Tuesday, June 7, 2011

10 Wonderful Quotes from Women

Once someone criticized my use of quotations because they were mostly from men. In fact, I'm not biased towards men's voices. But when I examined my database to discover whether this imbalance was actually there, I saw that it was true: by far, most of my quotes are from men.

But this is not because of gender bias. It's because for thousands of years it was "a man's world." Women raised the family. Men went out into the world, got educated and went to work. And so it has been mostly the voices of men that were recorded throughout history.

But I also discovered that I had quoted hundreds of women. In my blog posts that featured quotes, I've included a lot of wisdom from well-known, accomplished women.

But in this post, I dedicate the entire space to quotes from women. These are among my favorites...

PERSEVERANCE - “What we call failure is not the falling down but the staying down.” - Mary Pickford, American actress (1893-1979)

SELF-ESTEEM - "Let me listen to myself and not to them." - Gertrude Stein, American novelist (1874-1946)

COMPOSURE - “If you want a place in the sun, you've got to put up with a few blisters.” - Abigail Van Buren, American columnist (1918- )

SELF-AWARENESS - “In solitude we give passionate attention to our lives, to our memories, to the details around us.” - Virginia Woolf, British novelist (1882-1941)

SPIRITUALITY - “Anybody can observe the Sabbath but making it holy surely takes the rest of the week.” - Alice Walker, American novelist (1944- )

HONESTY - “The best mind-altering drug is truth.” - Lily Tomlin, American actress (1936- )

INITIATIVE - “You can listen to what everybody says, but the fact remains that you’ve got to get out there and do the thing yourself.” - Joan Sutherland, Austrailian singer (1926- )

SELF-DEVELOPMENT - "If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we aren't really living." - Gail Sheehy, American author (1937- )

PASSION - “Each of us has a fire in our heart for something. It’s our goal in life to find it and to keep it.” - Mary Lou Retton, American Olympic gymnast (1968- )

COURAGE - “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” - Ana├»s Nin, American author (1903-1977)

Let me know if you appreciate this focus on women. There's a ton more where these came from!

Post by Dennis E. Coates, Ph.D., Copyright 2011. Building Personal Strength . (Permission to use image purchased from istockphoto.com)


Anonymous said...

Good selection, Denny. I also like, "If you want to make an omelet, you're going to have to break some eggs." Julia Child

squizel said...

Yes, once a month of women's quotes would be a wonderful ego booster for a while for us women.

Debbie Inglis said...

Excellent selection and good idea for a post (although I am biased!) More please. I agree with squizel re the frequency.

Jaggs said...

Very nice, Denny, thanks. I stole the Joan Sutherland one and posted it on Facebook. Man, could that woman sing!

@TigerGirl528 said...

Sometimes we are afraid and it helps to hear from wise people...race, creed, color do not matter. Sometimes we DO need to hear from our mothers, aunts, and sisters. This is especially true as we find our way as women.

Anonymous said...

Bravo Denny! It was a man's world but you better believe that at least half of the quotes attributed to men originated from the women with whom they associated! I know because my husband steals all my good ideas and calls them his own! :)