Quotes About Woman

It is the woman – nearly always – in spite of all the advances of modern feminism, who still takes responsibility for the bulk of the chores, as well as doing her paid job. This is true even in households where men try to be unselfish and to do their share.

— A. N. Wilson

When I have an idea, I’m like a pregnant woman. I just have to deliver.

— Abdolkarim Soroush

I think women should be more independent. In society, we’re portrayed as people who simply wear make-up and sit around. We need a Princess Charming – a woman who rescues her man and slays the dragon instead of the other way round.

— Adora Svitak

I think every woman should be using a foundation, whether it’s liquid or compact.

— Aerin Lauder

If someone was having some surgery that was going to put them out for three months, it’s something you should consider, with a man or a woman. What is the impact of having the C.E.O. or visionary out for three months?

— Aileen Lee

When I was younger, it was harder for me to find a black eyeliner that would actually show up on my skin. Being a dark-skinned woman, when you find something that actually shows up on your face, you love it even more.

— Aja Naomi King

I always think – when I get mad, and people say, ‘Don’t be the angry black woman’ – it’s like, well, why not? There’s so much to be angry about.

— Aja Naomi King

My wife is a very attractive woman, and she’s always worried about her diet. But she doesn’t pay attention to me, and I don’t pay attention to her. She’s a vegetarian, and it drives me crazy.

— Alan King

I thought, ‘It doesn’t matter what that woman is wearing,’ but then I realised actually it’s our job as designers to make women smile to bring them the chocolate without the calories.

— Alber Elbaz

I’m not a plastic surgeon, and I cannot change the DNA of a person, but when I see a woman try on my clothes and she feels beautiful, I know I am doing my job.

— Alber Elbaz

You could fancy what you’d like, but as a woman, my mother always raised us to believe in ourselves. I am very grateful that my mother brought me up that way.

— Alek Wek

A woman’s desire is either terrifying, or it’s ignored.

— Alexander Chee

Naturally, my stories are about women – I’m a woman. I don’t know what the term is for men who write mostly about men. I’m not always sure what is meant by ‘feminist.’ In the beginning, I used to say, ‘Well, of course I’m a feminist.’ But if it means that I follow a kind of feminist theory, or know anything about it, then I’m not.

— Alice Munro

I have lost and put on big batches of weight in my life many, many times. But what concerns me is the idea of being an obese old woman, because I don’t like the idea of being physically incapable in someone else’s hands.

— Alison Moyet

I just find P.J. Harvey so mesmerising to watch because she remains unfathomable. She is the kind of woman who makes you rue the day you weren’t born her. She always seems to be the cat that walks alone, and you don’t feel you are supposed to know her.

— Alison Moyet

People always had something to say about the fact I was odd looking, bigger than other people, that I was awkward. When I discovered punk, I bought into it. That look, combined with being fat, made me even less of what people thought a young woman should be.

— Alison Moyet

If black lives matter, then why is it that black women are more than five times as likely as a white woman to have an abortion? I think the womb that brings forth the black life should matter… Because black lives absolutely matter, what about the babies in that womb? What about that mama?

— Alveda King

Some people still see me as a kid, but I’m a 23-year-old woman now.

— Amanda Bynes

What a woman is taught, she shares with her family.

— Amanda Lindhout

There is no corner too quiet, or too far away, for a woman to make sorrow in it.

— Amelia Barr

I think for a woman, the hardest thing about growing old is becoming invisible. There’s something very front and center about being young.

— Amy Grant

I think a woman can have all of the ideas and mental pictures. She can be a real planner and a motivator. But in the end, I think a woman does best when she responds to a man.

— Amy Grant

I actually like the sort of industrial, working-class woman like Rosie the Riveter, so I’m kind of like the sort of street style of the ’50s.

— Andra Day

People are what you make them. A scornful look turns into a complete fool a man of average intelligence. A contemptuous indifference turns into an enemy a woman who, well treated, might have been an angel.

— Andre Maurois

Like Hillary Clinton before her, Mrs. Obama has always been a working woman. She is a lawyer turned hospital administrator turned political right hand. It is a unique resume.

— Andre Leon Talley

The zenith of elegance in any woman’s wardrobe is the little black dress, the power of which suggests dash and refinement.

— Andre Leon Talley

It’s every woman’s tragedy, that, after a certain age, she looks like a female impersonator. Mind you, we’ve known some lovely female impersonators, in our time.

— Angela Carter

In the mythic schema of all relations between men and women, man proposes, and woman is disposed of.

— Angela Carter

Because of the generation in which I came into the world, there were expectations. Of course there were expectations. It was something having to do with being a respectable Negro woman who would make the people in Baltimore proud.

— Anna Deavere Smith

I made a real specific decision when I came out of school and most artists were writing about home – if you were a woman, you were writing about being a woman – and I decided not to do that, write about what you know. That’s not what I do. I went as far away from home as possible in terms of the development of my imagination.

— Anna Deavere Smith

It is a woman’s nature to be constant – to love one and one only, blindly, tenderly, and for ever – bless them, dear creatures!

— Anne Bronte

To me idealized characters are so boring to play, especially having grown up in the classical theater. That’s a great experience, but as a woman, especially, you’ve played a lot of idealized characters. So when you’ve got someone who has weaknesses as well as strengths, that’s interesting.

— Annette Bening

Right now, I love the fact that I have so many opportunities, but I know this privileged position cannot last. That doesn’t mean that I’ll stop working. I picture myself as an old actress doing cameos in films with people saying: ‘Isn’t that that Bening woman?’

— Annette Bening

Empowerment is not about doing the same thing the same way in the same environment. It’s about building the man and the woman and doing so with a view to creating better citizens and, by extension, better patriots in this society of ours.

— Anthony Carmona

You don’t have to vaccinate every man, woman and child in the country if you have a couple of cases of smallpox cropping up.

— Anthony Fauci

When I’m dancing with any woman, I immediately get rid of intimacy barriers. I just give her a big hug and crack on.

— Anton du Beke

The punishment of shaving a woman’s head had biblical origins. In Europe, the practice dated back to the Dark Ages with the Visigoths.

— Antony Beevor

I do not choose characters because I think, ‘Wow, that woman is so strong.’ I chose these characters with utmost conviction because I think they were realistic enough to exist, and I really liked the scripts.

— Anushka Sharma

I do not consider myself a feminist. I do not believe that by doing female-oriented films that depict a woman fighting the system, we can change the system.

— Anushka Sharma

A female newcomer and a male newcomer will get paid different amounts of money. You’re a newcomer, nobody knows who you are, man or woman doesn’t matter. But you’re going to get paid different money.

— Anushka Sharma

Because comedy is cheap to put on: if you’ve got a play or an opera, there’s a whole load of people and a set, but comedy is just one man or woman. And because TV has learned to love comics – there’s so many more around now than when I started out.

— Arthur Smith

A Western woman is not her brother’s or her father’s property. She’s just herself. She can choose her own lifestyle. But in a Muslim family, the honor of the man is between the legs of a woman.

— Ayaan Hirsi Ali

When you look at the light bulb above you, you remember Thomas Alva Edison. When the telephone bell rings, you remember Alexander Graham Bell. Marie Curie was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize. When you see the blue sky, you think of Sir C.V. Raman.

— A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

I am humble Abraham Lincoln. I have been solicited by my friends to become a candidate for the Legislature. My politics are short and sweet, like the old woman’s dance.

— Abraham Lincoln

I learned a great many years ago that in a fight between husband and wife, a third party should never get between the woman’s skillet and the man’s ax-helve.

— Abraham Lincoln

If you think you can slander a woman into loving you, or a man into voting for you, try it till you are satisfied.

— Abraham Lincoln

Whatever woman may cast her lot with mine, should any ever do so, it is my intention to do all in my power to make her happy and contented and there is nothing I can imagine that would make me more unhappy than to fail in the effort.

— Abraham Lincoln

If I would make a song dedicated to any woman, it would have to be my mom because, you know, she’s been there since I came out of her. She would have to be the one… my mom or my daughter.

— Action Bronson

Humanity is the virtue of a woman, generosity that of a man.

— Adam Smith

Do you know the difference between a beautiful woman and a charming one? A beauty is a woman you notice, a charmer is one who notices you.

— Adlai E. Stevenson

I’ve never cared for guns. In fact, when I did ‘Scent of a Woman’ I had to learn how to assemble one.

— Al Pacino

No man or woman of the humblest sort can really be strong, gentle and good, without the world being better for it, without somebody being helped and comforted by the very existence of that goodness.

— Alan Alda

Alpha men are very turned on by the alpha woman, really high chemistry, really fun to work with, probably really fun to have affairs with, but there’s not sustainable harmony in that lack of complement. There can only be one person in the driver’s seat.

— Alanis Morissette

When I was producing on my own, I was doing it in order to – in a very patriarchal entertainment industry, let alone planet – very much hell-bent on trying to prove to myself, if nothing else, that I could do it as a woman.

— Alanis Morissette

I’m a liability to them – I’m a woman, I’m empowered, I’m an artist. I’ve had executives who can’t come to my shows they’re so scared of me. I’ve been a thorn in many people’s sides just by existing.

— Alanis Morissette

When someone says that I’m angry it’s actually a compliment. I have not always been direct with my anger in my relationships, which is part of why I’d write about it in my songs because I had such fear around expressing anger as a woman.

— Alanis Morissette

I don’t need to be married to Georgia O’Keeffe or Lillian Hellman, but I like being with a woman I can look up to.

— Alec Baldwin

I remember during my lifetime I would meet women, and it was almost like God would say to me, ‘Now, this woman here is not the one you are going to end up with, but she is going to be a lot like this woman look at this woman, study this woman.’ And when my wife showed up, He was like, ‘You recognize her now?’

— Alec Baldwin

Look at the shows that are really successful on Broadway. They’re musicals. They’re things that a woman will pick out the tickets for, or a man will buy the tickets with a woman in mind. It’s a date. It’s boyfriend-girlfriend, husband-wife. That’s what the theater in New York has become.

— Alec Baldwin

As my friend said to me, when you have children, typically in a second marriage, when you’re older and you get married again to a woman who would have children, you must always remember that you make sure the children attend a college where the commencement ceremonies are held in a facility with a wheelchair accessible ramp.

— Alec Baldwin

Men are literally lying in bed with their wives when the marriage is essentially over, thinking, ‘I’ve got to get the hell out of here’, and have a fantasy woman in mind. Then you get divorced, meet a woman, marry her, and by the time all that goes by, you’ve aged a few years and are ready to go back to your ex-wife.

— Alec Baldwin

I can imagine myself on my death-bed, spent utterly with lust to touch the next world, like a boy asking for his first kiss from a woman.

— Aleister Crowley

When a woman gets dressed up to go out at night, she wants to give 50% away, and hold the rest back. If you’re an open book, there’s no allure.

— Alexander McQueen

Clothes and jewellery should be startling, individual. When you see a woman in my clothes, you want to know more about them. To me, that is what distinguishes good designers from bad designers.

— Alexander McQueen

No woman ever hates a man for being in love with her, but many a woman hate a man for being a friend to her.

— Alexander Pope

It is rare that one can see in a little boy the promise of a man, but one can almost always see in a little girl the threat of a woman.

— Alexandre Dumas

The Woman’s Party is made up of women of all races, creeds and nationalities who are united on the one program of working to raise the status of women.

— Alice Paul

I wanted in my lifetime to vote for a radical Native American woman, since my vision of any future that we might have is that it will be led by women and older women.

— Alice Walker

The trouble with our people is as soon as they got out of slavery they didn’t want to give the white man nothing else. But the fact is, you got to give em something. Either your money, your land, your woman or your ass.

— Alice Walker

To me, the black black woman is our essential mother, the blacker she is the more us she is and to see the hatred that is turned on her is enough to make me despair, almost entirely, of our future as a people.

— Alice Walker

I advocate that every woman be a part of a circle, and a circle that meets at least once a month, or if you can’t do that, once every two months or every four months.

— Alice Walker

When I first started getting into the business, a young woman in a music game that was mostly men, I did feel inadequate.

— Alicia Keys

My mixed-race background made me a broad person, able to relate to different cultures. But any woman of colour, even a mixed colour, is seen as black in America. So that’s how I regard myself.

— Alicia Keys

Beauty, n: the power by which a woman charms a lover and terrifies a husband.

— Ambrose Bierce

Curiosity, n. An objectionable quality of the female mind. The desire to know whether or not a woman is cursed with curiosity is one of the most active and insatiable passions of the masculine soul.

— Ambrose Bierce

Clairvoyant, n.: A person, commonly a woman, who has the power of seeing that which is invisible to her patron – namely, that he is a blockhead.

— Ambrose Bierce

How wrong it is for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself.

— Anais Nin

It’s all right for a woman to be, above all, human. I am a woman first of all.

— Anais Nin

I can usually tell when a woman is going through a divorce because they look so gaunt and tired and sad. It’s just a huge sadness. It’s horrible. It’s like death. You mourn, but the person’s still there.

— Andie MacDowell

Diane Keaton, I’ve worked with her as a director, and I think she’s a really intelligent woman. I like the fact that the things that make her feel beautiful are more than just her face it’s who she is, and I live by that same theory. There are things I want to achieve in my life intellectually that make me feel beautiful.

— Andie MacDowell

If ever there were a candidate destined to shine on ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show,’ Sarah Palin would be that woman.

— Andrew Breitbart

I would have gone right ahead but the only thing, the only phenomenon that’s going on now of course, which is different in my experiences, is that you are getting things planted in the Net by people about the Woman in White on the Net. That’s not a nice change.

— Andrew Lloyd Webber

Two years ago I hadn’t even thought of the Woman in White, and I was doing a television show and I said I hadn’t found a story and the next day somebody rang me and said have you ever thought of the Woman in White.

— Andrew Lloyd Webber

As a black woman, my politics and political affiliation are bound up with and flow from participation in my people’s struggle for liberation, and with the fight of oppressed people all over the world against American imperialism.

— Angela Davis

I did a women’s movie, and I’m not a woman. I did a gay movie, and I’m not gay. I learned as I went along.

— Ang Lee

The most mysterious feminine factor, the existence that we men, we don’t know. It’s woman. It’s feminine. That’s what the sword is about. That’s the symbolic meaning of the sword.

— Ang Lee

For me, personally, marriage is a man and a woman living together.

