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Inspirational and Empowering Quotes For Women (And Some Funny Ones Too!)

Updated on October 9, 2011

Inspirational Quotes for Women

A woman is like a tea bag: you cannot tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

Women are never stronger than when they arm themselves with their weaknesses. ~Marie de Vichy-Chamrond

Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult. ~Charlotte Whitton

Feminism's agenda is basic: It asks that women not be forced to 'choose' between public justice and private happiness. ~Susan Faludi

A woman can say more in a sigh than a man can say in a sermon. ~Arnold Haultain

Being a woman is a terribly difficult task, since it consists principally of dealing with men. ~Joseph Conrad

Women really do rule the world. They just haven't figured it out yet. When they do, and they will, we're all in big big trouble. ~Doctor Leon

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

In politics if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman. ~Margaret Thatcher

Woman must not accept; she must challenge. She must not be awed by that which has been built up around her; she must reverence that woman in her which struggles for expression. ~Margaret Sanger

Women speak two languages - one of which is verbal. ~William Shakespeare

I would rather trust a woman's instinct than a man's reason. ~Stanley Baldwin

One is not born a woman, one becomes one. ~Simone de Beauvoir

The supply of good women far exceeds that of the men who deserve them. ~Robert Graves

Women are afraid of mice and of murder, and of very little in between. ~Mignon McLaughlin

A woman who cannot be ugly is not beautiful. ~Karl Kraus

If women didn't exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning. ~Aristotle Onassis

Funny Quotes About Women

It is only rarely that one can see in a little boy the promise of a man, but one can almost always see in a little girl the threat of a woman. ~Alexandre Dumas

If a girl looks swell when she meets you, who gives a damn if she's late? ~J.D. Salinger

The man's desire is for the woman; but the woman's desire is rarely other than for the desire of the man. ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge

No woman wants to see herself too clearly. ~Mignon McLaughlin

I should like to know what is the proper function of women, if it is not to make reasons for husbands to stay at home, and still stronger reasons for bachelors to go out. ~George Eliot

Men look at themselves in mirrors. Women look for themselves. ~Elissa Melamed

Let us leave the beautiful women to men with no imagination. ~Marcel Proust

A woman's whole life is a history of the affections. ~Washington Irving

How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being? ~Oscar Wilde

There are three things men can do with women: love them, suffer for them, or turn them into literature. ~Stephen Stills

It is because of men that women dislike one another. ~Jean de La Bruyère

It's the good girls who keep the diaries; the bad girls never have the time. ~Tallulah Bankhead

Once a woman has given you her heart, you can never get rid of the rest of her. ~John Vanbrugh

Being a woman is of special interest only to aspiring male transsexuals. To actual women, it is simply a good excuse not to play football. ~Fran Lebowitz

Woman's virtue is man's greatest invention. ~Cornelia Otis Skinner

Nature has given women so much power that the law has very wisely given them little. ~Samuel Johnson

A man is as good as he has to be, and a woman is as bad as she dares. ~Elbert Hubbard

I hate women because they always know where things are. ~Voltaire

Fighting is essentially a masculine idea; a woman's weapon is her tongue. ~Hermione Gingold

No matter how happily a woman may be married, it always pleases her to discover that there is a nice man who wishes that she were not. ~H.L. Mencken

When women are depressed, they eat or go shopping. Men invade another country. It's a whole different way of thinking. ~Elayne Boosler

Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood. ~Oscar Wilde

A man falls in love through his eyes, a woman through her ears. ~Woodrow Wyatt

Next to the wound, what women make best is the bandage. ~Jules Barbey d'Aurevilley

Most women set out to try to change a man, and when they have changed him, they don't like him. ~Marlene Dietrich

If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant's life, she will choose to save the infant's life without even considering if there are men on base. ~Dave Barry

Women cannot complain about men anymore until they start getting better taste in them. ~Bill Maher

A pessimist is a man who thinks all women are bad. An optimist is a man who hopes they are. ~Chauncey Mitchell Depew

The rarest thing in the world is a woman who is pleased with photographs of herself. ~Elizabeth Metcalf

A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is her work of fiction. ~Oscar Wilde

Whether they give or refuse, it delights women just the same to have been asked. ~Ovid

Ah, women. They make the highs higher and the lows more frequent. ~Friedrich Nietzsche

