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Women want a man, they want a family, they want to have children, they want to be loved, and to be an artist. And they can't; it's impossible. (Marina Abramovic)

Give a man enough rope and he'll wrap himself around your little finger. (Diane Ackerman)

- b.1744 d.1818...
Well, knowledge is a fine thing, and mother Eve thought so; but she smarted so severely for hers, that most of her daughters have been afraid of it since. (Abigail Adams)

Success has made failures of many men. (Cindy Adams)

The woman who is known only through a man is known wrong. (Henry Brooks Adams)

In less enlightened times, the best way to impress women was to own a hot car. But women wised up and realized it was better to buy their own hot cars so they wouldn't have to ride around with jerks. (Scott Adams)

- An Old-Fashioned Girl...
Women have been called queens a long time, but the kingdom given them isn't worth ruling. (Louisa May Alcott)

Women are now empowered to express their creativity with more freedom and support than previous generations. (Greg Allen)

I tended to place my wife under a pedestal. (Woody Allen)

I think women are excellent social critics. (Laurie Anderson)

-in Chris Orr's, Moms and Whoopi: Pioneers of Black Theater, Plexus, November 1983...
How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes! (Maya Angelou)

These impossible women! How they do get around us! / The poet was right: can't live with them, or without them! (Aristophanes)

- b.1126 d.1198...
Women should be treated as human beings, not as domestic animals. (Averroes)

Study the lives of our great women, who were models of patience, fortitude, compassion and sacrifice... (Sathya Sai Baba)

The feminine is the foundation on which a peaceful and happy world is to be raised. (Sathya Sai Baba)

Instead of getting hard ourselves and trying to compete, women should try and give their best qualities to men - bring them softness, teach them how to cry. (Joan Baez)

A man without ambition is dead. A man with ambition but no love is dead. A man with ambition and love for his blessings here on earth is ever so alive. (Pearl Bailey)

When women love us, they forgive us everything, even our crimes; when they do not love us, they give us credit for nothing, not even our virtues. (Honore de Balzac)

Every woman has a story. (Tyra Banks)

I don't like the terms housewife and homemaker. I prefer to be called Domestic Goddess. (Roseanne Barr)

-interview with Spiegel Online...
Women don't paint very well. It's a fact. There are, of course, exceptions. Agnes Martin or, from the past, Paula Modersohn-Becker. (Georg Baselitz)

- Ukrainian-French diarist, painter, and sculptor b.1858 d.1884...
Do you think I benefit from what I see when, in order to go to the Louvre, I must wait for my carriage, my lady companion, or my family? This is one of the reasons why there have been no great women artists... But if we were raised in the same manner as men, this inequality which I deplore would disappear, and what remains would be inherent in nature itself. Oh well, no matter what I say, we must cry out and make ourselves ridiculous (I will leave this to others) to obtain this equality in a hundred years. As for me, I will stick it to society by showing them a woman who has become something, despite all the disadvantages it heaped on her. (Marie Bashkirtseff)

Those men get along best with women who can get along best without them. (Charles Baudelaire)

Women are obviously much more discriminated against than men in many ways. (Ann Beattie)

- American society portraitist, in the manner of John Singer Sargent b.1855 d.1942...
There should be no sex in Art... I am pointing, I know, to a millennium, at least in the women's view, if I predict an hour when the term 'Women in Art' will be as strange sounding a topic as 'Men in Art' would be now. (Cecilia Beaux)

It's definitely part of it, that the men were having fun and doing the interesting things but also, I don't know, I'm just thinking more about gender and how maybe in some way I am more of a boy than a girl. (Alison Bechdel)

Most women are not so young as they are painted. (Max Beerbohm)

A man is already halfway in love with any woman who listens to him. (Brendan Francis Behan)

Women tend to define competence as perfection and are often guided by standards that are unnecessarily high. (Lee Anne Bell)

The discomfort women express with achievement may be... a desire to equalize relationships and disassociate from the male model of achievement. (Lee Anne Bell)

Pride in a man is confused with dignity; in a woman, with self-love. (Jose Bergamin)

Chanel gave women freedom. Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) gave them power. (Pierre Berge)

No man is a hero to his wife's psychiatrist. (Eric Berne)

Any woman on this planet who values herself as a woman is great. She is a giver of life. And when you are a giver of life, what more is there? (Yogi Bhajan)

A woman's head is always influenced by heart; but a man's heart by his head. (Marguerite Blessington)

There are a very few women painters on the national plein air level who have reached the pinnacle of success. It's still a man's world in that arena. (Linda Blondheim)

I would think it nearly impossible to be married to an artist who won't paint. (Linda Blondheim)

- French artist b.1822 d.1899...
Why shouldn't I be proud to be a woman? My father, that enthusiastic apostle of humanity, told me again and again that it was woman's mission to improve the human race... To his doctrines I owe my great and glorious ambition for the sex to which I proudly belong, whose independence I'll defend till my dying day. Besides, I'm convinced the future is ours. (Rosa Bonheur)