— Angela Merkel

What man or woman of common sense now doubts the intellectual capacity of colored people? Who does not know, that with all our efforts as a nation to crush and annihilate the mind of this portion of our race, we have never yet been able to do it.

— Angelina Grimke

I’m a woman, and anytime you tell a woman that she looks nice, it’s not going to upset her.

— Angelina Jolie

My idea of feminism is self-determination, and it’s very open-ended: every woman has the right to become herself, and do whatever she needs to do.

— Ani DiFranco

I have something to prove, as long as I know there’s something that needs improvement, and you know that everytime I move, I make a woman’s movement.

— Ani DiFranco

A woman should be like a single flower, not a whole bouquet.

— Anna Held

New York City has finally hired women to pick up the garbage, which makes sense to me, since, as I’ve discovered, a good bit of being a woman consists of picking up garbage.

— Anna Quindlen

Here is the real domino theory – gay man to gay man, bisexual man to straight woman, addict mother to newborn baby, they all fall down and someday it will come to you.

— Anna Quindlen

The notion that a contemporary woman must look mannish in order to be taken seriously as a seeker of power is frankly dismaying. This is America, not Saudi Arabia.

— Anna Wintour

Whether or not you agree with Ayn Rand – and I have certain issues with some of her beliefs – the woman can tell a story. I mean, the novel as an art form is just in full florid bloom in ‘Atlas Shrugged.’ It’s an unbelievable story. The characters are so compelling, and what she’s saying is mind-expanding.

— Anne Hathaway

Bananas are great, as I believe them to be the only known cure for existential dread. Also, Mother Teresa said that in India, a woman dying in the street will share her banana with anyone who needs it, whereas in America, people amass and hoard as many bananas as they can to sell for an exorbitant profit. So half of them go bad, anyway.

— Anne Lamott

I have different hats I’m a mother, I’m a woman, I’m a human being, I’m an artist and hopefully I’m an advocate. All of those plates are things I spin all the time.

— Annie Lennox

I’m married to an Italian woman, and I used to love cooking Italian at home, because it’s one-pot cooking. But my wife does not approve of my Italian cooking.

— Anthony Bourdain

You see a woman, 22 years old, going out with a guy over 60 – and it’s kind of natural. But if it happens in the opposite direction everyone says, ‘What is going on there?’

— Antonio Banderas

We all require and want respect, man or woman, black or white. It’s our basic human right.

— Aretha Franklin

I saw a woman wearing a sweatshirt with Guess on it. I said, Thyroid problem?

— Arnold Schwarzenegger

The man of the house can destroy the pleasure of the household, but he cannot make it. That rests with the woman, and it is her greatest privilege.

— Arthur Helps

There’s always someone asking you to underline one piece of yourself – whether it’s Black, woman, mother, dyke, teacher, etc. – because that’s the piece that they need to key in to. They want to dismiss everything else.

— Audre Lorde

The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries or the way she combs her hair.

— Audrey Hepburn

I make films about black women and it doesn’t mean that you can’t see them as a black man, doesn’t mean that he can’t see them as a white man or she can’t see them as a white woman.

— Ava DuVernay

I wish I could be the black woman Soderbergh, and put the camera on my shoulder and shoot beautifully while I directed.

— Ava DuVernay

I just don’t think there’s a lot of support for the woman’s voice in cinema, and it becomes really difficult to raise that money and start again every time.

— Ava DuVernay

I think any black woman is a queen. It’s just, do you know it? Do you see it in yourself? Do you recognize it, do you abide by that, do you define yourself as that? Based on who we are and what we’ve been through and how we survive and where we stand, we are on kind of sacred ground. We stand on the backs of our ancestors.

— Ava DuVernay

Vinyl is democratic, as surely as the iPod is fascist. Vinyl is representational: It has a face. Two faces, in fact, to represent the dualism of human nature. Vinyl occupies physical space honestly, proud as a fat woman dancing.

— Adam Mansbach

The press has always written that I am a recluse and a mysterious woman, but I am more down-to-earth than they think.

— Agnetha Faltskog

Really, I am entirely material driven. If a project appeals to me, I will try to find the right writer and director. And that may be someone I’ve worked with before, or it may not. It may be a woman, or it may not.

— Alison Owen

With ‘Suffragette,’ I felt that a female writer would be good, and considering the subject matter, who would be better to write the script than Abi Morgan? She was the first choice, and she happens to be a woman.

— Alison Owen

Box office is one of the strongest tools we have toward preserving our ability to make our movies. We really can make a difference by purchasing a ticket each opening weekend to a movie made by a woman, even if you don’t like the movie or the filmmaker and even if you don’t see the film.

— Allison Anders

I also like the whole idea of fairy tales and folk tales being a woman’s domain, considered a lesser domain at the time they were told.

— Alice Hoffman

Lingerie is my next love after clothing I think it is what is worn underneath that really inspires a woman to feel beautiful in her clothes – that inner, secret glamour.

— Alice Temperley

I think fashion can always date, but I think if a woman has elegance, she doesn’t date.

— Alice Temperley

For me, the most exciting thing is that Jane Campion is a woman we can all really look up to. She doesn’t have the body of work that some other directors do – no woman director does – but her work is so consistently original, wonderful, masterful.

— Allison Anders

For me, I am a really tall woman, and I am really tall in heels, and I feel bigger, and I like being bigger. I think I was a king in a past life.

— Alysia Reiner

My mother’s favorite photograph was one of herself at twenty-four years old, unbearably beautiful, utterly glamorous, in a black-straw cartwheel hat, dark-red lipstick, and a smart black suit, her notepad on a cocktail table. I know nothing about that woman.

— Amy Bloom

Women are clearly the major consumers in far more than just female categories. It doesn’t matter whether it is purchases of cars, cosmetics, or even products for men, female consumption power is the leading consumption power in the world. Any company that overlooks the woman as the decision maker is making a huge mistake.

— Andrea Jung

My passion is writing, but it is also a fight because I still see home as a woman’s duty.

— Angeles Mastretta

When I was in my 20s, I wanted to be tough. I discovered that I didn’t want to be the woman I was raised to be – a good, traditional wife. When I went out in the world to find a husband, I found that husbands weren’t ready to accept the kind of woman I was going to be.

— Angeles Mastretta

I would never disrespect any man, woman, chick or child out there. We’re all the same. What goes around comes around, and karma kicks us all in the butt in the end of the day.

— Angie Stone

I’m the type of woman you might say is too good. I’ll massage a man’s feet, have dinner cooked when he gets home. But once they leave, the door is closed, and the locks are changed.

— Angie Stone

A complete woman is probably not a very admirable creature. She is manipulative, uses other people to get her own way, and works within whatever system she is in.

— Anita Brookner

Not only is it OK for a woman to write about a tough guy, but it might even help sell him.

— Ann Maxwell

I think whenever people talk about the ‘Anna Sui woman,’ they’re talking about someone that’s probably kind of more downtown, and there’s always like this ambiguity: Is she a good girl, or a bad girl?

— Anna Sui

At the point when I wanted to become a designer, I didn’t think about, ‘Oh, but I’m a woman,’ just like didn’t think about like, well, ‘I’m Chinese’ or that ‘I’m in Michigan.’ You know, none of those things were obstacles to me. I just had this idea that this is what I had to do.

— Anna Sui

Last Friday night, I Twitted a photograph of myself that I intended to send as a direct message as part of a joke to a woman in Seattle. Once I realized I posted to Twitter I panicked, I took it down and said that I had been hacked. I then continued with that story, to stick to that story which was a hugely regrettable mistake.

— Anthony Weiner

When someone says ‘comic book movies’, what they inevitably mean is a summer superhero blockbuster, with heavily-muscled and tightly-gluted men (plus the occasional token woman) in tight-fitting costumes punching the living daylights out of one another for two hours.

— Antony Johnston

If, however, you have richer pursuits in mind and know that no woman should be judged by how she looks – that everything she brings to the party is more important than the size of her arse – then refuse to be sucked into the never ending whirligig of self-doubting, self-hating madness that is stop-start dieting and crazy new exercise regimes.

— Arabella Weir

A lot of people like to be supertiny, but I don’t want a child’s body – I want a woman’s body that is extremely fit. It’s so much sexier.

— Ashley Greene

I want to play a role of a 24-year-old woman, not 17-year-old girls. So I have picked a couple of films like ‘Butter’ to show that. And it’s perfectly fine not to do anything for a year if I don’t find the right thing.

— Ashley Greene

A lot of people who watch figure skaters want us to look like pretty princesses. I want people to see the athlete, and I want to look like a woman among girls.

— Ashley Wagner

You’ll see that the strong, the affirmative, the positive voice in any of the plays I’ve written is that of a woman. My men are, well, not quite worthless, but they are certainly weak, and that reflects the reality I grew up with and what I think has in a sense shaped me.

— Athol Fugard

I pity the young woman who will attempt to insinuate herself between my mama’s boy and me. I sympathize with the monumental nature of her task. It will take a crowbar, two bulldozers and half a dozen Molotov cocktails to pry my Oedipus and me loose from one another.

— Ayelet Waldman

Listen to the pregnant woman. Value her. She values the life growing inside her. Listen to the pregnant woman, and you cannot help but defend her right to abortion.

— Ayelet Waldman

The stereotypical gay man is someone whose company I enjoy, someone who makes me laugh, someone I’d want my kid to be. The stereotypical gay woman makes me insecure, conscious of my failings as a feminist.

— Ayelet Waldman

My own husband was divorced when we met, but without kids. I don’t know what I would have done if he’d had them. I got the message very early on that the worst mistake a woman can make is marrying a man with children.

— Ayelet Waldman

I mean, I absolutely call myself a feminist. And by that, I mean a woman who believes that your opportunities should not be constrained by your gender, that women should be entitled to the same opportunities as men.

— Ayelet Waldman

Quite frankly, I think if a man or a woman likes their American job, wherever they were born, they should be able to keep that job. We need a clear path to citizenship for workers who are already here and a fair and efficient on-ramp for those who want to come here.

— Aaron Schock

I’m happy to say I’m a feminist. Being a feminist is just believing in equal rights. Man, woman, gay, straight, black, white – we’re all in it together.

— Aaron Taylor-Johnson

When I originally came from ‘Cheetah Girls,’ I was making music that was real to me but not believable. I think there was a disconnect there. I am a grown woman, and I’ve been through a lot. The most important thing about my music is that we don’t jump the gun and throw anything out there.

— Adrienne Bailon

But I see no reason why a woman should not grow and develop in all those outlets which are suited to her nature, it matters not at all what they may be.

— Agnes Smedley

Not just in modeling, but in society, there’s so much pressure about what a woman should be, and, of course, it’s just so unobtainable. You can never become that thing, because it’s such a projection.

— Agyness Deyn

It is so inspiring when you come across a woman who is very strong and dedicated and is amazing at what they do. That’s how I feel about Meryl Streep. You watch her, and you can’t help but notice all of that about her. She’s so influential.

— Agyness Deyn

I love true love, and I’m a woman who wants to be married for a lifetime. That traditional life is something that I want.

— Ali Larter

If you’re funny as a woman, people think it might be because someone else helped you.

— Alice Lowe

Confidence in a bloke would be arrogance in a woman. For years, I didn’t give interviews because I was scared of people judging me or thinking I was arrogant.

— Alice Lowe

I like that my body is in shape and toned, and isn’t too muscular. I feel I still have a woman’s physique.

— Alicia Sacramone

I vividly remember watching women in films when I was nine or 10, picturing them being what I’d be like as an adult. I had these real female crushes on certain actresses. And I’d watch them, thinking, ‘One day, I’ll be that. One day I’ll be a woman.’

— Alicia Vikander

There aren’t many roles that are interesting if you’re a 40-year-old woman, unless you’re Julia Roberts or Cate Blanchett.

— Amanda Peet

If I’m going out on the town in New York, I always wear Danielle Collins T-shirts – they are expressive, young: independent woman in charge of herself, her body, and her mind.

— Amy Carlson

There is always a need for intoxication: China has opium, Islam has hashish, the West has woman.

— Andre Malraux

I don’t like getting dressed up. It’s hard because as a woman, as an actor, the whole world wants you to enjoy dressing up.

— Andrea Riseborough

This is a career about images. It’s celluloid they last for ever. I’m a black woman from America. My people were slaves in America, and even though we’re free on paper and in law, I’m not going to allow you to enslave me on film, in celluloid, for all to see.

— Angela Bassett

Shetland’ is adapted from the novel ‘Red Bones.’ The book is based around an archaeological dig, and the mystery starts with the murder of the elderly woman who crofts the land where the dig is happening.

— Ann Cleeves

It is not the intelligent woman v. the ignorant woman nor the white woman v. the black, the brown, and the red, it is not even the cause of woman v. man. Nay, tis woman’s strongest vindication for speaking that the world needs to hear her voice.

— Anna Julia Cooper

The old, subjective, stagnant, indolent and wretched life for woman has gone. She has as many resources as men, as many activities beckon her on. As large possibilities swell and inspire her heart.

— Anna Julia Cooper

Recently I read the stories I wrote in my early 20s, to put in a volume. And here is this brittle young woman, writing about marriage as, not the worst thing, but the most boring thing that could happen to a person. Now I think I was wrong. I like to be proven wrong.

— Anne Enright

Each individual garment has its own customizations based on a collaboration between us and the designer. We say what we think our woman wants, and they say, ‘This is what we think we can do with our production.’

— Aslaug Magnusdottir

Driven to design by what she refers to as the lack of glamour in the industry, Bar Or creates for the modern woman who is a fashion risk-taker, one who is confident and, perhaps, has a larger than life personality.

— Aslaug Magnusdottir

We want every woman to have something unique, a wardrobe she can really make her own.

— Aslaug Magnusdottir

I think it’s important for people to understand that as a woman, I can only rap about the parts I have.

— Awkwafina

When we did Dynasty, it was the clothes. I think the clothes affected every woman around the world. I got so many letters, I think we made the designer a millionaire!

— Aaron Spelling

All-Star Wonder Woman’ would get worked on in what is laughably referred to as my ‘spare time.’ I just ended up with less and less time to devote to it. Eventually, we all realized that it was taking forever, so we just all agreed to hold off on it ’til the time was right to do it properly. Well, I still have a contract DC never tore it up.

— Adam Hughes

I believe in the difference that a man or woman can make at the top of an organisation. Once you have a really good guy in place at the top, the next most important thing is continuity of management as opposed to a revolving door.

