From Abigail Adams to Lady Gaga, women have always had interesting things to say. If you're a doubter, this book of quotations by women will convince you. It will also give you lots of fodder for conversations, Facebook and Twitter posts, essays and every other type of human communication. With topics ranging from "Ability" to "Youth," Women Know Everything is great fun to browse through. As we are reminded on page 341: "The next best thing to being clever is being able to quote someone who is." (Mary Pettibone Poole, American writer)
Variety and Ease of Use
The compiler of a book of quotations faces a number of dilemmas. Should quotations from the celebrity-of-the-month be included, or should selections be restricted to persons with gravitas? Include funny and serious, or only funny or only serious? What about those quotations that are notable for their idiocy or wrong-headedness?
The title Women Know Everything!: 3241 Quips, Quotes and Brilliant Remarks tells you a great deal about the choices that its author Karen Weekes made -- basically, to be as inclusive as possible. This book of quotations by women includes the funny and the serious, and mostly you'll be nodding your head in agreement, although you may occasionally shake it in disbelief. Some samples:
- Mary Tyler Moore: "You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you."
- Christina Aguilera: "My grandma was like, 'Oh, Christina, you look like a whore!' I explained that's the idea."
- Gloria Steinem: "Women grow radical with age. One day an army of gray-haired women may quietly take over the earth."
- Mae West: "I once was so poor I didn't know where my next husband was coming from."
- Lady Gaga: "Love is like a brick. You can build a house, or you can sink a dead body."
- Totie Fields: "I've been on a diet for two weeks, and all I've lost is two weeks."
- Natalie Wood: "The only time a woman really succeeds in changing a man is when he is a baby."
If you're looking for a quotation on a particular subject, one should be easy to find, due to the alphabetical arrangement of subjects. You get the usual suspects -- challenge, change and confidence -- and some less-common topics -- shoes, strippers, swimsuits and sex.
This book is also a blast to browse. My only quibble is an index of authors that is in teeny-tiny print. If you're over 50, get out your magnifying glass. And take consolation from Patti LaBelle: "I'm a full woman at 50 -- full of knowledge, full of love and full of compassion."
A Quirky Choice
Women Know Everything is from Quirk Books, the company founded by the author of The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook. The company is known for its literary mash-ups, such as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and William Shakespeare's Star Wars Trilogy. For those inane quotations, check out The Quotable Douchebag. And, at last, cat hair crafting. They don't call it Quirk Books for nothing.