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famous Quotes by women

Below is a list of quotes by famous women about women. Some of the quotes are from lesbian orientated women and some may or may not be!

A woman is like a loaf of bread waiting to be kneaded © Justine Tennant 2003

Every woman I have ever loved has left her print upon me, where I loved some invaluable piece of myself apart from me--so different that I had to stretch and grow in order to recognize her. And in that growing, we came to separation, that place where work begins.
Audre Lorde

The love expressed between women is particular and powerful, because we have had to love in order to live; love has been our survival.
Audre Lorde

When she lowers her eyes she seems to hold all the beauty in the world between her eyelids; when she raises them I see only myself in her gaze.

When you're in love you never really know whether your elation comes from the qualities of the one you love, or if it attributes them to her; whether the light which surrounds her like a halo comes from you, from her, or from the meeting of your sparks.
Natalie Clifford Barney

You can't type what a lesbian is. We're anything and everything. The one thing in common is that we make love to other women. So give up trying to limit us.
Amanda Bearse.

I became a lesbian because of women, because women are beautiful, strong, and compassionate.
Rita Mae Brown

I was by chance spared the sight of Renée dying, then dead. She carried off with her more than one secret, and beneath her purple veil, Renée Vivien, the poet, led away--her throat encircled with moonstones, beryls, aquamarines, and other anemic gems--the immodest child, the excited little girl who taught me, with unembarrassed competence: "There are fewer ways of making love than they say, and more than one believes."
Colette (as quoted by Dolores Klaich in Woman Plus Woman

Natalie, my husband kisses your hands, and I the rest.
Colette (in a note to Natalie Barney)

You're neither unnatural, nor abominable, nor mad; you're as much a part of what people call nature as anyone else; only you're unexplained as yet -- you've not got your niche in creation.
Radclyffe Hall
(The Well of Loneliness, 1928)

Why should I paint dead fish, onions, and beer glasses? Girls are so much prettier.
Marie Laurencin

Girls who put out are tramps. Girls who don't are ladies. This is, however, a rather archaic usage of the word. Should one of you boys happen upon a girl who doesn't put out, do not jump to the conclusion that you have found a lady. What you have probably found is a Lesbian.
Fran Lebowitz

Are there many things in this cool-hearted world so utterly exquisite
as the pure love of one woman for another?
Mary McLane (The Story of Mary MacLane by Herself)

But the fruit that can fall without shaking. Indeed is too mellow for me.
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (in The Answer)

I have lived and slept in the same bed with English countesses and Prussian farm women...no woman has excited passions among women more than I have.
Florence Nightingale (1820 to 1910)

Women never have an half-hour in all their lives (excepting before or after anybody is up in the house) that they can call their own, without fear of offending or of hurting someone. WHy do women sit up so late, or, more rarely, get up so early? Not because the day is not long enough but because they have "no time for themselves."
Florence Nightingale (1820 to 1910)

Heterosexuality has been forcibly and subliminally imposed on women. 
Yet everywhere women have resisted it, often at the cost of physical torture, imprisonment, psychosurgery, social ostracism, and extreme poverty.
Adrienne Rich

Hick darling...I couldn't say je t'aime et je t'adore as I longed to do, but always remember I am saying it, that I go to sleep thinking of you.
Eleanor Roosevelt  (in a letter to Lorena Hickok)

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 honourable profession in the world, and one that demanded the best that I could bring of it.
Rose Kennedy

If a woman is sufficiently ambitious, determined and gifted - there is practically nothing she can't do.
Helen Lawrenson (1904 to 1982)

The world cannot do without women.....the future lies with us.
Joan Collins

However idolized women have been - in fact they have been required to be as tough as old boots!
Pam Brown

No woman is without sisters, however desperate, however lacking in kin, For all women of the world are bound together as a family, by common experience and concern.
Pam Brown

We who already have the franchise and the right to choose our own destinies, must never forget for one moment our desperate sisters who do not have these privileges Pam brown

When women help women they help themselves.
Wilhelmina Cole Halladay

A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.
Diane Mariechild

There's not a place in earth or heaven, There's not a task to mankind given, There's not a blessing or a woe, There's not a whispered "yes" or "no," There's not a life, or death, or birth, That has a feather's weight of worth, Without a woman in it.
Kate Field (1838 to 1896)

Whatever you want in life, other people are going to want it too. Believe in yourself enough to accept the idea that you have an equal right to it.
Diane Sawyer

Women measure their achievements not int he wealth they have gathered but int he love they have gathered around them.
Linda Macfarlane.

Women know that the best things in life are free. Caring, loving, understanding, supporting and comforting. All the things they give daily, continually, without asking for anything in return.
Linda Macfarlane

I've truly believed that one woman's success can only help another woman's success. Gloria Vanderbilt

When women stand shoulder to shoulder, nothing can pass.
Linda Macfarlane

how brave men have been in destruction. How brave women have been in survival. Pamela Dugdale

I don't like the terms "housewife" and "homemaker" I prefer to be called "Domestic Goddess".... it's more descriptive. Roseanne Barr

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Eleanor Roosevelt
(1884 to 1962)


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