An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





The sadness of the women's movement is that they don't allow the necessity of love. See, I don't personally trust any revolution where love is not allowed.


Maya Angelou (1928-, African-American poet, writer, performer)

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The true Republic: men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less.


Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906, American social reformer and women's suffrage leader)


Women get more unhappy the more they try to liberate themselves.


Brigitte Bardot (1934-, French actress)


When an individual is kept in a situation of inferiority, the fact is that he does become inferior.


Simone De Beauvoir (1908-1986, French novelist, essayist)


Feminism is an entire world view or gestalt, not just a laundry list of women's issues.


Charlotte Bunch


A good part -- and definitely the most fun part -- of being a feminist is about frightening men.


Julie Burchill (British journalist, writer)


The freedom that women were supposed to have found in the Sixties largely boiled down to easy contraception and abortion; things to make life easier for men, in fact.


Julie Burchill (British journalist, writer)


Just because we're sisters under the skin doesn't mean we've got much in common.


Angela Carter (1940-1992, British author)


Let us rise in the moral power of womanhood; and give utterance to the voice of outraged mercy, and insulted justice, and eternal truth, and mighty love and holy freedom.


Maria Weston Chapman


One of the reasons for the failure of feminism to dislodge deeply held perceptions of male and female behavior was its insistence that women were victims, and men powerful patriarchs, which made a travesty of ordinary people's experience of the mutual interdependence of men and women.


Rosalind Coward


The embattled gates to equal rights indeed opened up for modern women, but I sometimes think to myself: "That is not what I meant by freedom -- it is only social progress. "


Helene Deutsch (1884-1982, American psychiatrist)


Feminism is hated because women are hated. Anti-feminism is a direct expression of misogyny; it is the political defense of women hating.


Andrea Dworkin (1946-, American feminist critic)


Feminism is hated because women are hated. Anti-feminism is a direct expression of misogyny; it is the political defense of women hating.


Andrea Dworkin (1946-, American feminist critic)


Men who want to support women in our struggle for freedom and justice should understand that it is not terrifically important to us that they learn to cry; it is important to us that they stop the crimes of violence against us.


Andrea Dworkin (1946-, American feminist critic)


I hate discussions of feminism that end up with who does the dishes, she said. So do I. But at the end, there are always the damned dishes.


Marilyn French (1929-, American author, critic)


Surely women's liberation is a most unpromising panacea. But the movement is working politically, because our sexuality is so confused, our masculinity so uncertain, and our families so beleaguered that no one knows what they are for or how they are sustained.


George Gilder (American economist and author)


Merely external emancipation has made of the modern woman an artificial being. Now, woman is confronted with the necessity of emancipating herself from emancipation, if she really desires to be free.


Emma Goldman (1869-1940, American anarchist)


I didn't fight to get women out from behind vacuum cleaners but to get them onto the board of Hoover.


Germaine Greer (1939-, Australian feminist writer)


The sight of women talking together has always made men uneasy; nowadays it means rank subversion.


Germaine Greer (1939-, Australian feminist writer)


There has come into existence, chiefly in America, a breed of men who claim to be feminists. They imagine that they have understood "what women want" and that they are capable of giving it to them. They help with the dishes at home and make their own coffee in the office, basking the while in the refulgent consciousness of virtue. Such men are apt to think of the true male feminists as utterly chauvinistic.


Germaine Greer (1939-, Australian feminist writer)


Women's liberation, if it abolishes the patriarchal family, will abolish a necessary substructure of the authoritarian state, and once that withers away Marx will have come true willy-nilly, so let's get on with it.


Germaine Greer (1939-, Australian feminist writer)


Thou art blind to the danger of marrying a woman who feels and acts out the principle of equal rights.


Angelina Grimke (1805-1879, American abolitionist, feminist)


Movements born in hatred very quickly take on the characteristics of the thing they oppose.


J. S. Habgood (1927-, British ecclesiastic, archbishop of York)


I am blackly bored when they are at large and at work; but somehow I am still more blackly bored when they are shut up in Holloway and we are deprived of them.


Henry James (1843-1916, American author)


The modern woman is the curse of the universe. A disaster, that's what. She thinks that before her arrival on the scene no woman ever did anything worthwhile before, no woman was ever liberated until her time, no woman really ever amounted to anything.


Adela Rogers St. Johns


I am a feminist, and what that means to me is much the same as the meaning of the fact that I am Black: it means that I must undertake to love myself and to respect myself as though my very life depends upon self-love and self-respect.


June Jordan (1939-, American poet, civil rights activist)


I became a feminist as an alternative to becoming a masochist.


Sally Kempton


Women's liberation is the liberation of the feminine in the man and the masculine in the woman.


Sister Corita Kent


The emancipation of women is practically the greatest egoistic movement of the nineteenth century, and the most intense affirmation of the right of the self that history has yet seen.


