50 Smart Quotes from Smart Women

The history of the word smart reveals why many of its synonyms are different in meaning. For example, smart can mean sensible or sarcastic, intelligent or insolent, dashing or disrespectful, ritzy or rude. (See history below.)

However, our working definition for this article is the Merriam-Webster 20th century meaning: showing intelligence or good judgment.

Here are sample quotes (all from women) of what smart women think about themselves, other women, beauty and fashion, men, mass media, children and youth.


Pretty -- and Smart

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History of Meaning of "Smart"

The first known use of the word was in the 13th century, originating from the Old English smeortan; or the Old High German smerzan, meaning:

Verb – to cause or be the cause of a sharp stinging pain; to feel or have such a pain.

Adjective – quick, active, clever (from the notion of “cutting” with wit or words).

In the 18th century, smart appeared as a slang meaning:

Adjective – sharp, fashionable, stylish.

In the 20th century, phrases like smart cookie, smart bombs, and smarts meaning “good sense” became regular usage. Now, smart and women are a perfect fit.

Themselves

  1. Just because I don't have a college degree doesn't mean I am not smart. - Emma Stone
  2. Woman must not accept; she must challenge. She must . . . reverence that woman in her which struggles for expression. - Margaret Sanger
  3. You can be this super-successful woman who's smart and effective but still feminine. - Ruzwana Bashir
  4. There are those individuals who are intimidated by really smart, talented people. But for me, surrounding yourself with great talent is the key to success. – Monika Chiang
  5. I do think women can . . . probably have it all. But you might have to wait a while. - Gail Sheehy
  6. Women in particular need to keep an eye on their physical and mental health . . . We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own “to do” list. - Michelle Obama
  7. Anything is possible if we're only clever enough, smart enough, work hard enough. - Elizabeth McGovern
  8. People are sexy when they have a sense of humor, when they are smart, when they have some sense of style, when they are kind, when they express their own opinions, when they are creative, when they have character. - Suzanne Vega
  9. I only do what my gut tells me to. I think it's smart to listen to other people's advice, but at the end of the day, you're the only one who can tell you what's right for you. - Jennifer Lopez
  10. You have to be smart enough not to dismiss where you came from. It may not be all we are, but it makes up for a great deal. - Julia Roberts


Other Women

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  1. When I stopped thinking of other women as competition to me and started thinking about them as my partners in life . . . my whole experience of life changed. - America Ferrera
  2. I definitely am drawn to strong females who are successful, smart women because I am a woman like that. - Megalyn Echikunwoke
  3. We all want to get along well with other people, and one way to do this is to help people feel good about themselves. - Gretchen Rubin
  4. Nobody knows what a woman feels or experiences but another woman. We are the nurturers, and there are times when we need to be nurtured. - Dana Plato
  5. We have all made mistakes. . . We all have had time to reflect and reform and as long as life continues, we are afforded that opportunity every single day. - Shira Hirschman Weiss
  6. You are not being hurt by the way people think about you. Many of those people are a reflection of how you think about yourself. - Shannon L. Alder
  7. There's something brave and touching about game girls of all ages keeping themselves smart in hard times. - Julie Burchill
  8. I don't understand how some of these young actresses are wearing such provocative, editorial items, when they haven't even established a career yet. . . I'm not so sure that's smart in the long run. - Allison Williams
  9. There is no better taste than this: someone else's laughter in your mouth. - Maggie Stiefvater
  10. Tell little girls they are smart, funny, or interesting instead of pretty. Chances are, they get the pretty thing a lot . . . in fact, tell big girls the same thing. - Alida Nugent


Beauty and Fashion

  1. Smart beauty is about looking your best and feeling your best and never overpaying for it. - Stacy London
  2. Develop your smarts by studying something like math. Then you'll make much better decisions on the brands of clothing that you buy or whatever it is that you want. - Danica McKellar
  3. In design as in life, smart can also mean wise, kind, inspiring - and cost-effective. And that has a charm all its own. - Nancy Gibbs
  4. My definition of 'sexy' has changed as I've gotten older. And being smart and informed makes me feel sexier than any outfit. - Sarah Shahi
  5. You can be plain and smart, or pretty and smart. . . You just have to be yourself. - Ashley Tisdale