— Anthony Pratt

Lives in previous centuries for women are largely a matter of class. It would have been fun to have been a rich, privileged woman in the 18th century, but no fun at all to be her maid.

— Antonia Fraser

I don’t think of being a woman in an industry of men. I didn’t walk into the kitchen and go, ‘Ooh, I’m a girl!’ I didn’t get into my chosen profession. I wanted to be good at something.

— April Bloomfield

I grew up in Alabama in a very small town and didn’t have access to the finest of anything, really. But my mother was the kind of woman who just wanted us, me and my sisters, to be exposed to any and anything she could find.

— Andre Holland

Almost all the ideas we have about being a man or being a woman are so burdened with pain, anxiety, fear and self-doubt. For many of us, the confusion around this question is excruciating.

— Andrew Cohen

The excitement that you were feeling about a special, unique path for yourself as a woman is all part of your identification with and attachment to being female. And that’s ultimately all ego.

— Andrew Cohen

Once you get everything out of your head about what everybody else is going to think, will radio play it – and I hope they do, I really do – once you shed all of that and just be who you are, that’s who I am. That’s taken a lot of growing up. I’ve come into myself musically and as a woman, and I hope to keep growing. If you don’t grow, you die.

— Ashley Monroe

In ‘A Scandalous Woman,’ the eventually distraught narrator watches as her high-spirited friend is beaten down – literally and figuratively – by Ireland’s pious customs.

— Alan Cheuse

Quite often my narrator or protagonist may be a man, but I’m not sure he’s the more interesting character, or if the more complex character isn’t the woman.

— Ann Beattie

If a woman is comfortable with herself, I think that’s what radiates. I think the moment you start questioning your body and looks is when you get into trouble.

— Alanna Ubach

Most families rely on two incomes to make ends meet, and when a woman earns less, we put working families at a huge disadvantage.

— Ann McLane Kuster

You have to also provide a video for it, look a certain way and big hair… If you’re a woman it’s even more strange with fake fingernails and corsets and all this stuff that was big in the 80s.

— Ann Wilson

It was darn nigh impossible for women in rock in the ’70s. There wasn’t a mold if you were a woman and you were in the entertainment in the ’70s. You were probably a disco diva or a folk singer, or simply ornamental. Radio would play only one woman per hour.

— Ann Wilson

Who will grieve for this woman? Does she not seem too insignificant for our concern? Yet in my heart I never will deny her, Who suffered death because she chose to turn.

— Anna Akhmatova

Why can’t a woman be a little cooler in her emotions and a little quieter and more repressed without it being a huge thing? I’ve actually always quite enjoyed that, to tell you the truth.

— Anna Torv

Aaliyah revolutionized what it was to be a young black woman in America. She made it OK to be a nerd and to be a tomboy. She made it OK to wear leather and chains. She was the first black girl with an ombre. She was so far ahead of everything and everyone. It was just who she was. She was an innovator, but she didn’t even realize it.

— Alexandra Shipp

Too many times, adults walk into situations, and people have already put them in a box: ‘Oh, you write comedy.’ Or, ‘You’re the development woman.’ And it’s not just our profession. It’s hard to look at someone and say, ‘What else is inside?’

— Anne Sweeney

If you’re a woman lying on the beach in the Maldives, you might want to know that a kilometer away, another woman is being flogged. And you might want to find your own way to protest that.

— Amal Clooney

Of course, like any woman, I look in the mirror and think, ‘Oh, wouldn’t I look better with a bit of Botox?’ But you’ve got to find comfort in your own skin. I’ve watched women stretch themselves year after year until their faces are no longer recognisable.

— Amanda Donohoe

If you build a career on being a beautiful young woman, that’s going to be a short career. I have to establish I can act. I don’t want to have to visit the plastic surgeon every two years.

— Amanda Donohoe

Every woman has, for her own self-esteem, to work or have a major interest.

— Amanda Eliasch

Being the person I am, you know, the size I am, being a woman, being a black woman, there’s not a lot of roles for us.

— Amber Riley

You must remember that a woman, by nature, needs much less to feed upon than a man, a few emotions and she is satisfied.

— Alice James

Yeah, I’m a geek. I read sci-fi and I watch sci-fi films. I love my computer and I love to fix it. I’m a total nerd. I literally am a 12-year-old geeky boy trapped in a 32-year-old woman’s body.

— Amber Benson

Everyone thinks I have a coffee plantation in Sierra Leone, but I have a cashew crop project. I wrote about a woman who owns a coffee plantation! When you are talking about a woman writer coming from a hot country, there’s a complete assumption that she is writing about her own life.

— Aminatta Forna

Once again, no one in charge had given any thought to the possibility that a woman would be involved.

— Andrea Mitchell

In this society, if a man is called a woman, that’s the biggest insult he could get. Is that because women are considered something less?

— Andrej Pejic

So many heroes are driven by destiny. Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, they were all chosen and born to heroism. Even with Batman, it doesn’t feel like Bruce could do anything else. His whole life was leading him to become the Dark Knight.

— Andrew Kreisberg

It’s truly an honor to get to write Superman and Batman and Wonder Woman and all those great people, but when you can take something that’s not well thought of and make it something that people do think highly of, that’s much more gratifying, I think.

— Andrew Kreisberg

In 2007, I sold my first book, ‘Grimspace.’ It says it’s SF on the spine. I believe it to be SF, though it’s certainly written differently. I write in first person, present tense, and the protagonist is a woman with a woman’s thoughts, feelings, and sexual desires.

— Ann Aguirre

I’ve held my silence when I probably shouldn’t have. But I was in the minority, a woman writing SF, and I was afraid of career backlash. I was afraid of being excluded or losing opportunities if I didn’t play nice.

— Ann Aguirre

I truly feel that being a woman, and particularly a mother, has had a large impact on my campaign.

— Ann Callis

I think that the audience wants to see women being put into real situations where they can relate to them, rather than seeing some glamorous woman in a ‘Bond’ film.

— Anna Camp

I’m not sure I have a role model per se, but I do deeply admire every woman who raises children and has to walk for water.

— Anna D. Shapiro

The hardest thing in my industry is longevity, getting your next job. It’s hard to get the first job, but it’s so much harder to get the sixth or seventh as a woman.

— Anna Faris

I’d love to see a Nirvana biopic. I loved them when I was younger. I really like jazz music, so I’d like to see a Billie Holiday biopic – she was a fascinating woman.

— Antonia Thomas

I’m an absolute fan of Angela Bassett. I think she’s a great, great actress. In the biopics, she is so moving. She’s very rare. It’s something that doesn’t happen that much, to see an actress inventing a new way of showing ‘woman’ onscreen, and a new way of being beautiful.

— Arnaud Desplechin

I’d fallen in love with a woman but she broke up with me and I was devastated. Six months later, I went into a suicidal depression from the break-up of the relationship, but I resolved to not do what my friends had done. And so I reached out for help.

— Aron Ralston

This character’s entirely invented, and the woman that I interviewed wouldn’t recognize herself, or really anything about herself, in this book, which she hasn’t read, because she doesn’t read English.

— Arthur Golden

As an American man of the 1990s writing about a Japanese woman of the 1930s, I needed to cross three cultural divides – man to woman, American to Japanese, and present to past.

— Arthur Golden

For me and my husband, one of my biggest peeves is that I can’t stand for an old friend or a woman to walk in the room and just run up and speak to my husband, but they don’t talk to me.

— Ashton Shepherd

As the only woman, I was able to sit with the officers in front, with a glass of vodka in one hand and a cucumber in the other. That’s how I went to my first war.

— Asne Seierstad

Later, I made a movie with him, ‘That Touch of Mink,’ and we became good friends but any woman’s initial meeting with Cary is right up there with the big moments of her world history.

— Audrey Meadows

I’d love to do a superhero movie, like a remake of Wonder Woman.

— Alessandra Torresani

Yes, I am transgendered but I also am a cross-dresser – I dress as a woman. It’s not that I just want to be seen as a female in our society, I’m also a drag queen and a performer – there are many levels there.

— Alexis Arquette

When a woman like that whom I’ve seen so much, All of a sudden drops out of touch Is always busy and never can, Spare you a moment, it means a man.

— Alice Duer Miller

A woman finds the natural lay of the land almost unconsciously and not feeling it incumbent on her to be guide and philosopher to any successor, she takes little pains to mark the route by which she is making her ascent.

— Alice Stone Blackwell

Maggie Smith is an amazing woman, and not as serious in real life.

— Allen Leech

As I have gotten older, I am more of an independent woman, and my mom and I have our own lives, but we are still best friends and can be there for each other.

— Amanda Fuller

You see a gorgeous woman on your screens in a flak jacket, and it’s almost like entertainment.

— Anne Sebba

All of my friends in the business ask, ‘Why is this woman not a star? Why is she not a household name?’

— Annie Golden

For things to have value in man’s world, they are given the role of commodities. Among man’s oldest and most constant commodity is woman.

— Ana Castillo

We fully believed, so soon as we saw that woman’s suffrage was right, every one would soon see the same thing, and that in a year or two, at farthest, it would be granted.

— Antoinette Brown Blackwell

I was very interested in the relationship between the man who speaks and the woman who listens. I was drawn to the idea that the relationship between a man and a woman can be something like a war itself, very cruel and violent.

— Antonio Lobo Antunes

Even if the whole earth and sea were turned to gold, they could hardly satisfy the avarice of a woman… You can more easily scratch a diamond with your fingernail than you can by any human ingenuity get a woman to consent to giving any of her savings.

— Andreas Capellanus

My illustrious lordship, I’ll show you what a woman can do.

— Artemisia Gentileschi

If T-Bone Walker had been a woman, I would have asked him to marry me. I’d never heard anything like that before: single-string blues played on an electric guitar.

— B. B. King

I never met a woman I didn’t like. I love ’em all, in their different ways.

— B. B. King

A successful woman preacher was once asked what special obstacles have you met as a woman in the ministry? Not one, she answered, except the lack of a minister’s wife.

— Anna Garlin Spencer

Within the U.N. itself, I have appointed a record number of women to high-level positions. I did not fill jobs with women just for the sake of it – I looked for the best possible candidate, and I found that if you strip away discrimination, the best possible candidate is often a woman.

— Ban Ki-moon

I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage. But when you start playing around with constitutions, just to prohibit somebody who cares about another person, it just seems to me that’s not what America’s about. Usually, our constitutions expand liberties, they don’t contract them.

— Barack Obama

What I believe is that marriage is between a man and a woman, but what I also believe is that we have an obligation to make sure that gays and lesbians have the rights of citizenship that afford them visitations to hospitals, that allow them to be, to transfer property between partners, to make certain that they’re not discriminated on the job.

— Barack Obama

I can say with confidence there has never been a man or a woman – not me, not Bill, nobody – more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as president of the United States of America.

— Barack Obama

If it’s a woman, it’s caustic if it’s a man, it’s authoritative.

— Barbara Walters

A man who graduated high in his class at Yale Law School and made partnership in a top law firm would be celebrated. A man who invested wisely would be admired, but a woman who accomplishes this is treated with suspicion.

— Barbra Streisand

To win a woman, take her with you to see Dracula.

— Bela Lugosi

I can be standing in Barneys with my coat and purse and my selections, and some white woman will say, ‘Can you get this in my size?’ What she sees is a black woman, and her service button goes off.

— bell hooks

In this culture, the phrase ‘black woman’ is not synonymous with ‘tender,’ or ‘gentle.’ It’s as if those words couldn’t possibly speak to the reality of black females.

— bell hooks

A woman, the more curious she is about her face, is commonly the more careless about her house.

— Ben Jonson

I found that a whole series of people opposed me simply on the grounds that I was a woman. The clerics took to the mosque saying that Pakistan had thrown itself outside the Muslim world and the Muslim umar by voting for a woman, that a woman had usurped a man’s place in the Islamic society.

— Benazir Bhutto

War is to man what maternity is to a woman. From a philosophical and doctrinal viewpoint, I do not believe in perpetual peace.

— Benito Mussolini

Every man and woman is born into the world to do something unique and something distinctive and if he or she does not do it, it will never be done.

— Benjamin E. Mays

When men and woman die, as poets sung, his heart’s the last part moves, her last, the tongue.

— Benjamin Franklin

I would say that the surest measure of a man’s or a woman’s maturity is the harmony, style, joy, and dignity he creates in his marriage, and the pleasure and inspiration he provides for his spouse.

— Benjamin Spock

Every time you see a black romance, it’s over-the-top. There always has to be extreme hostility between the sexes. He has to cheat. She has to show him how independently strong she is, not just as a woman but as a black woman.

— Bernie Mac

As a single-payer advocate, I believe that at the end of the day, if a state goes forward and passed an effective single-payer program, it will demonstrate that you can provide quality health care to every man, woman and child in a more cost-effective way.

— Bernie Sanders

Whether you are a low-income elderly woman living at the end of a dirt road in Vermont or a wealthy CEO living on Park Avenue, you get your mail six days a week. And you pay for this service at a cost far less than anywhere else in the industrialized world.

— Bernie Sanders

The next thing I wrote was in a writing class at night school. It was about a poor woman who worked at a dime store and who was all alone for Christmas in Laurel, Mississippi.

— Beth Henley

Let’s be clear, I’m a strong woman.

— Bethenny Frankel

Just to see what a pink dress can mean to a woman, any woman, but a disabled woman, that’s extra special and thrilling because they shouldn’t be separated and their disabilities don’t have to separate them in anyway.

— Betsey Johnson

If it hadn’t been for the rise of the working woman’s wardrobe, I never would have found the time to sneak a kid in.

— Betsey Johnson

It is better for a woman to compete impersonally in society, as men do, than to compete for dominance in her own home with her husband, compete with her neighbors for empty status, and so smother her son that he cannot compete at all.

— Betty Friedan

A woman is handicapped by her sex, and handicaps society, either by slavishly copying the pattern of man’s advance in the professions, or by refusing to compete with man at all.

— Betty Friedan

I’m the luckiest broad on two feet, I’ll tell you that. They say once a woman passes 40 she doesn’t get any good parts, so I’m blessed.

— Betty White

In my videos, I always want to be a powerful woman. That’s my mission.

— Beyonce Knowles

I Spy’ represents the absence of the tension of the black man or black woman or anyone of that color walking in, so that the white racist person can become entertaining to a viewer.

