that it is just as desirable, just as possible, to have philosopher plumbers as philosopher kings.
Probably the only place where a man can feel really secure is in a maximum security prison, except for the imminent threat of release.
There is no such thing as security. There never has been.
Mothers, food, love, and career: the four major guilt groups.
If the shoe fits, it's too expensive.
Living in a vacuum sucks.
Opportunity knocked. My doorman threw him out.
Shopping is better than sex. If you're not satisfied after shopping you can make an exchange for something you really like.
It's nice to be important, but it's important to be nice.
You are what you eat (minus what you excrete).
Don't be afraid your life will end; be afraid that it will never begin.
The dance is a poem of which each movement is a word.
Van Gogh became a painter because he had no ear for music.
Barbara Grizzuti Harrison:
I refuse to believe that trading recipes is silly. Tunafish casserole is at least as real as corporate stock.
Rules are for people who don't know how to get around them.
I don't mind being miserable as long as I'm painting well.
Katharine Butler Hathaway:
If you realize too acutely how valuable time is, you are too paralyzed to do anything.
Only the poet can look beyond the detail and see the whole picture.
Babies don't need fathers, but mothers do. Someone who is taking care of a baby needs to be taken care of.
Cynicism is an unpleasant way of telling the truth.
I like people who refuse to speak until they are ready to speak.
It is not good to see people who have been pretending strength all their lives lose it even for a minute.
My father was often angry when I was most like him.
I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions.
It is a mark of many famous people that they cannot part with their finest hour.
People change and forget to tell each other.
With increased opportunity comes increased stress. The stress comes from multiple conflicting demands and very little in the way of role models.
I never realized until lately that women were supposed to be the inferior sex.
Acting is the most minor of gifts. After all, Shirley Temple could do it when she was four.
I don't care what is written about me so long as it isn't true.
I think most of the people involved in any art always secretly wonder whether they are really there because they're good - or because they're lucky.
Plain women know more about men than beautiful women do.
Someone asked someone who was about my age: "How are you?" The answer was, "Fine. If you don't ask for details."
Life is hard. After all, it kills you.
Sometimes I wonder if men and women really suit each other. Perhaps they should live next door, and just visit now and then.
Katherine Tynan Hinkson:
To be a saint does not exclude fine dresses nor a beautiful house.
Fortunately, psychoanalysis is not the only way to resolve inner conflicts. Life itself remains a very effective therapist.
Security is not the meaning of my life. Great opportunities are worth the risk.
There are two kinds of directors in the theater. Those who think they are God and those who are certain of it.
Lucretia P. Hunter:
Not only have women been successful in entering fields in which men are supposed to have a more natural aptitude, but they have created entirely new businesses.
It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.
One has a greater sense of degradation after an interview with a doctor than from any human experience.
Power is the ability not to have to please.
The woman whose behavior indicates that she will make a scene if she is told the truth asks to be deceived.
Sarah Orne Jewett:
Tact is after all a kind of mind reading.
There are times not to flirt. When you're sick. When you're with children. When you're on the witness stand.
Lady Bird Johnson:
The First Lady is an unpaid public servant elected by one person - her husband.
Failing to plan is planning to fail.
Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow talent to the dark place where it leads.
Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't.
You take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame.
You see a lot of smart guys with dumb women, but you hardly ever see a smart woman with a dumb guy.
Do not call for black power or green power. Call for brain power.
Her only flair is in her nostrils.
Don't wait for your ship to come in, and feel angry and cheated when it doesn't. Get going with something small.
Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature.
Science may have found a cure for most evils, but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all: the apathy of human beings.
The heresy of one age becomes the orthodoxy of the next.
When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.
Don't agonize. Organize.
Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy:
I've had an exciting time. I married for love and got a little money along with it.
Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy:
Life isn't a matter of milestones but of moments.
Sister Elizabeth Kenny:
It's better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life.
Sister Corita Kent:
Love the moment, and the energy of that moment will spread beyond all boundaries.
Man is the only animal that learns by being hypocritical. He pretends to be polite and then, eventually, he becomes polite.
One of the most difficult things to contend with in a hospital is that assumption on the part of the staff that because you have lost your gall bladder you have also lost your mind.
