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Monday, January 09, 2006


I love quotes. I always know that somewhere, sometime, some wise and witty person has said something about the situation I’m facing, and said it better than I could. Those of you who’ve received an email from me know I always include a quote under my signature line (currently it’s, “A guest on Groucho Marx’s You Bet Your Life television show was a woman who had given birth to twenty--two children. “I love my husband,” she explained. “I love my cigar, too,” Groucho said, “but I take it out once in a while.”)

So when I decided to redesign my website, I envisioned a quote changing daily and asked for help (and offered a small bribe — an autographed copy of the coverflat for THE BAREFOOT PRINCESS to everyone who took the time to email me.) So far one hundred and ninety people (including some of our Squawkers) have sent anywhere from one to twenty-five quotes about or by women, and with the quotes I already had, I’m now the proud collector of over three hundred quotes.

I’ve discovered a few things.

Mae West is everyone’s favorite (“Good sex is like good Bridge. If you don't have a good partner, you'd better have a good hand”) — I received more of her quotes than any other person’s.

The person who most speaks to a woman’s heart is Eleanor Roosevelt. At least ten people sent me, "Remember, no one can make you feel inferior without your consent,” and “A woman is like a tea bag — you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.”

Charlotte Whitton said, "Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult." I bet I got this twenty times.

What truly interested me was the quotes I was sent that were identical and attributed to more than one source. Groucho Marx and Mae West both get credit for, “Marriage is a wonderful institution…but who wants to live in an institution?”

I’ve been stunned that no one sent me a quote by one of my wickedly funny favorites, Dorothy Parker (“Brevity is the soul of lingerie.”)

I heard some things that were so smart and thought-provoking I’m still amazed, like this one from actress Ruth Gordon — “How old would you be if you didn't know how old you were?”

Finally, I’ve discovered what I always suspected — Anonymous is an eternally and universally popular author who said, “How long a minute is, depends on what side of the bathroom door you are on” and “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, wine in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO what a ride!” Whoever Anonymous is, she’s a smart cookie.

Do you have a favorite quote? Let’s hear it. I’d love to include it on my website! (And if you want an autographed coverflat, I’m glad to send one — only one no matter how many quotes you give me! — but you have to email your home address to me at christina@christinadodd.com.)

Oh, and did I forget to tell you the best part? There are quotes about writers. Like this one by Josh Billings, “About the most originality that any writer can hope to achieve honestly is to steal with good judgment.”

But Josh, I’m not stealing. I’m quoting!
Christina Dodd, 1:37 AM