— Bill Cosby

If I ruled the world, every woman would have a Chanel suit in her wardrobe.

— Bill Nighy

Rose Adams is a wonderful Christian woman who cared for my mother, Morrow Coffey Graham, in her last years of life.

— Billy Graham

The Gucci woman can be the equestrian woman, the woman in the suit, the woman in the flowy bohemian dress, or the couture woman.

— Blake Lively

Ngila Dixon is such an incredible costume designer. She’s such a cool, stylish woman. She has such an understanding of character.

— Blake Lively

My mom is a huge woman of worth for me because she’s been my idol my whole life. My mom was someone who juggled everything. She had her own career, she raised five kids, she was Superwoman… and she was never satisfied doing just one thing because… she probably just had too much energy.

— Blake Lively

For a woman who’s a widow and pretty much a loner, I can walk out, and I’m surrounded by NYU kids. The energy jumps off the sidewalks, and I never feel sad or bored.

— Blythe Danner

What kind of woman irons her husband’s sheets? Even the clothes I wear, I just throw ’em in the dryer with some golf balls.

— Bonnie Hunt

A woman of the world is anxious to exhibit her form and shape, whether walking, standing, sitting, or sleeping. Even when represented as a picture, she desires to captivate with the charms of her beauty and, thus, to rob men of their steadfast heart.

— Buddha

What is the appropriate behavior for a man or a woman in the midst of this world, where each person is clinging to his piece of debris? What’s the proper salutation between people as they pass each other in this flood?

— Buddha

We’re coming into a new generation of women where there’s the submissive woman, and then our reaction to it is, ‘No, I’m a man, too, and I’m masculine,’ and then we fight against it, which isn’t the answer, either.

— Brie Larson

I’m just interested in all of the different ways that a woman can be. We don’t have enough, when it comes to American film, that shows all of the different complexities and ways that a woman is interesting and mysterious and dynamic and really complicated.

— Brie Larson

I believe every woman should have a flat, a really good wedge, and then the showstopper shoe.

— Brad Goreski

What does it mean, being a woman?

— Brigitte Bardot

Now, if there was one woman in the world who didn’t need publicity, who always had too much publicity, it was me.

— Brigitte Bardot

It took me a good decade of hiding in my house and not going outside to even, like, get my arms around this idea of celebrity, where suddenly people are looking for you to pick your nose or get a shot of you kissing some woman. It’s a very discombobulating thing.

— Brad Pitt

I’m satisfied with making true choices and finding the woman I love, Angie, and building a family that I love so much.

— Brad Pitt

When I’m into a woman, I literally can’t stop staring. I’m like a little kid. I become completely entranced.

— Bradley Cooper

Give me an authentic woman, and I’m happy.

— Bradley Cooper

It’s probably the worst feeling in the world, when you’re deeply and madly in love with a woman and you know she’s not feeling you the same way, and you don’t know why.

— Bruno Mars

I think Democrats are right. We fight for the American dream, for the environment, for privacy rights, a woman’s right to choose, a good public education system.

— Barbara Boxer

I’m a very happy man. I’ve seen how bad it can get, and I’m sure it could get worse if I let it, but all that made me appreciate where I am. Plus, I’m married to a very hot woman who got away.

— Brantley Gilbert

I wanted to make sure that if somebody special did come along, I was the kind of man that a woman like her would deserve.

— Brantley Gilbert

Twenty-six years ago, I became the first Democratic woman elected to the Senate in her own right. I was the first, but I made sure I wasn’t the only.

— Barbara Mikulski

I lost my second marriage because of drinking, and I loved the woman very much. But I thought I needed booze to write. I’m glad I was disabused.

— Barry Hannah

I think of myself as an actor. The duty of an actor is to be able to impersonate anything – a child, an old man, a tree, a chair, a woman.

— Barry Humphries

Am I old-fashioned? I think I might be. I am a lucky woman, because I was born with a priceless gift… the ability to laugh at the misfortunes of others.

— Barry Humphries

I could talk for ages about how women are amazing, but essentially we shouldn’t be manipulated by the media’s expectations of our bodies. I’d recommend every woman to read ‘Women Who Run with the Wolves’ – it’s about being in touch with your more wild, free and powerful side.

— Bat for Lashes

I am a woman after all, so some days I feel good and sexy in a bikini, and other days, I’m like, ‘Where are my caftans?!’

— Behati Prinsloo

In Hollywood, a starlet is the name for any woman under thirty who is not actively employed in a brothel.

— Ben Hecht

Most of the guys in the NFL would sit here and tell you we don’t condone the abuse of a child, any sort of abuse of a woman, breaking rules, failing drug tests, or doing any of those things. We hold ourselves to a very high standard.

— Benjamin Watson

This archaic idea – that a woman who is unmarried and childless at 30 is somehow unnatural – will probably always exist, and, like most social standards, it is ridiculous.

— Beth Ditto

I have an independent streak. You know, it’s kind of hard to tell a independent woman what to do.

— Betty Ford

The picture of Mother Teresa that I remember from my childhood is of a short, sari-wearing woman scurrying down a red gravel path between manicured lawns. She would have in tow one or two slower-footed, sari-clad young Indian nuns. We thought her a freak. Probably we’d picked up on unvoiced opinions of our Loreto nuns.

— Bharati Mukherjee

At the moment of childbirth, every woman has the same aura of isolation, as though she were abandoned, alone.

— Boris Pasternak

I watched my parents act as completely equal partners in their relationship, and as a son to a woman I respect immensely, I never thought of gender inequality as a child.

— Brad Feld

I have always believed that if you need to take your clothes off to get your man, you’ve begun to lose the battle. If you pull it off right, you can do it in a very classy way… Being sexy is about suggestion it’s about the tease. It’s not about being obvious and forcing yourself out in the open. That takes all the fun out of being a woman.

— Bipasha Basu

For the longest time, Indian women have been okay with being curvy. But I think the modern Indian woman needs to get toned. I don’t endorse being thin. Anorexia and bulimia are a reality in India because everybody wants to be thin.

— Bipasha Basu

My mother is the most incredible woman on this entire Earth, and she’s so giving and loving and sweet and she always raised me how to forgive and forget and move on. She’s the catalyst behind it all, my mom is. And I’m 100% a momma’s boy!

— Brody Jenner

Going into a pregnancy is a really challenging time for a woman, because it’s forever-changing, both mentally and physically.

— Brooke Burke

When I doing dinner theater in high school, I was talking to a woman who had been in the business for a while and I said I want to act, that’s all I want to do with my life and she said if you’re serious then you need to hone every discipline you can.

— Blair Underwood

I heard we’ll get you a pass because we know you’re married to a black woman. You’re married to a sister so we’ll give you that pass but also, those who know me but also if they look at the body of work, it is the bigger picture.

— Blair Underwood

When I was coming of age, I remembered reading and studying the initial ideas within the feminist movement. There was this idea with my parents’ generation that in order to find equality, a woman would need to behave like a man.

— Bryce Dallas Howard

Yes, I’m having a baby. I think it’s so hard as a woman to give yourself a break. It’s great to be healthy but you have to set a good example for your kids and know that it’s not about a number on a scale but how you feel.

— Busy Philipps

I have a hard time watching films and not thinking how I would play any part, whether it’s a man or a woman.

— B. D. Wong

Every woman should shave her head once in her life, to experience what it feels like.

— Bai Ling

I’m the first Icelandic director who started working on U.S. movies. There are others behind me now, but it’s like when Bjork opened the door for Icelandic musicians to work abroad. We’re such a closed-off country, but Bjork broke the spell. And I’m glad it was a woman who did it. She showed us we could break this barrier.

— Baltasar Kormakur

In my career, there have been three things that were challenging: playing gay playing a Jewish woman and playing Chekhov. The scariest part was playing Chekhov!

— Bernadette Peters

A woman’s place in public is to sit beside her husband, be silent, and be sure her hat is on straight.

— Bess Truman

The work that must be done for each woman to reconnect with her psyche and to give herself a chance to live her own life is essentially the same. The realization of the equality of all races, the equality of all beings is essential.

— Betty Buckley

There’s nothing women can’t do. There’s absolutely nothing we can’t do. We’re far stronger in a lot of ways than men. Way, way stronger than men. And that’s my message to any woman I meet – that includes you – there’s nothing you can’t do, and you know that.

— Betty Williams

Normally, it’s one or the other – a pretty, straight woman or a more charactery woman who isn’t supposed to be attractive. But women like Tina Fey are leading the charge on being both. You can be funny and attractive.

— Becki Newton

I do not set myself up as an advocate of the woman’s right doctrine, but would rather appear in the character of a quiet lady expressing her sentiments, not so much to the public as to her immediate friends.

— Belle Boyd

Sometimes in the black culture, being raised as an independent woman is misconstrued as someone who doesn’t need a man. I think that’s wrong. I think we all need someone.

— Boris Kodjoe

When I was 16 years old, I joined a drama group called North Queensland Academy of Dramatic Art under a woman called Maggie Shephard-King. She inspired me to audition for the role of Romeo in ‘Romeo and Juliet.’

— Brenton Thwaites

A woman should say: ‘Have I made him happy? Is he satisfied? Does he love me more than he loved me before? Is he likely to go to bed with another woman?’ If he does, then it’s the wife’s fault because she is not trying to make him happy.

— Barbara Cartland

After forty a woman has to choose between losing her figure or her face. My advice is to keep your face, and stay sitting down.

— Barbara Cartland

Why don’t we actually fight for a woman’s right even to complain about being beaten up. That is more important than driving. If a woman is beaten, they are told to go back to their homes – their fathers, husbands, brothers – to be beaten up again and locked up in the house.

— Basmah bint Saud

I want to play a range, from victims to strong people, just as long as it’s a well-rounded character. And it’s not a woman who’s just there for the purpose of the man.

— Bel Powley

A moustache to a man is the same as a fringe is to a woman. When you’ve got it, you want to grow it out when you’ve grown it out, you want to cut it.

— Billy Childish

When you are a strong woman, you will attract trouble. When a man feels threatened, there is always trouble.

— Barbara Taylor Bradford

OMG, I am a married woman!

— Brooke Burns

The sweetest noise on earth, a woman’s tongue A string which hath no discord.

— Bryan Procter

The first book I wrote was The Bride Price which was a romantic book, but my husband burnt the book when he saw it. I was the typical African woman, I’d done this privately, I wanted him to look at it, approve it and he said he wouldn’t read it.

— Buchi Emecheta

I work toward the liberation of women, but I’m not feminist. I’m just a woman.

— Buchi Emecheta

Being a woman writer, I would be deceiving myself if I said I write completely through the eye of a man. There’s nothing bad in it, but that does not make me a feminist writer. I hate that name. The tag is from the Western world – like we are called the Third World.

— Buchi Emecheta

No time to marry, no time to settle down I’m a young woman, and I ain’t done runnin’ around.

— Bessie Smith

With the man the world is his heart, with the woman the heart is her world.

— Betty Grable

The woman’s vision is deep reaching, the man’s far reaching.

— Betty Grable

Yes, I’m a proud Latina woman, but before that – before the color of my skin, my accent, anything – I’m an actress, singer and dancer. I’m something bigger than just my background.

— Bianca Marroquin

Why don’t women have respect for themselves nowadays? What happen to the woman who learned her grandmama’s recipes and made her man sweet potato pie? I tell you, they don’t make ’em like they used to. Will my real women stand up, please?

— Brandon T. Jackson

L.A. Woman is amazing, but when I was growing up I was into the Who.

— Bruce McCulloch

I have to tell you that June Cleaver had a job in ‘The New Leave It to Beaver.’ She did. Sure, she was a council woman. She went to work. She wasn’t a sit-at-home grandma. She went out, got a job.

— Barbara Billingsley

Yes, I always played the bad woman. I actually did.

— Barbara Billingsley

Since St. Augustine announced that Eve – and, hence, collective woman – was responsible for original sin, rabid sexism has been a major pillar of patriarchal religious tradition.

— Barbara G. Walker

I was in Italy in 1992 working on magazine articles when I got a call from the Italian travel commission. They asked, would I mind being an escort for an older woman? I told them I don’t do that kind of work, but then they said it was Julia Child, and I said I’d be right there.

— Bob Spitz

I’m 100 percent in support of women’s rights, the right of a woman to make her own choice.

— Brad Schneider

If every woman who’s had an abortion took tomorrow off in protest, America would grind to a halt. And that would be symbolic: because women grind to a halt if they are not in control of their fertility.

— Caitlin Moran

I can’t live in a world where there are only, like, four kinds of women. Or where every woman is obsessed with cake. The very least I ask is that we have one female character in the world who likes savory things! I don’t have any role models who like cheese!

— Caitlin Moran

I once went into a meeting, and every woman put her a million-pound bag on the table. Then I’m there with my tote bag and anorak. And I’m like, well, I’m still the most important person in the room right now.

— Caitlin Moran

Every woman who chooses – joyfully, thoughtfully, calmly, of their own free will and desire – not to have a child does womankind a massive favour in the long term.

— Caitlin Moran

You can crush any woman by suggesting that she’s fat, not even saying the word ‘fat’ but just suggesting she’s fat.

— Caitlin Moran

The doughy-faced woman has been forced to sit on the sidelines of culture for too long, and it’s now time for us to stand up with our big round faces like the moon and say we have things to say, too. We have a round-faced agenda we want to push.

— Caitlin Moran

We were using Brooke as an actress she was playing different roles: a liberated woman, a teenager, a vamp.

— Calvin Klein

I want to be a big, fleshy voluptuous woman with curves. I want a big bum, but I don’t have one.

— Cameron Diaz

I’m like every other woman: a closet full of clothes, but nothing to wear: So I wear jeans.

— Cameron Diaz

A woman simply is, but a man must become.

— Camille Paglia

The ’90s are really the ‘Sex and the City’ woman, and I think, right now, the new contemporary woman is the ‘Lipstick Jungle’ woman.

— Candace Bushnell

The most important thing to strive for in life is some kind of personal and professional achievement. Not as a man or a woman, but as a person.

— Candace Bushnell

Each morning, you dress to become a different woman. Fashion helps.

— Carine Roitfeld

Monsieur Saint Laurent was pathologically shy, and he made the Saint Laurent woman in his own image. Like her, I am shy. And to protect myself, I adopted something of an androgynous look, just as his women did.

