Quotes about women

A collection of quotes on the topic of love, men, beauty, partnership.

Best quotes about women

John Lennon photo

„As usual, there is a great woman behind every idiot.“

—  John Lennon English singer and songwriter 1940 - 1980

William Shakespeare photo

„Do you not know I am a woman? when I think, I must speak.“

—  William Shakespeare, As You Like It

Source: As You Like It

Marilyn Monroe photo

„If you can make a woman laugh, you can make her do anything.“

—  Marilyn Monroe American actress, model, and singer 1926 - 1962

Sigmund Freud photo

„A woman should soften but not weaken a man.“

—  Sigmund Freud Austrian neurologist known as the founding father of psychoanalysis 1856 - 1939

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„Beware when making a woman cry. God is counting her tears.“

—  Paulo Coelho, book Adultery

Source: Adultery

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„A man who disrespects a woman doesn't deserve one.“

—  Paulo Coelho, book Aleph

Source: book Aleph

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„Nothing is so necessary for a young man as the company of intelligent women.“

—  Leo Tolstoy, book War and Peace

Source: War and Peace

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„The heart was made to be broken.“

—  Oscar Wilde Irish writer and poet 1854 - 1900

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„A woman withers when she is watered only with tears.“

—  Andrzej Majewski Polish writer and photographer 1966

Aphorisms. Magnum in Parvo (2000)

Andrzej Majewski photo

„Women are beautiful in the light of the day, but are even more so in the shadows of the night.“

—  Andrzej Majewski Polish writer and photographer 1966

Aphorisms. Magnum in Parvo (2000)

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Citát „Modern paintings are like women, you'll never enjoy them if you try to understand them. “
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„In my first video diary I explained my love for women who have a taste in carrots.“

—  Louis Tomlinson English pop singer 1991

https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/5834782.Louis_Tomlinson

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„No. We don't really do that. We feel that objectifies women and that's not really what we're about.“

—  Harry Styles English singer, songwriter, and actor 1994

When asked by a radio DJ if One Direction calls "dibs" on girls (26 June 2012) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LV85tICyfEA&t=546

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„This growing tendency of women to overshadow the masculine is a sign of a deteriorating civilization.“

—  Nikola Tesla Serbian American inventor 1856 - 1943

Mr. Tesla Explains Why He Will Never Marry (1924)

Michael Jackson photo

„Love is a feeling,
Give it when I want it,
'Cause I'm on fire,
Quench my desire,
Love is a woman,
I don't want to give in,
Give in to me, give in to me.“

—  Michael Jackson American singer, songwriter and dancer 1958 - 2009

Give In To Me
Dangerous (1991)

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Joseph Conrad photo

„Being a woman is a terribly difficult trade since it consists principally of dealings with men.“

—  Joseph Conrad, book Chance

Source: Chance (1913) part II, Ch. 5

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Sophia Loren photo

„Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful.“

—  Sophia Loren Italian actress 1934

As quoted in The Subtlety of Emotions (2001) by Aaron Ben-Ze'ev, p. 204.

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Marilyn Monroe photo

„Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend. “

—  Marilyn Monroe American actress, model, and singer 1926 - 1962

Angelina Jolie photo

„I always play women I would date.“

—  Angelina Jolie American actress, film director, and screenwriter 1975

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„The woman who goes to bed with a man must put off her modesty with her petticoat, and put it on again with the same.“

—  Theano (philosopher) Ancient philosopher

From Essay XX by Michel de Montaigne (translated by Charles Cotton, Macmillan London 1877).

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„Women are the most charitable creatures, and the most troublesome. He who shuns women passes up the trouble, but also the benefits. He who puts up with them gains the benefits, but also the trouble. As the saying goes, there's no honey without bees.“

—  Niccolo Machiavelli Italian politician, Writer and Author 1469 - 1527

Le più caritative persone che sieno sono le donne, e le più fastidiose. Chi le scaccia, fugge e fastidii e l'utile; chi le intrattiene, ha l'utile ed e fastidii insieme. Ed è 'l vero che non è el mele sanza le mosche.
Act III, scene iv
The Mandrake (1524)

Bob Marley photo

„Ev'rything's gonna be alright
So, no woman, no cry.“

—  Bob Marley Jamaican singer, songwriter, musician 1945 - 1981

Disputed, No Woman, No Cry, from the album Natty Dread (1974)

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„In 1969 I gave up women and alcohol - it was the worst 20 minutes of my life.“

—  George Best British footballer 1946 - 2005

Reported in Ned Sherrin, Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations (2008), p. 153.

