Celebrating Women – 10 Famous Quotes by Female Authors

By March 8, 2016 March 7th, 2018 Authors, Quotations

Historically female authors were regularly forced to publish their novels under masculine pseudonyms in order to be taken seriously.  One only has to think of the Brontë sisters to understand the challenges that women faced when attempting to be taken seriously in every aspect of life let alone becoming a published author.

Fortunately the modern world isn’t quite so blinkered and our libraries, our book shops, and our shelves at home are filled with innumerable pieces of brilliant literature penned by amazing women. We have collected together 10 inspirational, thought provoking, and simply perfect quotes by female authors across the years.

“The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.”

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“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

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“The biggest problem that women have is being ambivalent about their own power, … We should be comfortable with the idea of wielding power. We shouldn’t feel that it detracts from our femininity.”

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“After all those years as a woman hearing ‘not thin enough, not pretty enough, not smart enough, not this enough, not that enough,’ almost overnight I woke up one morning and thought, ‘I’m enough.'”

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“I write for those women who do not speak, for those who do not have a voice because they were so terrified, because we are taught to respect fear more than ourselves. We’ve been taught that silence would save us, but it won’t.”

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“The greatest feminists have also been the greatest lovers. I’m thinking not only of Mary Wollstonecraft and her daughter Mary Shelley, but of Anais Nin, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and of course Sappho. You cannot divide creative juices from human juices. And as long as juicy women are equated with bad women, we will err on the side of being bad.”

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“we are the women our parents warned us against, and we are proud”

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“So much is expected of you as you become a woman, and often you are asked to sacrifice parts of you in becoming a girl, I would say. Hermione doesn’t.”

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“I will have my voice: Indian, Spanish, white. I will have my serpent’s tongue — my woman’s voice, my sexual voice, my poet’s voice. I will overcome the tradition of silence.”

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“I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.”

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I think that is proof positive, as if it were needed, that women rock!

New Daphne Du Maurier Poems Discovered in Photo Frame

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Daphne Du Maurier ‘s undiscovered poems have been found in an old photo frame containing a snapshot of the young author.

The photograph and frame were owned by Du Maurier’s close friend, Maureen Baker-Munton, who had kept over 40 years worth of correspondence between them. After Baker-Munton’s son put the collection up for auction the letters were discovered by Roddy Lloyd, the auctioneer responsible for selling the items.

The auctioneer was cataloguing the archive when he decided to look more closely at the photograph of young Du Maurier at the beach. “We were going through the last box of documents on my kitchen table, when for some reason I decided to take the picture out to have a better look. When I took it out of the frame, out popped these poems. It looks like they’re from around the 1920s.”

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Charlotte Brontë’s hair found in antique ring

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Charlotte Brontë’s hair has been found hidden inside an antique ring, according to experts.

The ring was brought to jewellery expert Geoffrey Munn on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow by an unnamed woman who claimed it belonged to her late father-in-law.

The ring contains an inscription inside, which bears the name of the author, and the date of her death- 1855. The excited woman explained: “I’ve got goosebumps now thinking about it. It’s got a hinge on it, and inside there’s plaited hair, I think it may be the hair of Charlotte Brontë!”

Geoffrey Munn told the lucky Antiques Roadshow visitor that he had ‘very little reason to doubt’ the ring’s authenticity.

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The Brilliance of Kathy Acker

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Kathy Acker (18th April, 1947 – 30th November 1997) was an American experimental novelist, playwright, and sex-positive feminist writer who shook up the world with her street punk view of the world and her radical writings.

Born in New York City in 1947, Karen Lehman as she was born grew up feeling unloved by a hostile mother and unwanted by a father who abandoned her. Records show that Acker was born in 1947, but the Library of Congress has her birth as 1948 and most of the obituaries at the time of her death cited her birth as 1944.
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Hunter S. Thompson’s Cabin to be Available for Rental

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If you’re a fan of Hunter S. Thompson then you may have a passing internet in Owl Farm, the cabin home where the author and journalist is said to have written Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Until now the cabin has sat uninhabited, visitors unwelcome unless there is an event on in the cabin, but now Thompson’s widow, Anita has decided to make the cabin available to fans.

This isn’t going to be a standard Air BnB listing, the cabin will be available primarily for fans. The details are still being ironed out, but Anita Thompson announced on Facebook that “Our staff will do a light background check and welcome those who love Hunter’s work to be overnight guests at Owl Farm. The applications are open to the public for those who want to be part of the legacy and consist of a paragraph of why you would like to stay at Owl Farm, located between Woody Creek and Lenado. People have been asking for years to see Hunter’s Owl Farm, which is private property,” she continues. “I’ve finally prepared Hunter’s writer’s cabin for this purpose during this season.”

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Valerie Solanas, Author, Radical Feminist, Attempted Murderer

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Valerie Solanas (April 9th, 1936 – April 25th, 1988) was an American radical feminist, author of the SCUM Manifesto, and troubled individual. The Manifesto is one of the best known books in the radical feminist genre, but Solanas is best known for shooting Andy Warhol.

Born in New Jersey, Solanas had a turbulent upbringing, claiming her father regularly sexually abused her. Her parents divorced when she was young, but she also disliked her stepfather and soon descended into rebellion and truancy. After a difficult childhood, Solanas became homeless at fifteen, at seventeen she gave birth to a child who was removed from her care and adopted.

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10 Playful Postmodern Quotes from Donald Barthelme

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Donald Barthelme was an award-winning short story writer and novelist from Philadelphia.

Born in April 1931 to two academic and professional parents, Barthelme began writing as a teen for newspapers. He and his father had many arguments about what area of writing Donald was interested in, with particular disdain for Donald’s love for postmodern literature.

Aged 30, Barthelme had his first short story published while working as director of the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston. Eventually the writer went on to publish over 100 short stories. His strict postmodern style, spattered with non-sequiturs and playful use of language has created waves among both traditional and postmodern writers and critics.

Barthelme’s influences include Samuel Beckett, Franz Kafka, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. He was described in Time magazine  as an author with “Kafka’s purity of language and some of Beckett’s grim humour.”

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Scholars Discover Proof That Chaucer’s Work Actually Written by His Wife

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This week the literary world has been thrown into disaray at the news that the work of the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages was actually little known Phillippa Roet.

Scholars have discovered definitive proof that all works currently attributed to Geoffrey Chaucer, including The Canterbury Tales were actually written by Chaucer’s wife, Philiipa Roet.

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