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Anonymous

  • I may be good for nothing, but I'm never bad for nothing!

    • Anonymous,
    • a "call girl" named Ginny, in Sydney Biddle Barrows, Mayflower Madam: The Secret Life of Sydney Biddle Barrows ()
  • [On writer George Moore:] Some men kiss and tell, but Mr. Moore tells but does not kiss.

    • Anonymous,
    • in Susan L. Mitchell, George Moore ()
  • A fundamental feminist principle is that the means are the ends; that how we do something is what we get.

    • Anonymous,
    • 1977, in Sonia Johnson, Wildfire ()
  • Sweeping and scrubbing can / wait 'til tomorrow, / Babies grow up, we've / learned to our sorrow. / So quiet down cobwebs, / dust go to sleep, / I'm rocking my baby, / And babies don't keep!

    • Anonymous,
    • in Mother Warriors Voice ()
  • ... I'm not really sure which parts of myself are real and which parts are things I've gotten from books.

    • Anonymous,
    • in Beatrice Sparks, Go Ask Alice ()
  • Any one who has desperately needed to come home knows what a tremendous feeling it is to be lying in his own bed!

    • Anonymous,
    • in Beatrice Sparks, Go Ask Alice ()
  • What I'm working for is the day when a mediocre woman can get as far as a mediocre man.

    • Anonymous,
    • in Caroline Bird, Born Female ()
  • [Operator to a would-be caller during a telephone strike in France:] Love is not an emergency.

    • Anonymous,
    • in Simone de Beauvoir, Force of Circumstance ()
  • Bigamy is having one husband too many. Monogamy is the same.

    • Anonymous,
    • in Erica Jong, Fear of Flying ()
  • Natural law is only whatever happens in your lifetime within fifty miles of you.

    • Anonymous,
    • in Jane O'Reilly, The Girl I Left Behind ()
  • Disarm rapists.

    • Anonymous,
    • feminist button, in Toni Carabillo, Judith Meuli, and June Bundy Csida, eds., Feminist Chronicles 1953-1993 ()
  • I'm so used to feeling guilty that I blame myself for the weather some days.

    • Anonymous,
    • in Carol Evans, This Is How We Do It ()
  • I am not my body. I am not my work or my role. I am not my gender. I am not my nationality. I am not a human being ... I am a spiritual being having a human experience.

    • Anonymous,
    • in Christina Baldwin, Life's Companion ()
  • Eve was framed.

    • Anonymous,
    • in Mary Daly, Wickedary ()
  • When I retired, I found I had not enough money and too much husband.

    • Anonymous,
    • in Helen Foster, It's Hard to Look Graceful When You're Dragging Your Feet ()
  • [On the chances of finding a good man in Alaska:] Well, the odds are good, but the goods are odd.

    • Anonymous,
    • in Mardy Grothe, Never Let a Fool Kiss You or a Kiss Fool You ()
  • A pedestal is as much a prison as any other small space.

    • Anonymous,
    • in Gloria Steinem, Moving Beyond Words ()
  • A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between her work and her play, her labor and her leisure, her mind and her body, her education and her recreation. She hardly knows which is which. She simply pursues her vision of excellence through whatever she is doing and leaves others to determine whether she is working or playing. To herself she always seems to be doing both.

    • Anonymous,
    • in Sophy Burnham, For Writers Only ()
  • Nothing is easier than to make a friend of the vain — nor an enemy.

    • Anonymous,
    • in Gertrude Atherton, Adventures of a Novelist ()
  • I alone can do it. But I can't do it alone.

    • Anonymous,
    • in Karen Casey, A Woman's Spirit ()
  • Between 50 and 60, sex is out there. If you want it, you can connect. After 60, you have to supply the sled, the snow and the dog team.

    • Anonymous,
    • in Helen Gurley Brown, "Don't Give Up on Sex After 60," Newsweek ()
  • I am writing you because I have nothing to do; and I'm quitting here because I have nothing to tell you.

