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Dear Abby (Pauline Phillips):
If we could sell our experience for what they cost us, we'd all be millionaires.

Dear Abby (Pauline Phillips):
If you don't value what you have, you're sure to lose it.

Dear Abby (Pauline Phillips):
Love is what enables us to bridge the gap of disappointment when others don't live up to the expectations we have of them.

Dear Abby (Pauline Phillips):
Many husbands today pitch in to help with household chores — it's called partnership.

Dear Abby (Jeanne Phillips):
A man who doesn't make you feel special, wanted or important would make a very poor husband.

Dear Abby (Jeanne Phillips):
Because a jackass brays doesn't mean you have to take it to heart.

Dear Abby (Jeanne Phillips):
Being "in love" shouldn't cause stress; it should relieve it.

Dear Abby (Jeanne Phillips):
Communication is the key to successful relationships.

Dear Abby (Jeanne Phillips):
Do not jump the gun because of gossip.

Dear Abby (Jeanne Phillips):
"Great guys" can make great husbands.

Dear Abby (Jeanne Phillips):
Just because a jackass brays does not mean you have to pay attention.

Dear Abby (Jeanne Phillips):
People who are angry at themselves sometimes blame others. It's a sign of immaturity.

Dear Abby (Jeanne Phillips):
Pets require feeding, training, affection and exercise, but in return they offer unconditional love and companionship.

Dear Abby (Jeanne Phillips):
Staying in a marriage without love is like serving a life sentence with an incompatible cell mate.

Dear Abby (Jeanne Phillips):
The best exercise in the world is to bend down and help someone up.

Dear Abby (Jeanne Phillips):
The harder you try to control your girlfriend the further you'll drive her away, so stop acting like a dumbbell.

Dear Abby (Jeanne Phillips):
What other people think is their problem.

Dawn Adams:
Show me the books he loves and I shall know the man far better than through mortal friends.

Rachael Aguirre:
If you don't have any goals, you can't fail.

Elizabeth Adamson:
Baby: an alimentary canal with a loud voice at one end and no responsibility at the other.

Louisa May Alcott:
"Stay" is a charming word in a friend's vocabulary.

Louisa May Alcott:
I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning to sail my ship.

Gracie Allen:
When I was born I was so surprised I didn't talk for a year and a half.

Kirstie Alley:
You are not in business to be popular.

Ask Amy (Amy Dickenson):
A threat is a promise followed by a consequence.

Ask Amy (Amy Dickenson):
Absence really can make the heart grow fonder, even when the [man's] feet wander.

Ask Amy (Amy Dickenson):
Being alone is almost always preferable to being with the wrong person.

Ask Amy (Amy Dickenson):
Being inclusive sometimes means being kind toward people whose views are repugnant. But you should only do so if it is physically and emotionally safe for you.

Ask Amy (Amy Dickenson):
Bullies often act out by marshaling aggression to cover up for insecurity.

Ask Amy (Amy Dickenson):
Climb aboard life's elevator, hit the "up" button, and see where it takes you.

Ask Amy (Amy Dickenson):
Couples who have been together for a long time say the key to staying together is to work as a team toward the greater good, tolerating some tough (even tragic) times to grow together and work toward a mature kind of union.

Ask Amy (Amy Dickenson):
Do not make your current partner pay for the crimes and misdemeanors of your previous partners.

Ask Amy (Amy Dickenson):
Everybody struggles.

Ask Amy (Amy Dickenson):
Friends tell each other the truth, and then friends stick around for the aftermath.

Ask Amy (Amy Dickenson):
Friendships can survive after massive disappointment, but only if both parties are honest with one another.

Ask Amy (Amy Dickenson):
He sounds like someone who might best be loved from a distance.

Ask Amy (Amy Dickenson):
I believe that everyone deserves love, and sometimes looking outside your own culture is a good way to find it.

Ask Amy (Amy Dickenson):
[from a reader] I hope she learns to look for the joy in life instead of picking out negatives — it will change her life for the better.

Ask Amy (Amy Dickenson):
I think that, on some level, everybody lives vicariously through marrying couples.

Ask Amy (Amy Dickenson):
If nothing changes, you will have to put your disappointment in perspective.

Ask Amy (Amy Dickenson):
If people thought more, we'd all have less to amuse us.

Ask Amy (Amy Dickenson):
If you feel guilty about not "playing nice," then you could easily alleviate your guilt by playing nice.

Ask Amy (Amy Dickenson):
If you miss one moment of enjoying your own life and relationships because you're trying to punish someone else, the bad guy wins.

Ask Amy (Amy Dickenson):
If you've got a good book with you, you're never bored (or alone).

Ask Amy (Amy Dickenson):
In life, you don't get instant satisfaction. In life, you get to slog. You work. You grow. You take the long view. You fill the void with self-actualization.

Ask Amy (Amy Dickenson):
Individuals who are uncomfortable with themselves sometimes emit vibes that make others uncomfortable.

Ask Amy (Amy Dickenson):
Life is weird. And guess what makes it weird? People.

Ask Amy (Amy Dickenson):
Love is an irrational force, making humans do all sorts of strange and wonderful things like write poetry and take up the ukulele.

Ask Amy (Amy Dickenson):
Marriage is an intimate relationship between two people. It is a bad idea to involve a third party.

Ask Amy (Amy Dickenson):
Mature people must find their own ways to cope with their own temptations.

Ask Amy (Amy Dickenson):
"Nags" nag because they feel they aren't being heard.

Ask Amy (Amy Dickenson):
One of the benefits of being divorced is that you no longer need to listen to your ex's assessment of the appropriateness of your actions.

Ask Amy (Amy Dickenson):
People who are combative in one relationship tend to be combative in other relationships.

Ask Amy (Amy Dickenson):
Perspective is the enemy of long-lost love.

Ask Amy (Amy Dickenson):
Sometimes the way through someone's tough outer shell is to do something obvious, thoughtful and sweet.

Ask Amy (Amy Dickenson):
Sometimes toxic people are so resistant to change that therapy does not really help them — but they send everybody else into therapy to find ways to cope.

Ask Amy (Amy Dickenson):
The fullness of life is incubated in its messy places.

Ask Amy (Amy Dickenson):
There is true freedom in letting go.

Ask Amy (Amy Dickenson):
This is a tough situation. But it is what it is, and time has an amazing way of knitting together solutions as long as everybody stays calm and resolves to be as gentle and patient as possible.

Ask Amy (Amy Dickenson):
Unsolicited advice is always self-serving.

Ask Amy (Amy Dickenson):
When someone repeatedly insists that something isn't true, it increases the likelihood that it is.

Ask Amy (Amy Dickenson):
When the choice is between a demanding relationship and a vintage pickup truck, I'll choose the truck every time.

Ask Amy (Amy Dickenson):
When you are wondering whether to say something negative about someone — even if it is true — the best rule to follow is, "I'll think about doing this tomorrow."

Ask Amy (Amy Dickenson):
You need to start behaving like the person you want to attract.

Ask Amy (Amy Dickenson):
You should do what you want, but I think you should also consider wanting something different.

Ask Amy (Amy Dickenson):
You should not be hovering in the background, inflating the drama. Simply envelop him in love and affection and let him know that you will support his efforts, whatever they are.

Ask Amy (Amy Dickenson):
You should not propose marriage until you have resolved your feelings about your ex.

Ask Amy (Amy Dickenson):
Your job in life is to look after yourself and to find ways to get what you need — emotionally and otherwise — so that you live your best possible life, without being mired in anger and hurt over the past.

Judith Anderson:
There is nothing enduring in life for a women except what she builds in a man's heart.

Margaret Anderson:
It is rarely that you see an American writer who is not hopelessly sane.

Marian Anderson:
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.

Julie Andrews:
Sometimes I'm so sweet even I can't stand it.

Maya Angelou:
A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.

Maya Angelou:
If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don't be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning "Good morning" at total strangers.

Maya Angelou:
People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. Put people will never forget how you made them feel.

Maya Angelou:
The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.

Susan B. Anthony:
I think the girl who is able to earn her own living and pay her own way should be as happy as anybody on earth.

Susan B. Anthony:
Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.

Minna Antrim:
A homely face and no figure have aided many women heavenward.

Minna Antrim:
Man forgives woman anything save the wit to outwit him.

Vicky Aragon:
What it comes down to is that anybody can win with the best horse. What makes you good is if you can take the second- or third-best horse and win.

Elizabeth Arden:
I'm not interested in age. People who tell me their age are silly. You're as old as you feel.

Hannah Arendt:
The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution.

Hannah Arendt:
Under conditions of tyranny it is far easer to act than to think.

Hannah Arendt:
War has become a luxury that only small nations can afford.

Leah Arendt:
Do not do what you would undo if caught.

Mary Kay Ash:
Everyone has an invisible sign hanging from their neck saying, "Make me feel important". Never forget this message when working with people.

Mary Kay Ash:
If you think you can, you're right; and if you think you can't, you're right.

Elizabeth Ashley:
Absence does not make the heart grow fonder, but it sure heats up the blood.

Nancy Astor:
The penalty of success is to be bored by people who used to snub you.

Jane Austen:
In nine cases out of ten, a woman had better show more affection than she feels.

Jane Austen:
One cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty.

Jane Austen:
There is safety in reserve, but no attraction. One cannot love a reserved person.

Jane Austen:
With men he can be rational and unaffected, but when he has ladies to please, every feature works.



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Eve Babitz:
By the time I'd grown up, I naturally supposed that I'd grown up.

Lauren Bacall:
In Hollywood, an equitable divorce settlement means each party getting fifty percent of publicity.

Joan Baez:
Action is the antidote to despair.

Joan Baez:
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.

Pearl Bailey:
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.

Faith Baldwin:
Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations.

Lucille Ball:
You see much more of your children once they leave home.

Tallulah Bankhead:
(On seeing a former lover for the first time in years) I thought I told you to wait in the car.

Tallulah Bankhead:
If I had my life to live again. I'd make the same mistakes, only sooner.

Tallulah Bankhead:
It's one of the tragic ironies of the theatre that only one man in it can count on steady work — the night watchman.

Tallulah Bankhead:
Only good girls keep diaries. Bad girls don't have time.

Brigitte Bardot:
It is better to be unfaithful than to be faithful without wanting to be.

Milica Barjaktarovic:
Peaceful coexistence is all a matter of resources. When people have enough money, they are quiet.

Dawn Barnes:
I teach kids what I always wanted to learn when I was little.

Roseanne Barr:
Experts say you should never hit your children in anger. When is a good time? When you're feeling festive?

Roseanne Barr:
In Tulsa, restaurants have signs that say, "Sorry, we're open".

Roseanne Barr:
My husband and I didn't sign a pre-nuptial agreement. We signed a mutual suicide pact.

Roseanne Barr:
Women complain about premenstrual syndrome, but I think of it as the only time of the month when I can be myself.

Colleen C. Barrett:
Work is either fun or drudgery. It depends on your attitude. I like fun.

Kathryn Barrett:
People don't set prices, the market sets prices.

Kathryn Barrett:
Should I write a guide to raising teenagers? Three hundred pages of ranting? I could condense it all into a short video of me banging my head on the wall — and I have great kids! Thank god for cats.

Kathryn Barrett:
Your brain has a mind of its own.

Lynda Barry:
If it is your time, love will track you down like a cruise missile.

Ethel Barrymore:
You grow up the day you have your first real laugh at yourself.

Ethel Barrymore:
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.

Clara Barton:
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.

Hada Bejar:
The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose.

Lillian Bell:
It is really asking too much of a woman to expect her to bring up her husband and her children too?

Ruth Benedict:
Our faith in the present dies out long before our faith in the future.

Sally Berger:
The secret of getting ahead is getting started.

Ingrid Bergman:
A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.

Ingrid Bergman:
Happiness is good health and a bad memory.

Jenna Betti:
A real man can stay loyal to his woman without getting sidetracked by easy girls.

Shirley Temple Black:
(Who was a child movie star) I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph.

Alice Stone Blackwell:
Justice is better than chivalry if we cannot have both.

Mary Bly:
A stale mind is the devil's breadbox.

Mary Bly:
Dogs come when they're called. Cats take a message and get back to you.

Deborah Boehm:
You should never name an animal which is not yours to keep, or which you intend to eat.

Martha Bolton:
If you think marriage is going to be perfect, you're probably still at your reception.

Erma Bombeck:
I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage.

Erma Bombeck:
Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart.

Erma Bombeck:
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."

Elayne Boolser:
We have women in the military, but they don't put us in the front lines. They don't know if we can fight or if we can kill. I think we can. All the general has to do is walk over to the women and say, "You see the enemy over there? They say you look fat in those uniforms."

Lesley Boone.:
I tried to commit suicide by sticking my head in the oven, but there was a cake in it.

Elayne Boosler:
Ever notice that Soup For One is eight aisles away from Party Mix?

Elayne Boosler:
I've never been married, but I tell people I'm divorced so they won't think something's wrong with me.