Sailors often refer to their ships as 'she.' Perhaps this is because they not only love the life she provides, but they also realize they depend on her for their very survival. (Kelly Borsheim)

The feminists took me as a role model, as a mother. It bothers me. I am not interested in being a mother. I am still a girl trying to understand myself. (Louise Bourgeois)

It may be interesting to explore the reasons why so many men choose computer games, surfing the 'Net, buddying up with the boys and buying yet more 'big boys' toys,' over creative pursuits, both in their leisure time and after retirement. (Tania Bourne)

- The Prologue, 1650...
I am obnoxious to each carping tongue, / Who says my hand a needle better fits. (Anne Bradstreet)

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

Hair is the first thing. And teeth the second. Hair and teeth. A man got those two things he's got it all. (James Brown)

A woman's always younger than a man of equal years. (Elizabeth Barrett Browning)

Women run to extremes; they are either better or worse than men. (Jean de La Bruyere)

Let woman out of the home, let man into it, should be the aim of education. The home needs man, and the world outside needs woman. (Pearl S. Buck)

- b.1803 d.1873...
A good cigar is as great a comfort to a man as a good cry to a woman. (Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton)

-diary July 20, 1768, of a wedding...
O! how short a time does it take to put an end to a woman's liberty! (Fanny Burney)

There will always be a battle between the sexes because men and women want different things. Men want women and women want men. (George Burns)

One was never married, and that's his hell; Another is, and that's his plague. (Robert Burton)

Suddenly women's lib had made me feel my life had been wasted. (Barbara Bush)

But let me tell you, this gender thing is history. You're looking at a guy who sat down with Margaret Thatcher across the table and talked about serious issues. (George H.W. Bush)

There is a tide in the affairs of women, / Which, taken at the flood, leads – / God knows where. (Lord Byron)

Women are all we know of paradise on this earth. (Albert Camus)

A basis for much of the pain women suffer in real life is they must somehow resolve their devotion to men. (Bill Cannon)

There are two important days in a woman's life: the day she was born, and the day she finds out why. (Elaine Cannon)

Men and women are different but neither are superior. (Carol Carbin)

Men are from Earth, women are from Earth. Deal with it. (George Carlin)

Women like silent men; they think they're listening. (George Carlin)

The sun enriched the old poles grandly... The mothers expressed all womanhood – the big wooden hands holding the child were so full of tenderness they had to be distorted enormously in order to contain it all. Womanhood was strong in Kitwancool. (Emily Carr)

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)

Marriage ain't easy but nothing that's worth much ever is. (Lillian Carter)

The strength of women is the pretense of weakness, and the weakness of men is the pretense of strength. (M. Kathleen Casey)

There's only one thing in life for a woman; it's to be a mother... A woman artist must be... capable of making primary sacrifices. (Mary Cassatt)

- Journey to the End of the Night...
Lots of men are like that; their artistic leanings never go beyond a weakness for shapely thighs. (Louis-Ferdinand Celine)

- b.ca.1370 d.ca.1440...
Take note that, before going any farther, I will give you the exact proportion of a man. Those of a woman I will disregard, for she does not have any set proportion. (Cennino Cennini)

A woman is subject matter enough. (Claude Chabrol)

As long as you know that most men are like children, you know everything. (Coco Chanel)

Women anchor me. They're there when I need them. They're sensitive to me, and I'm sensitive to them. I'm not saying I've loved that many women. (Ray Charles)

A woman knows how to keep quiet when she is in the right, whereas a man, when he is in the right, will keep on talking. (Malcolm de Chazal)

I promise to be an excellent husband, but give me a wife who, like the moon, will not appear every day in my sky. (Anton Chekhov)

Do I even think about myself as a woman when I go to make art? Of course not. (Judy Chicago)

There's no question that many more women artists are showing worldwide now than they were when I was a young woman, and that's really great. (Judy Chicago)

Simply put, no society can truly flourish if it stifles the dreams and productivity of half its population. Happily, I see evidence all over the world that women are gaining social and economic power that they never had before. This is good news... (Bill Clinton)

A woman watches her body uneasily, as though it were an unreliable ally in the battle for love. (Leonard Cohen)

The most happy marriage I can picture or imagine to myself would be the union of a deaf man to a blind woman. (Samuel Taylor Coleridge)

The woman who thinks she is intelligent demands equal rights with men. A woman who is intelligent does not. (Sidonie Gabrielle Colette)

Being a woman is a terribly difficult task, since it consists principally in dealing with men. (Joseph Conrad)

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)

Women are a source of energy in life. I've always wanted to be in a war or baseball movie, but the thought of having no women on set for six months - that's hell. I don't know if it's animalistic or what, but men become like peacocks with their feathers up when women are around. (Bradley Cooper)

The male is a domestic animal which, if treated with firmness and kindness, can be trained to do most things. (Jilly Cooper)

Not only is women's work never done, the definition keeps changing. (Bill Copeland)

Women hear rhythm differently than men. (Elvis Costello)