    • Anonymous,
    • 1789, in W.S. Lewis, ed., Horace Walpole's Correspondance, vol. 11 ()
  • As an empowerer, I really think that the highs for me have been making people do things they could never do before. Giving them the confidence and the criticism and the help and the ideas, and sharing my chutzpah, the chutzpah I was born with, and making them have it, too. So that's the empowerment.

    • Anonymous,
    • in Helen S. Astin and Carole Leland, Women of Influence, Women of Vision: A Cross-Generational Study of Leaders and Social Change ()
  • Make only those mistakes that you really enjoy.

    • Anonymous,
    • in Colette, "Visits" (1928), Journey for Myself ()
  • I have enough money to last me the rest of my life, unless I buy something.

    • Anonymous,
    • in Hanna Holborn Gray, Christian Science Monitor ()
  • [Employee's reaction on hearing that the energetic and vociferous Miss Arden had died:] But it's so unlike her!

    • Anonymous,
    • 1966, in Alfred Allan Lewis and Constance Woodworth, Miss Elizabeth Arden ()
  • Don't iron while the strike is hot.

    • Anonymous,
    • Women's Equality Day slogan (1970), in Louise Bernikow, The American Women's Almanac ()
  • I saw God last night. Really? What's he like? Well, he's a woman and she's black!

    • Anonymous,
    • in Constance M. Carroll, "Three's a Crowd," in Gloria T. Hull, Patricia Bell Scott, and Barbara Smith, eds., All the Women Are White, All the Blacks Are Men, But Some of Us Are Brave ()
  • Husbands is the most undiscovered nation of people there is.

    • Anonymous,
    • in Dorothy Dix, Dorothy Dix--Her Book ()
  • A religious person should have three bones — a wishbone for high ideals, a backbone for good resolutions, and a funny bone for ups and downs.

    • Anonymous,
    • in Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, Eyes Open on a World ()
  • If you think equality is the goal ... your standards are too low.

    • Anonymous,
    • feminist T-shirt, in Barbara Ehrenreich, "Sorry, Sisters, This Is Not the Revolution," The Snarling Citizen ()
  • Women are an oppressed class. Our oppression is total, affecting every facet of our lives. We are exploited as sex objects, breeders, domestic servants, and cheap labor. We are considered inferior beings, whose only purpose is to enhance men's lives. Our humanity is denied. Our prescribed behavior is enforced by the threat of physical violence. Because we have lived so intimately with our oppressors, in isolation from each other, we have been kept from seeing our personal suffering as a political condition. This creates the illusion that a woman's relationship with her man is a matter of interplay between two unique personalities, and can be worked out individually. In reality, every such relationship is a class relationship, and the conflicts between individual men and women are political conflicts that can only be solved collectively.

    • Anonymous,
    • in Redstockings Manifesto ()
  • We identify with all women. We define our best interest as that of the poorest, most brutally exploited woman. We repudiate all economic, racial, educational or status privileges that divide us from other women. We are determined to recognize and eliminate any prejudices we may hold against other women. We are committed to achieving internal democracy. We will do whatever is necessary to ensure that every woman in our movement has an equal chance to participate, assume responsibility, and develop her political potential.

    • Anonymous,
    • in Redstockings Manifesto ()
  • The time for individual skirmishes has passed. This time we are going all the way.

    • Anonymous,
    • in Redstockings Manifesto ()
  • [Letter found in 1998, lying on the mummified body of Eung-Tae Lee, a 30-year-old Korean man who died in 1586:] To Won's Father: You always said, 'Dear, let's live together until our hair turns gray and die on the same day.' How could you pass away without me? Who should I and our little boy listen to and how should we live? How could you go ahead of me? How did you bring your heart to me and how did I bring my heart to you? Whenever we lay down together you always told me, 'Dear, do other people cherish and love each other like we do? Are they really like us?' How could you leave all that behind and go ahead of me? I just cannot live without you. I just want to go to you. Please take me to where you are. My feelings toward you I cannot forget in this world and my sorrow knows no limit. ... When I give birth to the child in me, who should it call father? Can anyone fathom how I feel? There is no tragedy like this under the sky. You are just in another place, and not in such a deep grief as I am. ... Come to me secretly and show yourself. There is no limit to what I want to say and I stop here.