— Carine Roitfeld

Anna Wintour is the most powerful woman in the global fashion industry, the first lady of fashion. She’s a politician I’m a stylist. They are two very different jobs.

— Carine Roitfeld

Working with Barneys, and choosing the looks, I was thinking about whether a real woman would buy this outfit and feel beautiful and comfortable.

— Carine Roitfeld

I think the ‘Harpers Bazaar’ woman is not a fashion victim she understands fashion but is not a victim, you know.

— Carine Roitfeld

I have always felt that a woman has the right to treat the subject of her age with ambiguity until, perhaps, she passes into the realm of over ninety. Then it is better she be candid with herself and with the world.

— Carl Sandburg

A woman’s experience is different from a man’s in virtually every respect, including how she is treated by the media.

— Carly Fiorina

You know, I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman.

— Carly Fiorina

I think somehow men understand other men’s need for respect differently than they understand it for a woman. I’m disappointed to have to say that, but I think it’s undeniably true.

— Carly Fiorina

And frankly, being a woman I think gives me a slightly different take on a lot of the issues and on a lot of the solutions to the problems we face.

— Carol Moseley Braun

You can be very feminine and be a leader. Christine Lagarde, she’s very chic and she dresses very well, and she’s a woman. And she has a lot of power.

— Carolina Herrera

I will say, as a woman, when you put a mustache on, you find out a lot of things about yourself.

— Carrie Brownstein

Basically, radio hasn’t changed over the years. Despite all the technical improvements, it still boils down to a man or a woman and a microphone, playing music, sharing stories, talking about issues – communicating with an audience.

— Casey Kasem

Despite all the technical improvements, it still boils down to a man or a woman and a microphone, playing music, sharing stories, talking about issues – communicating with an audience.

— Casey Kasem

The more you can remove the obstacles between you and the world as a woman, the easier and simpler life becomes.

— Cate Blanchett

I said to Martin Scorsese, ‘When are you going to make another film with a woman at the center?’

— Cate Blanchett

For marriage to be a success, every woman and every man should have her and his own bathroom. The end.

— Catherine Zeta-Jones

One does not kill oneself for love of a woman, but because love – any love – reveals us in our nakedness, our misery, our vulnerability, our nothingness.

— Cesare Pavese

No woman marries for money they are all clever enough, before marrying a millionaire, to fall in love with him first.

— Cesare Pavese

If you cannot inspire a woman with love of you, fill her above the brim with love of herself all that runs over will be yours.

— Charles Caleb Colton

There is a woman named Wendy Wood, who did a study when she was at Duke, and she followed around college students to try to figure out how much of their day was decision-making versus how much was habit. And what she found was that about 45 percent of all the behaviors that someone did in a day was habit.

— Charles Duhigg

The bold defiance of a woman is the certain sign of her shame, – when she has once ceased to blush, it is because she has too much to blush for.

— Charles Maurice de Talleyrand

I never considered myself a supermodel or anything like that. I mean, I don’t think I’m ugly. I have good days and bad days, and I like when I’m fit and lean and all of those things that any woman likes, but it’s not the eye of the hurricane for me.

— Chelsea Handler

If you’re black in this country, if you’re a woman in this country, if you are any minority in this country at all, what could possibly possess you to vote Republican?

— Cher

I look young. I heard this said so often that it became irritating. I once worked as a babysitter for a woman who, the first time we met, said she didn’t want somebody in high school. I was 22. Later, I realised that in certain places being female and looking ‘young’ meant it was more difficult to be taken seriously, so I turned to make-up.

— Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I believe marriage should be between one man and one woman. That’s my view, and that’ll be the view of our state because I wouldn’t sign a bill that – like the one that was in New York.

— Chris Christie

I really like women who get emotional about babies and puppies. I’ve met some incredibly cool women who are tough, but the woman you marry should have a really soft side.

— Chris Evans

Show me one guy or woman as funny as Rodney Dangerfield or as good as George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby, or Joan Rivers. There are a lot of good comics out there, no doubt, but as far as the quality of the comics goes, I think what you have is a bunch of situational comics.

— Chris Rock

If a woman tells you she’s twenty and looks sixteen, she’s twelve. If she tells you she’s twenty-six and looks twenty-six, she’s damn near fourty.

— Chris Rock

Deep in every heart slumbers a dream, and the couturier knows it: every woman is a princess.

— Christian Dior

A woman can be sexy, charming, witty or shy with her shoes.

— Christian Louboutin

There is an element of seduction in shoes that doesn’t exist for men. A woman can be sexy, charming, witty or shy with her shoes.

— Christian Louboutin

The thing I always try to remember is that feet are attached to the leg, and that you must prolong the silhouette. The shoe elongates the leg and does it discreetly. The goal is to get people to look at a woman’s legs. It’s all about the leg. No, it’s not about the leg. It’s about the woman.

— Christian Louboutin

I haven’t yet met a woman who told me, ‘I wish I had shorter legs.’

— Christian Louboutin

When a woman puts on a heel, she has a different posture, a different attitude. She really stands up and has a consciousness of her body.

— Christian Louboutin

When a woman buys shoes, she takes them out of the box and looks at herself in the mirror. But she isn’t really looking at her shoes – she’s looking at herself. If she likes herself, then she likes the shoes.

— Christian Louboutin

Comfy,’ that’s one of the worst words! I just picture a woman feeling bad, with a big bottle of alcohol, really puffy. It’s really depressing, but she likes her life because she has comfortable clogs.

— Christian Louboutin

In designing shoes for myself I’m not thinking of a specific person or catwalk. I’m just not thinking of clothes at all. I’m always thinking of a naked woman, actually.

— Christian Louboutin

I think I have a part of myself which is a woman. When girls are together, they speak completely differently than when there is a guy around. But, with me, they don’t see this masculine thing stopping them, and there is not this boundary.

— Christian Louboutin

I do have a Twitter account, and there’s a woman at my agency who got that all set up for me. I don’t know how many followers I have. It’s not one of those things I check on a regular basis.

— Christian Slater

I don’t think I could ever really be with a woman because that’s a lot of… Yeah, there’s a lot of estrogen and I’m a lot to deal with when it’s that time of the month, so I can’t imagine it times two.

— Christina Aguilera

It takes a big man and a big woman to actually say, like, ‘Okay, I’m in love with you, but I can’t keep forcing it – it’s only pushing us apart’.

— Christina Milian

Horror stories give us a way of exhausting our emotions around social issues, like a woman’s right to an abortion, which I always thought was the core of ‘Rosemary’s Baby,’ or the backlash against feminism which I always thought was the core to ‘Stepford Wives.’

— Chuck Palahniuk

I’m not totally innocent, and I do date. But as a young woman, I also demand respect.

— Ciara

They were doing a full back shot of me in a swimsuit and I thought, Oh my God, I have to be so brave. See, every woman hates herself from behind.

— Cindy Crawford

Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, ‘She doesn’t have what it takes’ They will say, ‘Women don’t have what it takes.’

— Clare Boothe Luce

Frankly, as secretary of state, if somebody treats you badly because you’re a woman, it’s your fault – not theirs.

— Condoleezza Rice

In the area of economic justice, we still have a long way to go. We have too many people who are discriminated against just because they happen to be black or they happen to be a woman or some other minority.

— Coretta Scott King

I suppose I experienced the personal dilemma that baffles every working woman. What happens when you are expected to be Superwoman, to perform a dozen conflicting tasks at the same time?

— Coretta Scott King

The wedding took place in Vermont, where they have legalized gay civil unions, and I married a woman.

— Craig Ferguson

Look for the woman in the dress. If there is no woman, there is no dress.

— Coco Chanel

My waist used to be tiny. I just saw a picture of Miley Cyrus with a little crop top and low pants, and I’m like, ‘That was me growing up in Brazil!’ I had the typical model body, but after babies, it changed. I look more like a woman.

— Camila Alves

You know what black hatred women feel toward me as soon as they see me, until I return inside my shell, they use every possible weapon. As soon as a generous man tries to help me out, a woman is here to hold his arm and prevent him from acting.

— Camille Claudel

I would prefer to have a more appealing job. If I could still change careers, I would prefer it. This unfortunate art is made for long beards and ugly faces rather than for a relatively well-endowed woman.

— Camille Claudel

Men say they love independence in a woman, but they don’t waste a second demolishing it brick by brick.

— Candice Bergen

I like to play a strong woman, but a strong woman can also be very fragile and vulnerable at the same time.

— Carice van Houten

It all goes back, of course, to Adam and Eve – a story which shows among other things, that if you make a woman out of a man, you are bound to get into trouble.

— Carol Gilligan

Desires collide the wish to eat bumping up against the wish to be thin, the desire to indulge conflicting with the injunction to restrain. Small wonder food makes a woman nervous.

— Caroline Knapp

Just as young people absorb all kinds of messages from the media, young girls learn what it means to be a woman by watching the older women in their lives.

— Carre Otis

Instead of going into politics, I decided to go into comedy, which is the second most daunting career path for a woman.

— Casey Wilson

I have the worst ear for criticism even when I have created a stage set I like, I always hear the woman in the back of the dress circle who says she doesn’t like blue.

— Cecil Beaton

When people ask me if I am a feminist film maker, I reply I am a woman and I also make films.

— Chantal Akerman

I am a woman, and I am Jewish I’m a film-maker, and I’m a writer, so you cannot just put me in one box.

— Chantal Akerman

A blessed thing it is for any man or woman to have a friend, one human soul whom we can trust utterly, who knows the best and worst of us, and who loves us in spite of all our faults.

— Charles Kingsley

I think, when I was a young lawyer starting out, I was so determined to prove that I was as good as the men and that I could be given the same opportunities as the men, and it wouldn’t make any difference at all that I was a woman. But actually, looking back on it now, I did do things that I wouldn’t recommend to other women at all.

— Cherie Blair

Like every mother, it’s my children that’s the first thing that makes me really proud. For my own part, it would be when I became a Queen’s Counsel in 1995. I was the 76th woman ever to become a Queen’s Counsel, so it was still a pretty rare thing.

— Cherie Blair

What I will say is that business is not a nice area. And you might say that I am a business woman, but I’m not into cut-throat business moves.

— Cheryl Cole

The reason I go for the designers is because they make me feel good. It’s about finding clothes that make you feel good as a woman. If I like it, I’ll wear it. You have to go with your instincts and not be led by trends.

— Cheryl Cole

I think every woman, maybe every man, looks in the mirror and says, ‘Oh my God, there’s a wrinkle.’ So we’re all in the same boat.

— Cheryl Tiegs

A kshatriya woman’s highest purpose in life is to support the warriors in her life: her father, brother, husband and sons.

— Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

It’s different for different people, and for a woman it’s important to look as good she wants to look. But you don’t need to do it for someone else or to impress some male out there. You do it for your own sake. You wear what makes you feel good, you put make-up and jewellery – whatever gives you self-confidence.

— Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Muse. Mu-se. It’s a great thing, for someone to feel that they can draw inspiration from you. And I don’t think it’s necessarily a man ‘taking’ from a woman. It can go both ways, both can stimulate, excite.

— Chloe Sevigny

I have the insecurities of any actress, I suppose of any woman. Even the most beautiful ones feel unhappy. Look at Bardot: she was suicidal. But I like to play with the camera. I like to ham it up.

— Chloe Sevigny

What we need to do is have empathy and that ultimately, at the end of the day, it’s a woman’s private choice… I don’t support federal funding for abortions, nor do I support late-term abortions.

— Chris Gibson

There was once this viral photo of the Pope doing his Pope-mobile parade, and everyone had their phones up. But there was this one old woman looking over the fence so beautifully at him. She was totally in the moment. For me, then, I think there shouldn’t be any phones at a Pope-mobile situation – or at a Beyonce concert.

— Chrissy Teigen

My mother was a passionate, complicated, sometimes fierce woman.

— Christina Baker Kline

It just seemed so odd as people had never commented on my body before. Every woman obsesses over her figure, but I was happy, I felt sexy – I never thought about it. I know this sounds naive, but I honestly never expected this kind of attention.

— Christina Hendricks

As women, we feel we can’t ask for things. There’s been a lot of research done recently and, more often than not, if a woman goes in to ask for a raise, she’ll get it. But she’s thinking, ‘Do I deserve it? I’ve got to give a list of why I deserve it.’ Whereas a man will just go in and ask for a raise. It’s so scary.

— Christina Hendricks

I don’t think it’s not feminist to use every tool you have to succeed, and part of that is being a woman – presenting yourself in a certain way.

— Christina Hendricks

It would be thrilling, obviously, to be able to have a woman and an openly LGBT person as the mayor of New York City.

— Christine Quinn

One of the things that drives me crazy as a professional woman is you’ll have bought a suit, and you get home and realize you don’t have a shirt to wear with it.

— Christine Quinn

I’m an aggressive woman who gets things done, and that’s the way it is, and I’ve never been embarrassed about the fact that I am pushy.

— Christine Quinn

I try to not think too much about how stuff gets seen as it’s being done by a woman. Because if you think about it, then you end up thinking about how you’re acting, and if you are thinking about how you’re acting, then you are preoccupied and you’re going to end up being insincere. You’re kind of not present.

— Christine Quinn

When I was running for speaker, people would go out of their way to point out why I wasn’t going to win: ‘You’re a woman, you’re too liberal, you’re gay, you’re from the West Side of Manhattan,’ which in that context was an insult.

— Christine Quinn

I’m a lesbian. Yup. Hundred percent. Hundred percent. I remember being in college, and I had fallen in love with this woman, and I remember sitting in my dorm room saying out loud to myself, like, ‘You have enough problems. You are not gonna let this happen.’ You just kinda, like, stuff it away until – well, some people stuff it away forever.

— Christine Quinn

I’m a lesbian. Yup. Hundred percent. Hundred percent. I remember being in college, and I had fallen in love with this woman, and I remember sitting in my dorm room saying out loud to myself, like, ‘You have enough problems. You are not gonna let this happen.’

— Christine Quinn

Being a professional woman, I function the best when I don’t distinguish between work and play.

— Cristina Saralegui

On the television planet, where men make up the tribe, the law of the caveman rules. So, for a woman coming from another world, without experience or cunning, to succeed gradually in gaining control over what is to be taped, what goes out over the air, what is said without censorship, is an epic feat.

— Cristina Saralegui

In terms of sexual orientation I don’t really feel I’ve changed. I don’t feel there was a hidden part of my sexuality that I wasn’t aware of. I’d been with men all my life, and I’d never fallen in love with a woman. But when I did, it didn’t seem so strange.

