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'Tis Lilith.
  Who?
    Adam's first wife is she.
      Beware the lure within her lovely tresses,
        The splendid sole adornment of her hair;
          When she succeeds therewith a youth to snare,
            Not soon again she frees him from her jesses.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust
         (sc. 21, Walpurgis Night),
        (Bayard Taylor's translation)

A noble man is led far by woman's gentle words.
  [Ger., Ein edler Mann wird durch ein gutes Wort
    Der Frauen weit gefuhrt.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
        Iphigenia auf Tauris (I, 2, 162)

She who makes her husband and her children happy, who reclaims the one from vice, and trains up the other to virtue, is a greater character than ladies described in romance, whose whole occupation is to murder mankind with their eyes.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

The modest virgin, the prudent wife, or the careful matron, are much more serviceable in life, than petticoated philosophers, blustering heroines, or virago queens. She who makes her husband and her children happy, who reclaims the one from vice, and trains up the other to virtue, is a much greater character than ladies described in romance, whose whole occupation is to murder mankind with shafts from their quiver or their eyes.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

When lovely woman stoops to folly,
  And finds too late that men betray,
    What charm can soothe her melancholy?
      What art can wash her guilt away?
      - Oliver Goldsmith, Vicar of Wakefield

All women are, in some degree, poets in imagination, angels in heart, and diplomatists in mind.
      - Emmanuel Gonzales

The practice of putting women on pedestals began to die out when it was discovered that they could give orders better from there.
      - Betty Grable

So few grown women like their lives.
      - Katharine Graham

Mankind, from Adam, have been women's fools;
  Women, from Eve, have been the devil's tools:
    Heaven might have spar'd one torment when we fell;
      Not left us women, or not threatened hell.
      - George Granville, Lord Landsdowne,
        She-Gallants

Men are from Mars, women are from Venus.
      - John Gray, title of book

Is it too much to ask that women be spared the daily struggle for superhuman beauty in order to offer it to the caresses of a subhumanly ugly mate?
      - Germaine Greer, The Female Eunuch

Women forgive injuries, but never forget slights.
      - Thomas Chandler Haliburton (used pseudonym Sam Slick)

Man has subdued the world, but woman has subdued man. Mind and muscle have won his victories; love and loveliness have gained hers. No monarch has been so great, no peasant so lowly, that he has not been glad to lay his best at the feet of a woman.
      - Gail Hamilton (pseudonym of Mary Abigail Dodge)

Man pays deference to woman instinctively, involuntarily, not because she is beautiful or truthful or wise or foolish or proper, but because she is a woman, and he cannot help it. If she descends, he will lower to her level; if she rises, he will rise to her height.
      - Gail Hamilton (pseudonym of Mary Abigail Dodge)

De wimmin, dey does de talkin' en de flyin', en de mens, dey does de walkin en de pryin', en betwixt en betweenst um, dey ain't much dat don't come out.
      - Joel Chandler Harris,
        Brother Rabbit and His Famous Foot

The heart of true womanhood knows where its own sphere is, and never seeks to stray beyond it!
      - Nathaniel Hawthorne

Pretty women without religion are like flowers without perfume.
      - Heinrich Heine

Woman is at once apple and serpent.
      - Heinrich Heine

That the woman was made of a rib out of the side of Adam; not out of his feet to be trampled upon by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected, and near his heart to be loved.
      - Matthew (Mathew) Henry, Note on Genesis II
         (21 and 22)

The crown of creation.
      - Johann Gottfried von Herder

First, then, a woman will, or won't,--depend on't;
  If she will do't, she will; and there's an end on't.
    But, if she won't, since safe and sound your trust is,
      Fear is affront: and jealousy injustice.
      - Aaron Hill, Epilogue to Zara

A woman in love is a very poor judge of character.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

A young man rarely gets a better vision of himself than that which is reflected from a true woman's eyes; for God himself sits behind them.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

Nature is in earnest when she makes a woman.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

The brain women never interest us like the heart women; white roses please less than red.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.


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