On Women

Sunday, April 27, 2008 – On Women 


I know little of women. But I’ve heard dread tales. ~ Harold Pinter, Moonlight


Nature has given women so much power that the law has very wisely given them little. ~ Samuel Johnson 


If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation. ~ Abigail Adams 


Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less. ~ Susan B. Anthony


Men who don’t like girls with brains don’t like girls. ~ Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966 


Brains are an asset, if you hide them. ~ Mae West 


The people I’m furious with are the women’s liberationists. They keep getting up on soapboxes and proclaiming women are brighter than men. That’s true, but it should be kept quiet or it ruins the whole racket. ~ Anita Loos, New York Times, 10 February 1974 


Let us leave the beautiful women to men with no imagination. ~ Marcel Proust, Albertine disparue, 1925 


In Hollywood, the women are all peaches. It makes one long for an apple occasionally. ~ W. Somerset Maugham 


I have an idea that the phrase “weaker sex” was coined by some woman to disarm some man she was preparing to overwhelm. ~ Ogden Nash 


In passing, also, I would like to say that the first time Adam had a chance he laid the blame on woman. ~ Nancy Astor, My Two Countries


When women are the advisers, the lords of creation don’t take the advice till they have persuaded themselves that it is just what they intended to do. Then they act upon it, and, if it succeeds, they give the weaker vessel half the credit of it. If it fails, they generously give her the whole. ~ Louisa May Alcott, Little Women


No book has yet been written in praise of a woman who let her husband and children starve or suffer while she invented even the most useful things, or wrote books, or expressed herself in art, or evolved philosophic systems. ~ Anna Garlin Spencer, Woman’s Share in Social Culture, 1912 


A little more matriarchy is what the world needs, and I know it. Period. Paragraph. ~ Dorothy Thompson 


We’ve got a generation now who were born with semi-equality. They don’t know how it was before, so they think, this isn’t too bad. We’re working. We have our attache’ cases and our three piece suits. I get very disgusted with the younger generation of women. We had a torch to pass, and they are just sitting there. They don’t realize it can be taken away. Things are going to have to get worse before they join in fighting the battle. ~ Erma Bombeck 


History, 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. ~ Jane Austen (spoken by Catherine Morland in Northanger Abbey) 


The supply of good women far exceeds that of the men who deserve them. ~ Robert Graves 


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 


If we took away women’s right to vote, we’d never have to worry about another Democratic president. It’s kind of a pipe dream; it’s a personal fantasy of mine. ~ Ann Coulter, Newsweek, October 15, 2007 


The vote means nothing to women. We should be armed. ~ Edna O’Brien