Elayne Boosler:
When the sun comes up, I have morals again.

Phyllis Bottome:
There are two ways of meeting difficulties. You alter the difficulties or you alter yourself to meet them.

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.

Sandra Boynton:
There is a simple memory aid that you can use to determine whether it is the correct time to order chocolate dishes: any month whose name contains the letter A, E, or U is the proper time for chocolate.

Anne Bradstreet:
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.

Harriet Braiker:
Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.

Charlotte Bronte:
It is vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquillity: they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.

Charlotte Bronte:
Look twice before you leap.

Charlotte Bronte:
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.

Anita Brookner:
Good women always think it is their fault when someone else is being offensive. Bad women never take the blame for anything.

Anita Brookner:
She was a handsome woman of forty-five and would remain so for many years.

J. Brown:
The third-date rule [that you need to have sex by the third date] treats sex like it's the down payment on a relationship.

J. Brown:
You have to do what you have to do.

Joyce Brothers:
A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success.

Joyce Brothers:
If Shakespeare had to go on an author tour to promote "Romeo and Juliet", he never would have written "Macbeth".

Joyce Brothers:
Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery.

Joyce Brothers:
Marriage is not just spiritual communion, it is also remembering to take out the trash.

Joyce Brothers:
No matter how love-sick a woman is, she shouldn't take the first pill that comes along.

Joyce Brothers:
The person interested in success has to learn to view failure as a healthy, inevitable part of the process of getting to the top.

Helen Gurley Brown:
Beauty can't amuse you, but brainwork — reading, writing, thinking — can.

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:
The reward for conformity is everyone likes you but yourself.

Rita Mae Brown:
You are your work. Don't trade the stuff of your life, time, for nothing more than dollars. That's a rotten bargain.

Barbara Bush:
I married the first man I ever kissed. When I tell my children that they just about throw up.

Berta Buxton:
The eleventh commandment — Thou shalt not be found out — is the only one that is virtually impossible to keep these days.

Billie Burke:
Age is something that doesn't matter, unless you are a cheese.

Carol Burnett:
Celebrity was a long time in coming; it will go away. Everything goes away.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning:
A woman's always younger than a man at equal years.

Fanny Burney:
I am ashamed of confessing that I have nothing to confess.

Fanny Burney:
Traveling is the ruin of all happiness! There's no looking at a building after seeing Italy.

Joy Browne:
Adulthood was invented to repair the wounds of childhood.

Joy Browne:
Charity always feels better to the donor than to the recipient.

Joy Browne:
How do you take something and make it special? The answer is a lot of hard work and a great deal of imagination.

Joy Browne:
If we give up the notion that everybody's life but ours is perfect, we would be a lot happier. Nobody's life is perfect.

Joy Browne:
Infidelity, cheating is the easiest, stupidest, dumbest thing you can do.

Joy Browne:
It does no good to be right, if what you're craving is wrong.

Joy Browne:
It is a lot harder to put something back together than to keep it running.

Joy Browne:
It's not unusual for kids in their twenties to be mad at their parents.

Joy Browne:
Just trying to do something — just being there, showing up — is how we get braver. Self-esteem is about doing.

Joy Browne:
Most of sex is psychological — most of it is between our ears and not between our legs.

Joy Browne:
Opposites attract — and then aggravate.

Joy Browne:
Sex is meant to be, if not addictive, at least a very compelling behavior.

Joy Browne:
She's an idiot. She's looking at life through a selfish, lusty haze.

Joy Browne:
Take your hurt feelings and channel them into political activism.

Joy Browne:
The point of a date is to do something — a little unusual, a little special, a little sexy — that says loudly, "I'm going out of my way for you."

Joy Browne:
We've turned into a nation of mothers to our men. I think it's a dreadful mistake that doesn't benefit anybody.

Joy Browne:
When a guy says, "Don't make a fuss over my birthday," he means "Don't make a fuss over my birthday". When we say "Don't make a fuss over my birthday," we mean "Give me a surprise party. Do something lavish. Just don't tell everyone my age."

Joy Browne:
When in doubt, do the obvious.

Joy Browne:
You can certainly go to war about it, but to me it seems pointless.

Joy Browne:
You don't need a reason to divorce someone you can't stand.

Joy Browne:
You're much more interesting when you're online -- all of us are.

Leslie Brueckner:
Don't do things that make you hurt.

Leslie Brueckner:
I can justify my bad behavior, but I still know I'm behaving badly.

Leslie Brueckner:
I don't always say what I am feeling, but I do say what I am thinking.

Leslie Brueckner:
I have to use my brain every day, or it turns against me.

Leslie Brueckner:
I may be a bitch, but I'm a bitch with a heart of gold.

Leslie Brueckner:
It's hard to be better than perfect.

Leslie Brueckner:
It's never a bad time to celebrate.

Leslie Brueckner:
What I don't have, I'm just not going to have.

Leslie Brueckner:
You don't know what you know until you talk about it.

Leslie Brueckner:
You got to do what you can do to make yourself the best you can be.

Pearl Buck:
A good marriage is one which allows for change and growth in the individuals and in the way they express their love.

Pearl Buck:
The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration.

Pearl Buck:
The secret of joy in work is contained in one word: excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.

Pearl Buck:
Truth is always exciting. Speak it, then. Life is dull without it.



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Eileen Caddy:
Dwell not on the past. Use it to illustrate a point, then leave it behind. Nothing really matters except what you do now in this instant of time. From this moment onwards you can be an entirely different person, filled with love and understanding, ready with an outstretched hand, uplifted and positive in every thought and deed.

Peggy Cahn:
I believe the sign of maturity is accepting deferred gratification.

Julie Cameron:
Leap, and the net will appear.

Carrie Campbell:
Isn't it convenient that the crazy people we've dated break up with us, so we don't have to go to the bother of breaking up with them.

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.

Jan Carew:
Those whom the gods would destroy they first call "promising".

Mariah Carey:
A lot of people are singing about how screwed up the world is, and I don't think that everybody wants to hear about that all the time.

Ruth Carlisle:
If you treat a sick child like an adult, and a sick adult like a child, everything usually works out pretty well.

Liz Carpenter:
What a lot we lost when we stopped writing letters. You can't reread a phone call.

Lillian Carter:
(At age 85) Sure I'm for helping the elderly. I'm going to be old myself someday.

Mary Case:
No pressure, no diamonds.

Kathleen Casey:
Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.

Judy Castrina:
A committee takes hours to put into minutes what can be done in seconds.

Willa Cather:
Where there is great love there are always miracles.

Kim Cattrall:
The earlier you learn to masturbate, the better your sex life will be.

Katherine Cebrian:
I don't even butter my bread. I consider that cooking.

Coco Chanel:
Elegance is refusal.

Coco Chanel:
In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.

Marie Chapian:
Lack of discipline leads to frustration and self-loathing.

Cher:
A girl can wait for the right man to come along but, in the meantime, that doesn't mean she can't have a wonderful time with all the wrong ones.

Cher:
The trouble with some women is they get all excited about nothing — and then they marry him.

Julia Child:
If you have enough butter, anything is good.

Julia Child:
Noncooks think it's silly to invest two hours' work in two minutes' enjoyment; but if cooking is evanescent, so is the ballet.

Paula Christensen:
If I don't eat junk, I don't gain weight.

Paula Christensen:
It pays to know stuff about stuff.

Agatha Christie:
An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have. The older she gets the more interested he is in her.

Agatha Christie:
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.

Agatha Christie:
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.

Jenny Jerome Churchill:
We owe something to extravagance, for thrift and adventure seldom go hand in hand.

Esther Clark:
Give me one friend, just one, who meets the needs of all my varying moods.

Kim Clever:
It's not where you get to that's important, but what you do on the way to getting there.

Melanie Clark:
You can't put a price tag on love, but you can on all its accessories.

Claudette Colbert:
Why do grandparents and grandchildren get along so well? They have the same enemy: the mother.

Isabel Colegate:
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.

Collette:
If I can't have too many truffles, I'll do without truffles.

Collette:
What a wonderful life I've had! I only wish I'd realized it sooner.

Collette:
Writing only leads to more writing.

Joan Collins:
Loneliness is the universal problem of rich people.

Joan Collins:
The secret of having a personal life is not answering too many questions about it.

Laurie Colwin:
Friendship is not possible between two women, one of whom is very well dressed.

Jan Compeau:
I don't know if I have ever used the word "hydrogen" in a sentence in my life.

Eliza Cook:
There's a magical tie to the land of our home, which the heart cannot break, though the footsteps may roam.

Joan Ganz Cooney:
There is a young and impresionable mind out there that is hungry for information. It has latched on to an electronic tube as its main source of nourishment.

Alicia Coro:
When we escaped from Cuba, all we could carry was our education.

Marcelene Cox:
A sparkling house is a fine thing if the children aren't robbed of their luster in keeping it that way.

Marcelene Cox:
A vacation frequently means that the family goes away for a rest, accompanied by mother, who sees that the others get it.

Marcelene Cox:
Eating without conversation is only stoking.

Marcelene Cox:
The quickest way to know a woman is to go shopping with her.

Marcelene Cox:
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.

Marion Cozart:
It's easier to live with the problems you have than to make a major change and get new problems.

Tammy Cravit:
Death is a tangible reminder that life is too short to not do what you love.

Tammy Cravit:
I'm not going to complain. I knew where the ride was going when I bought my ticket.

Tammy Cravit:
We fear death because we want to know the end of the story. Life, however, is but a single chapter somewhere in the middle.

Tammy Cravit:
When you stop worrying, you free up energy that can be used more productively.

Tammy Cravit:
Worrying is all about the illusion of control. When you worry, you are expending energy, and it it feels like you are doing something.

Joan Crawford:
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.

Judith Crist:
All you'll get from strangers is surface pleasantry or indifference. Only someone who loves you will criticize you.

Amanda Cross:
Romance is the glamour which turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze.

Beverly Crusher:
If there is nothing wrong with me, maybe there's something wrong with the universe.

Marie Curie:
Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.

Marie Curie:
One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done.

Hilary Cutler:
After a deep inner search, I realized that we are programmed and tend to follow patterns of our past experiences without realizing what we are doing.

Hilary Cutler:
If you can't beat 'em join 'em, and if you can't join 'em beat 'em.



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Francoise d'Aubegne Maintenon:
There is an important difference between love and friendship. While the former delights in extremes and opposites, the latter demands equality.

Cass Daley:
Marriage is a matter of give and take, but so far I haven't been able to find anybody who'll take what I have to give.

Rita Davenport:
Money isn't everything — but it ranks right up there with oxygen.

Adelle Davis:
We are indeed much more than what we eat, but what we eat can nevertheless help us to be much more than what we are.

Bette Davis:
(About a starlet) She's the original good time that was had by all.

Bette Davis:
(On being told that her death was rumored) With the newspaper strike on, I wouldn't consider dying.

Bette Davis:
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.

Bette Davis:
Old age is no place for sissies.

Doris Day:
The really frightening thing about middle age is the knowledge that you'll grow out of it.

Dorothy Day:
I have long since come to believe that people never mean half of what they say, and that it is best to disregard their talk and judge only their actions.

Lillian Day:
A lady is one who never shows her underwear unintentionally.

Simone De Beauvoir:
Buying is a profound pleasure.

Simone De Beauvoir:
One is not born a genius, one becomes a genius.

Diane de Poitiers:
The years that a woman subtracts form her age are not lost. They are added to other women's.

Marie de Rabutin-Chantal:
True friendship is never serene.

Virginie de Rieux:
Marriage is a lottery in which men stake their liberty and women their happiness.

Madame de Stael:
Love is the emblem of eternity; it confounds all notions of time; effaces all memory of begriming, all fear of an end.

Beth DeAraujo:
Men ought to be so grateful for women's guilt. I bet it gets them 50 percent of their fucks.

Suzanne Delmerico:
We are all perfect except for our shortcomings.

Suzanne Delmerico:
When people bury other people, they should be damn certain that's where they want them to be.

Princess Diana:
Carry out a random act of kindness with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.

Princess Diana:
I don't go by the rule book. I lead from the heart, not the head.

Princess Diana:
I knew what my job was: it was to go out and meet the people and love them.

Angie Dickenson:
I dress for women and I undress for men.

Emily Dickinson:
Hope is a thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without words
And never stops at all.

Emily Dickinson:
They say that God is everywhere, and yet we always think of Him as somewhat of a recluse.

Marlene Dietrich:
A man would prefer to come home to an unmade bed and a happy woman, than to a neatly made bed and an angry woman.

Marlene Dietrich:
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.

Marlene Dietrich:
In America, sex is an obsession; in other parts of the world it's a fact.

Marlene Dietrich:
It is the friends you can call at 4 am that matter.

Marlene Dietrich:
Most women set out to change a man, and when they have changed him they do not like him.

Marlene Dietrich:
Once a woman has forgiven a man, she must not reheat his sins for breakfast.

Annie Dillard:
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.

