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Clare Boothe Luce (née Ann Clare Boothe; March 10, 1903 – October 9, 1987) was an American author, politician, U.S. Ambassador and public conservative figure. 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. She was the wife of Henry Luce, publisher of Time, Life, Fortune, and Sports Illustrated.

Politically, Luce was a leading conservative in later life and was well known for her anti-communism. In her youth, she briefly aligned herself with the liberalism of President Franklin Roosevelt as a protégé of Bernard Baruch, but later became an outspoken critic of Roosevelt. Although she was a strong supporter of the Anglo-American alliance in World War II, she remained outspokenly critical of British colonialism in India.

Known as a charismatic and forceful public speaker, especially after her conversion to Roman Catholicism in 1946, she campaigned for every Republican presidential candidate from Wendell Willkie to Ronald Reagan.

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

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?

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

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

A great man is one sentence.

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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.

No matter how their leaders may have tried to skimp on money, no one, not even the politicians, who talked themselves red, white, and blue in the face, skimped on effort.

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

Home is where you hang your architect.

Politicians talk themselves red, white, and blue in the face.

There is nothing harder than the softness of indifference.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Longer Version:

Lying increases the creative faculties, expands the ego, lessens the friction of social contacts. . . . It is only in lies, wholeheartedly and bravely told, that human nature attains through words and speech the forebearance, the nobility, the romance, the idealism, that-being what it is-it falls so short of in fact and in deed.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.'

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

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