The difference between a lady and a flower girl is not how she behaves, but how she's treated.
(George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (First produced, in German, 1913). Eliza Doolittle, in Pygmalion, act 5, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 4, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1972).)
I constantly felt (as I suppose many an ambitious girl has felt) a thumping from within unanswered by any beckoning from without.
(Anna Julia Cooper (1859-1964), U.S. educator and feminist. A Voice from the South, part 1 (1892).
Of her frustration as a young student in a school offering inadequate intellectual stimulation. Cooper, the daughter of a former slave, would become a teacher and, at age 67, the fourth African American woman to earn a Ph.D. (at the University of Paris).)
The only bodily organ which is really regarded as inferior is the atrophied penis, a girl's clitoris.
(Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. repr. in Complete Works, vol. 22, eds. James Strachey and Anna Freud (1964). "The Dissection of the Psychical Personality," lecture 31, New Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis (1933).
Freud was refuting the claims of "Individual Psychologists" that the "inferiority complex" can be traced back to self- perceived organic defects.)
What girl could fail to make a conquest who collapsed at a man's feet in the moonlight?
(John L. Balderston (1899-1954), U.S. screenwriter, and Karl Freund. Helen Grosvenor (Zita Johann), The Mummy, to Frank Whemple, who claims to have fallen in love with her at first sight (1932).
From the story by Nina Wilcox Putnam and Richard Schayer.)