Phyllis Diller:
Always be nice to your children because they are the ones who will choose your rest home.

Phyllis Diller:
Housework can't kill you, but why take a chance?

Phyllis Diller:
If it weren't for baseball, many kids wouldn't know what a millionaire looked like.

Phyllis Diller:
My mother-in-law had a pain beneath her left breast. Turned out to be a trick knee.

Phyllis Diller:
Never go to bed angry — stay up and fight.

Phyllis Diller:
Whatever you may look like, marry a man your own age — as your beauty fades, so will his eyesight.

Dorothea Dix:
In a world where there is so much to be done, I felt strongly impressed that there must be something for me to do.

Dorothea Dix:
In a world where there is so much to be done, I felt strongly impressed that there must be something for me to do.

Nance Dion:
When you are driving over 60 miles per hour, you're not driving — you're aiming.

Phyllis Diller:
Whatever you may look like, marry a man your own age — as your beauty fades, so will his eyesight.

Dorothy Dix (Elizabeth Meriwether Gilmer):
Drying a widow's tears is one of the most dangerous occupations known to man.

Dorothy Dix:
Happiness is largely a matter of self-hypnotism. You can think yourself happy or you can think yourself miserable.

Dorothy Dix:
It is a queer thing, but imaginary troubles are harder to bear than actual ones.

Dorothy Dix:
Nobody wants to kiss when they are hungry.

Dorothy Dix:
The price of indulging yourself in your youth in the things you cannot afford is poverty and dependence in your old age.

Dorothy Dix:
There isn't a single human being who hasn't plenty to cry over, and the trick is to make the laughs outweigh the tears.

Dorothy Dix:
We are never happy until we learn to laugh at ourselves.

Dorothy Dix:
You never saw a very busy person who was unhappy.

Elizabeth Drew:
Travel, instead of broadening the mind, often merely lengthens the conversation.

Lucille Duff-Gordon:
Put even the plainest woman into a beautiful dress and unconsciously she will try to live up to it.

Isadora Duncan:
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.

Isadora Duncan:
People don't live nowadays — they get about ten percent out of life.

Samantha Dunn:
Sometimes sweat is the best form of therapy.

Ariel Durant:
A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within.



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Amelia Earhart:
Adventure is worthwhile in itself.

Amelia Earhart:
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.

Shannon Earls:
Our lives are changed by what we do, not by what others do to us.

Elsa Einstein:
No, I don't understand my husband's theory of relativity, but I know my husband, and I know he can be trusted.

Britt Ekland:
I don't sleep with happily married men.

Corey Elias:
Common courtesy goes a long way in a long-term relationship.

George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans):
Animals are such agreeable friends, they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.

George Eliot:
Blessed is the man who, having nothing to stay, abstains from giving us worthy evidence of the fact.

George Eliot:
Different taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections.

George Eliot:
Excessive literary production is a social offense.

George Eliot:
It is a common enough case, that of a man being suddenly captivated by a woman nearly the opposite of his ideal.

George Eliot:
One must be poor to know the luxury of giving.

Queen Elizabeth II:
Grief is the price we pay for love.

Queen Elizabeth II:
It's all to do with the training. You can do a lot if you're properly trained.

Lucy Ellman:
Writing a novel without being asked seems a bit like having a baby when you have nowhere to live.

Nanette Emry:
Nanette's Law: High Emotions + High Expectations = Drama.

Nanette Emry:
It is important to ponder life beyond your own personal needs.

Nanette Emry:
The best quotes happen in simple conversation.

Elizabeth Englander:
You can't change what mean people do, but you can work on changing how you feel about it.

Nora Ephron:
If pregnancy were a book, they would cut the last two chapters.

Nora Ephron:
What my mother believed about cooking is that if you worked hard and prospered, someone else would do it for you.

Nora Ephron:
Whenever I get married I start buying "Gourmet Magazine".

Susan Ertz:
Millions long for immortality who don't know what to do on a rainy afternoon.

Marie Egner von Eschenbach:
We are so vain that we even care for the opinions of those we don't care for.

Edith Evans:
When a woman behaves like a man, why doesn't she behave like a nice man?

Mari Evans:
I have never been contained except I made the prison.



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Rebecca Falls:
One of the most valuable things we can do to heal one another is listen to each other's stories.

Monika Faltiss:
Work is work, and everything else is everything else.

Farrah Fawcett:
God gave women intuition and femininity. Used properly, the combination easily jumbles the brain of any man I've ever met.

Dianne Feinstein:
Winning may not be everything, but losing has little to recommend it.

Dianne Feinstein:
You have to learn the rules of the game — and then you have to play better than anyone else.

Edna Ferber:
A woman can look both moral and exciting, if she also looks as if it was quite a struggle.

Edna Ferber:
Being an old maid is like death by drowning, a really delightful sensation after you cease to struggle.

Edna Ferber:
Big doesn't necessarily mean better. Sunflowers aren't better than violets.

Edna Ferber:
Writers should be read but not seen. Rarely are they a winsome sight.

Miriam "Ma" Ferguson:
(Governor of Texas: 1924-27, 1933-35) English was good enough for Jesus Christ and it's good enough for the children of Texas.

Geraldine Ferraro:
You don't have to have fought in a war to love peace.

Linda Festa:
The most important thing in a relationship between a man and a woman is that one of them must be good at taking orders.

Dale Figtree:
Working with the mind takes a lot of discipline, and it's usually hard to get started.

Carrie Fisher:
I don't want life to imitate art. I want life to be art.

Carrie Fisher:
Instant gratification takes too long.

Dorothy Canfield Fisher:
One of the many things nobody ever tells you about middle age is that it's such a nice change from being young.

Ella Fitzgerald:
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.

Zelda Fitzgerald:
Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.

Margaret Fitzpatrick:
I learned the value of hard work by working hard.

Patty Flack:
If our politicians were better at pretending to get along, there wouldn't be any war.

Patty Flack:
Sometimes you have to take things on faith, even if you don't have any faith.

Mary Parker Follet:
No one has a greater asset for his business than a man's pride in his work.

Jane Fonda:
My husband said he wanted to have a relationship with a redhead, so I dyed my hair.

Jane Fonda:
Telling lies and showing off to get attention are mistakes I made that I don't want my kids to make.

Jane Fonda:
Women are not forgiven for ageing. Robert Redford's lines of distinction are my old-age wrinkles.

Margot Fonteyn:
Take your work seriously, but never yourself.

Kelly Fordyce:
Language is a wonderful thing. It can be used to express thoughts, to conceal thoughts, but more often, to replace thinking.

Katherine Francke:
As perfume to the flower, so is kindness to speech.

Anne Frank:
Don't think of all the misery, but of all the beauty that still remains. In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.

Anne Frank:
Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.

Anne Frank:
The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God.

Anne Frank:
Who would ever think that so much went on in the soul of a young girl?

Valerie Frankel:
Loving a *thing* is shallow, only if you don't deeply appreciate its emotional value.

Anna Freud:
Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training.

Betty Friedan:
It is easier to live through someone else than to become complete yourself.

Betty Friedan:
Man is not the enemy here, but the fellow victim. The real enemy is women's denigration of themselves.

Betty Friedan:
Strange new problems are being reported in the growing generations of children whose mothers were always there, driving them around, helping them with their homework: an inability to endure pain or discipline, or pursue any self-sustained goal of any sort — a devastating boredom with life.

Betty Friedan:
The feminine mystique has succeeded in burying alive millions of American women.

Dorothy Fuldheim:
This is a youth-oriented society, and the joke is on them because youth is a disease from which we all recover.

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



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Zsa Zsa Gabor:
A girl must marry for love and keep on marrying until she finds it.

Zsa Zsa Gabor:
A man is incomplete until he is married. After that, he is finished.

Zsa Zsa Gabor:
How many husbands have I had? You mean apart from my own?

Zsa Zsa Gabor:
Husbands are like fires. They go out when unattended.

Zsa Zsa Gabor:
I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man I keep his house.

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.

Indira Gandhi:
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.

Indira Gandhi:
There exists no politician in India daring enough to attempt to explain to the masses that cows can be eaten.

Indira Gandhi:
You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.

Judy Garland
Always be a first rate version of yourself instead of a second rate version of somebody else.

Jennifer Garstang:
The fact that I'm a weird emotional mess of a person won't stop people from buying my art.

Rachel Garstang:
It's amazing how much homework you get done when you don't have any friends.

Elizabeth Gaskell:
A man is so in the way in the house.

Elizabeth Gaskell:
I'll not listen to reason. Reason always means what someone else has got to say.

Martha Gellman:
The only aspect of our travels that is interesting to others is disaster.

Phyllis George:
The most popular labor saving device is still money.

Estelle Getty:
If love means never having to say you're sorry, then marriage means always having to say everything twice.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman:
In New York City, everyone is an exile, none more so than the Americans.

Carloyn Givens:
"Bad" isn't always bad.

Audrey Giorgi:
Once in a while, you have to take a break and visit yourself.

Susan Glasee:
I can't think of any sorrow in the world that a hot bath wouldn't help just a little bit.

Gail Godwin:
Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theatre.

Gail Godwin:
One is taught by experience to put a premium on those few people who can appreciate you for what you are.

Michelle Goldberg:
As history shows, childless women in America eventually provoke hysteria.

Melissa Gough:
Your mind: it's a frightening place to live.

Dory Grade:
Art is the tangible evidence of the human spirit.

Sheila Graham:
Food is the most primitive form of comfort.

Lee Grant:
I've been married to one Marxist and one Fascist, and neither one would take the garbage out.

Celia Green:
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.

Germaine Greer:
There is no such thing as security. There never has been. Probably the only place where a man can feel really secure is in a maximum security prison, except for the imminent threat of release.

Lisa Grossman:
Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.

Cathy Guisewite:
Mothers, food, love, and career — the four major guilt groups.

Karen Gumtow:
A relationship evolves and develops. It's not like, "Just add water and replace your ex-boyfriend."

Karen Gumtow:
Anything you can find on Google, I can put peanut butter on.

Karen Gumtow:
Bad times bring out the best in good people and the worst in bad people.

Karen Gumtow:
Dating involves a certain amount of frustration — so just suck it up.

Karen Gumtow:
I can't be intimate with someone I'm not intimate with.

Karen Gumtow:
I don't make my plans on "what-ifs". I plan on stuff I can control.

Karen Gumtow:
I don't need someone like me. One of me is enough.

Karen Gumtow:
If I'm going to end up single, I'd rather look hot than fat.

Karen Gumtow:
If you have to grab, it's because the answer is no.

Karen Gumtow:
If you want someone to take care of you, get married. As long as you live separately, you fix your own shit.

Karen Gumtow:
If you're going to lie, keep lying. Don't recant.

Karen Gumtow:
In the end, it's all about what you put in your mouth.

Karen Gumtow:
It's a lot easier to make money than it is to make a relationship work.

Karen Gumtow:
It's not good for women to pin their future on a relationship with a man: it so Fifties.

Karen Gumtow:
"Safe" is not really my lifestyle.

Karen Gumtow:
The point of frustration is to fight against things that aren't changing.

Karen Gumtow:
You cannot have re-invention without casualties.



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Marilyn Hahn:
Children are a life sentence.

Marilyn Hahn:
Even smart people act stupid at times.

Marilyn Hahn:
Eventually, everyone loses everybody (and if you die first, you lose everybody all at once).

Marilyn Hahn:
I hate losing a sneeze.

Marilyn Hahn:
If you want good things to happen to you: listen, think, and practice self-control.

Marilyn Hahn:
Something's wrong with everything.

Marilyn Hahn:
You can't be ordinary if you're a genius, because there are very few ordinary geniuses.

Melissa Hahn:
[About a popular TV psychologist] I don't think he's full of beans — I think he's full of Hollywood.

Melissa Hahn:
If you can dance together, you can get through anything together.

Melissa Hahn:
It's nice to be important, but it's important to be nice.

Melissa Hahn:
You are what you eat (minus what you excrete).

Melissa Hahn:
You can only hate someone as much as you love them.

Donna Haines:
Right now, things are so frantic, every minute is filled with activities or planning activities and everything else that goes in between: I'd love to be bored.

Dianne Hales:
Put duties aside at least an hour before bed, and perform soothing, quiet activities that will help you relax.

Grace Hansen:
Don't be afraid your life will end; be afraid that it will never begin.

Nicole Hardy / Nicole Brodeur:
There are worse things than not being married and being on your own. / There is freedom to be had. Self-awareness. Solitude.

Jean Harfenist:
I'm not a multitasker — I confess.

Mata Hari:
The dance is a poem of which each movement is a word.

Corra Harris:
The bravest thing you can do when you are not brave is to profess courage and act accordingly.

Nikki Harris:
Van Gogh became a painter because he had no ear for music.

Barbara Harrison:
I refuse to believe that trading recipes is silly. Tunafish casserole is at least as real as corporate stock.

Tori Harrison:
Rules are for people who don't know how to get around them.

