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Shout Out

Perhaps Shirley Temple Black said it best: “Nothing crushes freedom as substantially as a tank.”

Or maybe Lady Bird Johnson said it best: “The clash of ideas is the sound of freedom.”

So many women say it so well on so many subjects – politics, arts, humor, success, family, faith, education – that businesswoman Carolyn Warner has collected their pithy thoughts over the years and has now compiled them in a slim, useful volume, “The Words of Extraordinary Women (Newmarket Press, $12.95 paper).” Useful, because as Warner, founder of Corporate Education Consulting, says, the right quotation can nail home your point in just about any setting.

Useful also for the humor: “My husband said he needed more space. So I locked him outside” (Roseanne Barr); or grit: “I have never been contained except that I made the prison” (African-American poet Mari Evans); or wry insight: “Beware of the man who praises women’s liberation. He is about to quit his job” (Erica Jong); or brilliance: “Silence may be as variously shaded as speech” (Edith Wharton).

The voices span the years – contemporary and historic; the women are known and unknown. Helpfully, Warner has supplied a biographical index identifying each woman cited.

The book is often inspiring; every page stops you, urging a moment of reflection, as when Margaret Mead offers a reminder: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

By Steven E. Levingston  |  August 5, 2010; 2:57 PM ET
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