A man in a bookstore buys a book on loneliness and every woman in the store hits on him. A woman buys a book on loneliness and the store clears out. (Doug Coupland)

Next to the wound, what women make best is the bandage. (Barbey D'Aurevilly)

What most men desire is a virgin who is a whore. (Edward Dahlberg)

My wife and I were happy for 20 years. Then we met. (Rodney Dangerfield)

The burdens of a woman are more than the average man could ever endure. (Honore Daumier)

We're showing kids a world that is very scantily populated with women and female characters. They should see female characters taking up half the planet, which we do. (Geena Davis)

Summer has filled her veins with light and her heart is washed with noon. (Robert Cecil Day-Lewis)

Women can never forgive me; they hate me, they feel that I am disarming them. I show them without their coquetry. (Edgar Degas)

-on Mary Cassatt...
I don't admit that a woman draws that well! (Edgar Degas)

Give me some mud, and I will paint you a woman's flesh. (Eugene Delacroix)

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

A bachelor is a guy who never made the same mistake once. (Phyllis Diller)

The reason women don't play football is because 11 of them would never wear the same outfit in public. (Phyllis Diller)

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

You can tell the strength of a nation by the women behind its men. (Benjamin Disraeli)

It's always good when women win things in fiction because it tends to be more male-dominated, unlike poetry, which is more equal. (Carol Ann Duffy)

Women are never so strong as after their defeat. (Alexandre Dumas)

- Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's 'Learned'...
As hard as we have worked and as far as we have come, there are still so many forces conspiring to tell women that our concerns are petty, our opinions aren't needed, that we lack the gravitas necessary for our stories to matter. (Lena Dunham)

My wife has a slight impediment in her speech. Every now and then she stops to breathe. (Jimmy Durante)

There are only three things to be done with a woman. You can love her, suffer for her, or turn her into literature. (Lawrence Durrell)

Feminist art is not some tiny creek running off the great river of real art. It is not some crack in an otherwise flawless stone. It is, quite spectacularly, art which is not based on the subjugation of one half of the species. (Andrea Dworkin)

- b.1830 d.1916...
A clever woman has millions of born foes - all stupid men. (Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach)

Never expect women to be sincere, so long as they are educated to think that their first aim in life is to please. (Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach)

- b.234 BC d.149 BC, Marcus Porcius Cato...
Suffer women once to arrive at an equality with you, and they will from that moment become your superiors. (Cato the Elder)

And when a woman's will is as strong as the man's who wants to govern her, half her strength must be concealment. (George Eliot)

Every woman is supposed to have the same set of motives, or else to be a monster. (George Eliot)

I'm not denyin' the women are foolish. God Almighty made 'em to match the men. (George Eliot)

You may try but you can never imagine what it is to have a man's form of genius in you, and to suffer the slavery of being a girl. (George Eliot)

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

I have the heart of a man, not a woman, and I am not afraid of anything. (Queen Elizabeth I)

It is true that a fellow cannot ignore women - but he can think of them as he ought - as sisters, not as sparring partners. (Jim Elliott)

The finest people marry the two sexes in their own person. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Having discovered that the word genius is related to the Latin word for testicles, I now begin to understand where some of our modern geniuses are coming from. (Roy Emmins)

I try to write parts for women that are as complicated and interesting as women actually are. (Nora Ephron)

Just because a woman is silent does not mean she agrees. (Clarissa Pinkola Estes)

I approach writing female characters the same why I approach writing male characters. I never think I'm writing about women, I think I'm writing about one woman, one person. And I try to imagine what she is like, and endow her with a lot of my own thoughts and history. (Jeffrey Eugenides)

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

Nobody ever asks a father how he manages to combine marriage and a career. (Sam Ewing)

Women lie about their age; men lie about their income. (William Feather)

In the beginning, I believe man was complete and androgynous - both male and female, or neither, like angels. Then came the division, and Eve was taken from him. So the problem for man is to reunite himself with the other half of his being, to find the woman who is right for him - right be she is simply a projection, a mirror of himself. A man can't become whole or free until he has set woman free... until he makes her his sexual companion, and not a slave of libidinous acts or a saint with a halo. (Federico Fellini)

Women are like elephants to me: nice to look at, but I wouldn't want to own one. (W. C. Fields)

My brother used to say that when you deal with women, it's difficult to remove emotions from an argument. I never really knew what he meant. Then I read an article that said when it comes to emotion and logic, men's and women's brains are different - my brother was right! Women are very mysterious, but that's part of their joy. (Nathan Fillion)

Women are strong, bullheaded and curious. Women artists are the most delightful people on the planet. (Gwen Fox)

Looking at my paintings as if they were painted by a woman is superficial, a side issue, like looking at Klines and saying they are bohemian. (Helen Frankenthaler)

The question of sex will take care of itself. (Helen Frankenthaler)

The great question... which I have not been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is 'what does a woman want?' (Sigmund Freud)

Who knows what women can be when they are finally free to become themselves. (Betty Friedan)

