quotations about women
It's typical of the differences in a man's life and a woman's A man is allowed to wear boxer shorts that tickle his knees. A woman has to wear a slingshot.
RITA RUDNER, I Still Have It ... I Just Can't Remember Where I Put It
If women are by barbarians reduced to the level of slaves, it is because barbarians themselves have never yet risen to the rank of men.
Everything about woman is a riddle, and everything about woman has a single solution: that is, pregnancy.
FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE, Thus Spake Zarathustra
Let men tremble to win the hand of woman, unless they win along with it the utmost passion of her heart.
NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE, The Scarlet Letter
Birth control is the first important step woman must take toward the goal of her freedom. It is the first step she must take to be man's equal. It is the first step they must both take toward human emancipation.
MARGARET SANGER, "Morality and Birth Control", Birth Control Review, February/March 1918
Women are supposed to be very calm generally: but women feel just as men feel; they need exercise for their faculties, and a field for their efforts as much as their brothers do; they suffer from too rigid a restraint, too absolute a stagnation, precisely as men would suffer; and it is narrow-minded in their more privileged fellow-creatures to say that they ought to confine themselves to making puddings and knitting stockings, to playing on the piano and embroidering bags.
CHARLOTTE BRONTË, Jane Eyre
The happiest women, like the happiest nations, have no history.
GEORGE ELIOT, The Mill on the Floss
I know little of women. But I've heard dread tales.
HAROLD PINTER, Moonlight
O woman, perfect woman! what distraction
Was meant to mankind when thou wast made a devil!
JOHN FLETCHER, Monsieur Thomas
The man's desire is for the woman; but the woman's desire is rarely other than for the desire of the man.
SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE, Table Talk, July 23, 1827
When you are wholly lovely
Man cannot forget either of his two afflictions,
Soul, or body!
MARJORIE ALLEN SEIFFERT, "Ode in the New Mode"
When God makes a beautiful woman, the devil opens a new register.
AMBROSE BIERCE, "Epigrams of a Cynic"
Of all the paths lead to a woman's love
Pity's the straightest.
JOHN FLETCHER, The Knight of Malta
In societies where men are truly confident of their own worth, women are not merely tolerated but valued.
AUNG SAN SUU KYI, Keynote Address at NGO Forum on Women, Beijing China, August 31, 1995
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.
Two women can't share a house comfortably, no matter how fond they might be of each other. It's got to be one woman's kitchen.
NORA ROBERTS, Blue Smoke
A woman is rarely up to date on the subject of her age.
ROBERT ELLIOTT GONZALES, Poems and Paragraphs
Twenty years of romance make a woman look like a ruin, but twenty years of marriage make her something like a public building.
OSCAR WILDE, A Woman of No Importance
Marriage is a bribe to make a housekeeper think she's a householder.
THORNTON WILDER, The Matchmaker
If you don't think women are explosive, drop one.
GERALD F. LIEBERMAN, attributed, Dim Wit: The Stupidest Quotes of All Time