"Don't shut yourself up in a bandbox just because you are a woman, but understand what is going on, and educate yourself to take part in the world's work, for it all affects you and yours."
-Louisa May Alcott
"Beauty comes in all sizes-- not just size 5."
"There is a lot more to being a mother than most people suspect."
"If you think you can, you can. If you think you can't, you're right."
-Mary Kay Ash
"You don't get to choose how you are going to die. Or when. You can only decide how you are going to live."
"The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age."
"To learn to know one's self, to pursue the avenues of self-development, that's what I call creative aging."
-Ada Barnett Stough
"You grow up the day you have your first real laugh-- at yourself."
"Happiness is good health and a bad memory."
"One is not born a woman-- One becomes one."
-Simone De Beauvoir
"We grow neither better nor worse as we get old, but more like ourselves."
-Mary Lamberton Becker
"Striving for excellence motivates you. Striving for perfection is demoralizing."
-Dr. Harriet Braiker
"Let the world know you as you are, not as you think you should be, because sooner or later, if you are posing, you will forget the pose, and then where are you?"
"Marriage is not just spiritual communion and passionate embraces; marriage is also three-meals-a-day and taking out the trash."
-Dr. Joyce Brothers
"It doesn't matter what you do in the bedroom, as long as you don't do it in the streets and frighten the horses."
-Mrs. Patrick Campbell
"No one can build his security upon the nobleness of another person."
"Elegance does not consist in putting on a new dress."
"Adornment is never anything but a reflection of the self."
"How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something, but to be someone."
"Nature gives you the face that you have at 20, but it is up to you to merit the face you have at 50."
"There is probably nothing like living together for binding people to each other."
"Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood."
"Beauty does not come with creams and lotions. God can give us beauty, but whether that beauty remains or chagnes is determined by our thoughts and deeds."
-Delores Del Rio
"Adventure is worthwhile in itself."
"In youth we learn. In age we understand."
-Marie Ebner Von Eschenbach
"A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary."
-Dorothy Canfield Fisher
"A little credulity helps one through life very smoothly."
"You can have anything you want if you want it desperately enough. You must want it with an exuberance that erupts through the skin and joins the energy that created the world."
"Always be smarter than the people who hire you."
"Don't be afraid that your life will end. Be afraid that it will never begin."
"We must overcome the notion that we must be regular. It robs us of the chance to be extraordinary and leads us to the mediocre."
"What is important is to keep learning, to enjoy challenge, and to tolerate ambiguity. In the end there are no certain answers."
"Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads."
"Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got."
"I have always looked on child rearing not only as a work of love and duty, but as a profession that was fully as interesting and challenging as any honorable profession in the world, and one that demanded the best that I could bring to it."
"Flowers grow out of dark moments."
"We could never learn to be brave and patient if there wre only joy in the world."
"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence."
"Be bold. If you're going to make an error, make a doozy."
-Billie Jean King
"I hope I have shown you that loving means letting go, too. Letting go of needing to be loved, and simply loving. It is somewhat like the way you girls tend your plants. Their response is borne of your initial actions. Love blooms that way too. When we love, we become loved."
-Isa Kogon, to her daughters
"If you want to catch a trout, don't go fishing in a herring barrel."
"Love doesn't just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new."
-Ursula K. Le Guin
"It's good to have an end to journey towards; but in the end, it is the journey itself that makes the difference."
-Ursula K. Le Guin
"Growing up is, after all, only the understanding that one's unique and incredible experience is what everyone shares."
"Only in growth, reform, and change, paradoxically enough, is true security to be found."
-Anne Morrow Lindbergh
"The true way of softening one's troubles is to solace those of others."
-Madame De Maintenon
"Regret is an appalling waste of energy; you can't build on it; it's only good for wallowing in."
"Pressed for rules and verities, All i recolelct are these: Feed a cold and starve a fever. Argue with no true believer. Think-too-long is never-act. Scratch a myth and find a fact."
"Getting along with men isn't what's truly important. The vital knowledge is how to get alone with a man. One man."
"God knows a mother need fortitude and courage and tolerance and flexibility and patience and firmness and nearly every other brave aspect of the human soul. But... I praise casualness. it seems to me the rarest of virtues. It's useful enough when children are small. It is important to the point of necessity when they are adolescents."
"No matter how many communes anybody invents, the family always creeps back."
"Life is under no obligation to give us what we expect."
"General notions are generally wrong."
-Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
"Women, as the guardians of children, possess great power. They are the moulders of their children's personalities and the arbiters of their development."
"The years a woman subtracts from her age are not lost. They are added to the ages of other women."
-Diane De Poitiers
"It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is impossible to find it elsewhere."
"Indecision is fatal. It is better to make a wrong decision than to build up a habit of indecision."
-Marie Benyon Rey
"Trust your husband, adore your husband, and get as much as you can in your own name."
-Advice to Joan Rivers from her Mother
"Fill what's empty. Empty what's full. Scratch where it itches."
-Alice Roosevelt Longworth
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
"It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness."
"Never trust a husband too far or a bachelor too near."
"If we try to control and hold onto our children, we lose them. When we let them go, they have the option of returning to us more fully."
-Anne Wilson Shaef
"The delights of self-discovery are always available."
"Pains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads, which sew people together throughout the years."
"You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try."
"Sometimes we look so intently toward the pinnacle that we stumble over the steps leading to it. Development begins just where you are."
-Mrs. Herman Stanley
"Everybody knows that if you are too careful, you are so occupied on being careful that you are sure to stumble over something."
"You can take no credit for beauty at 16. But if you are beautiful at 60, it will be your soul's own doing."
"To feel valued, to know, if only once in a while, that you can do a job well is an absolutely marvelous feeling."
"Don't marry a man to reform him-- tht's what reform schools are for."
"If we'd only stop trying to be happy we'd have a pretty good tme."
"Laugh and the world laughs with you, Weep and you weep alone, For the sad old earth, Must borrow it's mirth. But has trouble enough of it's own."
-Ella Wheeler Wilcox
"Sexiness wears thin after a while, and beauty fades, but to be married to a man who makes you laugh everyday, ah, now that's a real treat!"
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