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„I know I have the body but of a weak and feeble woman; but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too,“

—  Elizabeth I of England Queen regnant of England and Ireland from 17 November 1558 until 1603 1533 - 1603

Speech to the Troops at Tilbury (1588)
Context: I know I have the body but of a weak and feeble woman; but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too, and think foul scorn that Parma or Spain, or any prince of Europe, should dare to invade the borders of my realm.

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„Humankind is made up of two sexes, women and men. Is it possible for humankind to grow by the improvement of only one part while the other part is ignored?“

—  Mustafa Kemal Atatürk Turkish army officer, revolutionary, and the first President of Turkey 1881 - 1938

As quoted in "Atatürk" in Images of a Divided World (29 October 2006) http://jmilton6000.wordpress.com/2006/10/29/ataturk/
Variant translation: Humankind consists of two sexes, woman and man. Is it possible that a mass is improved by the improvement of only one part and the other ignored? Is it possible that if half of a mass is tied to earth with chains and the other half can soar into skies?
Context: Humankind is made up of two sexes, women and men. Is it possible for humankind to grow by the improvement of only one part while the other part is ignored? Is it possible that if half of a mass is tied to earth with chains that the other half can soar into skies?

Begum Rokeya photo

„Begum Rokeya had dreamt of a society where women would be magistrates, judges and barristers“

—  Begum Rokeya Bengali feminist writer and social worker 1880 - 1932

Context: Begum Rokeya had dreamt of a society where women would be magistrates, judges and barristers and that has come true as many women are already there in such posts.

Citát „The best curve on a woman's body is her smile. “
Bob Marley photo

„The best curve on a woman's body is her smile. “

—  Bob Marley Jamaican singer, songwriter, musician 1945 - 1981

John Chrysostom photo

„Why do you sow where the field is eager to destroy the fruit? Where there are medicines of sterility? Where there is murder before birth? You do not even let a harlot remain a harlot, but you make her a murderess as well. Do you see that from drunkenness comes fornication, from fornication adultery, from adultery murder? Indeed, it is something worse than murder and I do not know what to call it; for she does not kill what is formed but prevents its formation. What then? Do you contemn the gift of God, and fight with His laws? What is a curse, do you seek as though it were a blessing? Do you make the anteroom of birth the anteroom of slaughter? Do you teach the woman who is given to you for the procreation of offspring to perpetrate killing? That she may always be beautiful and lovable to her lovers, and that she may rake in more money, she does not refuse to do this, heaping fire on your head; and even if the crime is hers, you are the cause. Hence also arise idolatries. To look pretty many of these women use incantations, libations, philtres, potions, and innumerable other things. Yet after such turpitude, after murder, after idolatry, the matter still seems indifferent to many men–even to many men having wives. In this indifference of the married men there is greater evil filth; for then poisons are prepared, not against the womb of a prostitute, but against your injured wife. Against her are these innumerable tricks, invocations of demons, incantations of the dead, daily wars, ceaseless battles, and unremitting contentions.“

—  John Chrysostom important Early Church Father 349 - 407

St. John Chrysostom, Homily 24 on the Epistle to the Romans [PG 60:626-27] https://www.patheos.com/blogs/davearmstrong/2017/10/contraception-early-church-teaching-william-klimon.html

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„There is a special place in hell for women who don't help other women.“

—  Madeleine K. Albright Former U.S. Secretary of State 1937

Keynote speech at "Celebrating Inspiration" luncheon with the WNBA's All-Decade Team, quoted in Mechelle Voepel, ESPN (July 13, 2006)
2000s

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„One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.“

—  Simone de Beauvoir, book The Second Sex

On ne naît pas femme: on le devient.
Bk. 2, Pt.. 4, Ch. 1: Childhood, p. 267
Source: The Second Sex (1949)

George Carlin photo

„Here's all you have to know about men and women: women are crazy, men are stupid. And the main reason women are crazy is that men are stupid.“

—  George Carlin American stand-up comedian 1937 - 2008

Books, When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? (2004)
Source: When Will Jesus Bring The Pork Chops?

