75 Ways Women are Sexy, Smart, Strong and Live from the Heart

I’m taking a break today from stories on inspiring women to bring you a different kind of inspiration and maybe a few giggles…what men and women say about Sexy, Smart, Strong Women Who Live from the Heart. Please enjoy.

After you read this, please go visit Nicole Basaraba’s blog where I’m guest posting today. I’ll be talking about how to write historical fiction and all of its sub-genres. Nicole has a fantastic genre series going on every Wednesday for a few months. Mine is the 3rd in the series. You should definitely check out the two you’ve missed on mystery and horror writing! Even is you don’t write in those genres, the posts are amazing!

What men have to say about women:

A woman can say more in a sigh than a man can say in a sermon. Arnold Haultain

Being a woman is a terribly difficult task, since it consists principally of dealing with men. Joseph Conrad

Women really do rule the world. They just haven’t figured it out yet. When they do, and they will, we’re all in big big trouble. Doctor Leon

Women speak two languages – one of which is verbal. William Shakespeare

I would rather trust a woman’s instinct than a man’s reason.  Stanley Baldwin

The supply of good women far exceeds that of the men who deserve them.  Robert Graves

A woman who cannot be ugly is not beautiful.  Karl Kraus

Let us leave the beautiful women to men with no imagination.  Marcel Proust

How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being?  Oscar Wilde

There are three things men can do with women: love them, suffer for them, or turn them into literature.  Stephen Stills

I have an idea that the phrase “weaker sex” was coined by some woman to disarm some man she was preparing to overwhelm.  Ogden Nash

Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.  Kahlil Gibran

Do I love you because you’re beautiful, Or are you beautiful because I love you? Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II

Beauty… when you look into a woman’s eyes and see what is in her heart.   Nate Dircks

“If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?”   Milton Berle

“If there were no schools to take the children away from home part of the time, the insane asylum would be filled with mothers.”   Edgar Watson Howe

“Working mothers are guinea pigs in a scientific experiment to show that sleep is not necessary to human life.” Author Unknown

If women didn’t exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning.  Aristotle Onassis

On Sexy Women

A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.  Diane Mariechild

One is not born a woman, one becomes one.  Simone de Beauvoir

It’s the good girls who keep the diaries; the bad girls never have the time.  Tallulah Bankhead

If I’d observed all the rules, I’d never have got anywhere. Marilyn Monroe

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Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere. Mae West

The best way to behave is to misbehave. Mae West

Being a princess isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Princess Diana

On Smart Women

Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult. Charlotte Whitton

Feminism’s agenda is basic: It asks that women not be forced to ‘choose’ between public justice and private happiness. Susan Faludi

In politics if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman. Margaret Thatcher

Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.  Eleanor Roosevelt

To be successful, the first thing you have to do is fall in love with your work. Sister Mary Lauretta

I do not believe in failure. It is not failure if you enjoyed the process. Oprah Winfrey

Act as if it were impossible to fail. Dorothea Brande

Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness. Oprah Winfrey

We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat. Queen Victoria

This chance will stand before you only once. Sandra Day O’Connor

Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and diligence. Abigail Adams

When people keep telling you that you can’t do a thing, you kind of like to try it. Margaret Chase Smith

I would rather regret the things that I have done than the things that I have not. Lucille Ball

He who hesitates is last. Mae West

On Strong Women

Women are never stronger than when they arm themselves with their weaknesses. ~Marie de Vichy-Chamrond

Woman must not accept; she must challenge. She must not be awed by that which has been built up around her; she must reverence that woman in her which struggles for expression. ~Margaret Sanger

Women are afraid of mice and of murder, and of very little in between. ~Mignon McLaughlin

You may encounter defeats, but you must not be defeated. ~ Maya Angelou

“I try to take one day at a time – – but sometimes several days attack me at once.” – Jennifer

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us. Marianne Williamson

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I’ve not ceased being fearful, I’ve gone ahead despite the pounding in my heart that says: turn back, turn back, you’ll die if you go too far. Erica Jong

Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood. Marie Curie

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. you must do the thing which you cannot do. Eleanor Roosevelt

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. Helen Keller

Not everything that is faced can be changed but nothing can be changed until it is faced. Lucille Ball

Where there is no struggle, there is no strength. Oprah Winfrey

I survived because I was tougher than anybody else. Bette Davis

On Women Who Live from the Heart

Men look at themselves in mirrors. Women look for themselves. Elissa Melamed

A woman’s whole life is a history of the affections. Washington Irving

When women are depressed, they eat or go shopping. Men invade another country. It’s a whole different way of thinking. Elayne Boosler

Curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.  Eleanor Roosevelt

If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one. Mother Teresa

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Forget about the fast lane. If you really want to fly, just harness your power to your passion.  Oprah

One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.  Helen Keller

The most beautiful view is the one I share with you.  Author Unknown

All serious daring starts from within.
Joan Baez

We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something…
Marie Curie

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

One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential.
Maya Angelou

Don’t ever accept anyone else’s preconceived limitations. If there’s something you want to do, there isn’t any reason you can’t do it.
Amy Dodson

I never loved another person the way I loved myself.
Mae West

A Little Humor

Ever noticed how all women’s problems begin with men? MENtal illness….MENstrual cramps… MENtal breakdown… MENopause… GUYnocologist!  Unknown

I’m not funny. What I am is brave.
Lucille Ball

All you really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.
Lucy van Pelt, Peanuts

The secret of staying young is live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about
your age.
Lucille Ball

Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition. Tim Allen

I’d much rather be a woman than a man. Women can cry, they can wear cute clothes, and they are the first to be rescued off of sinking ships. Unknown

A woman knows how to keep quiet when she is in the right, whereas a man, when he is in the right, will keep on talking. Unknown

Some women hold up dresses that are so ugly and they always say the same thing: ‘This looks much better on.’ On what? On fire? Unknown

The age of a woman doesn’t mean a thing. The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles.
Ralph Waldo Emerson


Do quotes inspire you? What other inspirational messages do you use to smile, stay focused, feel good or get moving?

You know I love hearing from you and I hope you’ll share with us!



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32 thoughts on “75 Ways Women are Sexy, Smart, Strong and Live from the Heart

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  3. Hello Marcia!

    I love Queen Victoria and Tallulah Bankhead’s (I’ve always loved her name) quotes.
    One of my favorite quotes is from the film, Auntie Mame. “Life is a banquet and…”

    Inspirational post. Thank you!

  4. Ooh, you’re speaking right to my quote-loving heart, Marcia. 🙂 I see a few of my favorites. I also like Eleanor Roosevelt’s, “The future belongs to the those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” And most every Helen Keller, Anne Frank, Maya Angelou and Oprah quote. 😉

    • You’re right, Lara. it’s another lesson in taking small steps to make things better. If everyone helped one person…there would not be any needy people in this world.

  5. I love a good collection of quotes, Marcia. What a smart way to celebrate your message.

    I especially love the Lucille Ball quotes. I’ve never thought of her as being a sage, but she is. 🙂

  6. Wow! I love this! I have one on my refrigerator: “” No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt””

    Great post, Marcia.. thank you so much for sharing the inspiration. 🙂

  7. Oh there are so many gems here, I’m going to bookmark this post and use it. I am often asked to speak to women’s groups and am always looking for great quotes so thanks for making that task easier!
    Here’s another for you – “In politics if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.” ~Margaret Thatcher

  8. Thanks, Natalie! So glad you enjoyed it! I love that one you wrote—you decide every moment of every day who you are and what you believe in. You get a second chance every second. That’s perfect!

  9. Love this! I ADORE fabulous and inspirational quotes! A few of my favs:
    At any given moment you have the power to say this is NOT how the story is going to end.
    You decide every moment of every day who you are and what you believe in. You get a second chance, every second.
    Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right! Henry Ford
    FABULOUS post Marcia….I will read and reread time and time again!

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