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When all the medical officers have retired for the night, and silence and darkness have settled down upon those miles of prostate sick, she [Florence Nightingale] may be observed alone, with a little lamp in her hand, making her solitary rounds.
      - Mr. MacDonald,
        in a letter to the London "Times" when leaving Scutari, see "Pictorial History of the Russian War", 1854-5-6, p. 310

Woman may err, woman may give her mind
  To evil thoughts, and lose her pure estate;
    But for one woman who affronts her kind
      By wicked passions and remorseless hate,
        A thousand make amends in age and youth,
          By heavenly pity, by sweet sympathy,
            By patient kindness, by enduring truth,
              By love, supremest in adversity.
      - Charles Mackay

Where woman is held in honor, there the gods are well pleased; where she receives no honor, all holy acts are void and fruitless.
      - Manu (or Menu)

If you would know the political and moral condition of a people, ask as to the position of its women.
      - Aime Martin

Of all wild beasts on earth or in sea, the greatest is a woman.
      - Menander, E Supposititio (p. 182)

I expect that woman will be the last thing civilized by man.
      - George Meredith,
        The Ordeal of Richard Feveral
         (first page)

Woman is the Sunday of man: not his repose only, but his joy; the salt of his life.
      - Jules Michelet

My idea of superwoman is someone who scrubs her own floors.
      - Bette Midler

O woman, born first to believe us;
  Yea, also born first to forget;
    Born first to betray and deceive us,
      Yet first to repent and regret.
      - Joaquin Miller (pseudonym of Cincinnatus Hiner Miller),

Too fair to worship, too divine to love.
      - Rev. Henry Hart Milman, Apollo Belvidere

I always thought a tinge of blue
  Improved a charming woman's stocking.
      - Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton,
        Four Lovers (II, In Summer)

O fairest of creation! last and best
  Of all God's works! creature in whom excell'd
    Whatever can to sight or thought form'd
      Holy, divine, good, amiable, or sweet!
      - John Milton

Oh! why did God, * * * create at last
 * * * * *
This novelty on earth, this fair defect
  Of nature, and not fill the world at once
    With men as angels without feminine.
      - John Milton

One tongue is sufficient for a woman.
      - attributed to John Milton

Yet when I approach
  Her loveliness, so absolute she seems,
    And in herself complete; so well to know
      Her own, that what she wills to do or say,
        Seems wisest, virtuousest, discreetest, best.
      - John Milton

For nothing lovelier can be found
  In woman, than to study household good,
    And good works in her husband to promote.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. IX, l. 232)

My latest found,
  Heaven's last best gift, my ever new delight!
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. V, l. 18)

Grace was in all her steps, heaven in her eye,
  In every gesture dignity and love.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. VIII, l. 488)

Oh! why did God,
  Creator wise, that peopled highest Heaven
    With Spirits masculine, create at last
      This novelty on Earth, this fair defect
        Of Nature, and not fill the World at once
          With men as Angels, without feminine.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. X, l. 888)

A bevy of fair women.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. XI, l. 582)

The usual masculine disillusionment in discovering that a woman has a brain.
      - Margaret Mitchell, Gone With the Wind

She is like ivy, which grows beautifully so long as it twines round a tree, but is of no use when separated.
      - Moliere (pseudonym of Jean Baptiste Poquelin)

I don't mind living in a man's world as long as I can be a woman in it.
      - Marilyn Monroe

It goes far to reconciling me to being a women when I reflect that I am thus in no danger of ever marrying one.
      - Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

O woman! whose form and whose soul
  Are the spell and the light of each path we pursue;
    Whether sunn'd in the tropics, or chill'd at the pole,
      If woman be there, there is happiness too.
      - Thomas Moore

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