Grace Hartigan:
I don't mind being miserable as long as I'm painting well.

Caryl Haskins:
The person who is too old to learn was probably always too old to learn.

Katharine Hathaway:
If you realize too acutely how valuable time it, you are too paralyzed to do anything.

Katherine Hathaway:
There is nothing better than the encouragement of a good friend.

Jacquetta Hawkes:
The only inequalities that matter begin in the mind. It is not income levels but differences in mental equipment that keep people apart and breed feelings of inferiority.

Helen Hayes:
Only the poet can look beyond the detail and see the whole picture.

Ira Hayes:
No one ever complains about a speech being too short.

Jane Heard:
A well adjusted person is one who makes the same mistake twice without getting nervous.

Lydia Hearn:
Actually, I don't really think I'm vain; I'm just realistic.

Lydia Hearn:
As long as I can fool myself, that's the only person I need to fool.

Lydia Hearn:
Love involves respect. It doesn't involve awe.

Lydia Hearn:
Settling is not the same as setting down.

Amy Heckerling:
Babies don't need fathers, but mothers do. Someone who is taking care of a baby needs to be taken care of.

Coleen Hefley:
A treat is not a treat unless it's a treat.

Carolyn Heilbrun:
Ideas move fast when their time comes.

Cynthia Heimel:
There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on Earth.

Lillian Hellman:
Cynicism is an unpleasant way of telling the truth.

Lillian Hellman:
I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions.

Lillian Hellman:
I like people who refuse to speak until they are ready to speak.

Lillian Hellman:
It is a mark of many famous people that they cannot part with their finest hour.

Lillian Hellman:
It it not good to see people who have been pretending strength all their lives lose it even for a minute.

Lillian Hellman:
It's an indulgence to sit in a room and discuss your beliefs as if they were a juicy piece of gossip.

Lillian Hellman:
My father was often angry when I was most like him.

Lillian Hellman:
People change and forget to tell each other.

Madeline Hemmings:
With increased opportunity comes increased stress. The stress comes from multiple conflicting demands and very little in the way of role models.

Audrey Hepburn:
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed. Never throw out anyone.

Katharine Hepburn:
Acting is the most minor of gifts. After all, Shirley Temple could do it when she was four.

Katharine Hepburn:
I don't care what is written about me so long as it isn't true.

Katharine Hepburn:
I never realized until lately that women were supposed to be the inferior sex.

Katharine Hepburn:
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.

Katharine Hepburn:
If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased.

Katharine Hepburn:
If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.

Katharine Hepburn:
Plain women know more about men than beautiful ones do.

Katharine Hepburn:
Someone asked someone who was about my age: "How are you?" The answer was, "Fine. If you don't ask for details."

Katherine Hepburn:
Life is hard — after all, it kills you.

Xaviera Hollander:
In America you can get away with murder, but not with sex.

Xaviera Hollander:
You just can't be good in bed anymore. You have to be good at the keyboard too.

Kate Holmquist:
When we are in love, we tend to think all the best things about our beloved and may fool ourselves into thinking we can persuade them into becoming who we secretly want them to be.

Julie Holz:
The only way to not break a friendship is to not drop it.

Grace Hopper:
A ship in port is safe, but that's not what ships are built for.

Grace Hopper:
One accurate measurement is worth a thousand expert opinions.

Grace Hopper:
You don't manage people, you manage things. You lead people.

Harriet Van Horne:
Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.

Lena Horne:
It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.

Harriet Van Horne.:
There are days when any electrical appliance in the house, including the vacuum cleaner, offers more entertainment than the TV set.

Karen Horney:
Fortunately, psychoanalysis is not the only way to resolve inner conflicts. Life itself remains a very effective therapist.

Gittel Hudnick:
Whoever said money can't buy happiness didn't know where to shop.

Arianna Huffington:
Our current obsession with creativity is the result of our continued striving for immortality in an era when most people no longer believe in an afterlife.

Shirley Hufstedler:
Security is not the meaning of my life. Great opportunities are worth the risk.

Rhetta Hughes:
There are two kinds of directors in the theater. Those who think they are God, and those who are certain of it.

Diana Hunt:
Goals are dreams with deadlines.

Lucretia 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.

Pearl Strachan Hurd:
Handle them carefully, for words have more power than atom bombs.



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Cheryl Imp:
Life is too short to have patience.

Molly Ivins:
I believe in practicing prudence at least once every two or three years.



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Susan Jacoby:
Real-life discussions involve a great many bores and boors who have never learned that the art of conversation demands listening as well as talking.

Susan Jacoby:
At its heart, all intellectual and emotional life is a conversation, and the conversation begins at birth.

Alice James:
One has a greater sense of of intellectual degradation after an interview with a doctor than from any human experience.

Elizabeth Janeway:
Power is the ability not to have to please.

Marion Javits:
I am his mistress. His work is his wife.

Elizabeth Jenkins:
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.

Joyce Jillson:
There are times not to flirt: when you're sick, when you're with children, and when you're on the witness stand.

Lady Bird Johnson:
The way you overcome shyness is to become so wrapped up in something you forget to be afraid.

Effie Jones:
Failing to plan is planning to fail.

Gloria Jones:
How can I ever miss you when you never go away?

Gloria Jones:
I don't choose stay in the state of sadness, any more than I would choose to stay in a room with the smoke alarm going off.

Gloria Jones:
I know how to find things.

Gloria Jones:
If you're only happy when the sun is out, you're missing half of your life.

Gloria Jones:
You can't feel happy unless you feel free.

Erica Jong:
Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't.

Erica Jong:
Blaming women is always in fashion.

Erica Jong:
Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow talent to the dark place where it leads.

Erica Jong:
You take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame.

Erica Jong:
Women who bear children before they establish serious habits of work, may never establish them at all.

Barbara Jordan:
Do not call for black power or green power. Call for brain power.



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Becky Griffith Kaag:
Writers can’t bluff their way through ignorance.

Alice Kahn:
"For a list of all the ways technology has failed to improve the quality of life, please press 3."

Lady Kasluck:
The worst thing about work in the house or home is that whatever you do is destroyed, laid waste or eaten within twenty four hours.

Margo Kaufman:
The only thing worse than a man you can't control is a man you can.

Marina Keegan:
We don't have a word for the opposite of loneliness but if we did, I could say that's what I want in life.

Helen Keller:
Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.

Helen Keller:
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature.

Helen Keller:
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:
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.

Helen Keller:
The heresy of one age becomes the orthodoxy of the next.

Helen Keller:
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.

Lauré Kendrick:
An argument for optimism: When you look for good things in life, you are much more likely to find them.

Lauré Kendrick:
Anticipation is 90 percent of life's pleasure or pain. This means that, if you are optimistic, you will be happy 90 percent of the time.

Lauré Kendrick:
Children should be raised to understand death as a natural part of life, and not to think of it as the end of all things.

Lauré Kendrick:
Happiness is a state of mind in which you are glad you are alive.

Lauré Kendrick:
Hormones don't cause feelings, they just exaggerate them.

Lauré Kendrick:
I don't want my husband to be just like me. I don't want to be married to me.

Lauré Kendrick:
I must admit — romance has been easy for me.

Lauré Kendrick:
Life is much more fearful than death.

Lauré Kendrick:
Making mistakes is the most efficient form of learning.

Lauré Kendrick:
Only real cool people can admit mistakes.

Lauré Kendrick:
Women want understanding and compassion. Men want sympathy and solutions. Women belong to the "UC" club, men belong to the "SS" club. The more you accept that, the easier life becomes.

Florynce Kennedy:
Don't agonize. Organize.

Terry Keramaris:
I firmly believe in the power of carbohydrates.

Terry Keramaris:
People shouldn't have sex with selfish people.

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.

Corita Kent:
Love the moment and the energy of that moment will spread beyond all boundaries.

Jean Kerr:
I make mistakes; I'll be the second to admit it.

Jean Kerr:
I'm tired of all this nonsense about beauty being only skin-deep. That's deep enough. What do you want —an adorable pancreas?

Jean Kerr:
Man is the only animal that learns by being hypocritical. He pretends to be polite and then, eventually, he becomes polite.

Jean Kerr:
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.

Jean Kerr:
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.

Jean Kerr:
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.

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.

Lisa Kirk:
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.

Jeane Kirkpatrick:
History is a better guide than good intentions.

Joan Kiser:
The sins of the fathers are often visited upon the sons-in-law.

Denise Klahn:
Fashion is something that goes in one year and out the other.

Joan Klempner:
To achieve the impossible dream, try going to sleep.

Hildegard Knef:
Success and failure are greatly overrated, but failure gives you a whole lot more to talk about.

Linda Knight:
Even someone who is not right for you can break your heart.

Linda Knight:
Every thin person I know eats breakfast.

Linda Knight:
Girls are difficult to raise. Boys are easier. True, boys can be rambunctious, but they're simple and they don't have periods.

Linda Knight:
I feel better when I eat right.

Linda Knight:
If you are going to spend the rest of your life with someone, you had better not have a lot of negative things to say about him.

Linda Knight:
If you ask too much from any one person, they're not going to be able to give you what you want and you're going to be disappointed.

Linda Knight:
If you let people live their lives the way they want, rather than nagging them, they'll want to be with you.

Linda Knight:
It is essential for your well-being to have someone you love, who loves you.

Linda Knight:
It's important to watch what you put in your mind.

Linda Knight:
Knowledge is a good thing.

Linda Knight:
Nice guys will wait.

Linda Knight:
There is a special bond that exists only between a man and a woman: a bond that cannot be replaced by anything else, not by children, not by family, not by friends.

Linda Knight:
You can get so much more with an "us", than you can with a "me".

Judith M. Knowlton:
I discovered I always have choices, and sometimes it's only a choice of attitude.

Lisa Kogan:
Forget about the mind. The clitoris is a terrible thing to waste.

Joan Konner:
Procrastination gives you something to look forward to.

Krystal Ann Kraus:
If you want a high performance woman, I can go from zero to bitch in less than 2.1 seconds.

Sandrine Rocher-Krul:
Anytime you want to achieve a goal and you do the work, you *will* achieve the goal. I promise.

Sandrine Rocher-Krul:
Don't give in to the mental weakness. Give in to the mental strength.

Sandrine Rocher-Krul:
Everyone needs someone to believe in them.

Sandrine Rocher-Krul:
Failure doesn't mean that you're a failure.

Sandrine Rocher-Krul:
Listen to me only. Do not listen to your peers.

Sandrine Rocher-Krul:
Mediocrity is not what we're about.

Sandrine Rocher-Krul:
Nobody ever regretted getting in shape.

Sandrine Rocher-Krul:
The body wants to move.

Sandrine Rocher-Krul:
The stronger you are, the happier you are.

Sandrine Rocher-Krul:
When you feel like you can't do something, but you keep doing it anyway, that is the best.

Sandrine Rocher-Krul:
When someone holds you accountable, you become better and stronger.

Sandrine Rocher-Krul:
When you make a choice to try, you do. You have that choice.

Sandrine Rocher-Krul:
You can't fake being in shape.

Sandrine Rocher-Krul:
You get the most out of exercise at the end of your workout.

Sandrine Rocher-Krul:
You'll be surprised what your body can do when your mind says "Try!"

Sandrine Rocher-Krul:
You're not tired, you just think you are.

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross:
There is no need to go to India or anywhere else to find peace. You will find that deep place of silence right in your room, your garden, or even your bathtub.

Maggie Kuhn:
The ultimate indignity is to be given a bedpan by a stranger who calls you by your first name.



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Cathy Ladman:
Jews can't serve on juries because they insist they're guilty.

Cathy Ladman:
My parents only had one argument in forty-five years: it lasted forty-three years.

Anne Lamott:
A hundred years for now? All new people.

Mary Lake:
When you change your thoughts, you not only change your brain chemicals, you change your emotions and your reactions to life.

Elna Lanchester:
She looked as though butter wouldn't melt in her mouth— or anywhere else.

Ann Landers:
All married couples should learn the art of battle as they should learn the art of making love. Good battle is objective and honest, never vicious or cruel. Good battle is healthy and constructive, and brings to a marriage the principle of equal partnership.

Ann Landers:
I made up my mind when I was 15 years old that I would never smoke or drink. I have kept that pledge to myself, and it was one of the smartest decisions I ever made.

Ann Landers:
It is better to be alone than to wish you were.

Ann Landers:
My personal recipe for success is: Do what you love and don't look at the clock.

Ann Landers:
No one can take advantage of you without your permission.
  (Compare to Eleanor Roosevelt.)

Ann Landers:
Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don't recognize them.

Ann Landers:
People have one year after the wedding to send a gift. Thank-you notes must be written immediately. If you don't receive an acknowledgment within three months, phone and ask if it was received. If the bride and groom are embarrassed, fine. They deserve to be.

Ann Landers:
Some men have no idea how to romance a woman. However, women who teach their husbands what they like will be well-rewarded.