I expect Woman will be the last thing civilized by Man. ~George Meredith

Men who don't like girls with brains don't like girls. ~Mignon McLaughlin

Women keep a special corner of their hearts for sins they have never committed. ~Cornelia Otis Skinner

Every woman is wrong until she cries, and then she is right - instantly. ~Sam Slick

I have an idea that the phrase "weaker sex" was coined by some woman to disarm some man she was preparing to overwhelm. ~Ogden Nash

Women dress alike all over the world: they dress to be annoying to other women. ~Elsa Schiaparelli

Women complain about premenstrual syndrome, but I think of it as the only time of the month I can be myself. ~Roseanne


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    • cbpoet profile image


      9 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Inspirational. One of my favorite things to do is collect quotes.. These are unique. Thanks for sharing

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      Incredibly Irritated by this List. 

      9 years ago

      I cannot think of anything less inspirational than Simone de Beauvoir's quote "One is not born a woman, one becomes one". If you actually read her book "The Second Sex" from which this quote comes, her point is that society, not nature, teaches women to behave in ways benefiting male chauvinism and to support patriarchy - to be always the 'second sex'. This is what the quote means. It does not mean anything ennobling. Simone de Beauvoir wrote this line to critique women's place in society and to try to undermine patriarchy, and teach women how to stand up for themselves. I think she would turn in her grave if she found out that women were actually being 'inspired' by this. It's one of the most damning things she could say about our society.

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      9 years ago

      Women have never been seen by menfolk with proper understanding. One need not to say : no women ,no men .

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      9 years ago

      its supposed to mean that women are more powerful than men when they compare them . not to insult them . only one of the quotes i found offensive was the one saying women hate each other because of men . no - we hate each other because of other reasons . not just men .

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      9 years ago

      Does anyone find it bothersome that most of these quotes are ment to inspire women but they constantly are comparing us to men?

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      Maddie Ruud 

      9 years ago from Oakland, CA


      Any time you have quotes about a particular group, you are going to have some stereotyping, since all women are (of course) individuals. I included some like the Oscar Wilde quote, because I think that when taken with a grain of salt, they're amusing and can help us look at ourselves with a little more humor.

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      palak sharma 

      9 years ago

      east or west womens r the best

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      9 years ago

      I needed a boost today en I got one,thank you.

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      Saad Ahmed 

      9 years ago

      funny,inspiring at all .I Enjoyed reading em.

      "gud time pass"

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      9 years ago

      I find most of these quotes insulting and outdated ideas! I was looking for inspirational quotes about women, and instead of feeling positive I'm angry at the stupid stereotypes about cattiness, looks, women vs. men, intelligence, and in genereal very sexist

      how could you even think of including quotes like this:"How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being? ~Oscar Wilde"

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      9 years ago

      I just loved this!

      Thank you!



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      9 years ago

      verily verily some so real.

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      9 years ago

      i find some quotes very insulting for women. really! it seems like those quotes are showing that women are just dumb human beings who only knows how to seduce men. where's the female empowerment in that when women are just used as sex objects?!

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      Dawna Johnson 

      9 years ago

      The tea bag quote is Eleanor Roosevelt, not Nancy Reagan.. probably used the quote because they stayed in the same house. (:

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      10 years ago from Ghana

      Interesting quotes on womanhood

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      10 years ago

      Thank You :)

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      11 years ago

      Thanks I needed a boost and a laugh today

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      Bruce Elkin 

      12 years ago from Victoria, BC Canada

      THanks for this one, too, Maddie. In my weekly newsletter, I always include 4 or 5 "quotable quotes" and I try to have a balance of quotes from men and women. The big quote sites are predominanly male-dominated, and my readers are predominatly female. So I've booked marked this baby, and will be drawing upon it in the weeks to come. Much appreciated!

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      12 years ago

      Extra ordinary hub! I've noticed a common thread in all of the qoutes and that is they all speak about the duality of women.

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      Angel of Life 

      12 years ago

      Fun and fascinating hub.

      Nicely done!!

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      12 years ago

      Great hub. Very interesting quotes. You should do men quotes next.

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      13 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Great quotes

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      13 years ago

      Great hub! I needed a boost and I just came across your page. Thanks for the great girl-power stuff! Debra

      By the way, definite thumbs up!

    • lilmizmoore profile image


      13 years ago from Portage

      What an interesting hub! i enjoyed browsing through these quotes!



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