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There are three things I have always loved and never understood,--paintings, music, and woman.
      - Bernard de Bovier de Fontenelle

Woman, I tell you, is a microcosm; and rightly to rule her, requires as great talents as to govern a state.
      - Samuel Foote, The Minor

The extension of women's rights is the basic principle of all social progress.
      - Francois Marie Charles Fourier,
        Theorie des Quatre Mouvements
         (vol. 2, ch. 4)

Woman is always fickle--foolish is he who trusts her.
  [Fr., Toute femme varie
    Bien fol est qui s'y fie.]
      - Francis I (Francois),
        scratched with his ring on a window of Chambord Castle

To find out a girl's faults, praise her to her girl friends.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Are women books? says Hodge, then would mine were
  An Almanack, to change her every year.
      - Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard

When she stopped conforming to the conventional picture of femininity she finally began to enjoy being a woman.
      - Betty Friedan

The problem that has no name--which is simply the fact that American women are kept from growing to their full human capacities--is taking a far greater toll on the physical and mental health of our country than any known disease.
      - Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique

If thou wouldest please the ladies, thou must endeavor to make them pleased with themselves.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

Let men say what they will; according to the experience I have learned, I require in married women, the economical virtue above all other virtues.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

A cat has nine lives and a woman has nine cats' lives.
      - Thomas Fuller (1), Gnomologia

And when a lady's in the case,
  You know all other things give place.
      - John Gay,
        Fables--The Hare and Many Friends
         (l. 41)

'Tis a woman that seduces all mankind;
  By her we first were taught the wheedling arts.
      - John Gay, The Beggar's Opera
         (act I, sc. 1)

If the heart of a man is depressed with cares,
  The mist is dispell'd when a woman appears.
      - John Gay, The Beggar's Opera (act II)

How happy could I be with either,
  Were t'other dear charmer away!
    But, while ye thus tease me together,
      To neither a word will I say.
      - John Gay, The Beggar's Opera
         (act II, sc. 2)

The desire to please everything having eyes seems inborn in maidens.
  [Ger., Es ist doch den Madchen wie angeboren, dass sie allem gefallen wollen, was nur Augen hat.]
      - Salomon Gessner (Gesner),
        Evander und Alcima (III, 1)

I am a woman--therefore I may not
  Call to him, cry to him,
    Fly to him,
      Bid him delay not!
      - Richard Watson Gilder, A Woman's Thought

Women should be doubly careful of their conduct, since appearances often injure them as much as faults.
      - Gabriel Girard

The woman in us still prosecutes a deceit like that begun in the garden.
      - Joseph Glanvill

If thou wouldst hear what seemly is and fit, inquire of noble woman; they can tell, who in life's common usage hold their place by graceful deed and aptly chosen word.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Woman is mistress of the art of completely imbittering the life of the person on whom she depends.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The society of women is the foundation of good manners.
  [Ger., Der Umgang mit Frauen ist das Element guter Sitten.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
        Die Wahlverwandtschaften (II, 5)

When toward the Devil's Hose we tread,
  Woman's a thousand steps behind.
    [Ger., Denn geht es zu des Bosen Haus
      Das Weib hat tausend Schritt voraus.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust
         (I, 21, 147)

For the nature of a women is closely allied to art.
  [Ger., Denn das Naturell der Frauen
    Ist so nah mit Kunst verwandt.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust (II, 1)

The eternal feminine doth draw us upward.
  [Ger., Das Ewig-Weibliche zieht uns hinan.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust (II, 5)


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