Housework is work directly opposed to the possibility of human self-actualization.
—Ann Oakley (b.1944) English Sociologist, Writer, Feminist
The works of women are symbolical. We sew, sew, prick our fingers, dull our sight, producing what? A pair of slippers, sir, to put on when you’re weary — or a stool. To stumble over and vex you… “curse that stool!” Or else at best, a cushion, where you lean and sleep, and dream of something we are not, but would be for your sake. Alas, alas! This hurts most, this… that, after all, we are paid the worth of our work, perhaps.
—Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806–61) English Poet
I hate housework! You make the beds, you do the dishes — and six months later you have to start all over again.
—Joan Rivers (1933–2014) American Comedienne, Writer
Perhaps all artists were, in a sense, housewives: tenders of the earth household.
—Erica Jong (b.1942) American Novelist, Feminist
When it comes to housework the one thing no book of household management can ever tell you is how to begin. Or maybe I mean why.
—Katharine Whitehorn (b.1928) English Journalist, Writer, Columnist
Housekeeping ain’t no joke.
—Louisa May Alcott (1832–88) American Novelist
Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.
—Phyllis Diller (b.1917) American Actor, Comedian