    • Anonymous,
    • letter ()
  • Now that you have touched the women, you have struck a rock, you have dislodged a boulder, and you will be crushed.

    • Anonymous,
    • South African chant used in the campaign against the pass laws (1956), in Angela Davis, Women, Culture & Politics ()
  • If my dog were a man, he'd be hot.

    • Anonymous,
    • woman overheard on her cellphone, in West Magazine ()
  • How to tell a businessman from a businesswoman: A businessman is aggressive; a businesswoman is pushy. A businessman is good on details; she's picky. He loses his temper at times because he's so involved in his work; she's bitchy. He knows how to follow through; she doesn't know when to quit. He stands firm; she's hard. He's a man of the world; she's been around. He isn't afraid to say what he thinks; she's mouthy. He drinks martinis because of excessive job pressures; she's a lush. He exercises authority diligently; she's power mad. He's climbed the ladder of success; she's slept her way to the top. He's a stern taskmaster; she's hard to work for!

    • Anonymous,
    • in Marilyn Loden, Feminine Leadership ()
  • [On how to be a successful host:] When your guests arrive say, 'At last!' And when they leave say, 'So soon!'

    • Anonymous,
    • in Henry O. Dormann, ed., The Speaker's Book of Quotations ()
  • God is life itself to us — the air, the bread, and the blood of the soul. No one can live without, at every moment, drawing upon Him, however unconscious they may be that they are.

    • Anonymous,
    • in Sir Francis Younghusband, Modern Mystics ()
  • Ecstasies inspire and awaken the soul; they convince the mind absolutely of the existence of another form of living.

    • Anonymous,
    • in Sir Francis Younghusband, Modern Mystics ()
  • Sir, you have just insulted a woman. This card has been chemically treated. Your penis will fall off in three days.

    • Anonymous,
    • business card to be handed to male chauvinists, in Judianne Densen-Gerber, Walk in My Shoes ()
  • The truly free woman is one who knows how to decline a dinner invitation without giving an excuse.

    • Anonymous
  • Mortal love is but the licking of honey from thorns.

    • Anonymous,
    • woman at the court of Eleanor of Aquitaine (1198), in Helen Lawrenson, Whistling Girl ()
  • Don't Preach. Don't Patronize.

    • Anonymous,
    • slogan of the woman-run Americanization Committee that helped immigrants adjust to American life, in Woman Citizen ()
  • These aren't hot flashes, they're power surges.

    • Anonymous,
    • in Ellen Goodman, syndicated column ()
  • Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out, replacement parts hanging by a mere thread, and screaming: 'Woo Hoo!! What a ride!!!'

    • Anonymous
  • When people ask me why I don't get married, I tell them I can't mate in captivity.

    • Anonymous,
    • originally said by a stand-up comic named Shirley, according to Gloria Steinem, personal communication ()
  • One can no more have trout than fame or riches without some accompanying disadvantages.

    • Anonymous,
    • "Woman's Hour Has Struck" (1890), in Holly Morris, ed., Uncommon Waters: Women Write About Fishing ()
  • The personal is political.

    • Anonymous,
    • women's movement theme, 1970s, in Evelyn Shapiro and Barry M. Shapiro, The Women Say/The Men Say ()
  • We want bread and roses too.

    • Anonymous,
    • slogan of Massachusetts women strikers ()
  • Am I not a woman and a sister?

    • Anonymous,
    • logo for "Ladies Department," The Liberator (1831) and motto on anti-slavery coin ()
  • I'm proud to be a hillbilly. ... Some of the proudest people in this country are poor people.

    • Anonymous,
    • woman named Donna, in Kathy Kahn, ed., Hillbilly Women ()
  • Quite the worst epithet the mind of the radical can conjure up, in castigation for the less radical, quite the smelliest rose of yesterday he can pin on you, is 'bourgeois.' To be neither very conservative nor very radical, to be plain every-day, middle-class average, is to be just too awful for language, take it from the radical who is one degree more so than the last one.