Men

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  1. Men really prefer reasonably attractive women; they go after the sensational ones to impress other men. - Mignon McLaughlin
  2. People think at the end of the day that a man is the only answer [to fulfillment]. Actually a job is better for me. - Princess Diana
  3. A guy wants a classy girl who is smart and has goals - someone that he wouldn't be afraid to bring home to his parents. - Victoria Justice
  4. You'll never catch a man if you let him think you are too smart. - Anna Held
  5. No woman should ever marry a man who hated his mother. - Martha Gelhorne
  6. It's good to let God pick a man for you. We don't do so well when we pick them ourselves. - Deb Caletti
  7. No one wants perfection. I want a confident, smart guy . . . who doesn't have all the answers. We gals like a guy we can help because, ultimately, we like being needed. - Daniela Ruah
  8. You can't own a human being. . . Suppose you did own him. Could you really love somebody who was absolutely nobody without you? - Toni Morrison
  9. If you have to convince someone to stay with you, then they have already left. - Shannon L. Alder
  10. Man . . . He on your box of grits, in your head, and all over the radio. He try to make you think he everywhere. Soon as you think he everywhere, you think he God. But he ain't. - Alice Walker


Mass Media

  1. Part of having a social media strategy is being smart about whom you follow . . . Figure out who needs to know you exist. - Michelle Phan
  2. On the Internet, everybody has an opinion about everything, but if you're smart, you know when to keep your mouth shut. – Rachel Sklar
  3. Sometimes I listen to songs by very smart writers who assume that the world is a civil place with certain formalities that people follow . . . My own experience tells me that life is not like that. - Suzanne Vega
  4. It is extremely important to be safe, smart, and responsible when it comes to sharing, discussing, and managing your finances online. - Alexa Von Tobel
  5. We need to be smarter than our smart phones and realize the people we are with are . . . way more important than the strangers we hope will tweet and like and share and Instagram whatever we're sending out into the cybersphere. - Regina Brett


Handsome--and Smart

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Children and Youth

  1. Kids are smart. Knowledge is power. Let them figure things out. Don't turn into that grown-up who they won't come to. – Lauren Myracle
  2. Kids are smart: don't underestimate their bull detector. Contemporary kids have access to a lot of information, so don't even try to fool them . . . they pick up every single error. - Isabel Allende
  3. Babies are smart. They can tell the difference between a responsive face and a blank face, wiped clean of emotion. - Madeleine M. Kunin
  4. Show your kids that needs and wants are two different things. The best way to teach our kids to be smart consumers - and savvy savers - is to model good behavior for them.- Jean Chatzky
  5. Pretty isn't the only thing that matters - but all daughters should hear from their moms that they look pretty once in a while. - Meg Cabot
  6. As parents we have to . . . strengthen our children to be comfortable with themselves and also to show empathy and acceptance towards others. - Heather Wilson
  7. I'm a smart girl. There are decisions that I make for reasons, and the most important thing is that my son is happy and he always will be. He's surrounded by love. - Christina Aguilera
  8. Nobody talks about how Puffy went to Howard University or about Lil Wayne attending the University of Houston. All the young kids know is what they see on the videos. They don't realize that these guys have taken managerial and business courses. . . They're very smart. - Yolanda Adams
  9. I'm raising two girls, and I say to them, 'I need you to be strong and soft. You can be smart and beautiful... You can be all of these things.' - Maria Shriver
  10. Maybe we need to re-engage our smart, energetic youth around the world to be farmers and find fresh, green technologies that will feed the world more fresh greens. - Ellen Gustafson


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Ericdierker 7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Certainly good stuff for a man to read. Good wisdom has no gender.


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billybuc 7 months ago from Olympia, WA

I love inspirational quotes....so much wisdom in this article...thank you for sharing, Dora, and Happy Sunday to you.


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Jackie Lynnley 7 months ago from The Beautiful South

Great reading! I think I like the Jennifer Lopez one best! Just trusting your gut feeling. It is important to listen to what others think of course and how can we make a decision without knowing all the choices but then we do have to digest it all and come to our own conclusion.

