A woman's heart must be of such a size and no larger, else it must be pressed small, like Chinese feet; her happiness is to be made as cakes are, by a fixed receipt.
The happiest women, like the happiest nations, have no history.
We women are always in danger of living too exclusively in the affections; and though our affections are perhaps the best gifts we have, we ought also to have our share of the more independent life -- some joy in things for their own sake. It is piteous to see the helplessness of some sweet women when their affections are disappointed -- because all their teaching has been, that they can only delight in study of any kind for the sake of a personal love. They have never contemplated an independent delight in ideas as an experience which they could confess without being laughed at. Yet surely women need this defense against passionate affliction even more than men.
Slavery it is that makes slavery; freedom, freedom. The slavery of women happened when the men were slaves of kings.
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
Profession: American Poet, Essayist
The girl with a future avoids a man with a past.
Author: Evan Esar
Of all things upon earth that bleed and grow, a herb most bruised is woman.
Profession: Greek Tragic Poet
When a woman behaves like a man why doesn't she behave like a nice man?
Author: Dame Edith Evans
Profession: American Actor
Observe this, that tho a woman swear, forswear, lie, dissemble, back-bite, be proud, vain, malicious, anything, if she secures the main chance, she's still virtuous; that's a maxim.
Author: George Farquhar (1677-1707)
Profession: Irish Playwright
They talk about a woman's sphere, as though it had a limit. There's not a place in earth or heaven. There's not a task to mankind given... without a woman in it.
Author: Kate Field
The 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?''
Author: Sigmund Freud (1856-1939)
Profession: Austrian Physician - Founder of Psychoanalysis
The feminine mystique has succeeded in burying millions of American women alive.
Author: Betty Friedan (1921)
Profession: American Feminist Writer
The especial genius of women I believe to be electrical in movement, intuitive in function, spiritual in tendency.
Author: Margaret Fuller (1810-1850)
Profession: American Writer, Lecturer
The Woman-Soul leadeth us upward and on!
Author: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832)
Profession: German Poet, Dramatist, Novelist
The higher mental development of woman, the less possible it is for her to meet a congenial male who will see in her, not only sex, but also the human being, the friend, the comrade and strong individuality, who cannot and ought not lose a single trait of her character.
Author: Emma Goldman (1869-1940)
Profession: American Anarchist
A woman might claim to retain some of the child's faculties, although very limited and defused, simply because she has not been encouraged to learn methods of thought and develop a disciplined mind. As long as education remains largely induction ignorance will retain these advantages over learning and it is time that women impudently put them to work.
Author: Germaine Greer (1939)
Profession: Australian Feminist Writer