    • Anonymous,
    • "A Bourgeois Movement," in Woman Citizen ()
  • Now that you have touched the women, you have struck a rock, you have dislodged a boulder, and you will be crushed.

    • Anonymous,
    • South African chant used in the campaign against the pass laws (1956), in Angela Davis, Women, Culture & Politics ()
  • Sure, now ivery child knows what's guvermint. It's half a dozen gintlemen an' the loike maybe, that meets an' thinks what's best fer thimsilves, an' thin says that's best fer us — an' that's guvermint.

    • Anonymous,
    • Civil War widow, in Gerald F. Lieberman, ed., 3,500 Good Quotes for Speakers ()
  • A little coitus wouldn't hoitus.

    • Anonymous,
    • graffiti from women's restroom, in Ms. ()
  • Educate a woman and you educate a family.

    • Anonymous,
    • slogan used by La Liga Femenil Mexicanista ()
  • Of all the labor-saving devices ever invented for women, none has ever been so popular as the devoted male.

    • Anonymous,
    • Ladies' Home Journal, in Elizabeth Hawes, Anything But Love ()
  • [Life] was mighty easy for the men and horses, but death on cattle and women.

    • Anonymous,
    • Iowa woman during the westward expansion, in Robin Morgan, Sisterhood Is Forever ()
  • I don't read. Reading makes you think, and thinking gives you wrinkles.

    • Anonymous,
    • model overheard in a talent agency in Beverly Hills, in West Magazine ()
  • Dear Mother: I'm all right. Stop worrying about me.

    • Anonymous,
    • papyrus letter of 17-year-old Egyptian girl at the Metropolitan Museum of Art ()
  • Poetry is eating all my problems.

    • Anonymous,
    • fourth-grade girl, in Naomi Shihab Nye, O: The Oprah Magazine ()
  • Touch is part of my way of being in the world, and when I'm not able to touch and be touched, I feel very deprived.

    • Anonymous,
    • woman named Evelyn, in Lillian B. Rubin, Erotic Wars ()
  • [Upon being asked when sexual jealousy ends:] Why ask me, how should I know, I'm only eighty-five.

    • Anonymous,
    • in Barbara Grizzuti Harrison, Italian Days ()
  • Women hold up half the sky.

    • Anonymous,
    • Chinese proverb, in Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide ()
  • What man calls conversion is often only the discovery of the Great Friend. What man calls religion is the knowledge of the Great Friend. What man calls holiness is the imitation of the Great Friend.

    • Anonymous,
    • two anonymous women who wrote the book, in A.J. Russell, ed., God Calling ()
  • Abundance is God's Supply. Turn out all limited thoughts. Receive showers and in your turn — shower.

    • Anonymous,
    • two anonymous women who wrote the book, in A.J. Russell, ed., God Calling ()
  • Only within burns the fire I kindle. / My heart the altar. / My heart the altar.

    • Anonymous,
    • Buddhist nun in Barbara de Angelis, Real Moments ()
  • [United States:] ... a country that has arrived at decadence without passing through maturity.

    • Anonymous,
    • in Ms. ()
  • I have a boa constrictor. ... Once a month I go to a dissection lab on campus to get frozen mice to feed my boa constrictor. But this month, there was a new professor in charge, and he said to me, 'I can't give you frozen mice. If I give you frozen mice, everyone will want frozen mice.

    • Anonymous,
    • in Gloria Steinem, My Life on the Road ()
  • Honey, if men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament!

    • Anonymous,
    • early 1970s, Irish female cab driver to Gloria and Flo Kennedy, in Gloria Steinem, My Life on the Road ()
  • [On her wedding expenses:] How many homeless people would this feed? Of how many countries does this exceed the gross domestic product?

    • Anonymous,
    • in Rebecca Mead, One Perfect Day: The Selling of the American Wedding ()

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