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

A diplomat is a person who remembers a lady's birthday but forgets her age. (Robert Frost)

Male and female represent the two sides of the great radical dualism. But in fact they are perpetually passing into one another. Fluid hardens to solid, solid rushes to fluid. There is no wholly masculine man, no purely feminine woman. (Margaret Fuller)

I have never hated a man enough to give his diamonds back. (Zsa Zsa Gabor)

One of my theories is that men love with their eyes; women love with their ears. (Zsa Zsa Gabor)

You don't have to be anti-man to be pro-woman. (Jane Galvin Lewis)

Man can never be a woman's equal in the spirit of selfless service with which nature has endowed her. (Mahatma Gandhi)

A woman's intuition has often proved truer than a man's arrogant assumption of knowledge. (Mahatma Gandhi)

Thanks to our cinctures and corsets we have succeeded in making an artificial being out of woman... we take away from her possibilities of development. Thus modeled... our women have nothing in common with us, and this, perhaps, may not be without grave moral and social disadvantages. (Paul Gauguin)

In America, women are powerful and strong, determined. If they want to be an object, they choose to be in control. (Jean Paul Gaultier)

The great thing about American women is their energy and the way they love to dress. (Jean Paul Gaultier)

What is masculine and what is feminine, anyway? (Jean Paul Gaultier)

I would rather be a bad feminist than no feminist at all. (Roxane Gay)

- b.1593 d.1652...
My illustrious lordship, I'll show you what a woman can do. (Artemesia Gentileschi)

It's a sex object if you're pretty and no love, or love and no sex if you're fat. (Nikki Giovanni)

You know, when I first went into the movies Lionel Barrymore played my grandfather. Later he played my father and finally he played my husband. If he had lived I'm sure I would have played his mother. That's the way it is in Hollywood. The men get younger and the women get older. (Lillian Gish)

They say women and music should never be dated. (Oliver Goldsmith)

I realize that homosexuality is a serious problem for anyone who is - but then, of course, heterosexuality is a serious problem for anyone who is, too. And being a man is a serious problem and being a woman is, too. Lots of things are problems. (Edward Gorey)

So few grown women like their lives. (Katharine Graham)

When people say, 'You're so beautiful,' it makes me want to kill myself! As an actress you want to be seen for what you do, for the characters you can play, otherwise I'd be a model. (Eva Green)

The main reason why men and women make different aesthetic judgments is the fact that the latter, generally incapable of abstraction, only admire what meets their complete approval. (Franz Grillparzer)

I was a liberated woman long before there was a name for it. (Peggy Guggenheim)

Women to whom one has just been introduced think that it breaks the ice if they scream, 'Goodness, you're tall!' How would they like it if I broke the ice first, by screaming 'Goodness, what thick ankles!' or 'Goodness, what a bust!' (Sir William Tyrone Guthrie)

For a woman to go out alone into architecture is still very, very hard. It's still a man's world. (Zaha Hadid)

Obviously the most oppressed of any oppressed group will be its women. (Lorraine Hansberry)

A woman who is willing to be herself and pursue her own potential runs not so much the risk of loneliness, as the challenge of exposure to more interesting men - and people in general. (Lorraine Hansberry)

It is difficult for a woman to define her feelings in language which is chiefly made by men to express theirs. (Thomas Hardy)

I don't see gender as the most significant fact of human existence. (Jim Harrison)

Writing as a woman presents enormous problems but I have attempted it several times and haven't had many complaints. (Jim Harrison)

A woman or a man creating feel very much the same way. (Grace Hartigan)

If a man hears much that a woman says, she is not beautiful. (Henry S. Haskins)

Women. They are a complete mystery. (Stephen Hawking)

I will not say that women have no character; rather, they have a new one every day. (Heinrich Heine)

Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea. (Robert A. Heinlein)

At no point do I wish to be in conflict with any man or masculine thought. It doesn't enter my consciousness. Art is anonymous. It's not competitive with men. It's a complementary contribution. (Barbara Hepworth)

Is not the tremendous strength in men of the impulse to creative work in every field precisely due to their feeling of playing a relatively small part in creation of living beings, which constantly impels them to an overcompensation in achievement? (Karen Horney)

Even if so inclined, an artist has no business to marry. For a man, it may be well enough, but for a woman, on whom matrimonial duties and cares weigh more heavily, it is a moral wrong, for she must either neglect her family, or her profession. (Harriet Hosmer)

A woman who can't forgive should never have more than a nodding acquaintance with a man. (Edgar Watson Howe)

God would not give us the same talent if what were right for men were wrong for women. (Sarah Orne Jewett)

Women are the only exploited group in history to have been idealized into powerlessness. (Erica Jong)

Men and women, women and men. It will never work. (Erica Jong)

Woman, or more precisely put, perhaps, marriage, is the representative of life with which you are meant to come to terms. (Franz Kafka)

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

I do think better of womankind than to suppose they care whether Mister John Keats five feet high likes them or not. (John Keats)

