Quotes from Literary and Real-Life Heroines

March 8, 2014


March is Women’s History Month and March 8th is International Women’s Day.  I recently discovered a women-centered online project called “the Reconstructionists,” the creation of illustrator Lisa Congdon and writer Maria Popova.  Each Monday during 2013 they posted an illustration of a respected woman and a hand-written quote, along with some biographical background.  The entire year’s worth of art is now available for viewing in one sitting.  You can link to it here.  I guarantee that you will find the work remarkable and inspiring.

I know there are plenty of real women whose lives and accomplishments are worthy of honoring and celebrating.  But I also want to mention some literary heroines whose wit and wisdom are shared in Well-Read Women: Portraits of Fiction’s Most Beloved Heroines by Samantha Hahn.  Hahn combines hand-lettering, watercolor portraits, and quotations from the mouths of several of literature’s female protagonists.  If you were to assemble a similar collection, which heroines and quotes would you include?

Here are a few from the book:

“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”  —  Anne Shirley, from Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

“After all, tomorrow is another day.”  — Scarlett O’Hara, from Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

“What a morning — fresh as if issued to children on a beach.”  — Clarissa Dalloway, from Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

“I’ll let someone else carry off the social honors . . . I’ll stick to mystery.”  — Nancy Drew, from The Secret in the Old Attic by Carolyn Keene

2 Responses to “Quotes from Literary and Real-Life Heroines”

  1. shoreacres Says:

    There’s one line that my best friend and I pull out every now and then.

    “Oh, Lawsy, Miss (Fill in the Blank) – I don’t know nothin’ bout birthin’ no babies!”

    Of course the line is Prissy’s, from “Gone With the Wind”. We’ve just slightly amended it. You’d be surprised how often we find it useful.

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