Quotes for
the Journey:


Where there is a woman,
there is magic.

Ntozake Shange


Women have to be the biggest champions in the world of other women's choices.    -Dee Dee Myers


I agree today that a man has no business trying to tell women what their characteristics are, which ones are inborn, which are more admirable, which will be best utilized by what occupations.     -Benjamin Spock

If I were asked ... to what the singular prosperity and growing strength of Americans ought mainly to be attributed, I should reply:  To the superiority of their women.    -Alexis De Tocqueville
I feel there is something unexplored about a woman that only a woman can explore.     -Georgia O'Keeffe
The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, The figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair.  The beauty of a woman must be see from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.    -Sam Levenson
Because man and woman are the complement of one another, we need woman's thought in national affairs to make a safe and stable government.
-Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Women are never so strong as after their defeat.     -Alexandre Dumas

Because man and woman are the complement of one another, we need woman's thought in national affairs to make a safe and stable government.      -Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Most women's magazines simply try to mold women into bigger and better consumers.      -Gertrude Stein
When she stopped conforming to the conventional picture of femininity she finally began to enjoy being a woman.      -Betty Friedan
I've always believed that one woman's success can only help another woman's success.     -Gloria Vanderbilt
The thing women must do to rise to power is to redefine their femininity.  Once, power was considered a masculine attribute. In fact, power has no sex.      -Katharine Graham
I believe that what woman resents is not so much giving herself in pieces as giving herself purposelessly.     -Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Women share with the men the need for personal success, even the taste for power, and no longer are willing to satisfy those needs through the achievements of surrogates, whether husbands, children, or merely role models.
-Elizabeth Dole
I do not wish to give (women) a first place, still less a second one--but the complete freedom to take their true place, whatever it may be.     -Elizabeth Blackwell
I have seen too much not to know that the impression of a woman may be more valuable than the conclusion of an analytical reasoner.      -Arthur Conan Doyle

The deepest experience of the creator is feminine, for it is experience of receiving and bearing.     -Rainer Maria Rilke
It certainly must have been a relief for women of the country to realize that one could be a woman and a lady and yet be thoroughly political.      -Pearl S. Buck
Women are the architects of society.     -Harriet Beecher Stowe
There cannot be too many glorious women.      -Marianne Williamson
In every girl is a goddess.     -Francesca Lia Block
A woman can't be, until a girl dies. . . . I mean the sprites that girls are, so different from us, all their fancies, their illusions, their flower world, the dreams they live in.      -Christina Stead
One is not born a woman, one becomes one.     -Simone de Beauvoir
Young women today often have very little appreciation for the real battles that took place to get women where they are today in this country. I don't know how much history young women today know about those battles.     -Sandra Day O'Connor
There is a great line of women stretching out behind you into the past, and you have to seek them out and find them in yourself and be conscious of them.     -Doris Lessing
Don't shut yourself up in a bandbox because you are a woman, but understand what is going on, educate yourself to take your part in the world's work, for it all affects you and yours.     -Louisa May Alcott
Women are never what they seem to be.  There is the woman you see and there is the woman who is hidden.  Buy the gift for the woman who is hidden.     -Erma Bombeck
A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture, and transform. A woman knows that nothing can come to fruition without light. Let us call upon woman's voice and woman's heart to guide us in this age of planetary transformation.     -Diane Mariechild
Because I have a heart for God I also have a heart for women.  As I hear their stories, I realize so many feel themselves to be inadequate.  What a joy it is to believe them into doing those things they never believed they could do and being the people they never believed they could be.     -Jill Briscoe
It has been women who have breathed gentleness and care into the hard progress of humankind.      -Queen Elizabeth II

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Please 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
But the female mind has demonstrated a capacity for all the mental acquirements and achievements of men, and as generations ensue that capacity will be expanded; the average woman will be as well educated as the average man, and then better educated, for the dormant faculties of her brain will be stimulated to an activity that will be all the more intense and powerful because of centuries of repose.  Woman will ignore precedent and startle civilization with their progress.     -Nikola Tesla
For women there are, undoubtedly, great difficulties in the path, but so much the more to overcome.  First, no woman should say, "I am but a woman!"  But a woman!  What more can you ask to be?     -Maria Mitchell
It was frankly sort of confusing, the way everyone stared at our bodies exactly as they tried to erase the ideas of our bodies from our minds.  We were supposed to get over ourselves but no one was supposed to get over us.  The female body was our worst handicap and our best advantage--the surest means to success, the surest course to failure.     -Hilary Thayer Hamann, Anthropology of an American Girl
The here, the now, and the individual, have always been the special concern of the saint, the artist, the poet, and--from time immemorial--the woman.  In the small circle of the home she has never quite forgotten the particular uniqueness of each member of the family; the spontaneity of now; the vividness of here.  This is the basic substance of life.  These are the individual elements that form the bigger entities like mass, future, world.  We may neglect these elements, but we cannot dispense with them.  They are the drops that make up the stream.  They are the essence of life itself.     -Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea
What a ride it is, this life lived in a woman’s body.  The moment we think we have found a shelf to rest on, a sort of “aha, so this is how it works”, we are again thrown into new territory.  Once we think that we have finally worked through,. . . healed, those old wounds, another scab is brutally ripped off exposing once again our undefended heart.  As Yoginis, we learn to breathe and open through it all.     -Chameli Ardagh

A Woman's Viewpoint
Age 8:  Looks at herself and sees Cinderella
Age 15:  Looks at herself and sees Cinderella/Sleeping Beauty/cheerleader
Age 20:  Looks at herself and sees too fat/too thin, too short/too tall, too straight/too curly, decides she doesn't have time to fix it and goes out
Age 40:  Looks at herself and sees too fat/too thin, too short/too tall, too straight/too curly and says, "At least I'm clean," and goes out
Age 50:  Looks at herself, says "I am," and goes wherever she wants to
Age 60:  Looks at herself and remembers all the people who can't even see themselves in the mirror anymore, goes out and conquers
Age 70:  Looks at herself, sees wisdom and laughter, and goes out to enjoy life
Age 80:  Doesn't even bother to look:  just puts on a red hat and goes out to be who she is.     -unattributed
Women, if the soul of the nation is to be saved, I believe that you must become its soul.     -Coretta Scott King
In today's world. . . it is still women's business to make life better, to make tomorrow better than today.     -Helen Thames Raley
Women don't want a divided life. . . . They recognize that career is not enough; they want to be interconnected with people.  They want to keep growing throughout their lives, adjusting as needed to different circumstances.  They want to live a balanced life.     -Mary Ellen Ashcroft


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