WOMEN QUOTES IX

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Women themselves condition their daughters to serve the system of male primacy. If a daughter challenges it, the mother will generally defend the system rather than her daughter. These mothers, victims themselves, have unwittingly become wounded wounders. Women need to attack culture's oppression of women, for there truly is a godlike socializing power that induces women to "buy in" or collude, but we also need to confront our own part in accepting male dominance and take responsibility where appropriate.

SUE MONK KIDD, The Dance of the Dissident Daughter

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Because a woman brought death
a bright Maiden overcame it,
and so the highest blessing
in all of creation
lies in the form of a woman,
since God has become man
in a sweet and blessed Virgin.

HILDEGARD OF BINGEN, "Quia ergo femina"

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I know the woman has no soul, I know
The woman has no possibilities
Of soul or mind or heart, but merely is
The masterpiece of flesh: well, be it so.
It is her flesh that I adore; I go
Thirsting afresh to drain her empty kiss.
I know she cannot love: it is not this
My vanquished heart implores in overthrow.
Tyrannously I crave, I crave alone,
Her splendid body, Earth's most eloquent
Music, divinest human harmony;
Her body now a silent instrument,
That 'neath my touch shall wake and make for me
The strains I have but dreamed of, never known.

ARTHUR SYMONS, "Idealism"

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When a woman gets over 35 she is generally willing to embark on the sea of matrimony with almost any life-buoy.

ROBERT ELLIOTT GONZALES, Poems and Paragraphs

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A woman in Deep Sleep is one who goes about in an unconscious state. She seems unaware or unfazed by the truth of her own female life, the truth about women in general, the way women and the feminine have been wounded, devalued, and limited within culture, churches, and families. She cannot see the wound or feel the pain. She has never acknowledged, much less confronted, sexism within the church, biblical interpretations, or Christian doctrine. Okay, so women have been largely missing from positions of church power, we've been silenced and relegated to positions of subordination by biblical interpretations and doctrine, and God has been represented to us as exclusively male. So what? The woman in Deep Sleep is oblivious to the psychological and spiritual impact this has had on her. Or maybe she has some awareness of it all but keeps it sequestered nicely in her head, rarely allowing it to move down into her heart or into the politics of her spirituality.

SUE MONK KIDD, The Dance of the Dissident Daughter

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For men have marble, women waxen, minds,
And therefore are they form'd as marble will;
The weak oppress'd, the impression of strange kinds
Is form'd in them by force, by fraud, or skill:
Then call them not the authors of their ill,
No more than wax shall be accounted evil
Wherein is stamp'd the semblance of a devil.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, The Rape of Lucrece

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It does seem paradoxical. But when a woman has curves we always want her 'round.

ROBERT ELLIOTT GONZALES, Poems and Paragraphs

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A good woman's arms round a man's neck is a lifebelt thrown out to him from heaven.

JEROME K. JEROME, "A Charming Woman"

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How do those who contend that woman is the intellectual inferior of man account for the fact that she can give a man a piece of her mind 365 days in the year and still have a huge reserve supply?

ROBERT ELLIOTT GONZALES, Poems and Paragraphs

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As God is my witness, the more I deal with women, the more I like my cat.

P. N. ELROD, The Dark Sleep

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Before marriage a woman may procure some éclat by pretending to believe in the fiction of her ascendancy; but after marriage, the worshipped beauty becomes a very plain every-day sort of person, and the poetry of the sex's power is at an end for ever!

ROBERT BELL, Marriage: A Comedy in Five Acts

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A bride at her second marriage does not wear a veil. She wants to see what she is getting.

HELEN ROWLAND, A Guide to Men

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Any intelligent woman who reads the marriage contract and then goes into it, deserves all the consequences.

ISADORA DUNCAN, My Life

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The only question left to be settled now is: Are women persons? And I hardly believe any of our opponents will have the hardihood to say they are not.

SUSAN B. ANTHONY, speech after her arrest for voting in the 1872 presidential election

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Women ... have long been discouraged from the awareness and forthright expression of anger. Sugar and spice are the ingredients from which we are made. We are the nurturers, the soothers, the peacemakers, and the steadiers of rocked boats.

HARRIET LERNER, The Dance of Anger: A Woman's Guide to Changing the Patterns of Intimate Relationships

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Women are cats ... and love to scratch even those they're fond of. Sometimes the more they love them the harder they scratch.

WILLIAM JOHN LOCKE, Septimus

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This is woman's great benevolence, that she will become a martyr for beauty, so that the world may have pleasure.

ROBERT WILSON LYND, Irish & English: Portraits and Impressions

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Women, you overheated dipsomaniacs, never passing up a chance to wangle a drink, a great boon to bartenders but a bane to us--not to mention our crockery and our woolens!

ARISTOPHANES, Women at the Thesmophoria

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Beware of a woman who signeth not her name to her letters; she will bear watching, aye, she hath a past.

GELETT BURGESS, The Maxims of Methuselah

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Nature admits of no permanence in the relation between man and woman.... It is only man's egoism that wants to keep woman like some buried treasure. All endeavors to introduce permanence in love, the most changeable thing in this changeable human existence, have gone shipwreck in spite of religious ceremonies, vows, and legalities.

LEOPOLD VON SACHER-MASOCH, Venus in Furs

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