Also see Humor for Women Only, Songs about Women, More Songs about Women, A Female Perspective on Aging, Love - Another Perspective, Relationship Humor, The Difference Between Men and Women.
- A man of quality is never threatened by a woman of equality.
- Boyfriends are the ones who break our hearts. Best friends are the ones who pick up the pieces.
- A career woman has to look like a LADY, act like MAN and work like a DOG!
- Conscious choice is creative. Unconscious choice is destructive. That is how we end up living other people's lives. (Sarah Ban Breathnach)
- For most of history, Anonymous was a woman. (Virginia Woolf)
- Forget reality, I want my fairy godmother.
- I happen to feel that the degree of a person's intelligence is directly reflected by the number of conflicting attitudes she can bring to bear on the same topic. (Lisa Alther)
- I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat. (Rebecca West)
- I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me na´ve or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman. (Ana´s Nin)
- An intelligent, energetic, educated woman cannot be kept in four walls--even satin-lined, diamond-studded walls--without discovering sooner or later that they are still a prison cell. (Pearl S. Buck)
- For every woman who makes a fool out of some man; there's another who makes a man out of a fool.
- Just because the main character is a woman and isn't stupid doesn't mean it's a feminist novel. (Talon Turner)
- Just outside Judge Ann Aldrich's office is a small, framed quotation that reads: "Women who seek to be equal to men lack ambition."
- The man who says "it can't be done", should not interrupt the woman who is doing it!
- Men define intelligence, men define usefulness, men tell us what is beautiful, men even tell us what is womanly. (Sally Kempton)
- Never let the hand you hold, hold you down.
- No matter what they say shoes don't stretch and men don't change
- A pedestal is as much a prison as any small space. (Gloria Steinem)
- Scratch most feminists and underneath there is a woman who longs to be a sex object. The difference is that is not all she wants to be. (Betty Rollin)
- A true friend tells you about the toilet paper on your shoe.
- What passes as a woman's intuition, is usually nothing more than a mans transparency.
- Woman has been no more domesticated than the cat. (L. L. Levinson)
- A woman should soften but not weaken a man. (Sigmund Freud)
- Women keep a special corner of their hearts for sins they have never committed. (Cornelia Otis Skinner)
- A woman's heart is like fine china: chipped, it's still beautiful; broken, it can cut right through you.
Man and Woman
Woman was created from the rib of man.
She was not made from his head to top him,
nor out of his feet to be trampled upon,
but out of his side, to be equal to him;
under his arm, to be protected;
and near his heart, to be loved.
from Take Me As I Am
I don't need a bed of roses
Cause roses wither away
All I really need is honesty
From someone with a strong heart,
and a gentle hand who'll take me as I am
from I'm An Emotional Girl
(Terri Clark, music and words by Rick Bowles/Terri Clark/Chris Waters)
I've been looking at you looking at me
Bet you're thinking that what you get
Is what you see
But underneath this cool exterior
A raging river flows
So before you get any nearer
I better let you know
I'm an emotional girl
I can't help myself
Sometimes I laugh
Sometimes I cry
Sometimes I do both and I don't know why
I've got a Passionate heart
And that's just the way things are
You and me could give it a whirl
But I'm warning you, boy
I'm an emotional girl
I like music that's loud and lights down low
I like driving my car too fast
And dancing slow
Some folks may say I'm too extreme
'Cause I can't stop once I start
But I never could do anything
With half my heart
Dust if you Must
Dust if you must.
But wouldn't it be better
to paint a picture or write a letter,
bake a cake, or plant a seed.
Ponder the difference between
want and need.
Dust if you must.
But there is not much time,
with rivers to swim and
mountains to climb!
Music to hear, and books to read,
friends to cherish and life to lead.
Dust if you must.
But the world's out there
with the sun in your eyes,
the wind in your hair,
a flutter of snow, a shower of rain,
This day will not come round again.
Dust if you must.
But bear in mind,
old age will come and it is not kind
and when you go, and go you must,
you, yourself, will make more dust.
Portrait By a Neighbor
(Edna St. Vincent Millay)
Before she has her floor swept
Or her dishes done,
Any day you'll find her
A-sunning in the sun!
It's long after midnight
Her key's in the lock,
And you'll never see her chimney smoke
Till past ten o'clock!
She digs in her garden
With a shovel and a spoon,
She weeds her lazy lettuce
By the light of the moon,
She walks up the walk
Like a woman in a dream,
She forgets she borrowed butter
And pays you back in cream!
Her lawn looks like a meadow,
And if she mows the place
She leaves the clover standing
And the Queen Anne's lace!
Myself and Me
a lot of time with myself
trying to be my friend,
sometimes listening to my apologies
often to my excuses,
occasionally to my good sense.
I know me well, but
- now and then--
find me an interesting stranger!