Marrying a man is like buying something you've been admiring for a long time in a shop window. You may love it when you get it home, but it doesn't always go with everything else in the house.
The real menace in dealing with a five-year-old is that in no time at all you begin to sound like a five-year-old.
When the grandmothers of today hear the word "Chippendales," they don't necessary think of chairs.
Billie Jean King:
Be bold. If you're going to make an error, make a doozey, and don't be afraid to hit the ball.
Coretta Scott King:
Segregation was wrong when it was forced by white people, and I believe it is still wrong when it is requested by black people.
You can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time. And that's sufficient.
A gossip is someone who talks to you about others, a bore is someone who talks to you about himself, and a brilliant conversationalist is one who talks to you about yourself.
The sins of the fathers are often visited upon the sons-in-law.
Fashion is something that goes in one year and out the other.
To achieve the impossible dream, try going to sleep.
Success and failure are greatly overrated. But failure gives you a whole lot more to talk about.
Judith M. Knowlton:
I discovered I always have choices and sometimes it's only a choice of attitude.
Procrastination gives you something to look forward to.
The ultimate indignity is to be given a bedpan by a stranger who calls you by your first name.
A hundred years from now? All new people.
Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid.
She looked as though butter wouldn't melt in her mouth... or anywhere else.
Television has proved that people will look at anything rather than each other.
Having something to say is overrated.
Women who buy perfume and flowers for themselves because their men won't do it are called "self basting."
My favorite animal is steak.
The telephone is a good way to talk to people without having to offer them a drink.
Remember that as a teenager you are in the last stage of your life when you will be happy to hear the phone is for you.
The opposite of talking isn't listening. The opposite of talking is waiting.
Ursula K. LeGuin:
Love doesn't just sit there like a stone; it has to be made, like bread, remade all the time, made new.
Ursula K. LeGuin:
The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty; not knowing what comes next.
Mary Jean LeTendre:
Let us not confuse stability with stagnation.
Gypsy Rose Lee:
God is love, but get it in writing.
The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.
In university they don't tell you that the greater part of the law is learning to tolerate fools.
Caron Warner Lieber:
A person who talks fast often says things she hasn't thought of yet.
Barbara Melser Lieberman:
Anyone with more than 365 pair of shoes is a pig.
I found out why cats drink out of the toilet. My mother told me it's because the water is cold in there. And I'm like, how did my mother know that?
I've been on so many blind dates, I should get a free dog.
I was born because my mother needed a fourth for meals.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh:
My passport photo is one of the most remarkable photographs I have ever seen - no retouching, no shadows, no flattery - just stark me.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh:
Good communication is just as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.
Mary Wilson Little:
Politeness is half good manners and half good lying.
Mary Wilson Little:
There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is in having lots to do and not doing it.
I'm furious about the Women's Liberationists. They keep getting up on soapboxes and proclaiming that women are brighter than men. That's true, but it should be kept quiet or it ruins the whole racket.
On a plane you can pick up more and better people than on any other public conveyance since the stagecoach.
What really matters is what you do with what you have.
Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.
There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of the people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.
I was on a date recently, and the guy took me horseback riding. That was kind of fun, until we ran out of quarters.
Clare Booth Luce:
Politicians talk themselves red, white, and blue in the face.
Clare Booth Luce:
They say that women talk too much. If you have worked in Congress you know that the filibuster was invented by men.
Clare Booth Luce:
No good deed goes unpunished.
We can lie in the language of dress or try to tell the truth; but unless we are naked and bald, it is impossible to be silent.
It's useless to hold a person to anything he says while he's in love, drunk, or running for office.
I would rather fight with my hands than my tongue.
I'm tough, ambitious and I know exactly what I want.
There's one thing to be said for inviting trouble: it generally accepts.
All really great lovers are articulate, and verbal seduction is the surest road to actual seduction.
I am treating you as my friend asking you share my present minuses in the hope I can ask you to share my future pluses.
The richer your friends, the more they will cost you.
Margareth II, Queen of Denmark:
I have always had a dread of becoming a passenger in life.
Mary, Queen of Scots:
No more tears now; I will think about revenge.
Florida Scott Maxwell:
No matter how old a mother is she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement.
If someone tells you he is going to make "a realistic decision", you immediately understand that he is going to do something bad.