Freud articulated the standard opinion when he asked with supposed seriousness, 'What does a woman want?'... Today the question that is the yeast in the social dough is, 'What do men want?' (Sam Keen)

Women's liberation is the liberation of the feminine in the man and the masculine in the woman. (Corita Kent)

Women speak because they wish to speak, whereas a man speaks only when driven to speech by something outside himself - like, for instance, he can't find any clean socks. (Jean Kerr)

Real feminism is spinsterhood. (Florence King)

Women can also be creative in total isolation. I know excellent women artists who do original work without any response to speak of. Maybe they are used to lack of feedback. Maybe they are tougher. (Elaine de Kooning)

Maybe in that earlier phase I was painting the woman in me. Art isn't a wholly masculine occupation, you know. (Willem de Kooning)

A female artist friend of mine recently told me that she was advised to 'look more slutty.' I asked her boyfriend what the equivalent advice for a man would be. He said to be more muscular. That made me rush to the gym. (Mark Kostabi)

There is a woman at the beginning of all great things. (Alphonse de Lamartine)

- Dorothea Lange and the Documentary Tradition by Karin Becker...
If the boys hadn't been taken from me by circumstances, I might have said to myself, 'I would do this, but I can't because...' as many women say to themselves over and over again, which is one reason why men have the advantage. I was driven by the fact that I was under personal turmoil to do something. (Dorothea Lange)

The cruelest thing a man can do to a woman is to portray her as perfection. (D. H. Lawrence)

Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition. (Timothy Leary)

We are volcanoes. When we women offer our experience as our truth, as human truth, all the maps change. There are new mountains. (Ursula K. LeGuin)

I didn't want to let women down. One of the stereotypes I see breaking is the idea of aging and older women not being beautiful. (Annie Leibovitz)

There were some advantages to being a woman photographer. I think women have more empathy with the subject. (Annie Leibovitz)

- Art Deco Exhibition in Paris in 1925...
I was the first woman to paint cleanly, and that was the basis of my success. From a hundred pictures, mine will always stand out. And so the galleries began to hang my work in their best rooms, always in the middle, because my painting was attractive. It was precise. It was 'finished.' (Tamara de Lempicka)

The freedom of women was achieved by two things: One, the Pill. Two... by labour-saving devices like the washing machine. By science, not feminism. (Doris Lessing)

I admit that: my wife is outspoken, but by whom? (Sam Levenson)

As a result of the feminist revolution, 'feminine' becomes an abusive epithet. (Wyndham Lewis)

- Call Yourself a Man!...
Men were only made into 'men' with great difficulty even in primitive society: the male is not naturally 'a man' any more than the woman. He has to be propped up into that position with some ingenuity, and is always likely to collapse. (Wyndham Lewis)

Like a French poem is life; being only perfect in structure when with the masculine rhymes mingled the feminine are. (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

As women, we tend to give away a lot. We take care of a lot of people, and we can't forget to take care of ourselves. (Jennifer Lopez)

On one issue at least, men and women agree; they both distrust women. (James Russell Lowell)

Do not be afraid of showing your affection. Be warm and tender, thoughtful and affectionate. Men are more helped by sympathy, than by service; love is more than money, and a kind word will give more pleasure than a present. (John Lubbock)

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)

Let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave. (Martin Luther)

When I started out as an artist, I struggled against my own feminine tastes. I feared people would not take my subjects seriously. Once I overcame this self-consciousness, I was happy to find that what I enjoy looking at day after day also reaches others. (Susan Lyon)

I'm tough, I'm ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay. (Madonna)

Masculinity is not something given to you, but something you gain. And you gain it by winning small battles with honor. (Norman Mailer)

Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing. (Norman Mailer)

A learned woman is thought to be a comet that bodes mischief whenever it appears. (Bathshua Makin)

The two biggest challenges women painters face are 1- Trying to paint what they see, rather than what they feel and 2- Recognizing and demolishing sentimentality. (Bonnie Mandoe)

-on the work of Berthe Morisot...
This woman's work is exceptional. Too bad she's not a man. (Edouard Manet)

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

Nobody objects to a woman being a good writer or sculptor or geneticist if at the same time she manages to be a good wife, good mother, good-looking, good-tempered, well-groomed, and unaggressive. (Marya Mannes)

Girls, keep your eyes on the ball! (H Margret)

I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury. (Groucho Marx)

I think it's a wonderful time for a woman. (Reba McEntire)

Being a strong woman is very important to me. But doing it all on my own is not. (Reba McEntire)

Every time we liberate a woman, we liberate a man. (Margaret Mead)

Whether women are better than men I cannot say - but I can say they are certainly no worse. (Golda Meir)

Husbands never become good; they merely become proficient. (H. L. Mencken)

Bachelors know more about women than married men; if they didn't they'd be married too. (H. L. Mencken)

Man weeps to think that he will die so soon; woman, that she was born so long ago. (H. L. Mencken)

I expect Woman will be the last thing civilized by Man. (George Meredith)

