Quotes of Note

I recently read a delightful book of quotes titled Wild Words from Wild Women: An Unabridged Collection of Candid Observations and Extremely Opinionated Bon Mots by Autumn Stevens.  (She also has a 2021 day-to-day calendar, which might interest you if you like the quotes below.)  Some of the quotes are, of course, better than others, but Stevens’ comments on the quotes are always interesting and informative.  For instance: “My husband said he wanted to have a relationship with a redhead, so I dyed my hair.” – Activist/film star Jane Fonda capable of changing her colors at the drop of an aerobics sock.

The book contains many funny quotes as well as lots of very serious ones.  I’ve chosen some of the lighter-hearted ones because we can all use a laugh at this point in time.  Also, I won’t include Stevens’ comments about the quotes.  For those you’ll have to buy or borrow the book. 

“Success didn’t spoil me; I’ve always been insufferable.” – Fran Lebowitz

“The people I’m furious with are the women’s liberationists.  They keep getting up on soap boxes and proclaiming that women are brighter than men.  It’s true, but it should be kept quiet or it ruins the whole racket.” – Author Anita Loos

“I dress for women, and undress for men.” – Actress Angie Dickinson

“A woman is like a teabag—you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” – Nancy Reagan

“If I were going to convert to any religion I would probably choose Catholicism because it at least has female saints and the Virgin Mary.” – Margaret Atwood

“Somewhere, and I can’t find where, I read about an Eskimo hunter who asked the local missionary priest, ‘If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to hell?’  ‘No,’ said the priest, ‘not if you did not know.’ ‘Then why,’ asked the Eskimo earnestly, ‘did you tell me?’” – Author Annie Dillard

“Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.” – Novelist Susan Ertz

“Of course, there’s no such thing as a totally objective person, except Almighty God, if she exists.” – Writer Antonia Fraser

“I know God is not a woman—no woman would have created men with so many imperfections.” –  Jill M. Consideine

“When you see what some girls marry, you realize how they must hate to work for a living.” – Author Helen Rowland

“I married beneath me.  All women do.” – Lady Nancy Astor

“After all, God made man and then said: I can do better than that—and made woman.” – Adela Rogers St. Johns

“The poor wish to be rich, the rich wish to be happy, the single wish to be married, and the married wish to be dead.” – Advice columnist Ann Landers

“Wisdom doesn’t automatically come with age.  Nothing does—except wrinkles.  It’s true some wines improve with age.  But only if the grapes were good in the first place.” – Advice columnist Abigail van Buren who was the real-life sister of Ann Landers

“Errol Flynn died on a 70-foot boat with a 17-year-old girl.  Walter has always wanted to go that way, but he’s going to settle for a 17-footer with a 70-year-old.” – Betsy Cronkite, wife of Walter Cronkite who loved to sail

“Sexiness wears thin after a while, and beauty fades, but to be married to a man who makes you laugh every day, ah, now that’s a real treat.” – Actress Joanne Woodward, the wife of Paul Newman

“Now at least I know where he is.” – Queen Alexandra of Great Britain referring to her deceased husband and well-known philanderer Edward VII

“I never married because there was no need.  I have three pets at home which answer the same purpose as a husband.  I have a dog which growls every morning, a parrot which swears all afternoon, and a cat that comes home late at night.” – Marie Corelli

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