People with bad consciences always fear the judgment of children.
The lovely thing about being forty is that you can appreciate twenty-five-year-old men more.
Getting along with men isn't what's truly important. The vital knowledge is how to get along with one man.
Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers.
Many are saved from sin by being so inept at it.
Most of us become parents long before we have stopped being children.
I must govern the clock, not be governed by it.
Moses dragged us through the desert for 40 years to bring us to the one place in the Middle East where there was no oil.
Old age is like a plane flying through a storm. Once you're aboard, there's nothing you can do.
Those who don't know how to weep with their whole heart don't know how to laugh either.
Whether women are better than men I cannot say - but I can say they are certainly no worse.
I married a German. Every night I dress up as Poland and he invades me.
I wouldn't say I invented tacky, but I definitely brought it to its present high popularity.
The worst part of success is to try to find someone who is happy for you.
Most conversations are simply monologues delivered in the presence of a witness.
A kiss can be a comma, a question mark, or an exclamation point. That's the basic spelling that every woman ought to know.
Until you lose your reputation, you never realize what a burden it was or what freedom really is.
Life's under no obligation to give us what we expect.
Study as if you were going to live forever; live as if you were going to die tomorrow.
I love children: especially when they cry, for then someone takes them away.
To fall in love you have to be in the state of mind for it to take, like a disease.
I have too many fantasies to be a housewife. I guess I am a fantasy.
I've been on a calendar, but never on time.
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu:
I prefer liberty to chains of diamonds.
Mary Tyler Moore:
You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you.
Going to the opera, like getting drunk, is a sin that carries its own punishment with it.
Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.
Loneliness is the most terrible poverty.
Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.
Ethel Watts Mumford:
Knowledge is power, if you know it about the right person.
Falling out of love is very enlightening. For a short while you see the world with new eyes.
Love is the difficult realization that something other than oneself is real.
We can only learn to love by loving.
Joyce A. Myers:
Teachers can change lives with just the right mix of chalk and challenges.
(on smoking) I want all hellions to quit puffing that hell fume in God's clean air.
Just go out there and do what you have to do.
I may be a dumb blonde, but I'm not that blonde.
Nobody really cares if you're miserable, so you might as well be happy.
The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing in the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.
I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing.
It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it.
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.
We don't see things as they are. We see them as we are.
When you are unhappy, is there anything more maddening than to be told that you should be contented with your lot?
The vote means nothing to women. We should be armed.
It's not so much how busy you are, but why you are busy. The bee is praised; the mosquito is swatted.
Everywhere I go I'm asked if the universities stifle writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them. There's many a best seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.
Night time is really the best time to work. All the ideas are there to be yours because everyone else is asleep.
Nobody sees a flower really, it is so small. We haven't time, and to see takes time - like to have a friend takes time.
To create one's own world in any of the arts takes courage.
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis:
Sex is a bad thing because it rumples the clothes.
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis:
What is sad for women of my generation is that they weren't supposed to work if they had families. What were they going to do when the children are grown? Watch the raindrops coming down the windowpane?
Brevity is the soul of lingerie.
Every year, back comes Spring, with nasty little birds yapping their fool heads off and the ground all mucked up with plants.
His voice was as intimate as the rustle of sheets.
I'm never going to be famous. I don't do anything, not one single thing. I used to bite my nails, but I don't even do that any more.
One more drink and I'll be under the host.
The best way to keep children at home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant - and let the air out of their tires.
The two most beautiful words in the English language are "check enclosed."
(book review) This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.
(suggested for her tombstone)This is on me.
(telegram to friend who had given birth) Dear Mary: We all knew you had it in you.
Four be the things I am wiser to know: Idleness, sorrow, a friend, and a foe.
Misfortune, and recited misfortune especially, may be prolonged to the point where it ceases to excite pity and arouses only irritation.
There's a hell of a distance between wisecracking and wit. Wit has truth in it; wisecracking is simply calisthenics with words.
The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.
Mildred Webster Pepper:
The mistake a lot of politicians make is in forgetting they've been appointed and thinking they've been anointed.
You don't die of a broken heart, you only wish you did.
Elizabeth Stuart Phelps:
Happiness must be cultivated. It is like character. It is not a thing to be safely let alone for a moment, or it will run to weeds.
