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30 Smart Quotes With Wise Female Opinions

MsDora, Certified Christian Counselor, has spent four decades empowering young and adult women to pursue positive, productive womanhood.

"Smart" is not attached to gender.

"Smart" is not attached to gender.

Quotes From Smart Women

Research done by New York University, University of Denver and Harvard University measured the bias or the attitude of more than 3,600 participants from 78 countries and found that 75% of them perceive men to be smarter than women. (Mental Health News, 9/18/2020)

Other researchers found that whenever a position was advertised for someone “brainy”, it was more often filled by a man. The truth is, given the opportunity, women usually perform as well as men in similar job situations. “Smart” per one definition by Merriam-Webster (having or showing a practical cleverness or judgment) is not attached to gender.

What is interesting in the following quotes from thirty women, some with and some without higher academic training, is the various ways in which they measure their own smartness, the advice they give to women in general, and how they rate smartness in men. They deserve to celebrate for their smart ideas.

Personal Ideas

1. "Just because I don't have a college degree doesn't mean I am not smart." ―Emma Stone

2. "I don't want a smart man 'just because,' I want a smart man so that he can teach me things and so that we can learn more, together." ―Kawaii Kirin

3. "I actually feel more of a woman because I feel like I'm being smart about my choices, and I'm putting my family first, and I'm in charge of my life and my health." ―Angelina Jolie

4. "My being a black woman is not a deficit. It is a strength. Because I could not be where I am had I not overcome so many other barriers. Which means you know I'm relentless, you know I'm persistent, and you know I'm smart." ―Stacey Abrams

5. "I'm a smart girl. There are decisions that I make for reasons, and the most important thing is that my son is happy and he always will be. He's surrounded by love." ―Christina Aguilera

6. "I never cut class. I loved getting A's, I liked being smart. I liked being on time. I thought being smart is cooler than anything in the world." ―Michelle Obama

7. "I'm raising two girls, and I say to them, 'I need you to be strong and soft. You can be smart and beautiful... You can be all of these things.'" ―Maria Shriver

8. "I was smart enough to go through any door that opened." ―Joan Rivers

9. "I think it's smart to listen to other people's advice, but at the end of the day, you're the only one who can tell you what's right for you." ―Jennifer Lopez

10. "By the way, intelligence to me isn't just being book-smart or having a college degree; it's trusting your gut instincts, being intuitive, thinking outside the box, and sometimes just realizing that things need to change and being smart enough to change it." ―Tabatha Coffey

 Former First Lady Michelle Obama in the Green Room of the White House

Former First Lady Michelle Obama in the Green Room of the White House

For Women in General

11. "Smartness and beauty both walk hand in hand. And these twins can be achieved by hard work, dedication, and experiences!" ―Debongo

12. "Develop your smarts by studying something like math. Then you'll make much better decisions on the brands of clothing that you buy or whatever it is that you want." ―Danica McKellar

13. "It’s possible that your identity as a smart person can lead you to become a bit too much of a smart-aleck. . . It’s possible, though, that people who are beautiful do become demanding . . . because they tend to get special treatment. . . To gain greater self-fulfillment, learn to use your experiences to gain insight into, and to develop, the more ordinary but equally worthy aspects of your identity as a total person. ―Susan Krauss, Ph.D.

14. "Tell little girls they are smart, funny, or interesting instead of pretty. Chances are, they get the pretty thing a lot . . . tell big girls the same thing." ―Alida Nugent

15. "Smart beauty is about looking your best and feeling your best and never overpaying for it." ―Stacy London

16. "In design as in life, smart can also mean wise, kind, inspiring - and cost-effective. And that has a charm all its own." ―Nancy Gibbs

17. "You can be plain and smart, or pretty and smart. . . You just have to be yourself. ―Ashley Tisdale

18. "On the Internet, everybody has an opinion about everything, but if you're smart, you know when to keep your mouth shut." ―Rachel Sklar

19. "You can be this super-successful woman who's smart and effective but still feminine." ―Ruzwana Bashir

20. "We need to be smarter than our smart phones and realize the people we are with are more important than the people we aren't with, and way more important than the strangers we hope will tweet and like and share and Instagram whatever we're sending out into the cybersphere." ―Regina Brett

Nancy Gibbs, American essayist, speaker, and presidential historian

Nancy Gibbs, American essayist, speaker, and presidential historian

About Men

21. "Smart men want to hear about your successful career and want to know that you can keep up, even surpass them, intellectually. But men deal with the alpha-side of women all day long. At home, they want a lover, not a colleague.” ―Bobbi Palmer

22. "A guy wants a classy girl who is smart and has goals - someone that he wouldn't be afraid to bring home to his parents." ―Victoria Justice

23. "Nobody talks about how Puffy went to Howard University or about Lil Wayne attending the University of Houston. . . These guys have taken managerial and business courses. . . They're very smart. ―Yolanda Adams

24. "My type is really young, short, athletic, and smart. . . the Adonis line, the two down the hips to the waist. And a guy has to be able to accept criticism about his clothing." ―Rachel Nichols

25. "When I passed forty I dropped pretense, 'cause men like women who got some sense." ―Maya Angelou

26. "A man who correctly guesses a a woman’s age may be smart, but he’s not very bright.” —Lucille Ball

27. "Why would a man need both a wife and a mistress? A smart man would seek out and fall in love with a woman who can play both." ―Brenda Jackson

28. "Men who are too smart are perceived as too high-maintenance." ―Miranda Larbi

29. "It's very hard for a man to ask questions about sex. The smart ones do." ―Betty Dodson

30. "Look at someone like Steve Jobs. His look wasn't very special - black turtleneck and jeans - but he had style. . . Plus, he was a very smart person, which is also very attractive. His style was simple, not distracting, and very strong." ―Carine Roitfeld

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