WOMEN QUOTES VIII

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Daughters of the attitude that produced them, certain women will not appeal to us without the double bed in which we find peace by their side, while others, to be caressed with a more secret intention, require leaves blown by the wind, water rippling in the dark, things as light and fleeting as they are.

MARCEL PROUST, The Guermantes Way

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Woman is the only creature in nature that hunts down its hunters and devours the prey alive.

ABRAHAM MILLER, Unmoral Maxims

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I expect that Woman will be the last thing civilized by Man.

GEORGE MEREDITH, The Ordeal of Richard Feverel

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A man who admires a fine woman, has yet not more reason to wish himself her husband, than one who admired the Hesperian fruit, would have had to wish himself the dragon that kept it.

ALEXANDER POPE, "Thoughts on Various Subjects"

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Oh! too convincing -- dangerously dear --
In woman's eye the unanswerable tear!

LORD BYRON, The Corsair

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There is such a thing as the wrong woman. She makes a man a fraction.... But the right woman! She multiplies a man.

HORACE HOLLEY, "The Genius"

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As the vine which has long twined its graceful foliage about the oak and been lifted by it into sunshine, will, when the hardy plant is rifted by the thunderbolt, cling round it with its caressing tendrils and bind up its shattered boughs, so is it beautifully ordered by Providence that woman, who is the mere dependent and ornament of man in his happier hours, should be his stay and solace when smitten with sudden calamity, winding herself into the rugged recesses of his nature, tenderly supporting the drooping head, and binding up the broken heart.

WASHINGTON IRVING, "The Wife", The Sketch Book

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When one sees one of the romantic creatures before him he imagines he is looking at some holy being, so wonderful that its one breath could dissolve him in a sea of a thousand charms and delights; but if one looks into the soul -- it's nothing but a common crocodile.

ANTON CHEKHOV, The Boor

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[Women] ... is nothin' but little girls in long skirts, and their hair done up.

EDNA FERBER, "Sun Dried"

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There's a lot of pressure on women to fulfill certain fantasies. They expect you to be a little bit of a tart, to flirt with all the men. A lot of women do it. But I'm not doing that. I talk with these guys about their wives and kids right away. When they say inappropriate things, I let them, because boys will be boys, but I'm not looking to participate in their conversations.

JESSICA ALBA, Marie Claire Magazine, March 2008

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Most women are not so young as they are painted.

MAX BEERBOHM, A Defence of Cosmetics

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Women age early, and their mistake is not knowing where to hide all the time that lies behind them so that no one sees it. What are they to do, devour it like the umbilical cords of their children? Hell and damnation!

ELFRIEDE JELINEK, Lust

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Women and music should never be dated.

OLIVER GOLDSMITH, She Stoops to Conquer

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There are two kinds of spiritual law, two kinds of conscience, one in man and another, altogether different, in woman. They do not understand each other; but in practical life the woman is judged by man's law, as though she were not a woman but a man.

HENRIK IBSEN, From Ibsen's Workshop

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What is better than wisdom? Woman. And what is better than a good woman? Nothing.

GEOFFREY CHAUCER, The Canterbury Tales

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Women are seldom silent. Their beauty is forever speaking for them.

PHILIP MOELLER, Helena's Husband

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I profess not to know how women's hearts are wooed and won. To me they have always been matters of riddle and admiration. Some seem to have but one vulnerable point, or door of access; while others have a thousand avenues, and may be captured in a thousand different ways. It is a great triumph of skill to gain the former, but a still greater proof of generalship to maintain possession of the latter, for man must battle for his fortress at every door and window. He who wins a thousand common hearts is therefore entitled to some renown; but he who keeps undisputed sway over the heart of a coquette is indeed a hero.

WASHINGTON IRVING, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

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If we took away women's right to vote, we'd never have to worry about another Democratic president. It's kind of a pipe dream; it's a personal fantasy of mine.

ANN COULTER, Newsweek, October 15, 2007

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Women are leaders everywhere you look--from the CEO who runs a Fortune 500 company to the housewife who raises her children and heads her household. Our country was built by strong women and we will continue to break down walls and defy stereotypes.

NANCY PELOSI, Glamour Magazine, January 2007

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Women still have an uneasy relationship with power and the traits necessary to be a leader. There is this internalized fear that if we are really powerful, we are going to be considered ruthless or pushy or strident--al those epithets that strike right at our femininity. We are still working at trying to overcome the fear that power and womanliness are mutually exclusive.

ARIANNA HUFFINGTON, Newsweek, October 15, 2007

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