All the world's a cage.
A man on a date wonders if he'll get lucky. The woman already knows.
In parts of the world, people still pray in the streets. In this country they're called pedestrians.
If at first you don't succeed, why go on and make a fool of yourself?
Some couples go over their budgets very carefully every month, others just go over them.
Thank goodness I was never sent to school: it would have rubbed off some of the originality.
Ivy Baker Priest:
The world is round, and the place which may seem like the end may also be the beginning.
I base my fashion taste on what doesn't itch.
I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it without knowing what's going to happen next.
He had a big head and a face so ugly it became almost fascinating.
If I have to, I can do anything. I am strong, I am invincible, I am Woman.
Lots of people think they're charitable if they give away their old clothes and things they don't want.
Humor distorts nothing, and only false gods are laughed off their pedestals.
The tourist may complain of other tourists, but he would be lost without them.
Wynetka Ann Reynolds:
Anyone who says you can't see a thought simply doesn't know art.
Lying is done with words and also with silence.
Teaching was the hardest work I had ever done, and it remains the hardest work I have done to date.
I have flabby thighs, but fortunately my stomach covers them.
I succeeded by saying what everyone else is thinking.
I told my mother-in-law that my house was her house, and she said, "Get the hell off my property."
If God wanted us to bend over he'd put diamonds on the floor.
There is not one female comic who was beautiful as a little girl.
Things are always darkest just before they go pitch black.
Friendship with one's self is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.
I could not, at any age, be content to take my place by the fireside and simply look on. Life was meant to be lived. Curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.
You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.
Jacqueline Roque (wife of Pablo Picasso):
If my husband ever met a woman on the street who looked like one of his paintings he would faint.
My husband and I didn't sign a pre-nuptial agreement. We signed a mutual suicide pact.
Experts say you should never hit your children in anger. When is a good time? When you're feeling festive?
In Tulsa, restaurants have signs that say, "Sorry, we're open."
A husband is what's left of the lover after the nerve has been extracted.
Before marriage, a man will lay down his life for you; after marriage he won't even lay down his newspaper.
Every man wants a woman to appeal to his better side, his nobler instincts, and his higher nature - and another woman to help him forget them.
Never trust a husband too far or a bachelor too near.
The follies which a man regrets the most in his life are those which he didn't commit when he had the opportunity.
Before marriage, a man will lie awake all night thinking about something you've said. After marriage, he'll fall asleep before you finish saying it.
Before I met my husband I'd never fallen in love, though I'd stepped in it a few times.
My mother buried three husbands - and two of them were only napping.
My mother is such a lousy cook that Thanksgiving at her house is a time of sorrow.
To attract men, I wear a perfume called "New Car Interior."
Whenever I date a guy, I think, is this the man I want my children to spend their weekends with?
I want to have children, but my friends scare me. One of my friends told me she was in labor for 36 hours. I don't even want to do anything that feels good for 36 hours.
My husband and I are either going to buy a dog or have a child. We can't decide whether to ruin our carpet or ruin our lives.
I figure that if the children are alive when I get home, I've done my job.
We want far better reasons for having children than not knowing how to prevent them.
Success is a public affair. Failure is a private funeral.
Patsy H. Sampson:
Human successes, like human failures, are composed of one action at a time and achieved by one person at a time.
There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.
Women are at last becoming persons first and wives second, and that is as it should be.
As I grow older and older, / And totter toward the tomb, / I find that I care less and less / Who goes to bed with whom.
Give a man a fish and he has food for a day. Teach him how to fish and you can get rid of him of the entire weekend.
It doesn't matter who my father was. It matters who I remember he was.
Anne Wilson Schaef:
Getting to the top isn't bad, and it's probably best done as an afterthought.
In great moments life seems neither right nor wrong, but something greater: it seems inevitable.
You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try.
Cornelia Otis Skinner:
Women's virtue is man's greatest invention.
No matter how big or soft or warm your bed is, you still have to get out of it.
You can't build a reputation on what you intend to do.
I don't visit my parents often because Delta Airlines won't wait in the yard while I run in.
Interpretation is the revenge of the intellectual upon art.
Sanity is a cozy lie.
I love my kids, but I wouldn't want them for friends.