The most important thing women have to do is to stir up the zeal of women themselves. (John Stuart Mill)

I think women are inclined more than men to be self-destructive, and I really think I had the masochistic medal there for a while. (Joan Mitchell)

I don't mind living in a man's world as long as I can be a woman in it. (Marilyn Monroe)

Having a mother who had been an aeronautical engineer convinced me that more things should be open to women. (Elizabeth Moon)

Now my mother, interestingly enough, was not a feminist in her own mind. (Elizabeth Moon)

The biggest difference between men and women artists today is only in how they portray the idea of each other... (Brad Michael Moore)

I don't think there has ever been a man who treated a woman as an equal and that's all I would have asked for - I know I am worth as much as they... but there is a kind of elevation that does not depend on fortune; it's an indefinable air that distinguishes us and seems to destine us for great things; it's the value that we give ourselves... especially to our spirit. (Berthe Morisot)

I see my body as an instrument, rather than an ornament. (Alanis Morissette)

Women are the twin halves of men. (Muhammad)

There is a battle that goes on between men and women. Many people call it love. (Edvard Munch)

Men are just as willing as women to marry up, and life is now giving them the opportunity... So, women, own up to your accomplishments, buy him a drink, and tell him what you really do. (Liza Mundy)

In almost every marriage there is a selfish and an unselfish partner. A pattern is set up and soon becomes inflexible, of one person always making the demands and one person always giving way. (Iris Murdoch)

I have an idea that the phrase 'weaker sex' was coined by some woman to disarm the man she was preparing to overwhelm. (Ogden Nash)

I don't paint like a woman is supposed to paint. Thank God, art doesn't bother about things like that. (Alice Neel)

When women finally get liberated, they'll do the same that men do - dog eat dog - that's what our culture is... (Alice Neel)

When I was in my studio I didn't give a damn what sex I was... I thought art is art. (Alice Neel)

I hold doors open for all the women. Men can open the doors for themselves. (LeRoy Neiman)

If men liked shopping, they'd call it research. (Cynthia Nelms)

Women at that time were supposed to look pretty and throw little handkerchiefs around... well, I couldn't play that role. (Louise Nevelson)

I feel that women 'and men,' but I mean the 'individual,' can be totally feminine and still be totally powerful. (Louise Nevelson)

I feel totally female. I didn't compete with men and I don't want to look like a man! I love being a lady and dressing up and masquerading and wearing all the fineries. I'm breaking down the idea that the artist has to look poor, with berets. (Louise Nevelson)

Ah, women. They make the highs higher and the lows more frequent. (Friedrich Nietzsche)

How wrong it is for women to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than set out to create it herself. (Anais Nin)

Before I put brush to canvas, I question, 'Is this mine? ...Is it influenced by some idea which I have acquired from some man? ...I am trying with all my skill to do a painting that is all of women, as well as all of me. (Georgia O'Keeffe)

I feel there is something unexplored about women that only a woman can explore. (Georgia O'Keeffe)

The first great step is to like yourself enough to pick someone who likes you, too. (Jane O'Reilly)

I know nothing at all about women. They are an amazing, beautiful mystery. (Peter O'Toole)

It's very hard to be an experimental woman writer. If I had been writing under a pseudonym, just initials, I might have a different reputation – but, then I couldn't be myself either. (Joyce Carol Oates)

- b.43 BC d.AD 17/18...
Many women long for what eludes them, and like not what is offered them. (Ovid)

I think at this stage in my life I have learned that there are any number of things that men will never know, and can never hope to know, about women. (Robert B. Parker)

It's a good thing I was born a girl, otherwise I'd be a drag queen. (Dolly Parton)

I just love dressing up in everything a man is supposed not to be, in all that vulnerability, sweetness, preciousness and impracticality. (Grayson Perry)

You can take it from me the Queen has the quality of tolerance in abundance. (Prince Philip)

What a man is is an arrow into the future, and what a woman is is the place the arrow shoots off from. (Sylvia Plath)

I love bossy women. Some people hate the word, and I understand how "bossy" can seem like a shitty way to describe a woman with a determined point of view, but for me, a bossy woman is someone to search out and celebrate. A bossy woman is someone who cares and commits and is a natural leader. (Amy Poehler)

It takes years as a woman to unlearn what you have been taught to be sorry for. It takes years to find your voice and seize your real estate. (Amy Poehler)

Never was it given to mortal man / To lie so boldly as we women can. (Alexander Pope)

Woman's at best a contradiction still. (Alexander Pope)

I'd much rather be a woman than a man. Women can cry, they can wear cute clothes, and they're the first to be rescued off sinking ships. (Gilda Radner)

I highly recommend this approach to young women: Sow your wild oats and learn what the world can teach. Also it helps being young and cute with good health and a sense of humor. (Liz Reday)

In women everything is heart, even the head. (Jean Paul Richter)

