quotations about women
Women are like tricks by sleight of hand,
Which, to admire, we should not understand.
WILLIAM CONGREVE, Love for Love
Every world has faults
This one has too many
Unattainable Female Objects.
DAVID JONATHAN NEWMAN, "U.F.O.", The Light Looks Another Way
The happiest women, like the happiest nations, have no history.
GEORGE ELIOT, The Mill on the Floss
Woman ... is the divine object, violated, endlessly sacrificed yet always reborn, whose only joy, achieved through a subtle interplay of images, lies in contemplation of herself.
PAULINE RÉAGE, introduction, The Image
A sensible woman can never be happy with a fool.
GEORGE WASHINGTON, letter to Eleanor Parke Custis, January 16, 1795
I think women of a certain generation, mine in particular, feel like we can have it all because that's what we were fed. It's like, we reap the benefits of the feminist movement -- they did all the legwork and now we're going to try to be parents and successful business people and great wives and good friends and take a cooking class and blah, blah, blah ...
SARAH JESSICA PARKER, interview, BBC, December 13, 2005
All the world's a stage, and it's a dead easy guess which sex has all the speaking parts.
ROBERT ELLIOTT GONZALES, Poems and Paragraphs
Horns to bulls wise Nature lends;
Horses she with hoofs defends;
Hares with nimble feet relieves;
Dreadful teeth to lions gives;
Fishes learn through streams to slide;
Birds through yielding air to glide;
Men with courage she supplies;
But to women these denies.
What then gives she? Beauty, this
Both their arms and armour is:
She, that can this weapon use,
Fire and sword with ease subdues.
I have always found the female of the human species many times more difficult to understand than the male.
OSAMU DAZAI, No Longer Human
A woman has to have something on or there's nothing to take off.
CHARLES BUKOWSKI, Notes of a Dirty Old Man
There are few women whose charm survives their beauty.
FRANÇOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD, Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims
Earth's noblest thing -- a woman perfected.
JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL, Irené
It is a strange feeling for a girl when first she finds the power put into her hand of influencing the destiny of another to happiness or misery. She is like a magician holding for the first time a fairy wand, not having yet had experience of its potency.
MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT SHELLEY, Lodore
There is one common condition for the lot of women in Western civilization and all other civilizations that we know about for certain, and that is, woman as a sex is disliked and persecuted, while as an individual she is liked, loved, and even, with reasonable luck, sometimes worshipped.
REBECCA WEST, speech to the Fabian Society, 1928
A bitch is no match for a lady except in a brass bed, honey, and sometimes not even there.
TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, The Night of the Iguana
What a man is is an arrow into the future and what a woman is is the place the arrow shoots off from.
SYLVIA PLATH, The Bell Jar
As to the pretty girls who went past, from the day on which I had first known that their cheeks could be kissed, I had become curious about their souls. And the Universe had appeared to me more interesting.
MARCEL PROUST, Within a Budding Grove
It was the part of a woman so to refine and educate her mind, as to be the cause of good alone to him whose fate depended on her smile.
MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT SHELLEY, Lodore
Men seldom make passes
At girls who wear glasses.
DOROTHY PARKER, New York World, August 16, 1925
When Man and Woman die, as Poets sung,
His Heart's the last part moves, her last, the tongue.
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1739