Quotations About / On: WOMEN

  • 1.
    It's only women who are not really quite women at all, frivolous women who have no idea, who neglect repairs.
    (Marguerite Duras (b. 1914), French author, filmmaker. "House and Home," Practicalities (1987, trans. 1990).)
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  • 2.
    A beautiful woman is born Queen of men and women both, as Mary Stuart was born Queen of Scots, whether men or women.
    (Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Pierre (1852), bk. II, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 7, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1971).)
  • 3.
    Woman absent is woman dead.
    (Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).)
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  • 4.
    The one woman who never gives herself is your free woman, who is always giving herself.
    (D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. letter, Sept. 2, 1922. The Letters of D.H. Lawrence, vol. 4, eds. James T. Boulton, E. Mansfield, and W. Roberts (1987).)
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  • 5.
    Time and trouble will tame an advanced young woman, but an advanced old woman is uncontrollable by any earthly force.
    (Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957), British author. Sir Impey Biggs, in Clouds of Witness, ch. 16 (1926).)
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  • 6.
    He is every woman's man and every man's woman.
    (Gaius Scribonius Curio (d. 53 B.C.), Roman consul. Quoted in Suetonius, "Julius," sect. 52, Lives of the Caesars. Of Julius Caesar.)
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  • 7.
    The fickleness of the women I love is only equalled by the infernal constancy of the women who love me.
    (George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (1898). Charteris, in The Philanderer, act 2, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 1, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1970).)
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  • 8.
    There are two great unknown forces to-day, electricity and woman, but men can reckon much better on electricity than they can on woman.
    (Josephine K. Henry, U.S. suffragist. As quoted in History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 4, ch. 15, by Susan B. Anthony and Ida Husted Harper (1902). Said at the twenty-seventh annual convention of the National Woman Suffrage Association, held January 31-February 5, 1895, in Atlanta, Georgia, in response to Susan B. Anthony's observation that politicians hesitated to grant the vote to women because they were "an unknown quantity." Henry was a representative from Kentucky.)
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  • 9.
    In our civilization, men are afraid that they will not be men enough and women are afraid that they may be considered only women.
    (Theodor Reik (1888-1969), U.S. psychologist. Esquire (New York, Nov. 1958).)
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  • 10.
    The same emotions in man and woman are nonetheless dissimilar in tempo: consequently, man and woman never cease to misunderstand one another.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 5, p. 89, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Beyond Good and Evil, "Fourth Part: Maxims and Interludes," section 85 (1886).)
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