Catherine Foster
“So there you have it. I am the sort of person who scares little children. ”

Quotation From Great Texas Women

We present a collection of quotations from many of the women honored in the Gallery of Great Texas Women and included in our online Listing



Suzanne Ahn (1952-2003)

I want my children to know what I stood for. I want everybody to remember me as a person who fought injustice.

I realize now that, compared to incurable lung cancer, all the challenges of my past were so easy. If I had only known it was this easy, I would have done more, taken more risks.


Consuelo Gonzalez Amezcua (1903-1975)

Soy americana de descendencia mexicana, y por doquiera que voy se lleva con dignidad el nombre de los Estados Unidos yde Mexico./I am an American of Mexican descent, and wherever I go, I take with me the dignity of the United States and Mexico.


Gloria Anzaldua (1942-2004)

By focusing on what we want to happen, we change the present. The healing images and narratives we imagine will eventually materialize.

Voyager, there are no bridges; one builds them as one walks.


Mary Lay Ash (1918-2001)

I envisioned a company in which any woman could become just as successful as she wanted to be. The doors would be wide open to opportunity for women who were willing to pay the price and had the courage to dream.


Lucille Carroll Austin

I lived in Kinsolving in 1970 and was asked by the housemother to do a portrait of Bishop Kinsolving for the lobby. That portrait by me still hangs there. I sat on the floor in my room, leaning the canvas against my bed, while I painted it from a black and white photo loaned to us by the Episcopal church down the street. The painting was "lost" for several years, till it was found hidden behind the phone booths on the lowest floor. My signature is "Lucille Carroll."


Annie Webb Blanton (1870-1945)

Everything that helps wear away age-old prejudices contributes to the advancement of women and of humanity.


Minnie Lou Bradley

If I know what I'm doing, I'll get the job done whether I'm a man or a woman. I've always said--just know your trade.


Carol Burnett

Words, once they are printed, have a life of their own.


Barbara Bush

The darn trouble with cleaning the house is it gets dirty the next day anyway, so skip a week if you have to. The children are the most important things.


Liz Carpenter (1920-2010)

I am Woman - hear me roar. . . . Or is that my vacuum cleaner?


Becky Chavarria-Chairez

I want kids to appreciate what a lot of us take for granted. I've found that as I grow older, it was the little things about my youth, the simple things, that are the most dearest.


Kalpana Chawla (1961-2003)

In the pre-sleep period, when you're looking out the window, you're floating. You see the continents go by, the thunderstorms shimmering in the clouds, the city lights at night. The Nile River looks like a lifeline in the Sahara. And we looked down on Mount Everest. Earth is very beautiful. I wish everyone could see it.


Madeleine Chollet (1846-1906)

We depend on you all, my dear Sisters, to aid us both by your prayers and by being as economical as possible that every cent may be put to profit for the continuance of our work.


Clara Driscoll (1881-1945)

The Alamo, weather-beaten by time, is what will endure in the memory of all who have seen or heard of the old city of San Antonio.


Almetris March Duren (1910-2001)

The co-op was also a dormitory, boarding house, social center, and even Sunday school for black students.


Linda Ellerbee

If men can run the world, why can't they stop wearing neckties? How intelligent is it to start the day by tying a little noose around your neck?


Betty Sue Flowers

Somewhere deep down, I really feel that every Texas woman ought to own a pair of red boots - even if she never wears them.


Catherine Foster (1908-1995)

So there you have it. I am the sort of person who scares little children.


Marsha Gomez (1951-1998)

The energy and spirit that go into my work result in a unique expression of respect and reverence for women, the Earth, and indigenous way of life.

Working with clay as my dear companion for the past fifteen years, I have come closer each year to a deeper union with the Earth and closer to an appreciation of how all the elements in the universe work together. In turn, I myself have become a vessel to the vessels that are created through my heart and hands.


Oveta Culp Hobby (1905-1995)

It would never have crossed my mind to command an army of women. I never did learn to salute properly or master the 30-inch stride.

Women who stepped up were measured as citizens of the nation, not as women. This was the people's war, and everyone was in it.


Ima Hogg (1882-1975)

Most of my compulsions are rooted and grounded in the University of Texas.


Jovita Idar (1885-1946)

Mexican children in Texas need an education. There is no other means to do it but ourselves, so that we are not devalued and humiliated by the strangers who surround us

Working women know their rights and proudly rise to face the struggle. The hour of their degradation is past. Women are no longer servants but rather the equals of men, companions to them.


Molly Ivins (1944-2007)

If Texas were a sane place, it wouldn't be nearly as much fun.