The Courage to Be Myself
I have the courage to:
- Embrace my strengths
- Get excited about life
- Enjoy giving and receiving love
- Face and transform my fears
- Ask for help and support when I need it
- Spring free of the Superwoman trap
- Trust myself
- Make my own decisions and choices
- Befriend myself
- Complete unfinished business
- Realize that I have emotional and practical rights
- Talk as nicely to myself as I do to my plants
- Communicate lovingly with understanding as my goal
- Honor my own needs
- Give myself credit for my accomplishments
- Love the little girl within me
- Overcome my addiction to approval
- Grant myself permission to play
- Quit being a responsibility Sponge
- Feel all of my feelings and act on them appropriately
- Nurture others because I want to, not because I have to
- Choose what is right for me
- Insist on being paid fairly for what I do
- Set limits and boundaries and stick by them
- Say "yes" only when I really mean it
- Have realistic expectations
- Take risks and accept change
- Grow through challenges
- Be totally honest with myself
- Correct erroneous beliefs and assumptions
- Respect my vulnerabilities
- Heal old and current wounds
- Wave good-bye to guilt
- Plant "flower", not "weed" thoughts in my mind
- Treat myself with respect and teach others to do the same
- Fill my own cup first, then nourish others from the overflow
- Own my own excellence
- Plan for the future, but live in the present
- Value my intuition and wisdom
- Know that I am lovable
- Celebrate the differences between men and women
- Develop healthy, supportive relationships
- Make forgiveness a priority
- Accept myself just as I am now
Have a Good Day
Tell a joke,
Or say a prayer.
Take time out
To take good care.
Draw a bath.
Light a candle.
There is nothing
You can't handle.
Close your eyes.
Dream a dream.
Change your horses
Cry a little.
Laugh a lot.
Hold a hand.
Hold that thought.
Tell your feelings
Let your soul
Come out and play.
You are you.
You are free.
Be who only
YOU can be!
I Wish I'd Known
(from Excavating Your Authentic Self by Sarah Ban Breathnach)
"I wish I'd known from the beginning that I was born a strong woman.
What a difference it would have made!
I wish I'd known that I was born a courageous woman;
I've spent so much of my life cowering . . .
I wish I'd known that I'd been born to take on the world;
I wouldn't have run from it for so long,
but run to it with open arms."
(from For Yourself by Lonnie Barbach)
"Liberation means having the freedom to be strong and caring of others, while still being able to be open and accepting of care from others. Liberation entails being free to be passive and receiving or to be assertive and giving; to be aggressive or nurturing. And most importantly, being liberated means the freedom to say no, because when you can say no when you want to, you are more free to say yes--and really mean it. Being able to say no makes yes a purer pleasure. Being in control of your life means being free to say either."
EVERY WOMAN SHOULD HAVE...
- ...one old love she can imagine going back to and one who reminds her how far she has come...
- ...enough money to move out and rent a place of her own even if she never wants to and needs to...
- ...something perfect to wear if the employer or date of her dreams wants to see her in an hour
- ...a youth she's content to leave behind
- ...a past juicy enough that she's looking forward to retelling it in her old age
- ...the realization that she is actually going to have an old age and has the money set aside to fund it
- ...a set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra
- ...one friend who always makes her laugh...and one who lets her cry
- ...a good piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in her family
- ...eight matching plates, wine glasses with stems, and a recipe for a meal that will make her guests feel honored
- ...a resume that is not even the slightest bit padded
- ...a feeling of control over her destiny...
- ...a skin care regimen, an exercise routine, and a plan for dealing with those few other facets of life that don't get better after 30
- ...a solid start on a satisfying career, a satisfying relationship, and all those other facets of life that do get better after 30...
EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...
- ...how to fall in love without losing herself...
- ...how she feels about having kids...
- ...how to quit a job, break up with a lover, and confront a friend without ruining the friendship...
- ...when to try harder...and when to walk away...
- ...how to have a good time at a party she'd never choose to attend...
- ...how to ask for what she wants in a way that makes it most likely she'll get it...
- ...that she can't change the length of her calves, the width of her hips, or the nature of her parents...
- ...that her childhood may not have been perfect but its over...
- ...what she would and wouldn't do for love or more...
- ...how to live alone even if she doesn't like it...
- ...whom she can trust, whom she can't, and why she shouldn't take it personally...
- ...where to go...be it to her best friend's kitchen table or a charming inn in the woods when her soul needs soothing...
- ...what she can and can't accomplish in a day, a month, and a year...
This girlchild was born as usual
and presented dolls that did pee-pee
and miniature GE stoves and irons
and wee lipsticks the color of cherry candy.
Then in the magic of puberty, a classmate said:
You have a great big nose and fat legs.
She was healthy, tested intelligent,
possessed strong arms and back,
abundant sexual drive and manual dexterity.
She went to and fro apologizing.
Everyone saw a fat nose on thick legs.
She was advised to play coy,
exhorted to come on hearty,
exercise, diet, smile and wheedle.
Her good nature wore out
like a fan belt.
So she cut off her nose and her legs
and offered them up.
In the casket displayed on satin she lay
with the undertaker's cosmetics painted on,
a turned-up putty nose,
dressed in a pink and white nightie.
Doesn't she look pretty? everyone said.
Consummation at last.
To every woman a happy ending.