Ann Landers:
Strong role models and unconditional love can heal even the most emotionally impoverished person, and that goes for adults as well as youngsters.

Ann Landers:
Television has proved that people will look at anything rather than each other.

Ann Landers:
The minute more than two people know a secret, it is no longer a secret.

Ann Landers:
The unvarnished truth is always better than the best-dressed lie.

Ann Landers:
You're all you've got.

Adair Lara:
Having something to say is overrated.

Adair Lara:
Women who buy perfume and flowers for themselves because their men won't do it are called "self basting".

Helen Lawrenson:
Whatever else can be said about sex, it cannot be called a dignified performance.

Fran Lebowitz:
Children ask better questions than adults. "May I have a cookie?" "Why is the sky blue?" and "What does a cow say?" are far more likely to elicit a cheerful response than "Where's your manuscript?" "Why haven't you called?" and "Who's your lawyer?"

Fran Lebowitz:
Food is an important part of a balanced diet.

Fran Lebowitz:
Humility is no substitute for a good personality.

Fran Lebowitz:
I figure you have the same chance of winning the lottery whether you play or not.

Fran Lebowitz:
I love being in love. I don't think anything compares with it, though I consider it very disruptive.

Fran Lebowitz:
I'm not interested in being a wife. I'm interested in being an empress.

Fran Lebowitz:
If you're going to America, bring your own food.

Fran Lebowitz:
Knowingness is sexy. The opposite of sexy is naivete.

Fran Lebowitz:
Life is something to do when you can't get to sleep.

Fran Lebowitz:
Nature is, by and large, to be found out of doors, a location where, it cannot be argued, there are never enough comfortable chairs.

Fran Lebowitz:
Original thought is like original sin: both happened before you were born to people you could not have possibly met.

Fran Lebowitz:
Polite conversation is rarely either.

Fran Lebowitz:
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.

Fran Lebowitz:
Romantic love is mental illness, but it's a pleasurable one. It's a drug. It distorts reality, and that's the point of it. It would be impossible to fall in love with someone that you really saw.

Fran Lebowitz:
Success didn't spoil me, I've always been insufferable.

Fran Lebowitz:
The opposite of talking isn't listening. The opposite of talking is waiting.

Gypsy Rose Lee:
God is love, but get it in writing.

Harper Lee:
The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.

Susan Lee:
You're only has good as your last haircut.

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.

Carol Leifer:
I'm not into working out. My philosophy: no pain, no pain.

Harriet Lerner:
Intimate relationships cannot substitute for a life plan. But to have any meaning or viability at all, a life plan must include intimate relationships.

Mary Jean LeTendre:
Let us not confuse stability with stagnation.

Monica Lewinsky:
(On CNN's "Larry King Live", discussing her miraculous weight loss) I've learned not to put things in my mouth that are bad for me.

Caron Lieber:
A person who talks fast often says things she hasn't thought of yet.

Barbara Lieberman:
Anyone with more than 365 pair of shoes is a pig.

Beatrice Lillie:
I was born because my mother needed a fourth for meals.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh:
A simple enough pleasure, surely, to have breakfast alone with one's husband, but how seldom married people in the midst of life achieve it.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh:
Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day — like writing a poem, or saying a prayer.

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 Lingbergh:
Good communication is just as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.

Anne Morrow Lingbergh:
I feel we are all islands in a common sea.

Alice Longworth:
If you haven't got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me.

Sophia Loren:
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.

Mary Louise:
Unless you got a really good reason, you should be nice.

Clare Boothe Luce:
No good deed goes unpunished.

Clare Boothe Luce:
There is nothing like a good dose of another woman to make a man appreciate his wife.

Clare Boothe Luce:
They say that women talk too much. If you have worked in congress you know that the filibuster was invented by men.

Alison Lurie:
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.

Loretta Lynn:
I didn't know how babies were made until I was pregnant with my fourth child.

Jenna Lyons:
I think for me the best thing about being a woman is that I get credit for things I should be doing anyway.

Kay Lyons:
Yesterday is a canceled check; tomorrow is a promissory note; today is the only cash you have, so spend it wisely.



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Rose Macauley:
It is a common delusion that you can make things better by talking about them.

Rose Macauley:
You should always believe what you read in the newspapers, for that makes them more interesting.

Shirley MacLaine:
It's useless to hold a person to anything he says while he's in love, drunk, or running for office.

Madonna:
Poor is the man whose pleasures depend on the permission of another.

May Maloo:
There's one thing to be said for inviting trouble: it generally accepts.

Ruby Manikan:
If you educate a man you educate a person, but if you educate a woman you educate a family.

Marya Mannes:
All really great lovers are articulate, and verbal seduction is the surest road to actual seduction.

Katherine Mansfield:
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.

Maria T:
If everybody would just stop talking, my job would be a lot easier.

Maria T:
I'm not fighting. I just telling you what's right.

Maria T:
It's good practice to be silly. It's good for you.

Amanda Marcotte:
I doubt most people could survive being defined by the least advisable sexual encounter they've engaged in.

Deborah Martin:
Doctors and nurses are people who give you medicine until you die.

Judith Martin (Miss Manners):
Appearing to pay attention when someone is speaking is one of the cornerstones of real social interaction.

Judith Martin (Miss Manners):
Being listened to should be sufficiently gratifying in itself, whether or not the advice is followed.

Judith Martin (Miss Manners):
Generosity and gratitude are inseparably linked.

Judith Martin (Miss Manners):
If written directions alone would suffice, libraries wouldn't need to have the rest of the universities attached.

Judith Martin (Miss Manners):
It is, indeed, a trial to maintain the virtue of humility when one can't help being right.

Judith Martin (Miss Manners):
[after the death of a loved one] It is when there is nothing more to be done that the reality of the loss often hits with full force.

Judith Martin (Miss Manners):
Sometimes we do things a certain way just because that is the way we do things.

Judith Martin (Miss Manners):
The most conventional statements are both true and welcome.

Judith Martin (Miss Manners):
The stress of making small talk with in-laws is called being part of a family.

Judith Martin (Miss Manners):
There are always proper responses, even to rude questions.

Judith Martin (Miss Manners):
There are three social classes in America: upper middle class, middle class, and lower middle class.

Judith Martin (Miss Manners):
Try not to annoy your relatives unnecessarily.

Judith Martin (Miss Manners):
We are all entitled to our little harmless habits, but we are not entitled to demand approval for them.

Judith Martin (Miss Manners):
What we have come to, through a combination of popular psychology and expanding technology, is a presumption that all our thoughts and feelings are worth uttering.

Judith Martin (Miss Manners):
You should resolve not to seek public approval of your private business, when you are not also prepared to accept public disapproval.

Judith Martin (Miss Manners):
Question: Should I loan a small amount of money to a friend? Answer: If you are sure that you can, if necessary, spare both.

Judith Martin (Miss Manners):
Question: What do I take to Thanksgiving dinner when the hostess said to "bring nothing"? Answer: An appetite, good cheer, sociability toward everyone there, and an attitude of thankfulness.

Florida Scott Maxwell:
No matter how old a mother is she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement.

Amy McBride:
People just need brains.

Mary McCarthy:
People with bad consciences always fear the judgment of children.

Collen McCullough:
The lovely thing about being forty is that you can appreciate twenty-five-year-old men more.

Mary Mcdowell:
The test of man is how well he is able to feel about what he thinks. The test of a woman is how well she is able to think about what she feels.

Molly McGee:
When a man brings his wife flowers for no reason, there's a reason.

Phyllis McGinley:
Getting along with men isn't what's truly important. The vital knowledge is how to get along with one man.

Mignon McLaughlin:
Even cowards can endure hardship; only the brave can endure suspense.

Mignon McLaughlin:
Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers.

Mignon McLaughlin:
In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and two minus one equals nothing.

Mignon McLaughlin:
Likely as not, the child you can do the least with will do the most to make you proud.

Mignon McLaughlin:
Many are saved from sin by being so inept at it.

Mignon McLaughlin:
Most of us become parents long before we have stopped being children.

Mignon McLaughlin:
No one really listens to anyone else, and if you try it for a while you'll see why.

Mignon McLaughlin:
Our strength is often composed of the weakness we're damned if we're going to show.

Mignon McLaughlin:
The head never rules the heart, but just becomes its partner in crime.

Mignon McLaughlin:
There are so many things that we wish we had done yesterday, so few that we feel like doing today.

Mignon McLaughlin:
What you have become is the price you paid to get what you used to want.

Margaret Mead:
Mothers are a biological necessity; fathers are a social invention.

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:
One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are when you don't come home at night.

Margaret Mead:
We are now at a point where we must educate our children in what no one knew yesterday, and prepare our schools for what no one knows yet.

Audrey Meadows:
We never leave our roots. We just grow new branches.

Henrietta Mears:
It is difficult to steer a parked car, so get moving.

Golda Meir:
I must govern the clock, not be governed by it.

Golda Meir:
Moses dragged us for 40 years through the desert to bring us to the one place in the Middle East where there was no oil.

Golda Meir:
Old age is like a plane flying through a storm. Once you're aboard, there's nothing you can do.

Golda Meir:
Those who don't know how to weep with their whole heart, don't know how to laugh either.

Golda Meir:
Whether women are better than men I cannot say, but I can say they are certainly no worse.

Cherise Merritt:
Eat the meat and spit out the bone.

Bette Midler:
Cats always seem so very wise,
When staring with their half-closed eyes.
Can they be thinking, "I'll be nice,
And maybe she will feed me twice?"

Bette Midler:
I married a German. Every night I dress up as Poland and he invades me.

Bette Midler:
I wouldn't say I invented tacky, but I definitely brought it to its present high popularity.

Bette Midler:
The worst part of success is to try to find someone who is happy for you.

Agnes De Mille:
The truest expression of a people is in its dances and its music. Bodies never lie.

Margaret Miller:
Most conversations are simply monologues delivered in the presence of a witness.

Mistinguette:
A kiss can be a comma, a question mark, or an exclamation point. That's the basic spelling that every woman ought to know.

Margaret Mitchell:
Until you lose your reputation, you never realize what a burden it was or what freedom really is.

Maria Mitchell:
Study as if you were going to live forever; live as if you were going to die tomorrow.

Nancy Mitford:
I love children — especially when they cry, for then someone takes them away.

Nancy Mitford:
To fall in love you have to be in the state of mind for it to take, like a disease.

Scarlet Monahan:
I used to be a political feminist, but then the spots cleared up, I lost weight, and now I'm just fine.

Marilyn Monroe:
I have too many fantasies to be a housewife.

Marilyn Monroe:
I've been on a calendar, but never on time.

Mary Montagu:
Be plain in dress, and sober in your diet, In short, my dear, kiss me and be quiet.

Mary Montagu:
I prefer liberty to chains of diamonds.

Maria Montessori:
Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.

Helen Moody:
If you see a tennis player who looks as if he is working hard, then that means he isn't very good.

Hannah More:
Going to the opera, like getting drunk, is a sin that carries its own punishment with it.

Patricia Moyes:
I simple cannot understand the passion that some people have for making themselves thoroughly uncomfortable and then boasting about it afterwards.

Iris Murdoch:
Falling out of love is very enlightening. For a short while you see the world with new eyes.

Iris Murdoch:
Love is the difficult realization that something other than oneself is real.

Iris Murdoch:
Writing is like getting married. One should never commit oneself until one is amazed at one's luck.

Kelly Murdock-Billy:
You reach a certain point that, when you've been through enough crap, you know what you want when you see it.

Debby Myrent:
Whatever you do every day affects you.



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Azar Nafis:
The existence of the writer is to write, and to write is to tell the truth.

Carry Nation:
(On smoking) I want all hellions to quit puffing that hell fume in God's clean air.

Martina Navratilova:
Just go out there and do what you have to do.

Martina Navratilova:
Whoever said, "It's not whether you win or lose that counts," probably lost.

Suzanne Necker:
Fortune does not change men, it unmasks them.

Patricia Neill:
I may be a dumb blonde, but I'm not that blonde.

Cythina Nelms:
Nobody really cares if you're miserable, so you might as well be happy.

Lady Dorothy Nevill:
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.

Johanna Newell:
Being productive keeps your mind off other stuff.

Johanna Newell:
Breaking up is a time for moving on, not for writing your history in indelible ink.

Johanna Newell:
When you made a face and your mother said, "Be careful, your face might freeze that way," she was right. It just takes longer than you think.

Anais Nin:
Anxiety is love's greatest killer. It makes others feel as you might when a drowning man holds on to you. You want to save him, but you know he will strangle you with his panic.

Anais Nin:
I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing.

Anais Nin:
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.

Anais Nin:
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.

Anais Nin:
The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.

Anais Nin:
We don't see things as they are. We see them as we are.

Kathleen Norias:
Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier.

Kathleen Norris:
When you are unhappy, is there anything more maddening than to be told that you should be contented with your lot?



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Edna O'Brien:
The vote means nothing to women. We should be armed.

Flannery O'Connor:
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.