Lady Bird Johnson (1912-2007)

I would play outdoors; I would explore. I was utterly free to walk across hill and dale. I loved the world around me, and I loved to see the seasons change and see the first violets by the small tributary of a creek.

Ugliness is so grim. A little beauty can help create harmony which will lessen tensions You can't espouse something that doesn't make you happy. It has to make your heart sing before it can make anybody else's sing.

A little stress and adventure is good for you, if nothing else, just to prove you are alive. Children are apt to live up to what you believe of them.


Barbara Jordan (1936-1996)

Do not call for black power or green power. Call for brain power.

Human rights is not a temporary or transitory political issue. We have got to respect the humanity of each other and know that no one has the right to rule others. I'm neither a black politician, nor a woman politician, just a politician. . . . I am here simply because all those people in the 18th District of Texas cannot get on planes and buses and come to Washington to speak for themselves. They have elected me as their spokesman, nothing else, and my only job is to speak for them

What the people want is very simple. They want an America as good as its promise.


Ninfa Laurenzo (1924-2001)

I can sleep anywhere. I think if you have a clean conscience and you have faith, there is no need to stay awake.

There is an attitude in Texas that makes you feel you can do anything you want to do. I admire so many women who have come out of Texas and done well. I like the image Texas brings to mind - that of bigness, of strength, of goodness.


Martha McWhirter (1827-1904)

God makes his revelations to me by his Spirit direct. . . . This Spirit makes us new creatures. I know that what we teach is right. We are perfect.

I have advised wives to live with their husbands when they could, but there is no sense in obeying a drunken husband.


Adah Isaacs Menken (1835-1868)

The unshrined ghosts of wasted hours and of lost loves are always tugging at my heart. . . . The body and the soul don't fit each other.


Elizabet Ney (1833-1907)

Women are fools . . . to be bothered with housework. Look at me. I sleep in a hammock which requires no making up. I break an egg and sip it raw. I make lemonade in a glass and then rinse it, and my housework is done for the day.


Justice Sandra Day O'Connor

It's an honor to be the first woman on the Supreme Court, but it will be even better when we get the second cowgirl on the Supreme Court.


Lucy Eldine Parsons (1853-1942)

There is no power on earth that can stop men and women who are determined to be free at all hazards. There is no power on earth so great as the power of the intellect.

When woman is admitted into the Council of Nations, war will come to an end, for woman more than man knows the value of life.


Anna Pennybacker (1861-1938)

I feel with all the strength of my woman's being that war is a relic of barbarism.


Selena Quintanilla Perez (1971-1995)

Reason that the whole family has been able to stay together and work is that since we were little, Dad has always taught us to share and to always treat people the way you want them to treat you. And he applies that in our family.

I hope to make a lot of people happy with my music. . . . Words have a strong message, and somewhere out there somebody's going through something. And if I can touch somebody in that way, that's the ultimate.


Katherine Anne Porter (1890-1980)

I don't imagine I'll ever be a popular writer. I simply want to be free to say what I feel and think exactly as I am able - leave my testament, if you like, offer my evidence of what I found in this life and how it seemed to me, and what I was able to make of it.

Death cancels our engagements, but it does not affect the consequences of our acts in life. Experience is what really happens to you in the long run, the truth that finally overtakes you.

Human life itself may be almost pure chaos, but the work of the artist is to take these handfuls of confusion and disparate things, things that seem to be irreconcilable, and put them together in a frame to give them some kind of shape and meaning.


Ann Richards (1933-2006)

Neither snow nor rain can move my hair.

It is absolutely joyous to get up in the morning and feel good, to see the beauty of things around you, to live a life that isn't anesthetized, that's open to all feelings.

Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels.


Emma Tenayuca (1916 - 1999)

It's the women who have led. I just have a feeling, a very strong feeling, that if ever this world is civilized, it would be more the work of women.


Suzann Thompson

Every expert in this world started out as a beginner.


Elise Amalie Tvede Waerenskjold (1815-1895)

I believe to the fullest degree that human beings are born with equal rights.

In this country a tiller of the soil is respected as much as anyone else, be he official or merchant.

Drinking, quarreling and fighting are common here [in Texas].

I am convinced that slavery will be abolished by gentle means or by force, because I believe that institutions founded on injustice cannot survive.


(Babe) Didrikson Zaharias (1911-1956)

It's not just enough to swing at the ball. You've got to loosen your girdle and really let the ball have it.

Winning has always meant much to me, but winning friends has meant the most.

You can't win them all - but you can try.