— Cynthia Nixon

I met this woman, I fell in love with her, and I’m a public figure.

— Cynthia Nixon

Often, women as little girls are sent off on a track for them to live a perfect life and be a perfect woman. Not for boys, who can be themselves with their mood and their temper.

— Claire Denis

I started in the mailroom, literally, as an intern… in 1974. The legislator I was working for at the time said, ‘I want you to get your law degree and come back here and get elected and be the first woman governor.’ I kind of took that guy seriously – I thought that sounded like a pretty good idea.

— Claire McCaskill

When you’re writing, you think: How does intimacy happen in the work? You don’t know who your reader is, woman, man, child, black person, Asian, who knows?

— Claudia Rankine

I tried to get a baseball movie made a couple of years ago and I don’t think it didn’t happen because I was a woman, but because sports movie don’t sell internationally.

— Callie Khouri

In the beginning of Roomba, we all took turns answering the support line. Once, a woman called and explained that her robot had a defective motor. I said, ‘Send it back. We’ll send you a new one.’ She said, ‘No – I’m not sending you Rosie.’

— Colin Angle

I have healed myself through sharing my birth story as well as others’ stories in my film ‘No Woman, No Cry,’ and in various writings and talks about maternal health.

— Christy Turlington

I’ve always loved those portraits that Alfred Stieglitz did of Georgia O’Keeffe over several years, which really convey the idea that there’s not one image that can capture a woman, because we’re changing all the time.

— Christy Turlington

If we can’t support a woman while she is giving life, then we don’t support women.

— Christy Turlington

My weight fluctuates, and I haven’t always been skinny. I became curvier in my twenties, but I never felt self-conscious about it going through different periods is all part of being a woman.

— Christy Turlington

I feel like I’m the only person – or woman, at least – who hasn’t read ‘Fifty Shades of Grey.’

— Carla Gugino

The haunting of history is ever present in Barcelona. I see cities as organisms, as living creatures. To me, Madrid is a man and Barcelona is a woman. And it’s a woman who’s extremely vain.

— Carlos Ruiz Zafon

I’m a working woman of 80 trying to work out what the image I can project is. How I can do it with, you know, dignity.

— Carmen Dell’Orefice

People think because it’s photography it’s not worth as much, and because it’s a woman artist, you’re still not getting as much – there’s still definitely that happening. I’m still really competitive when it comes to, I guess, the male painters and male artists. I still think that’s really unfair.

— Cindy Sherman

There are so many times that, as a woman in the music industry, you’re asked questions no male musician would ever be asked.

— Corin Tucker

I do think we have a long way to go in terms of the culture around women still being career women, and asking a woman about her career and her work, just seeing them as fully validated human beings in the workplace.

— Corin Tucker

I never thought I was the most beautiful model out there or the most sexy woman, but I was a hard worker.

— Carol Alt

I became a sales manager at Digital Equipment, promoted from within the sales team. My peers were less than excited that I had gotten the job, especially one of my male peers who said he just wasn’t going to work for a woman.

— Carol Bartz

A man can’t pass on, like a mother could, an awareness of your body, or sensuality, or what it means to be a woman. I was never taught what femininity was. I learnt it – or rather I invented it – on my own. I tended not to talk at all, if people were staring at me.

— Carole Bouquet

I was suffering a divorce, and I was very unhappy because my children were very young. It hit me when a woman, a fan, was chatting with me. She was pleased to meet Big Bird because her children liked him and liked the show, but she didn’t know that my face was streamed with tears.

— Caroll Spinney

When I was a kid, I thought I was Wonder Woman.

— Carolyn Murphy

When I did the first ‘Matrix,’ after it came out, I had a woman come up to me and just thank me for Trinity because she was an action writer. She said she was getting really good opportunities now.

— Carrie-Anne Moss

Oh, I wouldn’t want to go on a date with a female celebrity. I’d rather go on a date with a real woman.

— Casper Van Dien

Mummy always wanted the five children, and she knew she couldn’t look after them all because she was this absolutely glorious woman who loved going to parties and going to the races, and she just didn’t have time.

— Celia Imrie

When I met Rachel Robinson for the first time, she is a regal woman, and she was like a grandmother in that first meeting.

— Chadwick Boseman

Mostly I’m proud to be an African-American woman, but I’m glad I have a universal look as well.

— Chanel Iman

How many wars have been caused by fits of indigestion, and how many more dynasties have been upset by the love of woman than by the hate of man.

— Charles Dudley Warner

There was no religious ceremony connected with marriage among us, while on the other hand the relation between man and woman was regarded as in itself mysterious and holy.

— Charles Eastman

It has been said that the position of woman is the test of civilization, and that of our women was secure. In them was vested our standard of morals and the purity of our blood.

— Charles Eastman

My mother was a stout woman with a man’s name – Billie. She was plain-faced with honest eyes – no black grease by the lash line, no blue powder on the lids, eyebrows not plucked up high and thin.

— Charles M. Blow

I think to this day, ‘Superman/Wonder Woman’ is probably one of the trickiest things I’ve been working on. It’s like being asked to write a ‘Star Wars’ movie or something like that. You don’t know how you’re going to handle it you don’t know if you can. You don’t know if you should be the guy.

— Charles Soule

Fortune has something of the nature of a woman. If she is too intensely wooed, she commonly goes the further away.

— Charles V

It felt as if my body was, like, literally betraying me because I went from a very athletic, straight-up-and-down little kid to a very curvaceous woman, and it was just horrifying to me.

— Chaz Bono

Martha Washington. I think she’s done herself a disservice in history with a little cap, you know? She looks like a namby-pamby little grandmotherly type, but she turned out to be a very strong woman.

— Cokie Roberts

Wonder Woman’ was on TV when I was growing up, and I knew Lynda Carter was part Latina. It gave me a great sense of pride.

— Constance Marie

I never thought of Kim Basinger in terms of age. For me she embodies woman with her subtleties and intricacies. She’s sensual and intellectually engaging, elegant with a very strong personal style.

— Camilla Belle

When I admitted I needed to grow old as a woman, it was a relief.

— Candis Cayne

There have been actresses who transitioned and nobody knew. But for me, with everybody knowing my history, it will be harder. I’m sure there are some great scripts calling for an ultra-glamorous woman. And I’m prepared to be ultra-glamorous.

— Candis Cayne

Night of the Comet’ established me as a strong woman. And let’s face it, this business is very surface and one dimensional – so it’s easy to get typecast.

— Catherine Mary Stewart

To Kill a Mockingbird’ is really two stories. One is a coming-of-age tale told from the point of view of Scout Finch, a girl of about nine, and her slightly older brother, Jem. The second story concerns their father, attorney Atticus Finch, who has been appointed to defend a black man, Tom Robinson, falsely accused of raping a white woman.

— Charles J. Shields

Edith Vonnegut behaved like a guest in her children’s lives. To her way of thinking, parenting came under the general heading of household tasks, which, as a wealthy woman, she could pay others to do.

— Charles J. Shields

Chels-emojis’ are in the works. I use emojis heavily in life, and I think a lot of people do. There are a number that are frustratingly absent – you know how there’s kind of a generic white man and a generic white woman? I just want to put a generic black man and a generic black woman.

— Chelsea Peretti

So many people: Lucille Ball is the earliest incarnation of a woman I thought was funny, Joan Rivers, Roseanne, Carol Burnett, Gilda Radnor, down to current times, where you have Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, and Kristen Wiig.

— Chelsea Peretti

I’m a fiction writer, and I do write essays, but I am not a poet. And I absolutely reject the phrase ‘woman writer’ as anti-feminist. I wrote an essay about this as far back as 1977, at the height of the neo-feminist movement.

— Cynthia Ozick

People often ask how I can reject the phrase ‘woman writer’ and not reject the phrase ‘Jewish writer’ – a preposterous question. ‘Jewish’ is a category of civilization, culture, and intellect, and ‘woman’ is a category of anatomy and physiology.

— Cynthia Ozick

I’m not a really big comic book person. I know the typical ones – ‘Spider-Man’ and ‘Wonder Woman’ and ‘Storm’ and that stuff. But don’t quiz me, because I’m not good at things like that.

— Christian Serratos

He’s 85 and he’s met another woman. Still, at 85, why ever not?

— Christine Keeler

In fact, some reviewers have said that as they got into the story they forgot that the protagonist is a black woman. They were moved by the story – by the people as a whole – and not by the little things.

— Christopher Darden

I was at a restaurant in Glasgow, and I was walking down the stairs. A woman passed me and said, ‘Oh my God, what are you doing here?’ I didn’t know who she was, and I was like, ‘Sorry?’ She goes, ‘Oh no, sorry, I follow you on Twitter. I just didn’t expect to see you here.’

— Caitriona Balfe

A young woman hiking alone in the mountains sounds dangerous. In the pre-cell phone era maybe it was, but I’ll stop short of calling it foolish.

— Claire Cameron

Everything Marilyn does is different from any other woman, strange and exciting, from the way she talks to the way she uses that magnificent torso.

— Clark Gable

A woman confronting men is a proper subject, it is inexhaustible.

— Claude Chabrol

The truth of the matter is, I am a black woman, and I am an actor. I don’t try to get caught up in being a black actor I’m just an actor who is a black woman. It’s not about forgetting that you’re black, but you don’t need to be hammered over the head, either it just is what it is.

— Condola Rashad

If I had seen a black woman play Juliet as a little girl, my idea of my place in the world would have been totally different.

— Condola Rashad

There must have been something in my nature – I believe, with all my heart, that I have conquered it now – which prevented me from being perfectly happy or making a woman perfectly happy.

— Conrad Veidt

You see actors who make family work, but it’s difficult for any woman.

— Cush Jumbo

Once I was in a cafe in Portland and the woman at the next table and I began chatting and in the course of our conversation she strongly recommend I visit this web site called ‘The Rumpus’ so I could read this advice column called ‘Dear Sugar.’ It was so painful not to tell her that in fact I was Sugar, but I didn’t.

— Cheryl Strayed

When men hold the greater majority of all professional positions of power, it is impossible for a woman to advance her career without the support of men.

— Carol Roth

I live by a man’s code, designed to fit a man’s world, yet at the same time I never forget that a woman’s first job is to choose the right shade of lipstick.

— Carole Lombard

I have a real problem with watching movies where I see this perfect woman who is married to the man in question, who has a perfect life, who has perfect hair, perfect clothes, and doesn’t give you any of the kind of reality that you’re used to.

— Caroline Goodall

I like men. I like the sound of their voices, the way they think. They’re more sensitive than women. With a woman, everything is either this or that, black or white. But a man can see shades of gray. That’s what I call being sensitive.

— Carolyn Jones

I was the first woman British commissioner, the first woman trade commissioner, so I am also proud to be the first woman High Representative.

— Catherine Ashton

I grew up in the Alps and France, and Barbie was my first exposure to the American woman. For me she was blonde, she was free and she was fun.

— Catherine Malandrino

Every woman in America has a French dream in her head, especially a Parisian one.

— Catherine Malandrino

Thanks to President Obama, being a woman will no longer be a pre-existing condition!

— Cecile Richards

I believe that if a man does a job as well as a woman, he should be paid as much.

— Celeste Holm

I believe every woman’s body is beautiful in its own way. I have never understood that just because a woman has thick thighs, she is considered fat. For so long, I’ve been around in the modeling world and have tried to break that barrier. But I think now it’s turning around.

— Coco Austin

My grandma actually put me in girdles when I was around nine or ten because I had hips even then, and she didn’t want boys to be attracted to me. Having hips meant you were a full-grown woman, and I was too young for that.

— Coco Austin

I want to play a princess or some woman from royalty or aristocracy. If I get to have an accent, even better. And I want to play a butt-kicking superhero, like Catwoman.

— Christa B. Allen

I design for a feminine woman who appreciates art a lot, either as a profession or as a hobby.

— Christian Cota

In the past I’d always felt like ‘the girl’ in the show or the movie. On ‘Friday Night Lights’ there were a bunch of girls, and I was the woman. Initially there was a little struggle with my identity around that. But now there’s a sense of ease.

— Connie Britton

To seduce a woman famous for strict morals, religious fervor and the happiness of her marriage: what could possibly be more prestigious?

— Christopher Hampton

I am a friend of life, at 80 life tells me to behave like a woman and not like an old woman.

— Chavela Vargas

I think it was hard for people to cast me as an ethnic, as an Asian American woman.

— Chloe Bennet

Obviously, you’ve never seen a woman skydiving in a hoop skirt.

— Chris A. Bridges

Always marry a woman from Texas. No matter how tough things get, she’s seen tougher.

— Dan Rather

I was raised in an orthodox Jewish home where it was expected that, as a woman, I’d marry an investment banker, raise kids in the suburbs and go to temple. I wasn’t raised to set the world on fire.

— Dani Shapiro

If a woman hasn’t got a tiny streak of harlot in her, she’s a dry stick as a rule.

— D. H. Lawrence

The one woman who never gives herself is your free woman, who is always giving herself.

— D. H. Lawrence

The basic Buddhist stand on the question of equality between the genders is age-old. At the highest tantric levels, at the highest esoteric level, you must respect women: every woman.

— Dalai Lama

In a way, a man’s body is more beautiful than a woman’s.

— David Bailey

On the fragrance side, I think it’s important that it’s not overpowering, a fragrance on a man or a woman. I think it’s important to see the person before you smell them. Less is more.

— David Beckham

It would be my guess that Madonna is not a very happy woman. From my own experience, having gone through persona changes like that, that kind of clawing need to be the center of attention is not a pleasant place to be.

— David Bowie

There’s not a man, woman or child on the face of the earth who doesn’t enjoy a tasty beverage.

— David Letterman

As long as I play ball, I can get any woman I want.

— Dennis Rodman

I’ve never wanted to be the ingenue. Now that I’m getting into my forties, I think my time as a woman has arrived I think I might have a new moment in my career. I have that drive left – just for a little while.

— Debi Mazar

We go to Italy every winter, and my husband’s mother has a bingo party on Christmas. Every woman brings a dish: lentils, cavolo nero, tons of beans, polenta, every type of cheese, bruschetta, fresh vegetables, and local olive oil and wine.

— Debi Mazar

I like to have my hair grow, because I need to have hair for different roles. But I’m a woman, so I’m always cutting my hair off and wishing that I hadn’t.