One should only see a psychiatrist out of boredom.
When they are alone they want to be with others, and when they are with others they want to be alone. After all, human beings are like that.
Most women's magazines simply try to mold women into bigger and better consumers.
I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career.
Gladys Browyn Stern:
Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone.
Harriet Beecher Stowe:
The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.
Instant gratification is not soon enough.
Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
We all like stories that make us cry. It's so nice to feel sad when you've nothing in particular to feel sad about.
The truth is not wonderful enough to suit the newspapers, so they enlarge upon it, and invent ridiculous embellishments.
Baroness Edith Summerskill:
Nagging is the repetition of unpalatable truths.
All creative people should be required to leave California for three months every year.
Anne Sophie Swetchine:
To love deeply in one direction makes us more loving in all others.
No one worth possessing can be quite possessed.
Lack of education is an extraordinary handicap when one is being offensive.
Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't.
If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.
No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he'd only had good intentions - he had money, too.
Success is having a flair for the thing that you are doing, knowing that is not enough, that you have got to have hard work and a sense of purpose.
You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.
Why is it when we talk to God we're said to be praying, but when God talks to us we're schizophrenic?
I've been rich and I've been poor. Rich is better.
This guy says, "I'm perfect for you, 'cause I'm a cross between a macho man and a sensitive man." I said, "Oh, a gay trucker?"
No man is responsible for his father. That was entirely his mother's affair.
Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.
Linda Grace Updike:
If you talk enough, you don't feel you have to do anything.
Abigail Van Buren:
People who fight fire with fire usually end up with ashes.
Patricia H. Vance:
Do you want to trace your family tree? Run for public office.
If you don't show up at a party, people will assume you're fat.
Harriet Van Horne:
Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.
Harriet Van Horne:
There are days when any electrical appliance in the house, including the vacuum cleaner, offers more entertainment than the TV set.
Marie Egner von Eschenbach:
We are so vain that we even care for the opinions of those we don't care for.
Our ability to delude ourselves may be an important survival tool.
A sobering thought: what if, at this very moment, I am living up to my full potential?
I personally think we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain.
Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn't matter. I'm not sure a bad person can write a good book. If art doesn't make us better, then what on earth is it for?
No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.
Success can make you go one of two ways. It can make you a prima donna, or it can smooth the edges, take away the insecurities, let the nice things come out.
Christi Mary Warner:
A friend is one who knows all about you and likes you anyway.
The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not our circumstances.
Cathy Warner Weatherford:
What you teach your own children is what you really believe in.
If you stop to be kind, you must swerve often from your path.
All sins are attempts to fill voids.
I moved to New York City for my health. I'm paranoid and New York was the only place where my fears were justified.
Never think you've seen the last of anything.
It is very easy to forgive others their mistakes. It takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own.
Memory is a magnet. It will pull to it and hold only material nature has designed it to attract.
We want the facts to fit the preconceptions. When they don't, it is easier to ignore the facts than to change the preconceptions.
I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it.
I feel like a million tonight - but one at a time.
I wrote the story myself. It's about a girl who lost her reputation and never missed it.
It is better to be looked over than overlooked.
It's hard to be funny when you have to be clean.
It's not the men in my life that count, it's the life in my men.
Keep a diary, and someday it'll keep you.
Loves conquers all things except poverty and toothache.
Say what you want about long dresses, but they cover a multitude of shins.
To err is human, but it feels divine.
Virtue has its own reward, but no box office.
When women go wrong, men go right after them.
People call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute.
If only we'd stop trying to be happy we'd have a pretty good time.
Life is the only real counselor. Wisdom unfiltered through personal experience does not become a part of the moral tissue.
Why do born-again people so often make you wish they'd never been born the first time?
Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but she did it backwards and in high heels.
Teaching is the greatest act of optimism.
I rely on my personality for birth control.
When mom found my diaphragm, I told her it was a bathing cap for my cat.
All marriages are happy. It's trying to live together afterwards that causes all the problems.
You can stand tall without standing on someone. You can be a victor without having victims.
Literature is strewn with the wreckage of those who have minded beyond reason the opinion of others.
The older one grows, the more one likes indecency.
Each has his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by his heart, and his friends can only read the title.
If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.
If age imparted wisdom, there wouldn't be any old fools.