A collection of quotes on and about women.


"Did you ever know a woman who could resist looking out of a window?"

Wilkie Collins


"The happiest women, like the happiest nations, have no history."

George Eliot


“She feels in italics and thinks in CAPITALS.” 

Henry James


"Sweater, n.: garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly."

Ambrose Bierce


"I'm a writer first and a woman after."

Katherine Mansfield


"A strong woman who recklessly throws away her strength, she is worse than a weak woman who has never had any strength to throw away."

Thomas Hardy


“Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood.”

Oscar Wilde


"I was being human, born alone; I am, being woman, hard beset; I live by squeezing from a stone, the little nourishment I get."

Elinor Wylie


"It is hardly surprising that women concentrate on the way they look instead of what is in their minds since not much has been put in their minds to begin with."

Mary Shelley


“A woman unsatisfied must have luxuries. But a woman who loves a man would sleep on a board”

D.H. Lawrence


“A woman has to live her life, or live to repent not having lived it.”

D.H. Lawrence


“Women, like princes, find few real friends”

Lord Lyttleton


“Genius is of small use to a woman who does not know how to do her hair.”

Edith Wharton


"For most of history, Anonymous was a woman."

Virginia Woolf


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

Thomas Hardy


“I never did believe in the equality of the sexes, but no girl is the weaker vessel if she gets first grip of the kitchen poker.”

Edgar Wallace


"Each Woman has her weakness, mine indeed; Is still to write, though hopeless to succeed."

Anne Kingsmill Finch


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

Virginia Woolf


“A witty woman is a treasure; a witty beauty is a power.”

George Meredith


“A woman's heart is such a complex problem - the owner thereof is often most incompetent to find the solution to this puzzle.”

Baroness Orczy


“As long as she thinks of a man, nobody objects to a woman thinking.” 

Virginia Woolf



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