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Life Quotes From Famous Women

Quotes About Life and Living

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Women's perspective on life isn't always in collections of quotes about life. Here are a few choice quotes about life from notable women.  Click on the name to find more quotes by that woman, or use the alphabetical index to find even more quotes by women.

Selected Life Quotes

Marilyn Monroe:

• I'm trying to find myself as a person, sometimes that's not easy to do. Millions of people live their entire lives without finding themselves. But it is something I must do. The best way for me to find myself as a person is to prove to myself that I am an actress.

Coco Chanel:

• There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time.

Erma Bombeck:

• Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the 'Titanic' who waved off the dessert cart.

Eleanor Roosevelt:

• I could not, at any age, be content to take my place by the fireside and simply look on. Life was meant to be lived. Curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton:

• The heyday of woman's life is the shady side of fifty.

Alice Walker:

• Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring, and because it has fresh peaches in it.

Mary Wollstonecraft:

• It appears to me impossible that I should cease to exist, or that this active, restless spirit, equally alive to joy and sorrow, should be only organized dust -- ready to fly abroad the moment the spring snaps, or the spark goes out, which kept it together. Surely something resides in this heart that is not perishable -- and life is more than a dream.

Dorothy Parker:

• Four be the things I'd have been better without: Love, curiosity, freckles and doubt.

Mae West:

• You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.

Ida Tarbell:

• Sacredness of human life! The world has never believed it! It has been with life that we settled our quarrels, won wives, gold and land, defended ideas, imposed religions. We have held that a death toll was a necessary part of every human achievement, whether sport, war or industry. A moment's rage over the horror of it, and we have sunk into indifference.

Margaret Fuller:

• Very early, I knew that the only object in life was to grow.

Queen Christina of Sweden:

• Life becomes useless and insipid when we have no longer either friends or enemies.

Corazon Aquino:

• I would rather die a meaningful death than to live a meaningless life.

Emily Dickinson:

• To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.

Germaine Greer:

• You're only young once, but you can be immature forever.

Ann Richards:

• There is a lot more to life than just struggling to make money.

Barbara de Angelis:

• No matter what age you are, or what your circumstances might be, you are special, and you still have something unique to offer. Your life, because of who you are, has meaning.

Simone de Beauvoir:

• One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion.

Audre Lorde:

• Life is very short and what we have to do must be done in the now.

Anna Quindlen:

• The truth about your own life is not always easy to accept, and sometimes hasn't even occurred to you.

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About These Quotes

Quote collection assembled by Jone Johnson Lewis. Each quotation page in this collection and the entire collection © Jone Johnson Lewis. This is an informal collection assembled over many years. I regret that I am not be able to provide the original source if it is not listed with the quote.

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Jone Johnson Lewis. "Life Quotes Quotes." About Women's History. URL: http://womenshistory.about.com/od/quotes/a/life_quotes.htm . Date accessed: (today). (More on how to cite online sources including this page)

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