100 Top Women Writers & Novelists Quotes

18 May 2020 By Cool & Famous Quotes

This a collection of quotes of the best female authors of all time, many of whom wrote best-selling books that are still considered classics today including, Gertrude Stein, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte,  Agatha Christie, Maya Angelou, Flannery O’Connor, and others.

These female authors and influential women featured on this article have gone down in history as the absolute greatest women writers. 

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"Poirot," I said. I have been thinking.An admirable exercise my friend. Continue it.
–Agatha Christie

 

The best time for planning a book is while you're doing the dishes.
–Agatha Christie

 

It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them.
–Agatha Christie

sayings, famous womens,  writesI like living. I have sometimes been wildly,...

 

I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow; but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.
–Agatha Christie

 

Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn't matter. I'm not sure a bad person can write a good book. If art doesn't make us better, then what on earth is it for.
–Alice Walker

 

Everything want to be loved. Us sing and dance and holler, just trying to be loved.
–Alice Walker

 

Time moves slowly, but passes quickly.
–Alice Walker

sayings, famous womens,  writesThe most common way people give up their power...

 

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any.
–Alice Walker

sayings, famous womens,  writesHow wonderful it is that nobody need wait a...

 

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
–Anne Frank

 

I don't think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.
–Anne Frank

 

It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.
–Anne Frank

 

I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.
–Anne Frank

 

Happiness quite unshared can scarcely be called happiness; it has no taste.
–Charlotte Brontë

 

All my heart is yours, sir: it belongs to you; and with you it would remain, were fate to exile the rest of me from your presence forever.
–Charlotte Brontë

 

Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilised by education: they grow there, firm as weeds among stones.
–Charlotte Brontë

 

I would always rather be happy than dignified.
–Charlotte Brontë

 

Every atom of your flesh is as dear to me as my own: in pain and sickness it would still be dear.
–Charlotte Brontë

 

Jane, be still; don't struggle so like a wild, frantic bird, that is rending its own plumage in its desperation. I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being, with an independent will; which I now exert to leave you.
–Charlotte Brontë

 

If only there could be an invention that bottled up a memory, like scent. And it never faded, and it never got stale. And then, when one wanted it, the bottle could be uncorked, and it would be like living the moment all over again.
–Daphne du Maurier

 

I suppose sooner or later in the life of everyone comes a moment of trial. We all of us have our particular devil who rides us and torments us, and we must give battle in the end.
–Daphne du Maurier

sayings, famous womens,  writesHappiness is not a possession to be prized, it...

 

Happiness is not a possession to be prized, it is a quality of thought, a state of mind.
–Daphne du Maurier

 

Women want love to be a novel. Men, a short story.
–Daphne du Maurier

 

What's terrible is to pretend that second-rate is first-rate. To pretend that you don't need love when you do; or you like your work when you know quite well you're capable of better.
–Doris Lessing

 

Trust no friend without faults, and love a woman, but no angel.
–Doris Lessing

 

There is no doubt fiction makes a better job of the truth.
–Doris Lessing

 

Each time you happen to me all over again.
–Edith Wharton

 

If only we'd stop trying to be happy, we could have a pretty good time.
–Edith Wharton

 

There is one friend in the life of each of us who seems not a separate person, however dear and beloved, but an expansion, an interpretation, of one's self, the very meaning of one's soul.
–Edith Wharton

 

There are lots of ways of being miserable, but there’s only one way of being comfortable, and that is to stop running round after happiness. If you make up your mind not to be happy there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have a fairly good time.
–Edith Wharton

 

He shrank from hearing Margaret's very name mentioned; he, while he blamed her – while he was jealous of her – while he renounced her – he loved her sorely, in spite of himself.
–Elizabeth Gaskell

 

I'll not listen to reason... reason always means what someone else has got to say.
–Elizabeth Gaskell

 

I wanted to see the place where Margaret grew to what she is, even at the worst time of all, when I had no hope of ever calling her mine.
–Elizabeth Gaskell

 

A wise parent humors the desire for independent action, so as to become the friend and advisor when his absolute rule shall cease.
–Elizabeth Gaskell

sayings, famous womens,  writesSometimes one likes foolish people for their...

 

Sometimes one likes foolish people for their folly, better than wise people for their wisdom.
–Elizabeth Gaskell

 

He's more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.
–Emily Brontë

 

If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger.
–Emily Brontë

 

Be with me always - take any form - drive me mad! only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! it is unutterable! I can not live without my life! I can not live without my soul!
–Emily Brontë

 

She burned too bright for this world.
–Emily Brontë

 

If he loved with all the powers of his puny being, he couldn't love as much in eighty years as I could in a day.
–Emily Brontë

 

To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.
–Emily Dickinson

 

Morning without you is a dwindled dawn.
–Emily Dickinson

 

Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul And sings the tune without the words And never stops at all.
–Emily Dickinson

 

That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.
–Emily Dickinson

 

If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.
–Emily Dickinson

 

Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them. There's many a best-seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.
–Flannery O'Connor

 

I don't deserve any credit for turning the other cheek as my tongue is always in it.
–Flannery O'Connor

 

Anybody who has survived his childhood has enough information about life to last him the rest of his days.
–Flannery O'Connor

 

You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you odd.
–Flannery O'Connor

 

The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.
–Flannery O'Connor

 

Art never responds to the wish to make it democratic; it is not for everybody; it is only for those who are willing to undergo the effort needed to understand it.
–Flannery O'Connor

 

And certainly, the mistakes that we male and female mortals make when we have our own way might fairly raise some wonder that we are so fond of it.
–George Eliot

 

What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?
–George Eliot

 

Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.
–George Eliot

sayings, famous womens,  writesIt is never too late to be what you might have...

