A collection of Special quotes
What the rich and famous and wise said
Thoughtful and attentive words to contenplate learn from
Note: Throughout history the rich, famous and wise have said things that have been recorded in the form of quotes. It is the study of these quotes that give insights into life.
My mother told me stories all the time...And in all of those stories she told me who I was, who I was supposed to be, whom I came from, and who would follow me... That's what she said and what she showed me in the things she did and the way she lives. --Paula Gunn Allen, in The Sacred Hoop
Black women have not historically stood in the pulpit, but that doesn't undermine the fact that they built the churches and maintain the pulpits.
--Maya Angelou, poet/author
Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing, never can bring about reform.
--Susan Brownell Anthony, 1860
Reconciliation should be accompanied by justice, otherwise it will not last. While we all hope for peace it shouldn't be peace at any cost but peace based on principle, on justice.
Ladies, we must remind ourselves that the weapon of the vote will be for us, just as it is for man, the only means of obtaining the reforms we desire. As long as we remain excluded from civic life, men will attend to their own interests rather than to ours.
--Hubertine Auclert, France, 1879
But history, real solemn history, I cannot be interested in... I read it a little as a duty, but it tells me nothing that does not either vex or weary me. The quarrels of popes and kings, with wars or pestilences, in every page; the men all so good for nothing, and hardly any women at all--it is very tiresome.
--Jane Austen's Catherine Morland in Northanger Abbey (1817)
Women were brought up to believe that men were the answer. They weren't. They weren't even one of the questions.
--Julian Barnes, English, novelist
The dogma of woman's complete historical subjection to men must be rated as one of the most fantastic myths ever created by the human mind.
--Mary Ritter Beard, in Woman as a Force in History
When women are depressed they either eat or go shopping. Men invade another country.
The myth that men are the economic providers and women, mainly, are mothers and care givers in the family has now been thoroughly refuted. This family pattern has never been the norm, except in a narrow middle-class segment.
--Gro Harlem Brundtland, Prime Minister of Norway, 1995
The secret of joy in work is contained in one word: excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.
The state of the world today demands that women become less modest and dream/plan/act/risk on a larger scale.
You don't just luck into things as much as you'd like to think you do. You build step by step, whether it's friendships or opportunities.
--U.S. First Lady Barbara Bush
Parliaments have stopped laughing at woman suffrage, and politicians have begun to dodge! It is the inevitable premonition of coming victory.
--Carrie Chapman Catt, International Woman Suffrage Association, 1913
The student trained to reach decisions in the light of logic and of history will be disposed to recognize that, in a democratic country, governed as this is by the suffrage of its citizens, and given over as this is to the principle and practice of educating women, a distinction based on difference of sex is artificial and illogical.
--Mary Whiton Calkins, Wellesley professor and Harvard student who was refused a Ph.D. from Harvard even though she satisfied all the degree requirements
Remember our heritage is our power; we can know ourselves and our capacities by seeing that other women have been strong.
--Judy Chicago, feminist artist
To reclaim our past and insist that it become a part of our human history is the task that lies before us. For the future requires that women, as well as men, shape the world destiny.
--Judy Chicago, feminist artist
Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.
--Marie Curie, scientist
The young women of today, free to study, to speak, to write, to choose their occupation, should remember that every inch of this freedom was bought for them at a great price. It is for them to show their gratitude by helping onward the reforms of their own times, by spreading the light of freedom and of truth still wider. The debt that each generation owes to the past it must pay to the future.
--Abigail Scott Duniway, suffrage organizer in the Pacific Northwest
Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us worthy evidence of the fact.
--George Eliot, writer
It was in the abolition movement that women first learned to organize, to hold public meetings, to conduct petition campaigns. As abolitionists they first won the right to speak in public, and began to evolve a philosophy of their place in society and of their basic rights. For a quarter of a century the two movements, to free the slave and liberate the women, nourished and strengthened one another.
--Eleanor Flexner, women's movement pioneer
A girl should not expect special privileges because of her sex but neither should she adjust to prejudice and discrimination.
--Betty Friedan, feminist
My grandfather once told me that there are two kinds of people: those who work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was less competition there.
--Indira Gandhi, prime minister of India
Women have the right to mount the scaffold; they should likewise have the right to mount the rostrum.
--Olympe de Gouges, author of Declaration of Rights of Women, France, 1791
Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature... Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
--Helen Keller, author, The Open Door
It is not power that corrupts, but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts.
--Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma (Myanmar), 1991
Women's history is the primary tool for women's emancipation.
The history of an oppressed people is hidden in the lies and the agreed-upon myth of its conquerors.
--Meridel Le Sueur, author
They say that women talk too much. If you have worked in Congress, you know that the filibuster was invented by men.
--Clare Booth Luce
It's far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help.
--Judith S. Marin
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world: indeed it's the only thing that ever has!
--Margaret Mead, anthropologist
For women there are, undoubtedly, great difficulties in the path, but so much more to overcome. First, no woman should say, "I am but a woman!" But a woman! What more can you ask to be?
--Astronomer Maria Mitchell, 1896
Whoever said, "It's not whether you win or lose that counts," probably lost.
Why have women passion, intellect, moral activity--these three--and a place in society where no one of the three can be exercised?
I don't know that there are any shortcuts to doing a good job.
--Sandra Day O'Connor
Remember the dignity of your womanhood. Do not appeal, do not beg, do not grovel. Take courage, join hands, stand beside us, fight with us.
--Christabel Pankhurst, British suffragette, 1880-1950
I always feel the movement is a sort of mosaic. Each of us puts in one little stone, and then you get a great mosaic at the end.
--Alice Paul, pioneer suffragist
You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.
--Montana Representative Jeannette Rankin, the first woman elected to Congress
People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.
--U.S. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, in My Day
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
--U.S. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt
The liberated woman is not that modern doll who wears make-up and tasteless clothes....The liberated woman is a person who believes that she is as human as a man. The liberated woman does not insist on her freedom so as to abuse it.
--Ghada Samman, Syrian writer, 1961
Men have singled out women of outstanding merit and put them on a pedestal to avoid recognizing the capabilities of all women.
--Huda Shaarawi, Egyptian writer and women's rights organizer, 1924
If you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.
--English Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
If it is true that men are better than women because they are stronger, why aren't our sumo wrestlers in the government?
--Kishida Toshiko, 19th century Japanese feminist
Dat man ober dar say dat women needs to be helped into carriages and lifted ober ditches, and to hab de best place everywhar. Nobody eber helps me into carriages, or ober mud-puddles, or gibs me any best place! And ain't I a woman! Look at me! Look at my arm! I have ploughed, and planted and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain't I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man--when I could get it--and bear de lash as well! And ain't I a woman? I have borne thirteen chilern, and seen 'em mos' all sold into slavery, and when I cried out with my mother's grief, none but Jesus heard me! And ain't I a woman?
Sojourner Truth, May 1851
A good idea will keep you awake during the morning, but a great idea will keep you awake during the night.
--Marilyn Vos Savant
I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is; I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.
--Rebecca West, The Clarion, 1913, England
I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.
--Laura Ingalls Wilder, pioneer and writer
All of my life I have always had the urge to do things better than anybody else.
--Babe Didrikson Zaharias