Another gem from the ‘literary’ piles in the EIL office, dedicated to all the women in my life—those just beginning life’s journey, those in the prime of their lives, and those in our golden oldies full of wisdom and memories—and all the wonderful men in my life: You’ve come a long way, baby!

Growing old is hard to do.

The hardest years in life are those between 10 and 70.

-Helen Hayes (at 73)

Inside every older person is a younger person—wondering what the hell happened.

-Cora Harvey Armstrong

Things are going to get a lot worse before they get worse.

-Lily Tomlin


Old age ain’t no place for sissies.

-Bette Davis

Thirty-five is when you finally get your head together, and your body starts falling apart.

-Caryn Leschen

I refuse to think of them as chin hairs. I think of them as stray eyebrows.

-Janette Barber

It’s a woman’s world, after all.

Laugh and the world laughs with you. Cry and you cry with your girlfriends,

-Laurie Kuslansky

A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do. A woman must do what he can’t.

-Rhonda Hansome

The phrase “working mother” is redundant.

-Jane Sellman

Every time I close the door on reality, it comes in through the window.

-Jennifer Unlimited

Whatever women must do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.

-Charlotte Whitton

When women are depressed they either eat or go shopping. Men invade another country.

-Elayne Boosier

Behind every successful man is a surprised woman.

-Maryon Pearson

In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man; if you want anything done, ask a woman.

-Margaret Thatcher

I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career.

-Gloria Steinem

I am a marvellous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man, I keep his house.

-Zsa Zsa Gabor

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission.

-Eleanor Roosevelt

A male gynecologist is like an auto mechanic who never owned a car.

-Carrie Snow

I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once.

-Jennifer Unlimited

If you can’t be a good example, then you’ll just have to be a horrible warning.


When I was young, I was put in a school for retarded kids for two years before they realized I actually had a hearing loss. And they called ME slow!

-Kathy Buckley

Wine & flowers—white, red or pink—are the perfect companions.

I’m not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I’m not dumb…and I’m also not blonde.

-Dolly Parton

If high heels were so wonderful, men would still be wearing them.

-Sue Grafton

My second favourite household chore is ironing. My first being, hitting my head on the top bunk until I faint.

-Erma Bombeck

I’m not going to vacuum until Sears makes one I can ride on.

-Roseanne Barr