WOMEN QUOTES X

quotations about women

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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Don't tell me about God having made such creatures to be companions for us! I don't say but He might make Eve to be a companion for Adam in Paradise--there was no cooking to be spoilt there, and no other woman to cackle with and make mischief; though you see what mischief she did as soon as she'd an opportunity.

GEORGE ELIOT, Adam Bede

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Son, heed my instruction, and apply thyself to know women; let thine eyes observe her when she is with another, for what she doeth with him, she will do with thee, also.

GELETT BURGESS, The Maxims of Methuselah

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The mere idea of marriage, as a strong possibility, if not always nowadays a reasonable likelihood, existing to weaken the will by distracting its straight aim in the life of practically every young girl, is the simple secret of their confessed inferiority in men's pursuits and professions today.

WILLIAM BOLITHO, Twelve Against the Gods

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To awake a woman's curiosity is to make her pliable.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

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A woman's lot is made for her by the love she accepts.

GEORGE ELIOT, Felix Holt

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My son, beware of a plain damsel who charmeth thee, for she needeth much wile, and useth diverse weapons.

GELETT BURGESS, The Maxims of Methuselah

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Woman is the salvation or destruction of the family. She carries its destinies in the folds of her mantle.

HENRI-FREDERIC AMIEL, journal, December 11, 1872

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Woman is the highest, holiest, most precious gift to man. Her mission and throne is the family, and if anything is withheld that would make her more efficient, useful, or happy in that sphere, she is wronged, and has not her rights.

JOHN TODD, Woman's Rights

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It is easier to make a glass tube pliable than to convince an obstinate woman she is in fault.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

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No man ever reaches manhood
till a woman's tenderness
is a part of his possession.

EDWIN LEIBFREED, "The Conquerors"

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For one to admire a woman merely for her beauty, is to love the building for its exterior; but to love one for the greatness of her soul, is to appreciate the tenement for its intrinsic value.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

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Man dreams of fame while woman wakes to love.

ALFRED TENNYSON, Idylls of the King

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