Ellen Key (1849-1926, Swedish author, feminist)


Feminism was recognized by the average man as a conflict in which it was impossible for a man, as a chivalrous gentleman, as a respecter of the rights of little nations (like little Belgium), as a highly evolved citizen of a highly civilized community, to refuse the claim of this better half to self-determination.


Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957, British author, painter)


Feminism was recognized by the average man as a conflict in which it was impossible for a man, as a chivalrous gentleman, as a respecter of the rights of little nations (like little Belgium), as a highly evolved citizen of a highly civilized community, to refuse the claim of this better half to self-determination.


Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957, British author, painter)


The people I'm furious with are the Women's Liberationists. They keep getting up on soapboxes and proclaiming women are brighter than men. That's true, but it should be kept quiet or it ruins the whole racket.


Anita Loos (1893-1981, American novelist, screenwriter)


The suffering of either sex -- of the male who is unable, because of the way in which he was reared, to take the strong initiating or patriarchal role that is still demanded of him, or of the female who has been given too much freedom of movement as a child to stay placidly within the house as an adult -- this suffering, this discrepancy, this sense of failure in an enjoined role, is the point of leverage for social change.


Margaret Mead (1901-1978, American anthropologist)


Women's Liberation is just a lot of foolishness. It's the men who are discriminated against. They can't bear children. And no one's likely to do anything about that.


Golda Meir (1898-1978, Israeli Prime Minister, 1969-74)


The most important thing women have to do is to stir up the zeal of women themselves.


John Stuart Mill (1806-1873, British philosopher, economist)


Everything in woman hath a solution. It is called pregnancy.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


We need a new kind of feminism, one that stresses personal responsibility and is open to art and sex in all their dark, unconsoling mysteries. The feminist of the fin de siecle will be bawdy, streetwise, and on-the-spot confrontational, in the prankish Sixties way.


Camille Paglia (1947-, American author, critic, educator)


The vote means nothing to women. We should be armed.


Edna O'Brien


The emancipation of today displays itself mainly in cigarettes and shorts. There is even a reaction from the ideal of an intellectual and emancipated womanhood, for which the pioneers toiled and suffered, to be seen in painted lips and nails, and the return of trailing skirts and other absurdities of dress which betoken the slave -- woman's intelligent companionship.


Sylvia Pankhurst


I wanted to be the first woman to burn her bra, but it would have taken the fire department four days to put it out.


Dolly Parton (1946-, American musician, country singer, actress, songwriter)


Men now monopolize the upper levels… depriving women of their rightful share of opportunities for incompetence.


Laurence J. Peter


There must be a world revolution which puts an end to all materialistic conditions hindering woman from performing her natural role in life and driving her to carry out man's duties in order to be equal in rights.


Muhammar Qaddafi (1942-, Libyan political and military leader)


The connections between and among women are the most feared, the most problematic, and the most potentially transforming force on the planet.


Adrienne Rich (1929-, American poet)


Feminism is a political mistake. Feminism is a mistake made by women's intellect, a mistake which her instinct will recognize.


Valentine De Saint-Point


Feminism is doomed to failure because it is based on an attempt to repeal and restructure human nature.


Phyllis Schlafly (1924-, American author and political activist)


Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.


Socrates (BC 469-399, Greek philosopher of Athens)


Whether we regard the Women's Liberation movement as a serious threat, a passing convulsion, or a fashionable idiocy, it is a movement that mounts an attack on practically everything that women value today and introduces the language and sentiments of political confrontation into the area of personal relationships.


Arianna Stassinopoulos (1950-, Greek author)


A liberated woman is one who has sex before marriage and a job after.


Gloria Steinem (1934-, American feminist writer, editor)


Some of us are becoming the men we wanted to marry.


Gloria Steinem (1934-, American feminist writer, editor)


I owe nothing to Women's Lib.


Margaret Thatcher (1925-, British Prime Minister (1979-90))


If I were a woman, I would never trust men who say they are feminists. Either they are acting out of guilt, trying to establish credentials, or they think they might be able to pick up more girls. If I were a woman, I would say, go away and have your first period. Then come back and tell me you are a feminist.


David Thomas (1953-, American businessman, founder of Wendy's Restaurants)


One of the things about equality is not just that you be treated equally to a man, but that you treat yourself equally to the way you treat a man.


Marlo Thomas


In the battle of the sexes, woman gains her greatest victory by surrendering.


Author Unknown


The Queen is most anxious to enlist everyone who can speak or write to join in checking this mad, wicked folly of "Woman's Rights" with all its attendant horrors on which her poor, feeble sex is bent, forgetting every sense of womanly feeling and propriety.


Queen Victoria (1819-1901, British queen)


People call me feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute.


Rebecca West (1892-1983, British author)


If the abstract rights of man will bear discussion and explanation, those of women, by a parity of reasoning, will not shrink from the same test: though a different opinion prevails in this country.


Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797, British feminist writer)


The history of men's opposition to women's emancipation is more interesting perhaps than the story of that emancipation itself.


Virginia Woolf (1882-1941, British novelist, essayist)


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