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Quotations of Famous Women, Quotes, Quotations, Sayings about Love, Friends, Life


The quotations of famous and funny women about love, life, friends, motivation and inspiration. A huge collection of unforgettable and timeless quotations authored by famous women for your enjoyment. Some are funny and some will inspire you. You'll hear quotes from writers, politicians, philosophers, comedians and more.


  1. There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. ~ Edith Wharton, 1862-1937

  2. Given another shot at life, I would seize every minute, look at it and really see it, live it and never give it back. Stop sweating the small stuff. Don't worry about who doesn't like you, who has more, or who's doing what. Instead, let's cherish the relationships we have with those who do love us. ~ If I Had My Life To Live Over, Erma Bombeck

  3. I do much of my creative thinking while golfing. If people know you're working at home they think nothing of walking in for a cup of coffee, but wouldn't dream of interrupting on the golf course. ~ Harper Lee

  4. Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained. ~ Marie Curie, Nobel Prizes in physics and chemistry

  5. I make beanstalks; I'm a builder, like yourself. ~ Edna St. Vincent Millay, poet

  6. There was a time where I never had a sense of purpose, never felt useful as a person. I think a lot of people have that feeling, wanting to kill yourself or take drugs or numb yourself out because you can't shut it off or you just feel bad and you don't know what it's from... If you've built schools or raised a child or done something to make things better... it just feels better. Life is better. ~ Angelina Jolie

  7. Genius is the gold in the mine. Talent is the miner that works and brings it out. ~ Lady Marguerite Blessington, British author

  8. I pray hard, work hard, and leave the rest to God. ~ Florence Griffith Joyner, Olympic medalist

  9. One half the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other. ~ Jane Austen (1775-1817) in Emma

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

  11. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. ~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861) in Sonnets from the Portuguese

  12. Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. ~ Emma Lazarus (1849-1887) The New Colossus

  13. After a while you learn the subtle difference between holding a hand and chaining a soul. And you learn that love doesn't mean leaning and company doesn't mean security. And you begin to learn that kisses aren't contracts and presents aren't promises. ~ Veronica Shoffstall

  14. Fortune does not change men; it unmasks them. ~ Suzanne Necker, 1739-1794

  15. There is a spirit and a need and a man at the beginning of every great human advance. Every one of these must be right for that particular moment of history, or nothing happens. ~ Coretta Scott King, 1927-2006

  16. Inside every older lady is a younger lady -- wondering what the hell happened. ~ Cora Harvey Armstrong

  17. The hardest years in life are those between ten and seventy. ~ Helen Hayes, at age 73

  18. I refuse to think of them as chin hairs. I think of them as stray eyebrows. ~ Janette Barber

  19. Things are going to get a lot worse before they get worse. ~ Lily Tomlin

  20. A male gynecologist is like an auto mechanic who never owned a car. ~ Carrie Snow

  21. Laugh and the world laughs with you. Cry and you cry with your girlfriends. ~ Laurie Kuslansky

  22. My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first being, hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint. ~ Erma Bombeck

  23. Old age ain't no place for sissies. ~ Bette Davis

  24. A man's got to do what a man's got to do. A woman must do what he can't. ~ Rhonda Hansome

  25. The phrase "working mother" is redundant. ~ Jane Sellman

  26. If I had my life to live over I'd dare to make more mistakes next time. I'd relax, I would limber up I would be sillier than I have been this trip. I would take fewer things seriously. I would take more chances. I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers. If I had to do it again, I would travel lighter than I have. I would ride more merry-go-rounds. I would pick more daisies. ~ Nadine Stair

  27. Whatever women must do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult. ~ Charlotte Whitton

  28. I try to take one day at a time -- but sometimes several days attack me at once. ~ Anonymous

  29. If high heels were so wonderful, men would still be wearing them. ~ Sue Grafton

  30. Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort, of feeling safe with a person, Having neither to weigh thoughts, nor measure words, But pouring them all right out just as they are, chaff and grain together, Certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, Keep what is worth keeping, And with the breath of kindness, blow the rest away. ~ Dinah Maria Mulock Craik

  31. I'm not going to vacuum 'til Sears makes one you can ride on. ~ Roseanne Barr

  32. When women are depressed they either eat or go shopping. Men invade another country. ~ Elayne Boosler

  33. Behind every successful man is a surprised woman. ~ Maryon Pearson

  34. In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman. ~ Margaret Thatcher

  35. I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career. ~ Gloria Steinem

  36. I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man, I keep his house. ~ Zsa Gabor

  37. Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

  38. He was like a cock who thought the sun had risen to hear him crow. ~ George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans ) 1819-1880

  39. Once a woman has forgiven her man, she must not reheat his sins for breakfast. ~ Marlene Dietrich, 1904-1992

  40. Somehow we learn who we really are and then live with that decision. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

  41. The only thing in the world you can change is yourself and that makes all the difference in the world. ~ Cher

  42. It's but little good you'll do a-watering the last year's crops. ~ George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans ) 1819-1880