Mary O'Connor:
It's not so much how busy you are, but why you are busy. The bee is praised. The mosquito is swatted.

Catherine O'Hara:
Night time is really the best time to work. All the ideas are there to be yours because everyone else is asleep.

Georgia O'Keefe:
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.

Ann Oakley:
There are always women who will take men on their own terms. If I were a man I wouldn't bother to change while there are women like that around.

Joyce Carol Oates:
If you explore beneath shyness or party chit-chat, you can sometimes turn a dull exchange into an intriguing one. I've found this to be particularly true in the case of professors or intellectuals, who are full of fascinating information, but need encouragement before they'll divulge it.

Joyce Carol Oates:
When you're fifty, you start thinking about things you haven't thought about before. I used to think getting old was about vanity, but actually it's about losing people you love. Getting wrinkles is trivial.

Judith Olney:
Always serve too much hot fudge sauce on hot fudge sundaes. It makes people overjoyed, and puts them in your debt.

Jackie Kennedy Onassis:
Sex is a bad thing because it rumples the clothes.

Jackie 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 window pane?

Elisabeth Ortenberg:
Once you shape a company to service the marketplace and your services are necessary, the company develops a compulsion of its own to grow.

Marie Osmond:
If you're going to be able to look back on something and laugh about it, you might as well laugh about it now.

Cynthia Ozick:
In saying what is obvious, never choose cunning. Yelling works better.



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Emmeline Pankhurst:
The argument of the broken pane of glass is the most valuable argument in modern politics.

Pradnya Parulekar:
Americans will sacrifice any amount of order to preserve liberty. Canadians will sacrifice any amount of liberty to preserve order.

Dorothy Parker:
(About an actress) She runs the gamut of emotions from A to B.

Dorothy Parker:
(Book review) This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force."

Dorothy Parker:
(Suggested for her tombstone) "This is on me."

Dorothy Parker:
(Telegram to friend who had given birth) "Dear Mary: We all knew you had it in you."

Dorothy Parker:
Brevity is the soul of lingerie.

Dorothy Parker:
Every year, back comes Spring, with nasty little birds yapping their fool heads off and the ground all mucked up with plants.

Dorothy Parker:
Four be the things I am wiser to know: idleness, sorrow, a friend, and a foe.

Dorothy Parker:
His voice was a intimate as the rustle of sheets.

Dorothy Parker:
I don't care what anybody says about me as long as it isn't true.

Dorothy Parker:
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.

Dorothy Parker:
If all the girls who attended the Yale prom were laid end to end, I wouldn't be a bit surprised.

Dorothy Parker:
If you want to know what Ggod thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to.

Dorothy Parker:
Misfortune, and recited misfortune especially, may be prolonged to the point where it ceases to excite pity and arouses only irritation.

Dorothy Parker:
One more drink and I'll be under the host.

Dorothy Parker:
The best way to keep children at home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant — and let the air out of their tires.

Dorothy Parker:
The two most beautiful words in the English language are "check enclosed".

Dorothy Parker:
There's a hell of a distance between wisecracking and wit. Wit has truth in it; wisecracking is simply calisthenics with words.

Dorothy Parker:
You can lead a horticulture, but you can't make her think.

Ellen Parr:
The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.

Frances Partridge:
It is a purely relative matter where one draws the Plimsoll line of condemnation. If you find the whole of humanity falls below it you have simply made a mistake and drawn it too high, and are probably below it yourself.

Alice Paul:
Once you put your hand to the plow, you can't put it down until you get to the end of the row.

Anna Pavlova:
No one can arrive from being talented alone. God gives talent; work transforms talent into genius.

Ruth Stafford Peale:
Find a need and fill it.

Mildred Webster Pepper:
The mistake a lot of politicians make is in forgetting they've been appointed and thinking they've been annointed.

Marilyn Peterson:
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.

Susan Pierce:
Being annoyed at something is the mother of invention.

Susan Pierce:
Human beings were not designed with the requirement to be clean.

Susan Pierce:
Learning should be more than being given answers to memorize. A school should teach you the current state of affairs, and then give you a list of questions that no one can answer. That, more than anything, will inspire you to think for yourself.

Susan Pierce:
Over the course of your life, there will be several times when you feel that nothing you are doing makes any sense, and you have to start all over again.

Susan Pierce:
The purpose of your life is to find interesting work. Once you realize this, everything becomes much better.

Marge Piercy:
The people I love the best, jump into work head first without dallying in the shallows.

Marge Piercy:
The pitcher cries for water to carry, and a person for work that is real.

Monica Piper:
A man on a date wonders if he'll get lucky. The woman already knows.

Belva Plain:
It was unwise to plan too carefully. It took only one great failure to learn that lesson.

Barbara Pletcher:
The real winners in life are the people who look at every situation with an expectation that they can make it work or make it better.

Linda Poindexter:
Do what you need to do. Then think forward, not backward.

Linda Poindexter:
Don't feel you are responsible for making anybody else's life work for them. What you are responsible for is living your life in a way that backs up your belief system.

Linda Poindexter:
Live in a way that backs up your belief system. It has nothing to do with the outside world. It has to do with how you say you believe and living in a way that demonstrates it.

Linda Poindexter:
Live your life in a way that you set a good example.

Linda Poindexter:
The greatest gift we have is access to humility.

Sally Poplin:
Some couples go over their budgets very carefully every month, other just go over them.

Dragana Popovic:
The problem with water is that it is wet.

Irene Porter:
Just because everything's different doesn't mean anything's changed.

Emily Post:
To do exactly as your neighbors do is the only sensible rule.

Paula Poundstone:
Adults are always asking little kids what they want to be when they grow up, because they're looking for ideas.

Paula Poundstone:
I don't have a bank account, because I don't know my mother's maiden name.

Elinko Pragnell:
All we have is have is this very moment. If we have a burning desire to change, there is always a way.

Elinko Pragnell:
Don't look at the problem. The more you look at problems, the more problems will come. Look for the solution.

Elinko Pragnell:
If you change your thinking, your life changes. But it's work.

Tammie Pross:
I like to dress the part, even if I don't know what I am doing.

Bonnie Prudden:
You can't turn back the clock. But you can wind it up again.



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Mary Quant:
Having money is rather like being a blond. It is more fun but not vital.

Jane Bryant Quinn:
The shortest period of time lies between the minute you put some money away for a rainy day and the unexpected arrival of rain.



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Gilda Radner:
I base my fashion taste on what doesn't itch.

Gilda Radner:
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. Delicious ambiguity.

Susan Raffy:
(Talking to her son) What time I go to bed has zippo to do with what time you go to bed.

Ayn Rand:
Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values.

Ayn Rand:
Wealth is the product of man's capacity to think.

Diana Rankin:
Instead of thinking about where you are, think about where you want to be. It takes twenty years of hard work to become an overnight success.

Stella Reading:
The whole point of getting things done is knowing what to leave undone

Maureen Reagan:
I will feel equality has arrived when we can elect to office women who are as incompetent as some of the men who are already there.

Nancy Reagan:
I believe that people would be alive today, if there were a death penalty.

Agnes Repplier:
Humor distorts nothing, and only false gods are laughed off their pedestals.

Agnes Repplier:
The tourist may complain of other tourists, but he would be lost without them.

Regina Reynolds:
Work smarter, not harder: laziness is the mother of invention.

Regina Reynolds:
Subscribing to a serial [such as a magazine] is like getting married: it's a lifelong commitment.

Wynetka Reynolds:
Anyone who says you can't see a thought simply dosen't know art.

Adrienne Rich:
Every journey into the past is complicated by delusions, false memories, and false namings of real events.

Adrienne Rich:
Lying is done with words and also with silence.

Adrienne Rich:
Only to have a grief equal to all these tears!

Sally Ride:
All adventures, especially into new territory, are scary.

Joan Rivers:
I have flabby thighs, but fortunately my stomach covers them.

Joan Rivers:
I succeeded by saying what everyone else is thinking.

Joan Rivers:
I told my mother-in-law that my house was her house, and she said, "Get the hell off my property."

Joan Rivers:
If God wanted us to bend over, he'd put diamonds on the floor.

Joan Rivers:
There is not one female comic who was beautiful as a little girl.

Marnia Robinson:
America's experience with cigarettes and fast food suggests that humans are very good at researching and exploiting what excites the reward circuitry of the brain, and very bad at acknowledging the addictions that follow from single-minded focus on short-term satiation.

Marnia Robinson:
In biology, what goes up must come down as the body seeks to rebalance itself.

Marnia Robinson:
Neurochemical balance is far more desirable than the neurochemical excess.

Marnia Robinson:
Our distant ancestors didn't have these options for excess in the abundance we do today. Their lifestyles guaranteed a degree of balance we can no longer take for granted.

Becky Rodenbeck:
Most men who are not married by the age of thirty-five are either homosexual or really smart.

Sally Rogers:
Those who feel good in the morning should have the courtesy not to impose it upon those who do not.

Wendy Rogers:
I don't know which is worse: to be me, or to sleep with me.

Eleanor Roosevelt:
Friendship with one's self is all important because, without it, one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.

Eleanor Roosevelt:
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. Curiousity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.

Eleanor Roosevelt:
I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity.

Eleanor Roosevelt:
It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself. 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.

Eleanor Roosevelt:
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
  (Compare to Ann Landers.)

Eleanor Roosevelt:
One thing life has taught me: if you are interested, you never have to look for new interests. They come to you. When you are genuinely interested in one thing, it will always lead to something else.

Eleanor Roosevelt:
You always admire what you really don't understand.

Eleanor Roosevelt:
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.

Hanna Ross:
An exciting woman is always trouble.  (See Hanna sing.)

Hanna Ross:
Don't waste too many big words on a pretty girl.

Hanna Ross:
The modern woman doesn't have time to be natural.

Geneen Roth:
Just because we live in an insane culture doesn't mean we have to be insane too.

Helen Rowland:
"Home" is any four walls that enclose the right person.

Helen Rowland:
A husband is what's left of the lover after the nerve has been extracted.

Helen Rowland:
Before a 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.

Helen Rowland:
Before marriage, a man will lay down his life for you; after marriage he won't even lay down his newspaper.

Helen Rowland:
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.

Helen Rowland:
Never trust a husband too far or a bachelor too near.

Helen Rowland:
One man's folly is another man's wife.

Helen Rowland:
The follies which a man regrets the most in his life are those which he didn't commit when he had the opportunity.

Helen Rowland:
What a man calls his "conscience" is merely the mental action that follows a sentimental reaction after too much wine or love.

Helen Rowland:
When a girl marries, she exchanges the attentions of all the other men of her acquaintance for the inattention of just one.

Helen Rowland:
When you see what some women marry, you realize how they must hate to work for a living.

Helena Rubenstein:
There are no ugly women, only lazy ones.

Rita Rudner:
Before I met my husband I'd never fallen in love, though I'd stepped in it a few times.

Rita Rudner:
I got kicked out of ballet class because I pulled a groin muscle. It wasn't mine.

Rita Rudner:
I love being married. It's so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.

Rita Rudner:
I think men who have a pierced ear are better prepared for marriage. They've experienced pain and bought jewelry.

Rita Rudner:
My mother buried three husbands— and two of them were only napping.

Rita Rudner:
Neurotics build castles in the air, psychotics live in them. My mother cleans them.

Rita Rudner:
Someday I want to be rich. Some people get so rich they lose all respect for humanity. That's how rich I want to be.

Rita Rudner:
To attract men, I wear a perfume called "New Car Interior".

Rita Rudner:
Whenever I date a guy, I think, is this the man I want my children to spend their weekends with?

Muriel Rukeyser:
The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.

Dora Russell:
We want far better reasons for having children than not knowing how to prevent them.

Diana Ryan:
Women have been doing men a disservice for a long time by not letting them be gentlemen.



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Margaret Sackville:
When all is said and done, monotony may after all be the best condition for creation.

Francois Sagan:
Every little girl knows about love. It is only her capacity to suffer because of it that increases.

Donna Salter:
You don't have to use your brain as long as you have a GPS.

Patsy H. Sampson:
Human successes, like human failures, are composed of one action at a time and achieved by one person at a time.

Alice San Andres-Calleja:
If you think of something good and beautiful, do it.

Alice San Andres-Calleja:
Life is too short to be perfect.

George Sand:
There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.

Chantal Saperstein:
All marriages are mixed marriages.

May Sarton:
Women are at last becoming persons first and wives second, and that is as it should be.

Virginia Satir:
We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.

Louisa Saunders:
When relationships are reduced to bickering, it's usually because there are grievances that aren't getting a proper airing.

Zenna Schaffer:
Give a man a fish and he has food for a day; teach him how to fish and you can get rid of him for the entire weekend.

Jacqueline Schiff:
Kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve.

Laura Schlessinger:
A lot of people do what we call neurotic things in order to repair their childhood.

Laura Schlessinger:
A lot of what children go through is because you adults don't carry the burden yourself.

