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Men's hearts and faces are always wide asunder; women's are not only in close connection, but are mirror-like in the instant power of reflection.
      - Sebastien-Roch-Nicolas de Chamfort

If a man talks bad about all women, it usually means he was burned by one woman.
      - Coco Chanel

Ther seyde oones a clerk in two vers, "What is bettre than Gold? Jaspre. What is bettre than Jaspre? Wisdom. And what is bettre than Wisdom? Womman. And what is bettre than a good Womman? No thyng."
      - Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales
         (l. 2,300), The Tale of Meliboeus

Women especially as to be talked to as below men, and above children.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

We shall find no fiend in hell can match the fury of a disappointed woman,--scorn'd! slighted! dismiss'd without a parting pang.
      - Colley Cibber, Love's Last Shift
         (act IV, sc. 1)

Our sex bears the disgrace not only of a great deal of genuine poltroonery, but also of much which is mere affectation.
      - Frances P. Cobbe

A woman watches her body uneasily, as though it were an unreliable ally in the battle for love.
      - Leonard Cohen, The Favourite Game
         (bk. 3, ch. 8)

O loving woman, man's fulfillment, sweet,
  Completing him not otherwise complete!
    How void and useless the sad remnant left
      Were he of her, his nobler part, bereft.
      - Abraham Coles

Most women will forgive an insult rather than a slight.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Pleasure is to women what the sun is to the flower; if moderately enjoyed, it beautifies, it refreshes, and it improves; if immoderately, it withers, deteriorates and destroys.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Women do not transgress the bounds of decorum so often as men; but when they do, they go greater lengths.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Women that are the least bashful are often the most modest.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Woman is the masterpiece.
      - Confucius

Heav'n hath no rage like love to hatred turn'd,
  Nor Hell a fury, like a woman scorn'd.
      - William Congreve

Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turn'd,
  Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.
      - William Congreve, The Mourning Bride
         (act III, sc. 8)

Being a woman is a terribly difficult trade, since it consists principally of dealing with men.
      - Joseph Conrad (Teodor Josef Konrad Korzeniowski)

Life is too short to stuff a mushroom.
      - Shirley Conran, Superwoman

The sweetest noise on earth, a woman's tongue;
  A string which hath no discord.
      - Barry Cornwall (pseudonym of Bryan Waller Procter),
        Rafaelle and Fornarina

Certain women should be struck regularly, like gongs.
      - Noel Coward

But what is woman? Only one of nature's agreeable blunders.
      - Abraham Cowley

Her air, her manners, all who saw admired;
  Courteous though copy, and gentle, though retired:
    The joy of youth and health her eyes display'd,
      And ease of her heart her every look convey'd.
      - George Crabbe, Parish Register (pt. II)

Women may be whole oceans deeper than we are, but they are also a whole paradise better. She may have got us out of Eden, but as a compensation she makes the earth very pleasant.
      - Pearl Mary Teresa Craigie (used pseudonym John Oliver Hobbes),
        The Ambassador (act III)

Whoe'er she be,
  That not impossible she,
    That shall command my heart and me.
      - Richard Crashaw,
        Wishes to his (Supposed) Mistress

The test of civilization is the estimate of woman.
      - George William Curtis

Women have had the power of naming stolen from us.
      - Mary Daly


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