10 important quotes from women writers you need today

International Women's Day quotes from women writers

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Because today is International Women’s Day and we all need some pieces of life’s truth now and then. So, here we go-


 “Dear God,” she prayed, “let me be something every minute of every hour of my life. Let me be gay; let me be sad. Let me be cold; let me be warm. Let me be hungry…have too much to eat. Let me be ragged or well dressed. Let me be sincere – be deceitful. Let me be truthful; let me be a liar. Let me be honorable and let me sin. Only let me be something every blessed minute. And when I sleep, let me dream all the time so that not one little piece of living is ever lost.”

 Betty Smith, A tree grows in Brooklyn


“Now you are beginning to think for yourself instead of letting others think for you. That’s the beginning of wisdom.”

 Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the wind


 “I value my own independence so highly that I can fancy no degradation greater than that of having another man perpetually directing and advising and lecturing me, or even planning too closely in any way about my actions. He might be the wisest of men, or the most powerful–I should equally rebel and resent his interference…”

– Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South


“There was an unexpected freedom in

finding out that one wasn’t as important as one had always assumed!”

– Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, The Palace of Illusion


 “I always thought it was what I wanted: to be loved and admired. Now I think perhaps I’d like to be known.”

– Kristin Hannah, The nightingale


 “Women can accept the fact that a man is a rotter, a swindler, a drug taker, a confirmed liar, and a general swine, without batting an eyelash, and without its impairing their affection for the brute in the least. Women are wonderful realists. ”

– Agatha Christie, Murder in Mesopotemia


 “They see I’ve got a head on my shoulders, and believe a thinking woman cannot be trusted.

 Hannah Kent, Burial rites


“But my secret is: even though I wish I could be thin, and that I could have the ease of lifestyle that I associate with being thin, I don’t wish for it with all of my heart. Because my heart is reserved for way more important things.

― Mindy Kaling, Why Not Me?


 “I realized that the world did not exist for my benefit. It followed that the ratio of pleasant and unpleasant things around me would not change. It wasn’t up to me. It was clear that the best thing to do was to adopt a sort of muddled cheerfulness.”

– Banana Yoshimoto, Kitchen


And here, one cheeky quote which is so relatable when you’re Indian and single. Or broke. Or both.

Ladies in bunches always filled me with vague apprehension and a firm desire to be elsewhere.”

 Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird




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