Laura Schlessinger:
A lot of what children's hurt feelings are about is how the parents react.

Laura Schlessinger:
Arguing with a man doesn't work.

Laura Schlessinger:
As women go, so goes civilization.

Laura Schlessinger:
Behavior is a symptom. If you look at it like a problem, you're just going to make a judgment. If you look at like a symptom, you can do something about it.

Laura Schlessinger:
Boys are slobs... One reason is that mothers let them get away with it. Mothers are notorious for spoiling male children.

Laura Schlessinger:
Children have no reasonable assumption of privacy while they are minors in their parent's home.

Laura Schlessinger:
Controlling mothers do not pass the baton to their son's new wife.

Laura Schlessinger:
Decent responsible parents are a royal pain: that's how you know when you have them [such parents].

Laura Schlessinger:
Did you hear what I said? It was very profound.

Laura Schlessinger:
Do not blame God for your stupid decisions.

Laura Schlessinger:
Don't put your nose into somebody else's laundry, if you are not willing to fold your own.

Laura Schlessinger:
Don't talk over me, don't argue with me, just listen.

Laura Schlessinger:
Don't underestimate how fine you are.

Laura Schlessinger:
Don't waste my time: I'm not stupid, and I'm not gullible.

Laura Schlessinger:
Every man knows: you criticize a woman -- that's it for sex for the next year.

Laura Schlessinger:
Everyone has the right to go on a vacation without kids if they want.

Laura Schlessinger:
Going into therapy doesn't guarantee poop on toast.

Laura Schlessinger:
Guys behave like they're naive, but they're not stupid. They know what's going on.

Laura Schlessinger:
Having a sense of purpose in life is the best way to avoid dispair.

Laura Schlessinger:
I know I'm right, and I know you're wrong.

Laura Schlessinger:
I haven't yelled at anybody today. It's been a slow day.

Laura Schlessinger:
[talking to a bulimic girl] I spent two yours of my life being anorexic, but I would never dream of throwing up — my God!

Laura Schlessinger:
I think I average one good sulk a week.

Laura Schlessinger:
If there's an award for best mother-in-law in the universe, in the future, when my son gets married, I will win that award.

Laura Schlessinger:
If you want a weak man, you might as well marry a woman.

Laura Schlessinger:
If your life is going to be dictated by what's comfortable, your life will stink.

Laura Schlessinger:
I'm so happy, I can hardly spit.

Laura Schlessinger:
I'm not good at debating — I'm much better at pontificating.

Laura Schlessinger:
I'm very fond of food. I get hungry, and I like to eat almost all the time.

Laura Schlessinger:
If someone has a boy who gets to age 18 without something [a bone] being fractured, that kid has been overly controlled.

Laura Schlessinger:
If you can't handle the baggage, you'll have to get out of the baggage room.

Laura Schlessinger:
If you think positively instead of negatively, you'll behave better and you'll feel better.

Laura Schlessinger:
In the history of humanity, women have never been as oppressed as they are right now. Men can make babies with us and then walk away.

Laura Schlessinger:
Isn't it nice to know that you can put a worm on your hook and get a fish all charged up?

Laura Schlessinger:
It doesn't matter how we were raised. We become the person we choose to be.

Laura Schlessinger:
It doesn't matter what you say [to me] after "even though". I never change my mind. Give it up.

Laura Schlessinger:
It's a tough world out there, and women can't afford to be weenies.

Laura Schlessinger:
It's not the worst thing in the world to look different from everyone else.

Laura Schlessinger:
Listen carefully, because I don't repeat myself — and if I do, I get testy.

Laura Schlessinger:
Make believe I'm right.

Laura Schlessinger:
Marriage is not just about love and living together. It's much more complicated, especially when you are going to be making a family.

Laura Schlessinger:
Men are very easy: You treat them well, and they behave right. You don't treat them well, and they don't behave right.

Laura Schlessinger:
Men are very easy to get along with: they just want to come home to something pleasant.

Laura Schlessinger:
Most people are weak and frightened, and run from anything which could be upsetting. Most people, also, are takers and not givers.

Laura Schlessinger:
My father was right. Unfortunately, he died before I could tell him.

Laura Schlessinger:
My way of thinking is better than yours.

Laura Schlessinger:
Nagging pays off.

Laura Schlessinger:
Never ask anyone if you should do something, if ultimately you are afraid to do it. You'll save yourself a lot of trouble.

Laura Schlessinger:
Never miss an opportunity to look like a nice guy.

Laura Schlessinger:
Never use God to hurt yourself.

Laura Schlessinger:
Nobody leaves a house where there is peace, joy and good sex.

Laura Schlessinger:
Nothing is irresistible. There is no feeling that is irresistible.

Laura Schlessinger:
Only good people feel guilt.

Laura Schlessinger:
Other people do not owe me their availability.

Laura Schlessinger:
People get mad at me very easily. The magnitude of your anger toward me is the measure of how much you know you are doing wrong.

Laura Schlessinger:
People who have "their own issues" often don't stand back and look at the big picture: they're too busy orchestrating their own issues.

Laura Schlessinger:
Probably more than half of the people who go into psychology do so because they need help. I think it's their way of feeling that they have control.

Laura Schlessinger:
Promises made out of ignorance should not be kept.

Laura Schlessinger:
Some women are like elephants. I don't mean size, I mean they never forget.

Laura Schlessinger:
Sometimes guys avoid things they don't know how to do well.

Laura Schlessinger:
Stop being a bitch, and you'll stop hearing that you're acting like a bitch.

Laura Schlessinger:
Stop saying "right" to me. I'm starting to feel hostile.

Laura Schlessinger:
That's your life. Get used to it. Don't get mad at me— you married him.

Laura Schlessinger:
The primary concern of the human animal is to avoid rejection and abandonment.

Laura Schlessinger:
The worst thing is the world is a defensive my-kid-can't-do-anything-wrong parent.

Laura Schlessinger:
There are so many responsible, nice, kind guys out there. Why marry a fixer-upper?

Laura Schlessinger:
There is no such thing in life as no pain and no disappointment.

Laura Schlessinger:
There is no unconditional love in the universe.

Laura Schlessinger:
There's no battered woman alive who didn't know in advance that the man was bad.

Laura Schlessinger:
There's no point dating a guy who can't support a family.

Laura Schlessinger:
There's no point feeling angry at a drunk.

Laura Schlessinger:
There's no point in arguing with me: in my mind, I'm always right.

Laura Schlessinger:
There's no reason to yell at anybody.

Laura Schlessinger:
There's nothing stupider than an unpaid whore.

Laura Schlessinger:
There's nothing wrong with blame, if blame is due.

Laura Schlessinger:
Too many people make the past their identity and spend the rest of their lives accumulating sympathy for their past pain.

Laura Schlessinger:
What do you think? Everything that has a penis that has sperm go through it is intelligent and mature?

Laura Schlessinger:
When a man marries he takes a bigger risk than the woman, because she can march out with his kids, his money, his home, and his dog.

Laura Schlessinger:
When we're hurting, it does not give us a license to hurt others.

Laura Schlessinger:
When you're around people, act like you like them.

Laura Schlessinger:
Why should a man say what he feels, when a women is going to ignore what he says?

Laura Schlessinger:
Women have to be controlled: we're just too emotional.

Laura Schlessinger:
Women who don't think they can get a neat guy hang onto losers because something is better than nothing.

Laura Schlessinger:
Would you stop hoping? Hope is just postponed disappointment.

Laura Schlessinger:
You can rescue a woman from a dragon — because you can go slay the dragon — but you can't rescue a woman from herself.

Laura Schlessinger:
You can't compete with other women by becoming a pain in the butt.

Laura Schlessinger:
You can't hug money.

Laura Schlessinger:
You can't marry boys and expect them to be men — and you can't massage them into being men.

Laura Schlessinger:
You don't need to make your heart and your head agree. Let your head make the decision — your heart will catch up eventually.

Laura Schlessinger:
You have the power. You are the magic wand.

Laura Schlessinger:
You'd be amazed at how much power women have over men — and the basic control is nagging... Men are very simple creatures, like puppies.

Laura Schlessinger:
Your mother doesn't own you. Your father doesn't own you. You own you.

Caroline Schoeder:
Some people change their ways when they see the light, others when they feel the heat.

Olive Schreiner:
There was never a great man who had not a great mother.

Mary Queen of Scots:
No more tears now; I will think about revenge.

Angela Serota:
Learning about the inner growth in ourselves is the most important part of life.

Dorothy Serrity:
We need to change so we can remain the same.

Madame de Sevigne:
I fear nothing so much as a man who is witty all day long.

Katie Seward:
Ice cream tastes better with a plastic spoon.

Anne Sexton:
It doesn't matter who my father was. It matters who I remember he was.

Anne Shaef:
Getting to the top isn't bad, and it's probably best done as an afterthought.

Helen Sharman:
There is very little difference between men and women in space.

Shelley (an "Ask Amy" reader):
When faced with two equally valid paths, I choose both.

Barbara Sher:
You can learn new things at any time in your life if you're willing to be a beginner. If you actually learn to like being a beginner, the whole world opens up to you.

Margaret Sherwood:
In great moments life seems neither right nor wrong, but something greater, it seems inevitable.

Elisabeth Shue:
I may be the girl next door, but you wouldn't want to live next to me.

Simone Signoret:
Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years. That is what makes a marriage last — more than passion or even sex!

Carol Siskind:
Jews don't go camping. Life is hard enough as it is.

Edith Sitwell:
Hot water is my native element. I was in it as a baby, and I have never seemed to get out of it ever since.

Edith Sitwell:
I am not eccentric. It's just that I am more alive than most people. I am an unpopular electric eel set in a pond of goldfish.

Edith Sitwell:
I am one of those unhappy persons who inspire bores to the greatest flights of art.

Edith Sitwell:
I wish the government would put a tax on pianos for the incompetent.

Edith Sitwell:
My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence.

Lenore Skenazy :
A child who thinks he can't do anything on his own eventually can't.

Cornelia Otis Skinner:
Women's virtue is man's greatest invention.

Grace Slick:
No matter how big or soft or warm your bed is, you still have to get out of it.

Ruth Smeltzer:
You have not lived a perfect day unless you have done something for someone who will never be able to repay you.

Hannah Whitall Smith:
The true secret of giving advice is, after you have honestly given it, to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not, and never persist in trying to set people right.

Liz Smith:
You can't build a reputation on what you intend to do.

Margaret Smith:
I don't visit my parents often because Delta Airlines won't wait in the yard while I run in.

Nancy Banks Smith:
Agatha Christie has given more pleasure in bed than any other woman.

Susan Sontag:
Any important disease whose causality is murky, and for which treatment is ineffectual, tends to be awash in significance.

Susan Sontag:
For those who live neither with religious consolations about death nor with a sense of death (or of anything else) as natural, death is the obscene mystery, the ultimate affront, the thing that cannot be controlled. It can only be denied.

Susan Sontag:
I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list.

Susan Sontag:
Industrial societies turn their citizens into image junkies; it is the most irresistible form of mental pollution. Poignant longings for beauty, for an end to probing below the surface, for a redemption and celebration of the body of the world. Ultimately, having an experience becomes identical with taking a photograph of it.

Susan Sontag:
Interpretation is the revenge of the intellectual upon art.

Susan Sontag:
Sanity is a cozy lie.

Susan Sontag:
The camera makes everyone a tourist in other people's reality, and eventually in one's own.

Julia Sorel:
If you're never scared or embarrassed or hurt, it means you never take any chances.

Janet Sorensen:
I love my kids, but I wouldn't want them for friends.

Muriel Spark:
One should only see a psychiatrist out of boredom.

Britney Spears:
I think you should never put boundaries on yourself. You should always want to grow.

Elizabeth Spelk:
I don't place much faith in my intuitions, except as a starting place for designing experiments.

Elizabeth Spelk:
It's not about being right, it's about getting it right.

Elizabeth Spelk:
The job of the baby is to learn.

Barbara Stanwyck:
Career is too pompous a word. It was a job, and I have always felt privileged to be paid for what I love doing.

Gertrude Stein:
Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.

Gertrude Stein:
It takes a lot of time to be a genius. You have to sit around so much doing nothing, really doing nothing.

Gertrude Stein:
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.

Gloria Steinem:
A pedestal is as much a prison as any small, confined space.

Gloria Steinem:
Most American children suffer too much mother and too little father.

Gloria Steinem:
Most women's magazines simply try to mold women into bigger and better consumers.

Gloria Steinem:
The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off.

Gloria Steinem:
We can tell our values by looking at our checkbook stubs.

Gladys Stern:
Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone.

Elizabeth Stone:
Making a decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.

Judith Stone:
In New York City, one suicide in ten is attributed to a lack of storage space.

Harriet Beecher Stowe:
The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.

Harriet Beecher Stowe:
Women are the real architects of society.

Abraham Lincoln:
(On meeting Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of "Uncle Tom's Cabin") So you're the little woman who wrote the book that made this great war.