 

It is never too late to be what you might have been.
–George Eliot

 

Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love.
–George Eliot

 

Adventure is not outside man; it is within.
–George Eliot

 

Real courage is when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.
–Harper Lee

 

When a child asks you something, answer him, for goodness sake. But don't make a production of it. Children are children, but they can spot an evasion faster than adults, and evasion simply muddles 'em.
–Harper Lee

 

With him, life was routine; without him, life was unbearable.
–Harper Lee

 

It’s never an insult to be called what somebody thinks is a bad name. It just shows you how poor that person is, it doesn’t hurt you.
–Harper Lee

 

Before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.
–Harper Lee

 

I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! -- When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.
–Jane Austen

 

A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.
–Jane Austen

 

I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal.
–Jane Austen

 

The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. I require so much!
–Jane Austen

 

In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.
–Jane Austen

 

There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.
–Jane Austen

 

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.
–Jane Austen

 

I ask not for any crownBut that which all may win;Nor try to conquer any worldExcept the one within.
–Louisa May Alcott

 

She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain.
–Louisa May Alcott

 

The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.
–Louisa May Alcott

 

I've got the key to my castle in the air, but whether I can unlock the door remains to be seen.
–Louisa May Alcott

 

Love Jo all your days, if you choose, but don't let it spoil you, for it's wicked to throw away so many good gifts because you can't have the one you want.
–Louisa May Alcott

 

Don't let the bastards grind you down.
–Margaret Atwood

 

I would like to be the air that inhabits you for a moment only. I would like to be that unnoticed and that necessary.
–Margaret Atwood

 

A word after a word after a word is power.
–Margaret Atwood

 

Perhaps I write for no one. Perhaps for the same person children are writing for when they scrawl their names in the snow.
–Margaret Atwood

 

Ignoring isn’t the same as ignorance, you have to work at it.
–Margaret Atwood

 

nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose
–Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

 

Life, although it may only be an accumulation of anguish, is dear to me, and I will defend it.
–Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

 

No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks.
–Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

 

Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void but out of chaos.
–Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

 

I don't trust people who don't love themselves and tell me, 'I love you.' ... There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.
–Maya Angelou

 

I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.(Popular misquote of "You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.")
–Maya Angelou

sayings, famous womens,  writesI did then what I knew how to do. Now that I...

 

I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.
–Maya Angelou

 

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
–Maya Angelou

sayings, famous womens,  writesCourage is the most important of all the...

 

Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.
–Maya Angelou

 

What you're supposed to do when you don't like a thing is change it. If you can't change it, change the way you think about it. Don't complain.
–Maya Angelou

 

Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.
–Maya Angelou

 

There is nothing like puking with somebody to make you into old friends.
–Sylvia Plath

 

let me live, love, and say it well in good sentences
–Sylvia Plath

 

I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, This is what it is to be happy.
–Sylvia Plath

 

Remember, remember, this is now, and now, and now. Live it, feel it, cling to it. I want to become acutely aware of all I’ve taken for granted.
–Sylvia Plath

 

I have never found anybody who could stand to accept the daily demonstrative love I feel in me, and give back as good as I give.
–Sylvia Plath

 

I wonder why I don't go to bed and go to sleep. But then it would be tomorrow, so I decide that no matter how tired, no matter how incoherent I am, I can skip on hour more of sleep and live.
–Sylvia Plath

 

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.
–Sylvia Plath

 

Don't ever think I fell for you, or fell over you. I didn't fall in love, I rose in it.
–Toni Morrison

 

She is a friend of my mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order.
–Toni Morrison

 

The function of freedom is to free someone else.
–Toni Morrison

 

If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.
–Toni Morrison

 

Along with the idea of romantic love, she was introduced to another--physical beauty. Probably the most destructive ideas in the history of human thought. Both originated in envy, thrived in insecurity, and ended in disillusion.
–Toni Morrison

 

Love, the poet said, is woman's whole existence.
–Virginia Woolf

 

When you consider things like the stars, our affairs don't seem to matter very much, do they?
–Virginia Woolf

sayings, famous womens,  writesIf you do not tell the truth about yourself you...

 

If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.
–Virginia Woolf

 

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

 

Growing up is losing some illusions, in order to acquire others.
–Virginia Woolf

 

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.
–Virginia Woolf

 

Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen.
–Willa Cather

 

That is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great. When it comes to one, it comes as naturally as sleep.
–Willa Cather

 

Isn’t it queer: there are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before; like the larks in this country, that have been singing the same five notes over for thousands of years.
–Willa Cather

 

Where there is great love, there are always miracles.
–Willa Cather

 

Some people could look at a mud puddle and see an ocean with ships.
–Zora Neale Hurston

 

Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.
–Zora Neale Hurston

 

Sometimes, I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can any deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It’s beyond me.
–Zora Neale Hurston

 

I have known the joy and pain of friendship. I have served and been served. I have made some good enemies for which I am not a bit sorry. I have loved unselfishly, and I have fondled hatred with the red-hot tongs of Hell. That's living.
–Zora Neale Hurston

 

Love is like the sea. It's a moving thing, but still and all, it takes its shape from the shore it meets, and it's different with every shore.
–Zora Neale Hurston

 

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