10 Great Quotes from Women Writers

As tomorrow (8th March) is International Women’s Day, we’ve gathered together ten of our favourite quotes from women writers. Some of the quotes are wise, some are witty, some weird; all are wonderful, in our opinion. And what unites them all is that they were uttered (or written) by some of the major female figures in literature. We’d be interested to hear your favourite quotes from women writers, in the comments below – which names/quotes have we missed off?


‘Going to the opera, like getting drunk, is a sin that carries its own punishment with it.’ – Hannah More

‘If only we’d stop trying to be happy we’d have a pretty good time.’ – Edith Wharton

‘There must be quite a few things a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them.’ – Sylvia Plath

‘One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.’ – Jane Austen

‘Parents should leave books lying around marked “forbidden” if they want their children to read.’ – Doris Lessing

‘Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.’ – Virginia Woolf

‘I am patient with stupidity but not with those who are proud of it.’ – Edith Sitwell

‘Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone.’ – Dorothy Parker

‘Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.’ – Simone de Beauvoir

‘Life shrinks or expands according to one’s courage.’ – Anaïs Nin

Image: Jane Austen, coloured version of original, 1873, public domain.


  1. Tremendous selection. Dorothy Parker gets my absolute vote though – hidden depths in those few words.

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  5. ‘Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone.’ – Dorothy Parker
    Reblogging this!

  6. Jane Austen & Edith Sitwell are best

  7. Thank you for following Oliver. Dorothy Parker is the one for me!

  8. Love than Jane Austen quote!

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  10. “Feminism is the radical notion that women are people,” Rebecca West (1893-1983) – English novelist, journalist and feminist

  11. Reblogged this on Lynn Forth and commented:
    A bit late for international Women’s Day, but still good.