Keri Washington

Well-behaved women seldom make history. That’s Laurel Thatcher Ulrich’s quote. Let’s raise a glass to women who roar — or whisper into their lovers’ ears. Enjoy 25 quotes from misbehaved and untamed beauties who didn’t go to finishing school, flunked out of school and started small businesses, or schooled us by titillating us as we watched them on screens and stages.

  1. “I don’t have to be perfect. All I have to do is show up and enjoy the messy, imperfect and beautiful journey of my life. It’s a trip more wonderful than I could have imagined.” ― Kerry Washington
  2. “I never hurt nobody but myself and that’s nobody’s business but my own.” ― Billie Holiday
  3. “I wrote the story myself. It’s about a girl who lost her reputation and never missed it.” ― Mae West
  4. “I don’t want to be rich. I just want to be wonderful.” ― Marilyn Monroe
  5. “Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt
  6. “Sex can look like love if you don’t know what love looks like.” ― Rebecca Walker
  7. “The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” – Coco Chanel.
  8. “Hollywood likes to put actors in boxes, and it likes to put Asian actors in really small boxes.” Sandra Oh
  9. “You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there’s still going to be somebody who hates peaches.” ― Dita Von Teese
  10. “It was ability that mattered, not disability, which is a word I’m not crazy about using.” ― Marlee Matlin
  11. “Why do people say ‘grow some balls’? Balls are weak and sensitive. If you wanna be tough, grow a vagina. Those things can take a pounding.” ― Betty White
  12. “I am too intelligent, too demanding, and too resourceful for anyone to be able to take charge of me entirely. No one knows me or loves me completely. I have only myself.” ― Simone de Beauvoir
  13. “There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.” ― Madeleine Albright
  14. “One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying.” ― Joan of Arc
  15. “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” ― Anaïs Nin
  16. “Turn your wounds into wisdom.” ― Oprah Winfrey
  17. “A self-esteem issue doesn’t change whether you’re considered beautiful or not because it’s about what’s inside you.” ― Iman
  18. “My whole life I’ve had the fear that I was going to be abandoned.” ― Halle Berry
  19. “Basically, there’s not enough sex in movies, that’s it. I’m trying to say it, people. I miss sex in movies because sex is natural, guns are not.” ― Zoe Saldana
  20. “Doubt is a killer. You just have to know who you are and what you stand for.” ― Jennifer Lopez
  21. “I have sister issues and parent issues and all sorts of things.” ― Kim Kardashian
  22. “You can’t make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen.” ― Michelle Obama
  23. “I’m an Air force Brat and I’ve lived all over the world and this country and there were people in my community who were gay – nurses, hairdressers, designers – people who just had a different way about themselves.” ― Pam Grier
  24. “He was my cream, and I was his coffee – And when you poured us together, it was something.” ― Josephine Baker
  25. “______________________.” Use the comment section below to tell me your favorite Naughty Woman Quote.