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„All novels are, or should be, written for both men and women to read, and I am at loss to conceive how a man should permit himself to write anything that would be really disgraceful to a woman, or why a woman should be censured for writing anything that would be proper and becoming for a man.“

—  Anne Brontë, book The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Preface, 2nd edition (22 July 1848)
Source: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848)
Context: I am satisfied that if a book is a good one, it is so whatever the sex of the author may be. All novels are, or should be, written for both men and women to read, and I am at loss to conceive how a man should permit himself to write anything that would be really disgraceful to a woman, or why a woman should be censured for writing anything that would be proper and becoming for a man.

Katharine Hepburn photo
Citát „As long as she thinks of a man, nobody objects to a woman thinking.“
Virginia Woolf photo

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

—  Virginia Woolf, book Orlando: A Biography

Source: Orlando: A Biography (1928), Ch. 6

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„I believe a strong woman may be stronger than a man, particularly if she happens to have love in her heart. I guess a loving woman is indestructible.“

—  John Steinbeck, book East of Eden

Variant: My father said she was a strong woman, and I believe a strong woman may be stronger than a man, particularly if she happens to have love in her heart. I guess a loving woman is almost indestructible.
Source: East of Eden

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Stan Lee photo

„Wives should be kissed - not heard.“

—  Stan Lee American comic book writer 1922 - 2018

Source: Essential Fantastic Four, Vol. 4

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„If women want rights more than they got, why don't they just take them, and not be talking about it.“

—  Sojourner Truth African-American abolitionist and women's rights activist 1797 - 1883

As quoted in Sojourner Truth : A Self-made Woman (1974) by Victoria Ortiz
Variant: Sisters, I ain't clear what you be after. If women want any rights more than they's got, why don't they just take them, and not be talking about it?

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„Women are never so strong as after their defeat.“

—  Alexandre Dumas French writer and dramatist, father of the homonym writer and dramatist 1802 - 1870

Source: Queen Margot, or Marguerite de Valois

Friedrich Nietzsche photo

„The true man wants two things: danger and play. For that reason he wants woman, as the most dangerous plaything.“

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, book Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Variant: The real man wants two different things: danger and play. Therefore he wants woman, as the most dangerous plaything.
Source: Thus Spoke Zarathustra

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„The true republic: men, their rights and nothing more: women, their rights and nothing less.“

—  Susan B. Anthony American women's rights activist 1820 - 1906

Variant: Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.

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„I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.“

—  Audre Lorde writer and activist 1934 - 1992

(1981) Audre Lorde, “The Uses of Anger: Women Responding to Racism”

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„Because if a woman's heart was free a man might have hope.“

—  Bram Stoker, book Dracula

Source: Dracula

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Citát „I could sooner reconcile all Europe than two women.“
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„I could sooner reconcile all Europe than two women.“

—  Louis XIV of France King of France and Navarra, from 1643 to 1715 1638 - 1715

Je mettrais plutôt toute l'Europe d'accord que deux femmes.
Comte de Mirabeau. Esprit de Mirabeau (v.1, page 246)

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„What women want is what men want. They want respect.“

—  Marilyn vos Savant US American magazine columnist, author and lecturer 1946

As quoted in Evergreen : A Guide to Writing with Readings (2003), by Susan Fawcett

James Brown photo

„This is a mans world.
This is a mans world.
But it would be nothing, nothing
Without a women or a girl.“

—  James Brown American singer, songwriter, musician, and recording artist 1933 - 2006

It's a Man's Man's Man's World, written with Betty Jean Newsome, from It's a Man's Man's Man's World (1966)
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