From The Girls' Book of Wisdom
When women come together in one place to share
their experiences, their dreams and wisdom, a very special
resonance-a powerful energy-is created.
Marion Woodman, psychologist
What if you could assemble hundreds of
wise and accomplished women and girls who've lived in the
past two centuries, and just listen to them share their
pearls of wisdom? You would probably come away awed by their
ideas, amazed by the similarities of some of their observations,
and eager to try out their strategies yourself. Well, here's
This book is filled with positive advice
and perceptive observations from more than four hundred
exceptional women and girls. Every included quote was selected
for its ability to inspire you. Some of these "pearls" are
witty and entertaining, some are brilliant, and some are
just plain helpful. Many are suggestions that women wish
they'd been given when they were girls. These powerful quotes
can change the way you see yourself and perceive the world.
The people quoted in this book are young
and old, from the past and the present. They're scientists,
musicians, business executives, activists, writers, athletes,
actors, doctors, Internet pioneers, artists, moms, world
leaders, daughters, and more. What they have to share can
Of course, as a woman named Yula Moses once
observed, "Wisdom is harder to DO than it is to know." It's
easy to get all fired up, but putting ideas into practice
- Understand yourself
- Accept your body
- Feel confident
- Handle bad moods
- Overcome challenges
- Get motivated
- Break out of ruts
- Build good relationships
- Achieve great feats
- Have fun!
However, knowing WHAT you can do, and being
reminded that YOU CAN DO IT, is the fuel you need to get
the fire started and keep it burning.
If you read this book from beginning to
end, you'll see that it has a natural progression, but you
can skip around, too. If you're looking for perspective
on a certain issue, pick the chapter that most closely seems
to match. Close your eyes and open the book to a random
page when you want a little mood boost. Or read a few quotes
every day. Soon, the most meaningful ideas for you will
become familiar and lodge themselves in your brain, where
you can recall them anytime.
Having "inherited" this valuable wisdom,
you'll be better prepared to make any decisions, get through
any situations, and live your life with conviction, enthusiasm,
and joy.Catherine Dee
I love [quotes] because it is a joy to
find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with
much authority by someone recognizedly wiser than oneself.
Chapter 1: Beginnings
When you wake up in the morning, do you make
a mental note to enjoy the day?
When you're a kid, there's plenty of life
to enjoy, because time seems to move in slow motion. But
as you grow up, you'll feel like time is speeding up. That's
why it's important to savor right now.
There are so many things to enjoy when
you're young - your energy, - - your free time, your new
experiences. So when you wake up each morning, remind yourself
to appreciate every moment. Relish the basic activities,
such as taking a hot shower,as well as the anticipated events,
such as a friend's surprise party; and the unexpected delights,
such as seeing a field of wildflowers. You've got a whole
interesting day - and a whole - - fabulous life - ahead
It's so quiet in the early morning darkness....
Then the sun breaks....
Fingers of light on the horizon....
[I] just want to start singing or
shout, "Glory Hallelujah!"
Nora Dott Warren,
I rise from sleep and say: Hail to the
Come down to me, my beautiful unknown.
Jessica Powers, poet,
Surely it's better to sleep late in the
morning only when it's a rare
privilege, not an everyday occurrence.
Lauren Bacall, actor
I have come to understand that every day
is something to cherish.
Kerri Strug, gymnast
With the new day comes new strength and
first lady, humanitarian, 1884-1962
Each day I look for a kernel of excitement.
In the morning, I say: "What is my exciting thing for today?"
Then, I do the day.
attorney, congresswoman, educator, 1936-1996
I wake expectant, hoping to see a new thing.
Annie Dillard, writer
The preciousness of every ordinary moment
is emphasized with every tick of the clock. Isn't it a magnificent
Bel Kaufman, writer,
Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure
you are. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and
Mary Jean Irion,