Who the hell is Clare Boothe Luce?

Ann Clare Boothe Luce was an American author, politician, U.S. Ambassador and public conservative figure. She was the first American woman appointed to a major ambassadorial post abroad. A versatile author, she is best known for her 1936 hit play The Women, which had an all-female cast. Her writings extended from drama and screen scenarios to fiction, journalism and war reportage.

Books by Clare Boothe Luce

Quotes by Clare Boothe Luce

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

Clare Boothe Luce The Women

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

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“A woman can produce what no man can: a child.”

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“A woman's best protection is a little money of her own.”

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

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“All autobiographies are alibi-ographies.”

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“All history shows that the hand that cradles the rock has ruled the world, not the hand that rocks the cradle!”

Clare Boothe Luce Slam the Door Softly

“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.'”

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“Bombs know no ism but barbarism. The laws that successfully govern a peaceful and democratic society do not interfere with the only law bombs know, which is the law of gravity.”

Clare Boothe Luce European Spring

“Censorship, like charity, should begin at home; but unlike charity, it should end there.”

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

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“Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount.”

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“Enemies may seek our destruction, but they also keep us on our toes and often help us figure out who we are and what we stand for.”

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“Greta Garbo: A deer in the body of a woman, living resentfully in the Hollywood zoo.”

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“Guns know no policy except destruction.”

Clare Boothe Luce European Spring

“H. L. Mencken told me once that he answered all his mail, pleasant and unpleasant, with just one line, 'You may be right.' That's the way I feel now. It is in the realm of possibility, just barely, that I could be the one who's wrong.”

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“Home is where you hang your architect.”

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“I am for lifting everyone off the social bottom. In fact, I am for doing away with the social bottom altogether.”

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“I can't avoid writing. It's a sort of nervous tic I have developed since I gave up needlepoint.”

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

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“I don't think my position unusual for a woman. I'm following a perfectly natural urge to do what I like.”

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“I hope I shall have ambition until the day I die.”

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“I know all about violence and physical abuse because my first husband used to beat me severely when he got drunk. Once, I can remember coming home from a party and walking up our vast marble staircase at the Fifth Avenue house while he was striking me. I thought, If I just gave him one shove down the staircase I would be rid of him forever.”

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“I refuse the compliment that I think like a man, thought has no sex, one either thinks or one does not.”

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“I was wondering today what the religion of the country is - and all I could come up with is sex.”

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“I wish I were a virgin again. The only fun I ever had was holding out.”

Clare Boothe Luce The Women

“If a woman's got any instincts, she feels when her husband's off the reservation.”

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

Clare Boothe Luce Slam the Door Softly

“If men had to bear babies, there'd never be more than one child in a family.”

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“If old age means a crown of thorns, the trick is to wear it jauntily.”

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“If you ever manage to make a fool of me, I'll deserve what I get.”

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

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“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 utterances, and the day's good deed.”

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“It is matrimonial suicide to be jealous when you have a really good reason.”

Clare Boothe Luce The Women

“It is ridiculous to think that you can spend your entire life with just one person. Three is about the right number. Yes, I imagine three husbands would do it?”

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“Know what Freud wrote in his diary when he was 77? "What do women want? My God, what do they want?" Fifty years this giant brain spends analyzing women. And he still can't find out what they want. So this makes him the world's greatest expert on female psychology?”

Clare Boothe Luce Slam the Door Softly

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

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

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“Middle age is the way you would feel about summer if you knew there would never be another spring.”

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“Money can’t buy happiness, but it can make you awfully comfortable while you’re being miserable.”

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“My definition of the ideal man is 'that particular man with whom a woman happens to be in love at that particular time'.”

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“Nature abhors a vacuum, even in the heads of statesmen.”

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“Nature abhors a virgin - a frozen asset.”

Clare Boothe Luce The Women

“No good deed goes unpunished.”

Clare Boothe Luce Roman Candle

“No woman has ever so comforted the distressed or distressed the comfortable.”

Clare Boothe Luce on Eleanor Roosevelt

“Remember, whenever a Republican leaves one side of the aisle and goes to the other, it raises the intelligence quotient of both parties.”

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“Rome is the city above all cities which loses most of its meaning to those who do not bring to it some historical sense, a decent knowledge of art, and a good amount of time. Rome therefore is particularly disturbing to an American.”

Clare Boothe Luce European Spring

“She's in love, bless her. After the child's been married as long as you girls, she may be able to concentrate on vital matters like bridge.”

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“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

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“The best defense against a powerful and positive dynamic ideology is neither verbal attack nor criticism, which are useful, but to set up an equally powerful and dynamic ideology against it.”

Clare Boothe Luce European Spring

“The main thing is to get what little happiness there is out of life in this wartorn world because ‘these are the good old days’ now.”

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“The only time travelers are really gay is when they are traveling for no good reason at all.”

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“The oppressed never free themselves - they do not have the necessary strengths.”

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“The women who inspired this play deserved to be smacked across the head with a meat ax and that, I flatter myself, is exactly what I smacked them with.”

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“There are no hopeless situations; there are only people who have grown hopeless about then.”

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“There aren't many women now I'd like to see as President - but there are fewer men.”

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“There is nothing like a good dose of another woman to make a man appreciate his wife.”

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“There's no use dieting in my condition. I've got to wait until I can begin from scratch.”

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“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.”

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

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“Time comes when every man's got to feel something new--when he's got to feel young again, just because he's growing old. Women are just the same. But when we get that way we change our hairdress. Or get a new cook.”

Clare Boothe Luce The Women

“Watergate is the great liberal illusion that you can have public virtue without private morality.”

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“What generally passes for 'thought' among the majority of mankind is the time one takes out to rearrange one's prejudices.”

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“When a man can't explain a woman's actions, the first thing he thinks of is the condition of her uterus.”

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“Women can't have an honest exchange in front of men without having it called a cat fight.”

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“Women do generally manage to love the guys they marry more than they manage to marry the guys they love.”

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“Women know what men have long forgotten. The ultimate economic and spiritual unit of any civilization is still the family.”

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“You know, I have had a terrible life. I married two men I really didn't like. My only daughter was killed in a car accident. My brother committed suicide. Has my life been a life for anyone to envy?”

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“You know, that's the only good thing about divorce; you get to sleep with your mother.”

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“Young men still desire women as much as ever, even though they don't want to marry them as much.”

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