— Debi Mazar

This idea that we should be best friends with our partner of the opposite gender leads toward tremendous frustration. Did you ever notice that while men often refer to their wives as best friends, women usually refer to another woman in that way?

— Deborah Tannen

While the requirements of a good leader and a good man are similar, the requirements of a good leader and a good woman are mutually exclusive. A good leader must be tough, but a good woman must not be. A good woman must be self-deprecating, but a good leader must not be.

— Deborah Tannen

I would say ‘woman’ used to be a noun, and now it is a noun and also an adjective. And words change their functions in that way. It’s one of the most common phenomena about words. They start as one thing, and they end up as something else.

— Deborah Tannen

I believe the switch from ‘lady’ to ‘woman’ was part of the women’s movement. ‘Lady’ was a euphemism for ‘woman,’ and that was one reason that we wanted to move away from it.

— Deborah Tannen

In my own writing, I avoid ‘female’ and try to say ‘woman’ because I feel that the word ‘female’ has connotations of not just biology but also non-human mammals. The idea of ‘female’ to me is more appropriate for a female animal.

— Deborah Tannen

The contrasting focus on connection versus hierarchy also sheds light on innumerable adult conversations – and frustrations. Say a woman tells another about a personal problem and hears in response, ‘I know how you feel’ or ‘the same thing happens to me.’ The resulting ‘troubles talk’ reinforces the connection between them.

— Deborah Tannen

Whether a party can have much success without a woman present I must ask others to decide, but one thing is certain, no party is any fun unless seasoned with folly.

— Desiderius Erasmus

I never knew what I wanted to do, but I knew the kind of woman I wanted to be.

— Diane von Furstenberg

I wanted to be an independent woman, a woman who could pay for her bills, a woman who could run her own life – and I became that woman.

— Diane von Furstenberg

I wanted to be an empowered woman, and I became an empowered woman. And now I want to empower every woman. And I do it through my clothes, I do it through my words, I do it through my money, I do it through everything.

— Diane von Furstenberg

I always wanted to be a femme fatale. Even when I was a young girl, I never really wanted to be a girl. I wanted to be a woman.

— Diane von Furstenberg

All I can tell you is that I’ve never met a woman who is not strong, but sometimes they don’t let it out. Then there’s a tragedy, and then all of a sudden that strength comes. My message is let the strength come out before the tragedy.

— Diane von Furstenberg

I never like to think that I design for a particular person. I design for the woman I wanted to be, the woman I used to be, and – to some degree – the woman I’m still a little piece of.

— Diane von Furstenberg

You gotta understand: I believe a woman should praise the man, the king. If you holding it down for your woman, I feel like the woman should praise. And the man should praise the queen.

— DJ Khaled

If I hadn’t been a woman, I’d be a drag queen for sure. I like all that flair and I’d be dressing up in them high heels and putting on the big hair. I’d be like Ru Paul.

— Dolly Parton

It was at the Children’s Defense Fund that I met Hillary. I was 21, feisty, and ready to fight. And I remember thinking immediately, ‘Here is a woman who doesn’t mess around.’ Steel in her spine, Hillary didn’t want to talk about anything other than how to make children’s lives better.

— Donna Brazile

Before Hillary-bashing became its own thing, she was subjected to the standard-issue woman-bashing used on every powerful woman in Washington.

— Donna Brazile

Women in Washington – and in positions of power anywhere – should be subjected to the same criticisms and held to the same standards as men. That does not include the assumption that any successful woman has attained her position through flattery, feminine wiles, or her ability to provide maternal comfort to a more powerful man.

— Donna Brazile

Trust no friend without faults, and love a woman, but no angel.

— Doris Lessing

My mother was a woman who was very frustrated. She had a great deal of ability, and all this energy went into me and my brother.

— Doris Lessing

Every country is like a particular type of person. America is like a belligerent, adolescent boy Canada is like an intelligent, 35-year-old woman. Australia is like Jack Nicholson. It comes right up to you and laughs very hard in your face in a highly threatening and engaging manner.

— Douglas Adams

When I say I’m going to take care of a woman, I don’t just mean physically or sexually or romantically. I’m going to take care of her emotionally and spiritually. I’m going to take care of her in all ways. I take a lot of pride in that today.

— Dwayne Johnson

A Negro woman has the same kind of problems as other women, but she can’t take the same things for granted.

— Dorothy Height

Greatness is not measured by what a man or woman accomplishes, but by the opposition he or she has overcome to reach his goals.

— Dorothy Height

Time and trouble will tame an advanced young woman, but an advanced old woman is uncontrollable by any earthly force.

— Dorothy L. Sayers

The sexiest thing that a woman can do, wear, and say all fall under one word to me: subtlety. To be subtle in the things that she does and the things she says and the things she wears – I appreciate the details.

— Dwayne Johnson

I’m very proud to be a woman – you’re part of a tribe. Automatically, you feel connected to another woman when you meet them. That’s really special.

— Dakota Fanning

Every woman needs to know the facts. And the fact is, when it comes to breast cancer, every woman is at risk.

— Debbie Wasserman Schultz

We can never, ever say it enough: every woman – especially every young woman-has to take charge of her health… and do what’s right for her!

— Debbie Wasserman Schultz

I think it’s a little irresponsible for women who choose surgery to then say they can portray the average woman on the street, because if the average woman can’t afford those treatments, then she’s going to say, ‘I’m 53 and I don’t look like that,’ and start thinking she’s ugly or inadequate.

— Debra Winger

For a long time, Nella Larsen was the mystery woman of the Harlem Renaissance. In the late 1920s, she published two sophisticated novels, ‘Quicksand’ and ‘Passing,’ and then her writing life came to an end. She died in obscurity in 1964.

— Darryl Pinckney

1992 became known as the ‘Year of the Woman’ because so many of us were elected to public office that November, including a record six to the United States Senate.

— Dee Dee Myers

On the day I started college in 1979, no woman had ever been on the United States Supreme Court or served as the Speaker of the House. None had been an astronaut or the solo anchor of a network evening news broadcast. Not one had been president of an Ivy League college or run a serious campaign for president.

— Dee Dee Myers

By confirming the importance of politics and politicians in Britain, we can build from the bottom up and begin to reverse the worrying anti-politics trend, which will empower the elite technocrats and leave defenceless the man or woman in the street with a mere vote to cast.

— David Blunkett

I appreciate the positivity of those ‘year of the woman’ articles – it’s good to get that energy out there – but at the same time, in Hollywood it’s not happening yet.

— Diablo Cody

If being an attractive woman got you attention for directing, then the entire ‘best director’ category would be comprised of models. To me, that is just the most ludicrous connection that you could make.

— Diablo Cody

It’s kind of true, you do disappear off the planet if you are a middle-aged woman, but that has some advantages as well.

— Diane Keaton

I realized through my personal travels how little I know about certain conflicts, because I was too vain or self-absorbed to ask the questions. That’s been the focus while I’m in my thirties – to become an accomplished woman, rather than some actress.

— Diane Kruger

My mom was truly an iconic figure, a great journalist and a pioneering woman who died at 54 of cancer without ever having revealed to viewers that she was ill.

— David Frum

I was so busy climbing up this ladder, staying above the water. If there was only room for one woman in a room, I wanted to be her. I’m not proud of it. I certainly don’t feel that way now. It was an absolute evolution for me.

— Dawn Steel

The clothes back in those days were made so much better than clothes are today. They actually took time to make clothes to fit a woman’s body. Today they make clothes that fit sizes, so it stretches to fit this and that.

— Debbie Allen

Everything was my fault. I was so dumb. But if I hadn’t made the mistakes I made, I wouldn’t have met the wonderful woman I’ve been married to for over 30 years, so I guess that makes the mistakes OK.

— Donald Sutherland

Man will never understand woman and vice versa. We are oil and water. An equal level can never be maintained, as one will always excel where the other doesn’t, and that breeds resentment.

— Dionne Warwick

I don’t wish to curse anyone. I just feel bad when women, especially, try to sabotage the image of another woman.

— Divyanka Tripathi

Each of our collections is like a movie. We write the script, and this Sicilian woman who has traveled around the world plays the lead role.

— Domenico Dolce

I once got a letter from a woman who told me she was 90. She said if she were 30 years younger, I would have had to watch out. I guess 60 seems really young when you’re 90. She said she would eat me with a spoon.

— David James Elliott

The next Bond ought to be a woman or, at least, a black actor.

— Douglas Hodge

The Victorian era is the sexiest age for me, but I also like a woman in a pair of jeans.

— Dylan McDermott

I’m always looking for a way to surprise audiences. That’s, I feel, my job as a director. I felt that Amy Adams playing a tough woman in ‘The Fighter’ was a surprise. People saw her as a princess.

— David O. Russell

I think Wonder Woman is a very difficult character to crack. More difficult than Superman, who is also more difficult than Batman. Also, a lot of people in Hollywood believe that it’s hard to do a big action movie with a female lead. I happen to disagree with that.

— David S. Goyer

I don’t want to be the crazy woman who does it for years and years and years, and tries and fails and tries and fails and tries and fails, but I can swim from Cuba to Florida, and I will swim from Cuba to Florida.

— Diana Nyad

There are some days where I’ll eat 8,000 calories per day, on a day before a 12, 14, 18 hour swim. For a 61-year-old woman, that’s a lot! And I try not to eat too much refined sugar – cookies, desserts, those sorts of things.

— Diana Nyad

The sanctity of a woman’s right to control her own destiny is a moral force of its own… I came to realize that the question of choice is to be answered, not by the state, but by the individual.

— Dick Gephardt

I believe it is conceded that, notwithstanding the fabled blue laws of New England, a man may, without impropriety, kiss his wife on Sunday and possibly, if he have a chance, some other sweet-faced woman.

— David Josiah Brewer

It is Mormonism, Mohammedanism and heathenism and not Christianity which have proclaimed polygamy and debased woman from the sacred place of wife to the lower level of concubine. It is not Christianity which has sustained the social evil.

— David Josiah Brewer

The role of Charlie Eppes has changed me. I never imagined I would play a role like this. I lost some weight, grew my hair and now every woman in America over 40 wants to date me. It’s their daughters I want to convince. The truth is all this talk makes me blush. Me, I look in the mirror and all I see is this Jewish kid from Queens.

— David Krumholtz

I lost some weight, grew my hair and now every woman in America over 40 wants to date me. It’s their daughters I want to convince.

— David Krumholtz

As I got older, I’d say probably when I got to, like, seventh or eighth grade, I was living in Atlanta, Georgia at the time, and I went for an open call for an agent, a local agent out there, a woman named Joy Purvis, and she ended up picking me up.

— David Lambert

I happen to be a 64-year-old woman who lives in Manhattan, so on and so forth, but am I the sum total of my sort of bodily coordinates? Well, of course not.

— Deborah Eisenberg

As a woman in Canada, I get to do whatever I want to do, and I’m used to that. I’m used to not having my government tell me my life is going to be restricted because I’m female.

— Deborah Ellis

Mandie and the Secret Tunnel’ – the book and now the movie – pits a very young woman against forces she cannot control and events she cannot possibly know about. She’s in way over her head, and you’re pulling for her from the opening scene.

— Dean Jones

The essence of my work, and of me, is the softer side of a strong woman, and that goes into a number of different roles.

— Dee Wallace

I’d met a woman and I got married, but the money ran out right away. I hadn’t had a job for seven months, and it just came over me that I was never going to work again. It hit me.

— Denis Johnson

I like being a strong, independent woman, and to be honest, I was never afraid to be on my own.

— Dido Armstrong

There were some things that I found I really enjoyed singing about like, on the title track, there’s this film-noir character of a woman who’s sort of losing it in a room.

— Diana Krall

We’ve made so much headway with storytelling – mostly on cable, let’s be honest – but also on the networks and, you know, I think it’s about time that the leads are women. I’m not a woman, so I’m a bit biased – I wouldn’t mind if a few roles were left over for men.

— Dylan Walsh

Now supposing I had the part of a young woman to give out, one that wanted some excellent acting. If I were to go to the stage for my actress I would have to take a matured woman, one who would act splendidly, but who would look too old for the requirements.

— D. W. Griffith

But even after the first week, when Hart got out of the presidential race because of the Washington Post’s threat to reveal a long-term relationship Hart had apparently been having with a prominent Washington woman, the media continued to embellish my past.

— Donna Rice

Support women directors. When a play opens, and it’s by a woman, put your money down.

— Donna Lynne Champlin

The report of this made me exceedingly angry, for I could not see why information which a middle-class woman could get from her doctor should be withheld from a poorer woman who might need it far more.

— Dora Russell

There’s no magazine you open, unless its AARP, that shows a woman over the age of 45 in any other light, other than having to buy Depends or Viagra.

— Doris Roberts

You can call me an older woman – I don’t mind that at all – just don’t call me an old one, because I’m not.

— Doris Roberts

The man in our society is the breadwinner the woman has enough to do as the homemaker, wife and mother.

— Dorothy Fields

With women and women, I think there’s an understanding. Nobody knows what a woman feels or experiences but another woman. We are the nurturers, and there are times when we need to be nurtured.

— Dana Plato

I just want to be entertained. The stories that have aged the best are the ones where the wolf eats grandma, or the woman is going to bake children in an oven, or the bear is going to eat the girl for eating the porridge. There are lessons in there, but they’re deeply engrained and hidden.

— Drew Daywalt

Ten years ago, TV cookery shows were about a man or a woman following recipes. Now, it’s all about journeys and campaigns and less about the actual chopping and dicing. That’s what I’d like to do with magic.

— Drummond Money-Coutts

When I was running ’round in America, about 30 years old, I didn’t want no woman. I knowed I could make enough money to take care of myself, but I didn’t want nobody to take care of.

— David Edwards

I really am happy that I met my agency and my management company, because they see me as a person and not just a Latin woman.

— Daniella Alonso

To deal with the stark reality of having hit or hurt a woman or child, to deal with the initial responsibility you have not to do that and the knowledge you did do it, can be incredibly hard.

— David Soul

I’m not opposed to doing science fiction or comedy, but there has to be respect. I refuse to be the joke, the fat woman joke, in any movie. I’ve turned down roles.

— Darlene Cates

I always joke that they’re all like my children, so I love them all, but I would be lying if I didn’t admit that ‘Wonder Woman’ has an affinity for me.

