September 19, 2013

“Never underestimate the power of a woman.”


“Never underestimate the power of a woman.” 
       A saying popularized by the Ladies Home Journal through its use as an advertising slogan for the magazine
       The Ladies Home Journal was first published in 1883 and has been in print ever since. The editors launched the slogan “Never underestimate the power of a woman”
in the March 1941 issue. At that time, the “power” did not have a modern feminist slant. As used by the editors in the March 1941 issue, and illustrated with cartoons, it referred to the power of wives to “subtly” lead their men “to the right decisions.” Interestingly, that same issue, which featured a ballerina on the front cover, also had an full-page ad for Chesterfield cigarettes inside, showing that tobacco companies and their pre-Mad Men era ad agencies were at least eager to give women an equal right to smoke.


“Never underestimate the human urge to look like a big-time operator, at least to the valet parking guy.”
      Jim Motavalli
       American journalist, speaker and book author
       In a post on the Mother Nature Network site about Hertz’s recent addition of pricey Tesla electric cars to its rental fleets in certain cities, to appeal to wealthy customers — and wannabe poseurs.


“Never underestimate a man’s ability to underestimate a woman.”
       Kathleen Turner, as Chicago police detective V.I. Warshawski
       In the 1991 movie
V.I. Warshawski (based on the series of novels written by Sara Paretsky).


“Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.”
Wilma Rudolph (1940-1994) 
       American athlete who overcame leg damage from childhood polio and went on to
became an Olympic gold medalist
       This quote by Rudolph is
widely cited, though usually without any specific source or date. In his great book Neverisms, quote maven Mardy Grothe says it was a remark she made shortly after the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, during which she became the first American to win three track-and-field gold medals.


“Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.”
       Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988)
       American author best known for his science fiction stories and novels
       A quip from his time travel novel Time Enough for Love: the Lives of Lazarus Long (1973)


“Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.” 
       Brendan Bradley, as the character Brad in the movie Friends (With Benefits) (2009)
       One of Brad’s 100 rules about life


“Never underestimate the power of the human mind to believe what it wants to believe, no matter the conflicting evidence.”  
       A quote attributed to the fictional character Caedmon Erb in the sci-fi novel Dune: House Harkonnen (2001), by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson
       (The photo is from
The Creation Museum, where exhibits show how humans lived with dinosaurs in a world where evolution has supposedly never existed.)

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