Fun stuff! Shared.


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sallybea 7 months ago from Norfolk

Ms Dora

Thought provoking article which I read right to the end. I particularly enjoyed and relate to the quote by Michelle Obama. I think I will put myself onto the to do list for this coming week:)


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Stella Kaye 7 months ago

Great collection of quotes. I love the group photos.


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MsDora 7 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, Eric. Hope the men will follow your lead.


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MsDora 7 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, Billy. Glad to share some wisdom; I benefit in the process.


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MsDora 7 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Thank you, Jackie. Jennifer Lopez' quote is in agreement with the idea that we have an innate smartness. I believe it too.


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MsDora 7 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Sally, Michelle's quote is really good for all us. Keep your word, now and don't procrastinate.


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MsDora 7 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Stella, glad you like the quotes and the group photos. They are pictures of my daughter and her friends at her birthday brunch in 2015.


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Blond Logic 7 months ago from Brazil

Hi Dora,

There are many quotes there I haven't read before and also from many people I don't know. Just when I thought they were all going to be empowering ones you have the one by Anna Held about not getting a man if you're too smart.

My mother always told me I would never get a man if I bit my nails. LOL

The quote from Michelle Obama really hit home with me as I am sure it did with many woman. We should be higher up our own to do list.

Wonderful list of quotes.


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MsDora 7 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Mary, I feel good about presenting some quotes that are new to you. Glad they even made you remember some your mother told you. Thanks for your input.


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AliciaC 7 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

You've included some great quotes in this article, Dora. Some of them are very inspirational! Thanks for sharing them.


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Vandana Patel 7 months ago from India

MsDora, thank you for sharing. Each and every woman can relate and connect with this hub.


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ChitrangadaSharan 7 months ago from New Delhi, India

Wow! Lovely article with such wonderful quotes.

'Smart' is a difficult word to define, especially if it is with reference to women. I use this word very often and I believe a woman's beauty is enhanced if she is 'smart'. Beauty with brains, intellect and sharpness while still retaining a compassionate heart is how I would like to think 'smart' means.

I enjoyed going through the inspiring thoughts of these accomplished women that you have mentioned above.

Thanks for sharing this interesting hub!


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MsDora 7 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Alicia, I appreciate your affirmation. Glad you got some inspiration.


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MsDora 7 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Vandana, thanks for your input. I hope the men agree with you. They can learn plenty by reading what and how women think.


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MsDora 7 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Chitrangada, thanks for underscoring how smart really relates to women. Beautiful minds are the real assets.


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DDE 7 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Amazing and so true from a woman's point of view. I voted intelligent. The quotes make me wonder where I fit in that is why I voted intelligent.


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MsDora 7 months ago from The Caribbean Author

DDE, it says much about you that you know your kind of smart immediately. Thanks for your feedback.


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word55 7 months ago from Chicago

Cherishing quotes about being a smart woman. They are all positive. Every woman can be a Queen Bee. Thanks Dora.


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MsDora 7 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Word, I can tell that you have very positive thoughts about women. Thanks for being in our corner.


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FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

Great messages about being strong, clever, self-reliant and confident. I'll take that over pretty any day!


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Faith Reaper 7 months ago from southern USA

Hi MsDora,

Excellent quotes here you have shared from smart and beautiful women.

I particularly identify with the one by Ruzwana Bashir, being I believe it is so important to be our naturally feminine selves no matter how super-successful, smart and effective we are ..not having to dress like a man to be considered smart.

Another one I love is the one by Suzanne Vega about our sense of humor, being kind and our character.

The photo of all the beautiful women is perfect in showing that intelligence and beauty go hand-in-hand.

Blessings always


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Steven Lindquist 7 months ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota United [divided] States of the Americas

as many a thing never read and shared in the communal nature of sirens and listeners to the ears and eyes of other temples than the houses they belong in, truth would be they may go back in time to be the minds they used to be and then just gifted for a time being, you would not want to know all the lives of the whole organism at one time in unison. Or listen to it all in the hum drum melodies of the outside worlds.


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denise.w.anderson 7 months ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

I believe that women are much more attractive when they exude a quiet confidence in themselves and their Creator. It is amazing what happens to us when we connect to the ultimate power source of the universe, and realize our own potential!