Perhaps the sexes are more akin than people think, and the great renewal of the world will perhaps consist in one phenomenon: that man and woman, freed from all mistaken feelings and aversions, will seek each other not as opposites but as brother and sister, as neighbors, and will unite as human beings, in order to bear in common, simply, earnestly, and patiently, the heavy sex that has been laid upon them. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Men give away nothing so liberally as their advice. (Francois de La Rochefoucauld)

People say I think too much about women, yet, after all what is there more important to think about? (Auguste Rodin)

I have no luck with women. I once went on a date and asked the woman if she'd bought any protection. She pulled a switchblade on me. (Scott Roeben)

Women are like teabags, you never know their true strength until you put them in hot water. (Eleanor Roosevelt)

A woman is like a tea bag - you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water. (Eleanor Roosevelt)

When you're a woman, you have to work harder to get a laugh... I follow so many hilarious women on Twitter. It's a daily reminder that women get to be funny. (Rainbow Rowell)

Failing to be there when a man wants her is a woman's greatest sin, except to be there when he doesn't want her. (Helen Rowland)

If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals. (J. K. Rowling)

I didn't want to be a boy, ever, but I was outraged that his height and intelligence were graces for him and gaucheries for me. (Jane Rule)

The especial genius of women I believe to be electrical in movement, intuitive in function, spiritual in tendency. (Margaret Lee Runbeck)

I like men to behave like men - strong and childish. (Francoise Sagan)

It takes two to make a marriage a success and only one to make it a failure. (Herbert Samuel)

Shame is the feeling you have when you agree with the woman who loves you that you are the man she thinks you are. (Carl Sandburg)

I would predicate that in all great works of genius masculine and feminine elements in the personality find expression, whether this androgynous nature is played out sexually or not. (May Sarton)

Women are treated as unjustly in poetry as in life. The feminine ones are not idealistic, and the idealistic not feminine. (Friedrich Von Schlegel)

Women do not have as great a need for poetry because their own essence is poetry. (Friedrich Von Schlegel)

In our society, the women who break down barriers are those who ignore limits. (Arnold Schwarzenegger)

The idea of selling a Cezanne to buy a Morisot seems explosively contentious. (Michael Scott)

I find it ridiculous to assign a gender to an inanimate object incapable of disrobing and making an occasional fool of itself. Why refer to lady crack pipe or good sir dishrag when these things could never live up to all that their sex implied? (David Sedaris)

-on Cleopatra...
Age cannot wither her nor custom stale her infinite variety. (William Shakespeare)

Women's value has been under-recognized for far too long. (Sidney Sheldon)

I do not wish women to have power over men; but over themselves. (Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley)

I was supporting myself, but nothing like the guy painters, as I refer to them. I always resented that actually... we were all getting the same amount of press, but they were going gangbusters with sales. (Cindy Sherman)

The work is what it is and hopefully it's seen as feminist work, or feminist-advised work, but I'm not going to go around espousing theoretical bullshit about feminist stuff. (Cindy Sherman)

We're witnessing the end of a 5,000 year reign of patriarchy, and are coming into a society created by our technology that will be more balanced and more feminine. It's already happening. And I think that the good news is that it's coming just in time. (Leonard Shlain)

I like intelligent women. When you go out, it shouldn't be a staring contest. (Frank Sinatra)

I have found the medium of paint to be genderless. Nevertheless, men continue to dominate the art world and, in my opinion, feminine sensibility and imagery is still struggling to find its place in our accustomed way of looking at all art; an art made primarily by men. (Judy Singer)

Our culture seems to believe that it's entertaining to teach women to be frightened. (Kiki Smith)

I have found in women's affection a peculiar understanding, a mothering quality. It is a fact that the people who have helped me most at difficult moments of my musical career, beginning with my own sister, Mary, have been my own sex. (Ethel Mary Smyth)

By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you'll become happy; if you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher. (Socrates)

No woman is required to build the world by destroying herself. (Rabbi Sofer)

No book has yet been written in praise of a woman who let her husband and children starve or suffer while she invented even the most useful things, or wrote books, or expressed herself in art, or evolved philosophic systems. (Anna Garlin Spencer)

The desire of the man is for the woman, but the desire of the woman is for the desire of the man. (Madame de Stael)

- Our Girls...
I would have girls regard themselves not as adjectives but as nouns. (Elizabeth Cady Stanton)

- Solitude of Self...
Whatever the theories may be of woman's dependence on man, in the supreme moments of her life he can not bear her burdens. (Elizabeth Cady Stanton)

The great and almost only comfort about being a woman is that one can always pretend to be more stupid than one is and no one is surprised. (Freya Stark)

Some of us are becoming the men we wanted to marry. (Gloria Steinem)

I've never seen a man agonizing over how to combine marriage and a career. (Gloria Steinem)

We've begun to raise daughters more like sons... but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters. (Gloria Steinem)

Women are always eagerly on the lookout for any emotion. (Stendhal)

Women and birds are able to see without turning their heads, and that is indeed a necessary provision for they are both surrounded by enemies. (James Stephens, author)

