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Disguise our bondage as we will,
  'Tis woman, woman rules us still.
      - Thomas Moore, Sovereign Woman (st. 4)

My only books
  Were woman's looks,
    And folly's all they've taught me.
      - Thomas Moore, The Time I've Lost in Wooing

For if a young lady has that discretion and modesty, without which all knowledge is little worth, she will never make an ostentatious parade of it, because she will rather be intent on acquiring more, than on displaying what she has.
      - Hannah More,
        Essays on Various Subjects--Thoughts on Conversation

Fifty percent of the world are women, yet they always seem a novelty.
      - Christopher Darlington Morley

Informal is what women always say they're going to be and never are.
      - Christopher Darlington Morley

Queens you must always be: queens to your lovers; queens to your husbands and your sons, queens of higher mystery to the world beyond. . . . But alas, you are too often idle and careless queens, grasping at majesty in the least things, while you abdicate it in the greatest.
      - Dinah Maria Mulock (used pseudonym Mrs. Craik),
        quoted from Ruskin on the title page of "The Woman's Kingdom"

A penniless lass wi' a lang pedigree.
      - Baroness Carolina Oliphant Nairne,
        The Laird o' Cockpen

All the women in the world would not make me lose an hour.
      - Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I)

So I wonder a woman, the Mistress of Hearts,
  Should ascent to aspire to be Master of Arts;
    A Ministering Angel in Woman we see,
      And an Angel need cover no other Degree.
      - Lord Charles Neaves,
        O why should a Woman not get a Degree?

If you go to see the woman, do not forget the whip.
      - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

In revenge and in love, woman is more barbarous than man.
      - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Where neither love nor hatred is in the game, a woman's game is mediocre.
      - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Woman was God's second mistake.
      - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

How wrong it is for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself.
      - Anais Nin

Not for herself was woman first created, nor yet to be man's idol, but his mate.
      - Lady Caroline Sheridan Norton (Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton)

Who trusts himself to women, or to waves,
  Should never hazard what he fears to lose.
      - John Oldmixon, Governor of Cypress

If women didn't exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning.
      - Aristotle Onassis

Who can describe
  Women's hypocrisies! their subtle wiles,
    Betraying smiles, feign'd tears, inconstancies!
      Their painted outsides, and corrupted minds,
        The sum of all their follies, and their falsehoods.
      - Thomas Otway, Orpheus

What mighty ills have not been done by woman!
  Who was't betray'd the Capitol? A woman;
    Who lost Mark Antony the world? A woman;
      Who was the cause of a long ten years' war,
        And laid at last old Troy is ashes? Woman;
          Destructive, damnable, deceitful woman!
      - Thomas Otway, The Orphan (act III, sc. 1)

O woman! lovely woman! Nature made thee
  To temper man: we had been brutes without you;
    Angels are painted fair, to look like you:
      There's in you all that we believe of Heaven,
        Amazing brightness, purity, and truth,
          Eternal joy, and everlasting love.
      - Thomas Otway, Venice Preserved
         (act I, sc. 1)

Wit and woman are two frail things, and both the frailer by concurring.
      - Sir Thomas Overbury, News from Court

Still an angel appear to each lover beside,
  But still be a woman to you.
      - Thomas Parnell, When thy Beauty Appears

Ah, wasteful woman! she who may
  On her sweet self set her own price,
    Knowing man cannot choose but pay,
      How has she cheapen'd Paradise!
        How given for nought her priceless gift,
          How spoil'd the bread and spill'd the wine,
            Which, spent with due respective thrift,
              Had made brutes men and men divine.
      - Coventry Kersey Dighton Patmore,
        The Angel in the House--Unthrift
         (bk. I, canto III, 3)

To chase the clouds of life's tempestuous hours,
  To strew its short but weary way with flow'rs,
    New hopes to raise, new feelings to impart,
      And pour celestial balsam on the heart;
        For this to man was lovely woman giv'n,
          The last, best work, the noblest gift of Heav'n.
      - Thomas Love Peacock, The Visions of Love

A woman's greatest glory is to be little talked about by men, whether for good or ill.
      - Pericles


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