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Amelia EarhartPlease know that I am aware of the hazards. I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be a challenge to others.

 - Amelia Earhart

Robert HeinleinWomen and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.

 - Robert A. Heinlein

George CarlinHere'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

Clarissa Pinkola EstesThere is probably no better or more reliable measure of whether a woman has spent time in ugly duckling status at some point or all throughout her life than her inability to digest a sincere compliment. Although it could be a matter of modesty, or could be attributed to shyness- although too many serious wounds are carelessly written off as "nothing but shyness" - more often a compliment is stuttered around about because it sets up an automatic and unpleasant dialogue in the woman's mind.

 - Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Clarissa Pinkola EstesIf you have yet to be called an incorrigible, defiant woman, don't worry, there is still time.

 - Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Clarissa Pinkola EstesA healthy woman is much like a wolf: robust, chock-full, strong life force, life-giving, territorially aware, inventive, loyal, roving.

 - Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Alfred HitchcockI've never been very keen on women who hang their sex round their neck like baubles. I think it should be discovered. It's more interesting to discover the sex in a woman than it is to have it thrown at you, like a Marilyn Monroe or those types. To me they are rather vulgar and obvious.

 - Alfred Hitchcock

Pearl BuckThe bitterest creature under heaven is the wife who discovers that her husband's bravery is only bravado, that his strength is only a uniform, that his power is but a gun in the hands of a fool.

 - Pearl S. Buck

Jane AustenHistory, real solemn history, I cannot be interested in.... I read it a little as a duty; but it tells me nothing that does not either vex or weary me. The quarrels of popes and kings, with wars and pestilences in every page; the men all so good for nothing, and hardly any women at all, it is very tiresome; and yet I often think it odd that it should be so dull, for a great deal of it must be invention.

 - Jane Austen

Mahatma GandhiTo call woman the weaker sex is a libel; it is man's injustice to woman. If by strength is meant brute strength, then, indeed, is woman less brute than man. If by strength is meant moral power, then woman is immeasurably man's superior. Has she not greater intuition, is she not more self-sacrificing, has she not greater powers of endurance, has she not greater courage? Without her, man could not be. If nonviolence is the law of our being, the future is with woman. Who can make a more effective appeal to the heart than woman?

 - Mahatma Gandhi

Diane AckermanThe purpose of ritual for men is to learn the rules of power and competition. Watching sports together, for example, they see the formal enactment of ritual, become loyal to a team, learn to conceal their vulnerability. The purpose of ritual for women (going to lunch together, sharing a favorite salon, etc.) is to learn how to make human connections. They are often more intimate and vulnerable with one another than they are with their men, and taking care of other women teaches them to take care of themselves.

In these formal ways, men and women domesticate their emotional lives. But their strategies are different, their biological itineraries are different. His sperm needs to travel, her egg needs to settle down. It's astonishing that they survive happily at all.

 - Diane Ackerman

Abigail AdamsI long to hear that you have declared an independency. And by the way, in the new Code of Laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make I desire you would Remember the Ladies, and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the Husbands. Remember all Men would be tyrants if they could.

 - Abigail Adams

I think women see me on the cover of magazines and think I never have a pimple or bags under my eyes. You have to realize that that's after two hours of hair and makeup, plus retouching. Even I don't wake up looking like Cindy Crawford.

 - Cindy Crawford

William HazlittWomen never reason and therefore they are, comparatively, seldom wrong. They judge instinctively of what falls under their immediate observation or experience, and do not trouble themselves about remote or doubtful consequences. If they make no profound discoveries, they do not involve themselves in gross absurdities. It is only by the help of reason and logical inference, according to Hobbes, that "man becomes excellently wise or excellently foolish."

 - William Hazlitt

Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, Nor Hell a fury like a woman scorned.

 - William Congreve

Miguel de CervantesThe beauty of some women has days and seasons, depending upon accidents which diminish or increase it; nay, the very passions of the mind naturally improve or impair it, and very often utterly destroy it.

 - Miguel de Cervantes

Miguel de CervantesThe woman who is resolved to be respected can make herself be so even amidst an army of soldiers.

 - Miguel de Cervantes

Henry Brooks AdamsWomen have, commonly, a very positive moral sense; that which they will, is right; that which they reject, is wrong; and their will, in most cases, ends by settling the moral.

 - Henry Brooks Adams

The extension of women's rights is the basic principle of all social progress.

 - Charles Fourier

Sigmund FreudThe great question that has never been answered and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is "What does a woman want?"

 - Sigmund Freud

Maya AngelouThe sadness of the women's movement is that they don't allow the necessity of love. See, I don't personally trust any revolution where love is not allowed.

 - Maya Angelou

Marriage, to women as to men, must be a luxury, not a necessity; an incident of life, not all of It.

 - Susan Anthony

Abigail AdamsIf you complain of neglect of education in sons, what shall I say with regard to daughters...I most sincerely wish...that our new Constitution may be distinguished for encouraging learning and virtue. If we mean to have heroes, statesmen, and philosophers, we should have learned women.

 - Abigail Adams

Henry Ward BeecherPeople may talk about the equality of the sexes. They are not equal. The silent smile of a sensible, loving woman will vanquish ten men.

 - Henry Ward Beecher

Michel de MontaigneAs soon as a woman becomes ours, we are no longer theirs.

 - Michel de Montaigne

Michel de MontaigneBeauty is the true prerogative of women, and so peculiarly their own, that our sex, though naturally requiring another sort of feature, is never in its luster but when puerile and beardless, confused and mixed with theirs.

 - Michel de Montaigne

Michel de MontaigneGentleness and repose are paramount to everything else in woman.

 - Michel de Montaigne

Character contributes to beauty. It fortifies a woman as her youth fades. A mode of conduct, a standard of courage, discipline, fortitude and integrity can do a great deal to make a woman beautiful.

 - Jacqueline Bisset

Sheryl SandburgIn the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.

 - Sheryl Sandburg

Marilyn MonroeI'm a failure as a woman. My men expect so much of me, because of the image they've made of me -- and that I've made of myself -- as a sex symbol. They expect bells to ring and whistles to whistle, but my anatomy is the same as any other woman's and I can't live up to it.

 - Marilyn Monroe

Samuel JohnsonIt is so far from being natural for a man and woman to live in a state of marriage, that we find all the motives which they have for remaining in that connection, and the restraints which civilized society imposes to prevent separation, are hardly sufficient to keep them together.

 - Samuel Johnson

Carrie FisherHere's how men think. Sex, work - and those are reversible, depending on age - sex, work, food, sports, and lastly, begrudgingly, relationships. And here's how women think. Relationships, relationships, relationships, work, sex, shopping, weight, food.

 - Carrie Fisher