Quotable Women

"It isn't where you came from, its where you're going that counts."
-Ella Fitzgerald

"If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place."
-Margaret Mead

"Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing, never can bring about a reform. Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the world's estimation."
-Susan B. Anthony

"Toughness doesn't have to come in a pinstripe suit."
-Dianne Feinstein

"I am a writer who came of a sheltered life. A sheltered life can be a daring life as well. For all serious daring starts from within."
-Eudora Welty

"Well-behaved women rarely make history."
-Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

"Women can hold up half the sky."
-Chinese proverb

"Women’s art, though created in solitude, wells up out of community. There is, clearly, both enormous hunger for the work thus being diffused, and an explosion of creative energy, bursting through the coercive choicelessness of the system on whose boundaries we are working."
-Adrienne Rich

"A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction."
-Virginia Woolf

"Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail their failure must be but a challenge to others."
-Amelia Earhart

"Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got. "
-Janis Joplin

"Women are the architects of society."
-Harriet Beecher Stowe

"I've always believed that one woman's success can only help another woman's success."
-Gloria Vanderbilt

"You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist."
-Indira Gandhi