Witty Words from Wise Women


"Today is the first day of the rest of your life" is a bit portentous; I prefer to wake up to five-card-draw poker.  Each morning, a new hand; some days, junk; some days, a full house; and every day, the challenge of playing that hand to win.

                                                                                                            -Wendy Reid Crisp

Laugh at yourself first, before anyone else can.

                                                                                                            -Elsa Maxwell

We can do anything we want to do if we stick with it long enough.

                                                                                                            -Helen Keller

I began wearing hats as a young lawyer because it helped me to establish my professional identity.  Before that, whenever I was at a meeting, someone would ask me to get the coffee - they assumed I was a secretary.

                                                                                                            -Bella Abzug

In order to have great happiness, you have to have great pain and unhappiness - otherwise how would you know when you're happy?

                                                                                                           -Leslie Caron

They say getting thin is the best revenge.  Success is much better.

                                                                                                           -Oprah Winfrey

The cock may crow, but it's the hen that lays the eggs.

                                                                                                             -Margaret Thatcher

Life is easier to take than you'd think; all that is necessary is to accept the impossible, do without the indispensable, and bear the intolerable.

                                                                                                             -Kathleen Norris

Women want men, careers, money, children, friends, luxury, comfort, independence, freedom, respect, love, and a three-dollar panty hose that won't run.

                                                                                                             -Phyllis Diller

Behind every successful woman . . . is a basket of dirty laundry.

                                                                                                             -Sally Forth

The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness.  Think of your three best friends.  If they are okay, then it's you.

                                                                                                             -Rita Mae Brown

Instead of thinking about where you are, think about where you want to be.  It takes twenty years of hard work to become an overnight success.

                                                                                                              -Diana Rankin

I'm not offended by all the dumb BLONDE jokes because I know I'm not dumb....  and I also know that I'm not blonde.

                                                                                                              -Dolly Parton

Remember, the greatest gift is not found in a store nor under a tree, but in the hearts of true friends.

                                                                                                               -Cindy Lew

I always wanted to be somebody, but I should have been  more specific.

                                                                                                                -Lilly Tomlin

A chicken doesn't stop scratching just because worms are scarce.


Set your goals high and don't let anybody tell you no.

                                                                                                                -Muriel Siebert

Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself.  You must be able to sustain yourself against staggering blows.  There is no code of conduct to help beginners.  That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive, go much further than people with vastly superior talent.

                                                                                                                -Sophia Loren

A friend is someone you can be alone with and have nothing to do and not be able to think of anything to say and be comfortable in the silence.

                                                                                                                -Sheryl Condie

I have become my own version of an optimist.  If I can't make it through one door, I'll go through another door-or I'll make a door.  Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.

                                                                                                                 -Joan Rivers

Men are taught to apologize for their weaknesses, women for their strengths.

                                                                                                                 -Lois Wyse

I think that women making no apology for being women is very refreshing.

                                                                                                                  -Drew Brrymore

A man's got to do what a man's got to do.  A woman must do what he can't.                  

                                                                                                                  -Rhonda Hansome

Women are having to do way too much.  They are multitasking, working long hours, and they are still responsible for most of what happens with the family; they are caregivers, best friends, listeners; they are amazing, amazing people.

                                                                                                                   -Dawn Tarnofsky-Ostroff

You need not feel guilty about not being able to keep your life perfectly balanced.  Juggling everything is too difficult.  All you really need to do is catch it before it hits the floor!

                                                                                                                    -Carol Bartz

Develop confidence in yourself and act as if you have it until you do.

                                                                                                                  -Barbara Krouse

Goals are dreams with deadlines.

                                                                                                                  -Diana Scharf Hunt

Never fear shadows.  They simply mean there's a light shining somewhere nearby.

                                                                                                                  -Ruth E. Renkel




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