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COQUETTE
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[ Also see Constancy Courtship Fickleness Flattery Gallantry Inconstancy ]

All's one to her; above her fan she'd make sweet eyes to Caliban.
      - Thomas Bailey Aldrich

She who only finds her self-esteem
  In others' admiration, begs an alms;
    Depends on others for her daily food,
      And is the very servant of her slaves;
        Tho' oftentimes, in a fantastic hour,
          O'er men she may a childish pow'r exert,
            Which not ennobles but degrades her state.
      - Joanna Baillie

A modern writer likens coquettes to those hunters who do not eat the game which they have successfully pursued.
      - Mary Elizabeth Braddon

Now Laura moves along the joyous crowd,
  Smiles in her eyes, and simpers in her lips;
    To some she whispers, others speaks aloud;
      To some she curtsies, and to some she dips.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

What careth she for hearts when once possessed?
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Would you teach her to love?
  For a time seem to rove;
    At first she may frown in a pet;
      But leave her awhile,
        She shortly will smile,
          And then you may win your coquette.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Mincing she was, as is a wanton colt,
  Sweet as a flower and upright as a bolt.
      - Geoffrey Chaucer

Coquetry is the art of successful deception.
      - Louise Colet (nee Revoil)

Heartlessness and fascination, in about equal quantities, constitute the receipt for forming the character of a coquette.
      - Dorothee DeLuzy

There is but one antidote for coquetry,--true love.
      - Dorothee DeLuzy

Coquettes are, but too rare. It is a career that requires great abilities, infinite pains, a gay and airy spirit. 'T is the coquette who provides all the amusements,--suggests the riding-party, plans the picnic, gives and guesses charades, acts them. She is the stirring element amid the heavy congeries of social atoms,--the soul of the house, the salt of the banquet.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

New vows to plight, and plighted vows to break.
      - John Dryden

The life of a coquette is one constant lie; and the only rule by which you can form any correct judgment of them is that they are never what they seem.
      - Henry Fielding

By her we first were taught the wheedling art.
      - John Gay

She lik'd his soothing lutes, his presents more,
  And granted kisses, but would grant no more.
      - John Gay

The vain coquette each suit disdains,
  And glories in her lover's pains;
    With age she fades--each lover flies,
      Contemn'd, forlorn, she pines and dies.
      - John Gay

It is, as it were, born in maidens that they should wish to please everything that has eyes.
      - Salomon Gessner (Gesner)

Coquetry is the champagne of love.
      - Thomas Hood

The maid whom now you court in vain
  Will quickly run in quest of man.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

God created the coquette as soon as He had made the fool.
      - Victor Hugo

The coquette has companions, indeed, but no lovers,--for love is respectful and timorous; and where among her followers will she find a husband?
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

A coquette is one that is never to be persuaded out of the passion she has to please, nor out of a good opinion of her own beauty: time and years she regards as things that only wrinkle and decay other women, forgetting that age is written in the face, and that the same dress which became her when she was young now only makes her look older.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

For a woman to be at once a coquette and a bigot is more than the humblest of husbands can bear; she should mercifully choose between the two.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

The most effective coquetry is innocence.
      - Alphonse de Lamartine

All women seem by nature to be coquettes.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld


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