— Diane Nelson

So, I’ve never been politically correct, even before that term was available to us, and I have really identified with other people who don’t want to be read as just a black poet, or just a woman poet, or just someone who represents a cause, an anti-Vietnam war poet.

— Diane Wakoski

Through her paintings, she breaks all the taboos of the woman’s body and of female sexuality.

— Diego Rivera

If I ever loved a woman, the more I loved her, the more I wanted to hurt her. Frida was only the most obvious victim of this disgusting trait.

— Diego Rivera

To sell something, tell a woman it’s a bargain tell a man it’s deductible.

— Earl Wilson

I don’t carry myself as a black person but as a woman that belongs to everybody. After all, it’s the general public that made me – not any one particular group. So I don’t think of myself as belonging to any particular group and never have.

— Eartha Kitt

I think it’s fun to look at people with big diamonds. I see them in my audience all the time, with the fur coat, a woman whose hand is always out front, or the two fingers are on the cheek to show her diamond. I don’t have anything against that.

— Eartha Kitt

In the middle of my sophomore year, I was sent to boarding school, at the Cranbrook School for boys, in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where I fell in love with Marilyn Monroe. I knew that she was the most beautiful woman in the world, and yet she was in pain, in need. She was unhappy. I believed that I could help her.

— Edmund White

I used to think that I could be successful if I pretended to be a 23-year-old black woman. I wanted to find a young black woman who would be willing to go in on this with me. I would write her novels, and then she would do the touring. I always thought I was too old and the wrong color.

— Edmund White

There’s no such thing as a standard size movie star, or woman for that matter.

— Edith Head

Both spiritual companionship and spiritual motherliness are not limited to the physical wife and mother relationship, but they extend to all people with whom woman comes into contact.

— Edith Stein

Because human development is the most specific and exalted mission of woman, studies in anthropology and theory of pedagogy are essential in girls’ education.

— Edith Stein

The emotions have been seen as the center of woman’s soul. For that reason, emotional formation will have to be centrally placed in woman’s formation.

— Edith Stein

One could say that in case of need, every normal and healthy woman is able to hold a position. And there is no profession which cannot be practiced by a woman.

— Edith Stein

Merkel is an amazing woman, very experienced in international politics.

— Ehud Olmert

Deep in the heart of Kentucky’s rugged Eastern Mountain region, there lives a woman who has fascinated and inspired me for two decades. She is known locally these days as ‘Mayor Nan’ – the octogenarian chief executive of Hazard and advocate for its 5,467 residents.

— Elaine Chao

A man is as good as he has to be, and a woman as bad as she dares.

— Elbert Hubbard

A blank wall of social and professional antagonism faces the woman physician that forms a situation of singular and painful loneliness, leaving her without support, respect or professional counsel.

— Elizabeth Blackwell

If society will not admit of woman’s free development, then society must be remodeled.

— Elizabeth Blackwell

Yeah I’m thirty-six, but on the show I’m thirty-two. Nobody wants to watch a thirty-six year old woman, so they decided to make me thirty-two. Much more appealing somehow.

— Ellen DeGeneres

I am imperfect in a million ways, but I always thought I was the kind of woman, the kind of wife to whom a husband would be faithful.

— Elizabeth Edwards

What we hope to achieve is a society that doesn’t value a white man because he’s a white man, but also doesn’t value a woman because she’s a woman, or a black because he’s a black.

— Elizabeth Edwards

Even if national peculiarities in character and in laws occasion differences in the curve which the woman movement describes in the different countries, yet everywhere the movement has had the same causes, must follow the same main direction, and – sooner or later – must have the same effects.

— Ellen Key

The woman pastor would often be, especially for women and children, a better minister than the clergyman for them also, the woman judge might often surpass the man in penetration and understanding.

— Ellen Key

How the woman movement has elevated woman’s work, since it has raised the standard of qualification in many fields and increased the feeling of responsibility in all!

— Ellen Key

The married woman as family provider beside the man, often also in place of the man, but always however subservient to the man’s dominion – this is the worst form of woman slavery our time has created.

— Ellen Key

When it comes to the application to life of existing laws and morals, woman, because of her willing receptiveness, her elasticity and adaptability combined with her power of tenacious retention, has exerted an influence, the value of which is too vast to be measured.

— Ellen Key

Tenderness has created the first ‘social order’ – that of the mother with her offspring. Through motherliness, woman later makes her great contributions to civilization.

— Ellen Key

If I am to truly become an autonomous woman, then I must take over that role of being my own guardian.

— Elizabeth Gilbert

I have the heart of a man, not a woman, and I am not afraid of anything.

— Elizabeth I

I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too.

— Elizabeth I

I do not want a husband who honours me as a queen, if he does not love me as a woman.

— Elizabeth I

Every woman, whether or not they’re comfortable with the term ‘feminist,’ probably wants to be equal to men, and that is fundamentally what feminism is about.

— Emily Ratajkowski

The word’s out: I’m a woman, and I’m going to have trouble backing off on that. I am what I am. I’ll go out and talk to people about what’s happening to their families, and when I do that, I’m a mother. I’m a grandmother.

— Elizabeth Warren

I think I had really good parents. I got really lucky. They said, ‘You’re a woman enjoy yourself and believe that you can do things.’

— Emily Ratajkowski

The truth is that both groups want to be noticed. Yet we view a man’s desire for attention as a natural instinct with a woman, we label her a narcissist.

— Emily Ratajkowski

Give us that grand word ‘woman’ once again, and let’s have done with ‘lady’ one’s a term full of fine force, strong, beautiful, and firm, fit for the noblest use of tongue or pen and one’s a word for lackeys.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The more powerful you become, some people especially don’t like it that you’re a woman. I stick up for myself.

— Ellen Barkin

Merely external emancipation has made of the modern woman an artificial being. Now, woman is confronted with the necessity of emancipating herself from emancipation, if she really desires to be free.

— Emma Goldman

The higher mental development of woman, the less possible it is for her to meet a congenial male who will see in her, not only sex, but also the human being, the friend, the comrade and strong individuality, who cannot and ought not lose a single trait of her character.

— Emma Goldman

My appearance has changed a lot over the years, but it has far more to do with how I feel about being a woman.

— Emma Thompson

I want to be a Renaissance woman. I want to paint, and I want to write, and I want to act, and I want to just do everything.

— Emma Watson

I could never really imagine myself doing one thing, and I’m pretty sure that I’ll end up doing four or five different things. I want to be a Renaissance woman. I want to paint, and I want to write, and I want to act, and I want to just do everything.

— Emma Watson

Not by the forces of civil war can you govern the very weakest woman. You can kill that woman, but she escapes you then you cannot govern her. No power on earth can govern a human being, however feeble, who withholds his or her consent.

— Emmeline Pankhurst

My inspiration are the woman, friendship, and loneliness.

— Enrique Iglesias

Yes, I have made a woman cry.

— Enrique Iglesias

The misery of a child is interesting to a mother, the misery of a young man is interesting to a young woman, the misery of an old man is interesting to nobody.

— Eric Hoffer

I know that, like every woman of the people, I have more strength than I appear to have.

— Evita Peron

I’m a woman who has gone through many heartaches, enough to dedicate my whole life to trying to figure them out.

— Erykah Badu

You see a lot of smart guys with dumb women, but you hardly ever see a smart woman with a dumb guy.

— Erica Jong

I feel like I’m beautiful, and every woman should feel like that.

— Estelle

I got married because I fell in love with this woman. I had a baby with her because we wanted to have children. But that’s not because of some philosophical ideal at all, no.

— Ewan McGregor

I’m worried because of my mother, she’s going to see my performance and she’s quite hard. She’s going to see me naked. And my Dad, woah. Yeah, they’re going to see me like a woman, you know?

— Eva Green

I will buy any creme, cosmetic, or elixir from a woman with a European accent.

— Erma Bombeck

The death of a 20-year-old woman is intuitively worse than that of a 2-month-old girl, even though the baby has had less life. The 20-year-old has a much more developed personality than the infant, and has drawn upon the investment of others to begin as-yet-unfulfilled projects.

— Ezekiel Emanuel

Since the beginning, a woman’s first and most important role has been ushering into mortality spirit sons and daughters of our Father in Heaven.

— Ezra Taft Benson

A young woman who knows and loves the Book of Mormon, who has read it several times, who has an abiding testimony of its truthfulness, and who applies its teachings will be able to stand against the wiles of the devil and will be a mighty tool in the hands of the Lord.

— Ezra Taft Benson

The literal resurrection of every soul who has lived and died on earth is a certainty, and surely one should make careful preparation for this event. A glorious resurrection should be the goal of every man and woman, for resurrection will be a reality.

— Ezra Taft Benson

In the beginning, God placed a woman in a companion role with the priesthood.

— Ezra Taft Benson

I’m very proud of being a woman, and as a woman, I don’t even like the word ‘feminism’ because when I hear that word, I associate it with women trying to pretend to be men, and I’m not interested in trying to pretend to be a man. I don’t want to embrace manhood I want to embrace my womanhood.

— Evangeline Lilly

I’m a very stubborn woman and I’m from a very stubborn family of headstrong women. I have sisters, so the women rule the coop in my house.

— Evangeline Lilly

If you’re going to tell stories about life, you have to include a woman in your story.

— Evangeline Lilly

I know now that I began writing in a country where the word ‘woman’ and the word ‘poet’ were almost magnetically opposed. One word was used to invoke collective nurture, the other to sketch out self-reflective individualism. Both states were necessary – that much the culture conceded – but they were oil and water and could not be mixed.

— Eavan Boland

In my thirties I found myself, to use a colloquial fiction, in a suburban house at the foothills of the Dublin mountains. Married and with two little daughters, I led a life which would have been recognizable to any woman who had led it and to many others who had not.

— Eavan Boland

I was Irish I was a woman. Yet night after night, bent over the table, I wrote in forms explored and sealed by English men hundreds of years before. I saw no contradiction.

— Eavan Boland

As far as I was concerned, it was the absence of women in the poetic tradition which allowed women in the poems to be simplified. The voice of a woman poet would, I was sure, have precluded such distortion. It did not exist.

— Eavan Boland

Probably my mother. She was a very compassionate woman, and always kept me on my feet. And I think part of it is just the way you are, the way you’re raised. And she had the responsibility for raising me.

— Ed Bradley

As a male designer, you always need a woman’s touch.

— Edgardo Osorio

I love to see a woman in a sexy, strappy sandal no matter what. It just looks beautiful.

— Edgardo Osorio

I don’t want, under any circumstances, to see in ‘Haaretz’ a picture of a woman with a baby in her arms crying while policemen deport her.

— Eli Yishai

I’ve grown up so much here. It’s been two years. I’ve become a woman here, I’ve become an actress here.

— Elisabeth Rohm

Growing up with three boys in a heavily male-dominated world, I especially needed to express myself as a woman.

— Elisabeth Shue

There are lots of people whose style I admire, although I’d never dress like them. Chloe Sevigny is probably the most stylish woman ever, and Lady Gaga is amazing – it’s fun to watch what she’s going to wear next.

— Eliza Doolittle

Violence against women is real and something I feel passionately about, and the gateway to all that is wolf whistling. It’s allowing a man to impose his will on a woman who is just trying to walk down the street and live her life. It’s all about unwanted versus wanted attention, and, of course, there’s a fine line.

— Elizabeth Banks

Granted, it’s not easy to be a super-tall woman in Hollywood. But there are times when it works in my favour. In ‘The Night Manager,’ for example, both of my co-stars, Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston, are also well over 6 ft. and it was lovely to look a co-star in the eye and not have them standing on an apple box!

— Elizabeth Debicki

There are not many males, black or white, who wish to get involved with a woman who’s committed to her own development.

— Eleanor Holmes Norton

Remember that a woman who has given birth to a dead child has given birth and is recovering physically, too. Don’t be afraid of grieving parents.

— Elizabeth McCracken

At my first library job, I worked with a woman named Sheila Brownstein, who was The Reader’s Advisor. She was a short, bosomy Englishwoman who accosted people at the shelves and asked if they wanted advice on what to read, and if the answer was yes, she asked what writers they already loved and then suggested somebody new.

— Elizabeth McCracken

I have a memory of my fourth-grade self wanting to be the first woman president of the United States, but I think that has a lot more to do with my love of world records and reference books than a love of serving my country.

— Elizabeth McCracken

The men resent a woman getting any honour in what they consider is essentially their field. Men painters mostly despise women painters. So I have decided to stop squirming, to throw any honour in with Canada and women.

— Emily Carr

I’ve never had prejudice against me because of being a woman in comedy, I’ve never felt any sort of unfairness because of that – but I do think it is naive to think that it doesn’t exist.

— Ellie Kemper

I thought there had to be something I could do because it seemed crazy that, in addition to the psychological tragedy each woman has to face, came also all the rest.

— Emma Bonino

A woman must combine the role of mother, wife and politician.

— Emma Bonino

For me, I don’t feel it is a success in the career to be the pretty woman career success comes from being characters who tell us something about the truth.

— Emmanuelle Beart

If a man or woman has something redone it is because he or she can no longer live with that part of their body, it is no longer bearable. Either they get help and find the strength to fight or they proceed with the act.

— Emmanuelle Beart

It is not easy to grow old in this business, when you are a woman above all, in the cinema.

— Emmanuelle Beart

I was up for Michael Corleone in ‘The Godfather,’ but, as I was only 10 at the time, I think Mr. Coppola made the right choice. The Julia Roberts role in ‘Pretty Woman’ held a bizarre allure for me. But, it’s silly to look back with regret.

— Eric Stoltz

I am a Cajun Baby in a Texas girl, an all-American woman and a global goddess.

— Erin Cummings

Inner beauty radiates from within, and there’s nothing more beautiful than when a woman feels beautiful on the inside.

— Erin Heatherton

I know that some endeavor to throw the mantle of romance over the subject and treat woman like some ideal existence, not liable to the ills of life. Let those deal in fancy who have nothing better to deal in we have to do with sober, sad realities, with stubborn facts.

— Ernestine Rose

I suppose you all grant that woman is a human being. If she has a right to life she has a right to earn a support for that life. If a human being, she has a right to have her powers and faculties as a human being developed. If developed, she has a right to exercise them.

— Ernestine Rose

The main cause is a pernicious falsehood propagated against her being, namely that she is inferior by her nature. Inferior in what? What has man ever done that woman, under the same advantages could not do?

— Ernestine Rose
Quotes About Woman

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