The little rift between the sexes is astonishingly widened by simply teaching one set of catchwords to the girls and another to the boys. (Robert Louis Stevenson)

I was married for 30 years. Isn't that enough? (Martha Stewart)

Why is it men are permitted to be obsessed about their work, but women are only permitted to be obsessed about men? (Barbra Streisand)

I have a really good husband. I couldn't do my job, and I couldn't do the things that I do, if it wasn't for him. (Tamara Taggart)

- in conversation with Carlo McCormick...
You may be a woman and you may be an artist; but the one is a given and the other is you. (Dorothea Tanning)

The woman's cause is man's. They rise or sink Together. / Dwarf'd or godlike, bound or free; miserable, / How shall men grow? - Let her be / All that not harms distinctive womanhood. (Alfred, Lord Tennyson)

About the injunction of the Apostle Paul that women should keep silent in church? Don't go by one text only. (Saint Teresa of Avila)

Women will ignore precedent and startle civilization with their progress. (Nikola Tesla)

In those days, male dancers were a rarer breed than women, as they are still today. A good male dancer, one as strong as we were, was very difficult to come by if you couldn't afford to pay them. (Twyla Tharp)

I wish someone would have told me that, just because I'm a girl, I don't have to get married. (Marlo Thomas)

A father's Love is irreplaceable. (W. Larry Tinch)

What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are but how you deal with incompatibility. (Leo Tolstoy)

Woman, you see, is an object of such a kind that study it as much as you will, it is always quite new. (Leo Tolstoy)

It is sad that my emotional dependence on the man I love should have killed so much of my energy and ability; there was certainly once a great deal of energy in me. (Sonya Tolstoy)

Women are complex and subtle. Men are simple and direct. (Brian Tracy)

-directing a group of sophisticated actresses...
Ladies, just a little more virginity, if you don't mind. (Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree)

From Lionel [her husband], I learned not only what to read but also how to think about what I read. He gave me a literary and critical vocabulary and prepared the path to what eventually became my career. (Diana Trilling)

I can't be a rose in any man's lapel. (Margaret Trudeau)

Women hold up half the sky. (Mao Tse-Tung)

Men should be disqualified for public office. Women should run the planet. They're better than us. (Ted Turner)

What would men be without women? Scarce, sir. Mighty scarce. (Mark Twain)

Well-behaved women seldom make history. (Laurel Thatcher Ulrich)

How do you write women so well? I think of a man and I take away reason and accountability. (John Updike)

All the reasonings of men are not worth one sentiment of women. (Voltaire)

For a century, everyone assumed that the iconic Tiffany lamps were conceived and designed by that American master of stained glass. Not so! It was a woman! (Susan Vreeland)

Men may cry when the end comes; women can cry toward an end they have in mind. (Stewart Wachs)

Womanist is to feminist as purple is to lavender. (Alice Walker)

When I see the elaborate study and ingenuity displayed by women in the pursuit of trifles, I feel no doubt of their capacity for the most herculean undertakings. (Julia Ward Howe)

If there hadn't been women we'd still be squatting in a cave eating raw meat, because we made civilization in order to impress our girlfriends. (Orson Welles)

Beware of a man with manners. (Eudora Welty)

Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult. (Charlotte Whitten)

Men want to be a woman's first love – women like to be a man's last romance. (Oscar Wilde)

Women are never disarmed by compliments. Men always are. That is the difference between the two sexes. (Oscar Wilde)

Don't try to show together as a husband and wife team – the egos really get in the way! (Jo B. Williams)

- A Woman's Worth...
Women are still in emotional bondage as long as we need to worry that we might have to make a choice between being heard and being loved. (Marianne Williamson)

Women who love themselves are threatening; but men who love real women, more so. (Naomi Wolf)

There has been a time on earth when poets had been young and dead and famous - and were men. But now the poet as the tragic child of grandeur and destiny had changed. The child of genius was a woman, now, and the man was gone. (Tom Wolfe)

Sexiness wears thin after a while and beauty fades, but to be married to a man who makes you laugh every day, ah, now that is a real treat. (Joanne Woodward)

- A Room of One's Own, 1929...
All this pitting of sex against sex, of quality against quality; all this claiming of superiority and imputing of inferiority belong to the private-school stage of human existence where there are sides, and it is necessary for one side to beat another side. (Virginia Woolf)

- A Room of One's Own, 1929...
Women have served all these centuries as looking-glasses possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting the figure of a man at twice its natural size. (Virginia Woolf)

Athens was, for many reasons, one of the only 'male-dominated' Greek states. (Peggy Woolsey)

Men are taught to apologize for their weaknesses, women for their strengths. (Lois Wyse)

-Parisian critc, 1891...
The problem with most women artists is their complete lack of artistic vision. (Teodor Wyzewa)

The female brain may confer distinctive economic advantages, to the benefit of all, and we should, therefore, pursue seriously having equal numbers of women in topic economic and financial posts. If we persist in having unequal numbers, then we should advantage the women and have a smaller percentage of men. (Semir Zeki)