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MsDora 7 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Flourish, you and me both. Those qualities you listed benefit us forever. The value of pretty changes.


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MsDora 7 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Faith, you chose some of my favorite quotes. Thanks for your feedback.


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MsDora 7 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Steven, thank you for reading my quotes. Glad to have you among my supporters.


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MsDora 7 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Denise, I couldn't agree more. Thanks for emphasizing that both beauty and intelligence are empowered by our connectedness with God. Relevant reminder.


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suzettenaples 7 months ago from Taos, NM

I enjoyed reading all these quotes about smart women. They are an eccletic mix and some I like better than others. I especially liked the ones about children and youth. We definitely need to make sure young girls embrace their smartness and not just be absorbed with their looks. It is sexy to be smart and intelligent.


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MsDora 7 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Suzette, your last sentence is a great summary of the message in these quotes. Thanks for your valuable input.


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ladyguitarpicker 7 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

I really enjoyed reading your hub. I would have to pick Michelle Obama. We spend more time caring for the rest of the family than our-self. I have had to learn how to put myself higher on the list. Thanks great job, Stella


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MsDora 7 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Stella, thanks for reading and sharing your opinion. Taking care of ourselves is indeed, among the smartest things women can do.


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Frank Atanacio 7 months ago from Shelton

MsDora thanks for sharing love the theme and the quotes.. I too will go with Michelle Obama.. a wonderful read this rainy afternoon


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MsDora 7 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Frank, hope you enjoyed the rain; here, we're longing for it. I appreciate the encouraging comment.


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rajan jolly 7 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

I like Michelle Obama's thoughts and it really shows in the way she carries herself. It really is necessary for women to take care of themselves first and the rest follows.


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MsDora 7 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Rajan, many of my readers agree with you. Thanks for weighing in on thoughts women (and obviously men) think about.


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lifegate 7 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Hi MsDora,

All good quotes along with s generous serving of wisdom. Thanks for all you do!


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MsDora 7 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Bill, you are always so encouraging. I appreciate you!


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swalia 6 months ago

Great collection of quotes...Thanks for sharing!


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MsDora 6 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, Swalia. Women are among my favorite topics and quotes about them being smart interest me.


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aviannovice 6 months ago from Stillwater, OK

If we could pre-package everything stated here, we'd be turning out much more empathetic and decision making individuals not in fear of stepping on the toes of others.


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MsDora 6 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Deb,we may just have to revisit the quotes occasionally to remind ourselves. Thanks for your input.


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newjerusalem 6 months ago from India

Great Quotes for men and women. Inspiring...


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MsDora 6 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, Victor. True, men also can be inspired by the types of women who live by these quotes.


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newjerusalem 6 months ago from India

If you have to convince someone to stay with you, then they have already left. - Shannon L. Alder

I think this quote has much to say regarding the crisis in relationships.


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MsDora 6 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks again, Victor. That quote has great significance for me, too.


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manatita44 6 months ago from london

Nice one, Dee. Some really great quotes!


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MsDora 6 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Manitata, so glad that you like the quotes. I think that it helps to hear from the women what they think about themselves.


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bravewarrior 6 months ago from Central Florida

These are wonderfully uplifting, Dora.


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MsDora 6 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks Shauna. I think we need a morale boost every now and then.


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AudreyHowitt 5 months ago from California

So thoughtfully done!


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MsDora 5 months ago from The Caribbean Author

I appreciate you, Audrey. Thanks for your encouragement.


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Nell Rose 5 months ago from England

Totally uplifting and amazing too! wonderfully put!


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MsDora 5 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Nell, glad you like it. So many wonderful things to think about women!


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Kyriaki Chatzi 5 months ago from Greece

Great hub!! And totally true...


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MsDora 5 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, Kyriaki. Pleased that you believe in the power of these quotes by women about women.


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Rangoon House 3 months ago from Australia

So many of these quotes are instructive and inspiring. I wish I could pick a favourite, but there is a good dose of wisdom and relativity in them all.


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MsDora 3 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks Ragoon. There's much more where these came from; glad to share a few.

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