  43. A mother is not a person to lean on but a person to making leaning unnecessary. ~ Dorothy Canfield Fisher

  44. All serious daring starts from within. ~ Eudora Welty

  45. Any mother could perform the jobs of several air-traffic controllers with ease. ~ Lisa Alther

  46. Are we having fun yet? ~ Carol Burnett

  47. Ask your child what he wants for dinner only if he's buying. ~ Fran Lebowitz

  48. While others may argue about whether the world ends with a bang or a whimper, I just want to make sure mine doesn't end with a whine. ~ Barbara Gordon

  49. One is not born a woman, one becomes one. ~ Simone de Beauvoir

  50. Comedy is an ability to observe and see what's funny in a situation and be able to forget yourself enough to do it. ~ Madeline Kahn

  51. It is very easy to forgive others their mistakes. It takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own. ~ Jessamyn West

  52. I have accepted fear as a part of life, specifically the fear of change. I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says: turn back. ~ Erica Jong

  53. My husband and I have figured out a really good system about the housework. Neither one of us does it. ~ Dottie Archibald

  54. I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing. ~ Agatha Christie

  55. A woman is like a teabag; you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water. ~ Nancy Reagan

  56. Love involves a peculiar unfathomable combination of understanding and misunderstanding. ~ Diane Arbus

  57. She did observe, with some dismay, that far from conquering all, love lazily sidestepped practical problems. ~ Jean Stafford

  58. Trouble is a part of your life, and if you don't share it, you don't give the person who loves you a chance to love you enough. ~ Dinah Shore

  59. Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity. ~ Oprah Winfrey

  60. Making the decision to have a child--it's momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. ~ Elizabeth Stone

  61. If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun. ~ Katharine Hepburn

  62. Most mothers are instinctive philosophers. ~ Harriet Beecher Stowe

  63. Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty. ~ Coco Chanel

  64. Never eat more than you can lift. ~ Miss Piggy

  65. He was like a cock who thought the sun had risen to hear him crow. ~ George Eliot 1819-1880

  66. I finally figured out the only reason to be alive is to enjoy it. ~ Rita Mae Brown

  67. People change and forget to tell each other. ~ Lillian Hellman

  68. It has long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things. ~ Elinor Smith

  69. There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is in having lots to do and not doing it. ~ Mary Little

  70. The trouble with being in the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat. ~ Lily Tomlin

  71. We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are. ~ Anais Nin

  72. The essence of pleasure is spontaneity. ~ Germaine Greer

  73. There is nothing half so real in life as the things you've done... inexorably, unalterably done. ~ Sara Teasdale

  74. How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone. ~ Coco Chanel

  75. It is never too late to be what you might have been. ~ George Eliot, (Mary Ann Evans)

  76. Desire sees the invisible, feels the intangible and achieves the impossible. ~ Unknown

  77. To err is human, but it feels divine. ~ Mae West

  78. The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain. ~ Dolly Parton

  79. That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you've understood all your life, but in a new way. ~ Doris Lessing

  80. There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved. ~ George Sand, Amandine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin, later Baroness Dudevant (1804-1876)

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

  82. Girls just want to have fun. ~ Cyndi Lauper

  83. The only reason I would take up exercising is so that I could hear heavy breathing again. ~ Erma Bombeck

  84. Absence is to love what wind is to fire. It extinguishes the small, it inflames the great. ~ Unknown

  85. But if you cultivate a health poverty and simplicity, so that finding a penny will literally make your day, then, since the world is in fact planted with pennies, you have with your poverty bought a lifetime of days. ~ Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

  86. There are oases of both quietude and renewal, and these must be respected, protected, and given time. One cannot force a birth. ~ Maureen Murdock, The Heroine's Journey

  87. It's but little good you'll do a-watering the last year's crops. ~ George Eliot

  88. If we never leave our house except to drive to work, do we need to be even remotely aware of this powerful, humbling, extraordinary and eternal life force that surges and ebbs around us all the time? Apparently not. Because we have stopped paying attention. ~ Elizabeth Gilbert, The Last American Man

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

  90. When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us. ~ Helen Keller

  91. People seldom see the halting and painful steps by which the most significant success is achieved. ~ Anne Sullivan

  92. If only we'd stop trying to be happy, we'd have a pretty good time. ~ Edith Wharton

  93. Happiness is good health and a bad memory. ~ Ingrid Bergman

  94. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. ~ Helen Keller

  95. Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. ~ Harriet Beecher Stowe

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

  97. Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood. ~ Madame Curie

  98. I don't know that there are any short cuts to doing a good job. ~ Sandra Day O'Conner

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

  100. When you cease to make a contribution you begin to die. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

  101. Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got. ~ Betty Ford

  102. All great achievements require time. ~ Anne Frank

  103. Success doesn't come to you...You go to it. ~ Marva Collins

  104. I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love. ~ Mother Teresa

  105. The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

I hope life brings you much success.
I wish you a very happy day.

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