Clare Boothe Luce Quotes

Diplomat and Playwright (1903-1987)

Henry Luce and Clare Boothe Luce
Henry Luce and Clare Boothe Luce. Archive Photos / Getty Images

Socialite Clare Boothe Luce, married to Henry R. Luce who published Time, Life, and Fortune, served in the US Congress from 1942 to 1946 and later as ambassador to Brazil and Italy. She also wrote plays, was a World War II war correspondent, and wrote articles and reviews. She was noted for her quips and wit.

Selected Clare Boothe Luce Quotations

• Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed.

If I fail, no one will say, "She doesn't have what it takes." They will say, "Women don't have what it takes.

• Thoughts have no sex.

• Male supremacy has kept woman down. It has not knocked her out.

• If God had wanted us to think with our wombs, why did he give us a brain?

• Censorship, like charity, should begin at home, but unlike charity, it should end there.

• No good deed goes unpunished.

• There are no hopeless situations; there are only men who have grown helpless about them.

• Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount.

• Love is a verb.

• In the final analysis there is no other solution to man's progress but the day's honest work, the day's honest decision, the day's generous influences, and the day's good deed.

• All autobiographies are alibi-ographies.

• They say women talk too much. If you have worked in Congress, you know that the filibuster was invented by men.

• The politicians were talking themselves red, white and blue in the face.

• In politics women type the letters, lick the stamps, distribute the pamphlets and get out the vote. Men get elected.

• A man's home may seem to be his castle on the outside; inside, it is more often his nursery.

• A man has only one escape from his old self: to see a different self in the mirror of some woman's eyes.

• Money can't buy happiness, but it can make you awfully comfortable while you're being miserable.

• A woman's best production is a little money of her own.

• There is nothing harder than the softness of indifference.

• Advertising has done more to cause the social unrest of the 20th century than any other single factor.

• Communism is the opiate of the intellectuals with no cure except as a guillotine might be called a cure for dandruff.

• Nature abhors a virgin -- a frozen asset.

• I'm in my anecdotage.

• I don't have a warm personal enemy left. They've all died off. I miss them terribly because they helped define me.

• Lying increases the creative faculties, expands the ego, and lessens the frictions of social contacts.

• They are vulgar and dirty-minded and alien to grace, and I would not, if I could, which I hasten to say I cannot, cross their obscenities with a wit which is foreign to them and gild their futilities with the glamour which by birth and breeding and performance they do not possess.

• Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

• [David Boothe writing to his sister Clare] Would that I could write as you do. Tehre's a story properly told that would become legendary in history.

Clare Boothe Luce - sometimes erroneously spelled Clare Booth Luce or Claire Booth Luce or Claire Boothe Luce.

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Quote collection assembled by Jone Johnson Lewis. Each quotation page in this collection and the entire collection © Jone Johnson Lewis. This is an informal collection assembled over many years. I regret that I am not be able to provide the original source if it is not listed with the quote.

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