Meryl Streep:
Instant gratification is not soon enough.

Meryl Streep:
You can't get spoiled if you do your own ironing.

Muriel Strode:
Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

Annie Sullivan:
The truth is not wonderful enough to suit the newspapers; so they enlarge upon it, and invent ridiculous embellishments.

Annie Sullivan:
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.

Audrey Sutherland:
The only real security is the ability to build your own fires and find your own peace.

Natalie Svyetalylo:
You can't run away from your destiny.

Alice Mackenzie Swaim:
Courage is not the towering oak that sees storms come and go; it is the fragile blossom that opens in the snow.

Gloria Swanson:
All creative people should be required to leave California for three months every year.

Madame Swetchine:
To love deeply in one direction makes us more loving in all others.



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Amy Tan:
If you can't change your fate, change your attitude.

Elizabeth Taylor:
It's not the having, it's the getting.

Jane Taylor:
Self-denial is painful for a moment, but very agreeable in the end.

Sara Teasdale:
No one worth possessing can be quite possessed.

Ada Teixeira:
If your efforts are sometimes greeted with indifference, don't lose heart. The sun puts on a wonderful show at daybreak, yet most of the people in the audience go on sleeping.

Mother Teresa:
Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.

Mother Teresa:
Loneliness is the most terrible poverty.

Mother Teresa:
Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.

Helen Terry:
What is a diary as a rule? A document useful to the person who keeps it. Dull to the contemporary who reads it and invaluable to the student, centuries afterwards, who treasures it.

Janet Tewley:
Nature is unfair to women. We flower with tragic brevity.

Josephine Tey:
Lack of education is an extraordinary handicap when one is being offensive.

Margaret Thatcher:
Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't.

Margaret Thatcher:
If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.

Margaret Thatcher:
No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he'd only had good intentions: he had money, too.

Margaret Thatcher:
People think that at the top there isn't much room. They tend to think of it as an Everest. My message is that there is tons of room at the top.

Margaret Thatcher:
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.

Margaret Thatcher:
There can be no liberty unless there is economic liberty.

Margaret Thatcher:
You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.

Mary Dixon Thayer:
It is not what you give your friend, but what you are willing to give him that determines the quality of friendship.

Angela Thirkell:
If one cannot invent a really convincing lie, it is often better to stick to the truth.

Pauline Thomason:
Love is blind — marriage is the eye-opener.

Dorothy Thompson:
Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live.

Lily Tomlin:
I have always wanted to be somebody, but I see now I should have been more specific.

Lily Tomlin:
The problem with the rat race is that, even if you win, you're still a rat.

Lily Tomlin:
Why is it when we talk to God we're said to be praying, but when God talks to us we're schizophrenic?

Diana Trilling:
I learned early in life that to laugh before breakfast was to cry before dinner.

Diana Trilling:
I regard the whole of my life as having been lived in an anxious world.

Diana Trilling:
Surely going to bed with a man before marriage was the most courageous act of my life.

Diana Trilling:
They were not easy companions, these intellectuals. They were overbearing and arrogant, excessively competitive; they lacked magnanimity and often they lacked common courtesy. Ours was a cruelly judgmental society, often malicious and riddled with envy.

Una Troubridge:
A girl can't analyze marriage, and a woman dare not.

Marina Tsvetaeva:
No one has stepped twice into the same river, but did anyone ever step twice into the same book?

Barbara Tuchman:
War is the unfolding of miscalculations.

Sophie Tucker:
From birth to age 18, a girl needs good parents. From 18 to 35, she needs good looks. From 35 to 55 she needs a good personality. And from 55 on, she needs cash.

Sophie Tucker:
I've been rich and I've been poor. Rich is better.

Maraget Turnbull:
No man is responsible for his father. That was entirely his mother's affair.

Margaret Turnbull:
When a man meets catastrophe on the road, he looks in his purse, but a woman looks in her mirror.

Lana Turner:
A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend. A successful woman is one who can find such a man.



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Mo Udall:
Any change or reform you make is going to have consequence you don't like.

Ernestine Ulmer:
Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.

Laurel Ulrich:
Well-behaved women rarely make history.



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Brandi Valenza:
Free is good.

Brandi Valenza:
If everything were different, nothing would be the same.

Patricia Vance:
Do you want to trace your family tree? Run for public office.

Amy Vanderbilt:
Do not speak of repulsive matters at table.

Amy Vanderbilt:
The modern rule is that every woman should be her own chaperon.

Stephanie Vanderkellen:
If you don't show up at a party, people will assume you're fat.

Daniele Vare:
Diplomacy is the art of letting someone have your way.

Susan Vass:
I've been married so long, I am on my third bottle of Tabasco sauce.

Beatrice Vievard:
After the exercise, just before the final stretch, comes the perfect time of smiling.

Beatrice Vievard:
Once you're strong, you're strong. What's hard is to get stronger.

Queen Victoria:
I feel sure that no girl would go to the altar if she knew all.

Queen Victoria:
The Queen is most anxious to enlist everyone in checking this mad, wicked folly of "Women's Rights". It is a subject which makes the Queen so furious that she cannot contain herself.

Pamela Voge:
A sexy brain could well be the most important asset a man can bring to a relationship.   [see Kurt Vonnegut]

Pamela Voge:
I can live anyone else's life, it is my own with which I have trouble.

Pamela Voge:
I don't have a good solution to everything, but I can feed you and get you water.

Pamela Voge:
I just know that if money is my only problem, I don't have any problems.

Pamela Voge:
If I can get through life, I can get through anything.

Pamela Voge:
If I could have my way, I would not be any trouble at all.

Pamela Voge:
If you choose your woman wisely, you will never go hungry.

Pamela Voge:
If you stop and think about it, you know that you can't drive a car well and talk on the phone at the same time. The trick is to stop and think about it.

Pamela Voge:
It is sad when the past steals our present.

Pamela Voge:
It seems that the only time in my life when I have worked for anyone who had any common sense is when I was self-employed.

Pamela Voge:
Life is not easy if you live it well.

Pamela Voge:
Never pass up an opportunity to eat.

Pamela Voge:
One of the reasons so many people believe they are forgetful is they are trying to absorb too much information at the same time. For example, they do not focus when someone tells them something so, later, they forget it.

Pamela Voge:
Sometimes you have to do things to figure out you don't want to do them.

Pamela Voge:
The reason driving requires so much uninterrupted concentration is that it is different every time we do it.

Pamela Voge:
The sequoia is the tree that all other trees aspire to be.

Pamela Voge:
The way to use your brain to maximum capacity is to focus on one thing at a time.

Pamela Voge:
We're not talking about reality — we're talking about how I feel.

Pamela Voge:
When a baby nurses, it does more than just drink milk. It sucks the brain cells right out of your head.

Pamela Voge:
You can tell how long you've been married by the age of your Tupperware.

Pamela Voge:
You know you have real love when things are difficult and you run to each other, not away from each other.

Pamela Voge:
You're already in the right place. You just have to make the right decisions.

Mary Heaton Vorse:
The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair.



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Jane Wagner:
A sobering thought: what if, at this very moment, I am living up to my full potential?

Jane Wagner:
I personally think we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain.

Jane Wagner:
Our ability to delude ourselves may be an important survival tool.

Alice Walker:
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.

Alice Walker:
No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.

Alice Walker:
The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any.

Lydonna Walker:
You need to ride the horse when it's alive, not beat it when it's dead.

Michelle Walker:
If you think you're too small to make a difference, you've obviously never been in bed with a mosquito.

Barbara Walters:
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.

Carolyn Warner:
Years ago fairy tales all began with "Once upon a time...", now we know they all begin with, "If I am elected..."

Christi Warner:
A friend is one who knows all about you and likes you anyway.

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

Faye Wattleton:
The only safe ship in a storm is leadership.

June Wayne:
The arts are the rain forests of society. They produce the oxygen of freedom, and they are the early warning system when freedom is in danger.

Cathy Weatherford:
What you teach your own children is what you really believe in.

Mary Webb:
If you stop to be kind, you must swerve often from your path.

Barbara Weeks:
Happiness is being married to your best friend.

Simone Weil:
All sins are attempts to fill voids.

Simone Weil:
Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our real life.

Simone Weil:
Those who are unhappy have no need for anything in this world but people capable of giving them their attention.

Simone Weil:
To be a hero or a heroine, one must give an order to oneself.

Anita Weiss:
I moved to New York City for my health. I'm paranoid and New York was the only place where my fears were justified.

Lina Wertmuller:
You should always carry a gun. Not to shoot yourself, but to know that you're always making a choice.

Jessamyn West:
It is very easy to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own.

Jessamyn West:
Memory is a magnet. It will pull to it and hold only material nature has designed it to attract.

Jessamyn West:
We want the facts to fit the preconceptions. When they don't, it is easier to ignore the facts than to change the preconceptions.

Mae West:
I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it.

Mae West:
I feel like a million tonight — but one at a time.

Mae West:
I generally avoid temptation, unless I can't resist it.

Mae West:
I go for two kinds of men:the kind with muscles, and the kind without.

Mae West:
I wrote the story myself. It's about a girl who lost her reputation and never missed it.

Mae West:
It is better to be looked over than overlooked.

Mae West:
It's hard to be funny when you have to be clean.

Mae West:
It's not the men in my life that count, it's the life in my men.

Mae West:
Keep a diary, and someday it'll keep you.

Mae West:
Loves conquers all things except poverty and toothache.

Mae West:
Say what you want about long dresses, but they cover a multitude of shins.

Mae West:
To err is human, but is feels divine.

Mae West:
Virtue has its own reward, but no box office.

Mae West:
When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I've never tried before.

Mae West:
When women go wrong, men go right after them.

Meredith West:
If you want to stand out, don't be different, be outstanding.

Rebecca West:
Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience.

Rebecca West:
Before a war, military science seems a real science, like astronomy. After a war it seems more like astrology.

Rebecca West:
God forbid that any book should be banned. The practice is as indefensible as infanticide.

Rebecca West:
He is every other inch a gentleman.

Rebecca West:
People call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute.

Rebecca West:
There was a definite process by which one made people into friends, and it involved talking to them and listening to them for hours at a time.

Vivienne Westwood:
It is not possible for a man to be elegant without a touch of femininity.

Edith Wharton:
If only we'd stop trying to be happy we'd have a pretty good time.

Edith Wharton:
Life is the only real counselor; wisdom unfiltered through personal experience does not become a part of the moral tissue.

Edith Wharton:
There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or to be the mirror that reflects it.

Margaret Wheatley:
The things we fear most in organizations — fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances — are the primary sources of creativity.

Lynn White:
We live in an era when rapid change breeds fear, and fear too often congeals us into a rigidity which we mistake for stability.

Katharine Whitehorn:
A food is not necessarily essential just because your child hates it.

Katharine Whitehorn:
A good listener is not someone with nothing to say. A good listener is a good talker with a sore throat.

Katharine Whitehorn:
Have you ever taken something out of the clothes hamper because it had become, relatively, the cleanest thing?

Katharine Whitehorn:
No nice men are good at getting taxis.

Katharine Whitehorn:
The easiest way for your children to learn about money is for you not to have any.

Katharine Whitehorn:
Why do born-again people so often make you wish they'd never been born the first time?

Faith Whittlesey:
Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but she did it backwards and in high heels.

Anna Wickham:
It is well within the order of things that man should listen when his mate sings; but the true male never yet walked who liked to listen when his mate talked.

Suzan Wiener:
Often the best thing about not saying anything is that it can't be repeated.

Colleen Wilcox:
Teaching is the greatest act of optimism.

Oprah Winfrey:
You can have it all. You just can't have it all at one time.

Liz Winston:
I rely on my personality for birth control.

Liz Winston:
I think, therefore I'm single.

Liz Winston:
When mom found my diaphram, I told her it was a bathing cap for my cat.

Shelley Winters:
All marriages are happy. It's trying to live together afterwards that causes all the problems.

Laurie Jo Wojcik:
Daughters go into analysis hating their fathers and come out hating their mothers. They never come out hating themselves.

Harriet Woods:
You can stand tall without standing on someone. You can be a victor without having victems.

Virginia Woolf:
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.

Virginia Woolf:
Humor is the first of the gifts to perish in a foreign tongue.

Virginia Woolf:
I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.

Virginia Woolf:
If one could be friendly with women, what a pleasure — the relationship so secret and private compared with relations with men.

Virginia Woolf:
If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.

Virginia Woolf:
Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.

Virginia Woolf:
The first duty of a lecturer: to hand you after an hour's discourse a nugget of pure truth to wrap up between the pages of your notebooks, and keep on the mantlepiece forever.

Virginia Woolf:
The older one grows, the more one likes indecency.

Virginia Woolf:
To enjoy freedom we have to control ourselves.

Beverly Wright:
Be sure to dip the biscuit while the gravy's warm.

Kristi Wrightson:
You need to be fully committed to the habit you want to create.

Claudia Young:
If age imparted wisdom, there wouldn't be any old fools.



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