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He hath achieved a maid
  That paragons description and wild fame;
    One that excels the quirks of blazoning pens,
      And in th' essential vesture of creation
        Does tire the ingener.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Othello the Moor of Venice
         (Cassio at II, i)

You are pictures out of doors,
  Bells in your parlors, wildcats in your kitchens,
    Saints in your injuries, devils being offended,
      Players in your housewifery, and housewives in your beds.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Othello the Moor of Venice
         (Iago at II, i)

Kindness in woman, not their beauteous looks, shall win my love.
      - William Shakespeare, Taming of the Shrew

If that the Dauphin there, thy princely son,
  Can in this book of beauty read 'I love,'
    Her dowry shall weigh equal with a queen;
      For Angiers and fair Touraine, Maine, Poitiers,
        And all that we upon this side the sea,
          Except this city now by us besieged,
            Find liable to our crown and dignity,
              Shall gild her bridal bed and make her rich
                In titles, honors, and promotions,
                  As she in beauty, education, blood,
                    Holds hand with any princess of the world.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life and Death of King John
         (King John at II, i)

Two women placed together makes cold weather.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (Chamberlain at I, iv)

Have you not heard it said full oft,
  A woman's nay doth stand for naught?
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Passionate Pilgrim (XIX, l. 41)

Why came I hither but to that intent?
  Think you a little din can daunt mine ears?
    Have I not in my time heard lions roar?
      Have I not heard the sea, puffed up with winds,
        Rage like an angry boar chafed with sweat?
          Have I not heard great ordnance in the field
            And heaven's artillery thunder in the skies?
              Have I not in a pitched battle heard
                Loud 'larums, neighing steeds, and trumpets' clang?
                  And do you tell me of a woman's tongue,
                    That gives not half so great a blow to th' ear
                      As will a chestnut in a farmer's fire?
                        Tush, tush, fear boys with bugs.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Taming of the Shrew
         (Petruchio at I, ii)

(Baptista:) Why, then thou canst not break her to the lute?
  (Hortensio:) Why, no, for she hath broke the lute to me.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Taming of the Shrew
         (Baptista & Hortensio at II, i)

Say that she rail, why then I'll tell her plain
  She sings as sweetly as a nightingale.
    Say that she frown, I'll say she looks as clear
      As morning roses newly washed with dew.
        Say she be mute and will not speak a word,
          Then I'll commend her volubility
            And say she uttereth piercing eloquence.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Taming of the Shrew
         (Petruchio at II, i)

A woman moved is like a fountain troubled,
  Muddy, ill-seeming, thick, bereft of beauty,
    And while it is so, none so dry or thirsty
      Will deign to sip or touch one drop of it.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Taming of the Shrew (Kate at V, ii)

Why are our bodies soft and weak and smooth,
  Unapt to toil and trouble in the world,
    But that our soft conditions and our hearts
      Should well agree with our external parts?
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Taming of the Shrew (Kate at V, ii)

Muse not that I thus suddenly proceed,
  For what I will, I will, and there an end.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Two Gentlemen of Verona
         (Antonio at I, iii)

To be slow in words is a woman's only virtue.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Two Gentlemen of Verona
         (Launce at III, i)

If one by one you wedded all the world,
  Or from the all that are took something good
    To make a perfect woman, she you killed
      Would be unparalleled.
      - William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale
         (Paulina at V, i)

Women will love her that she is a woman
  More worth than any man; men, that she is
    The rarest of all women.
      - William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale
         (Servant at V, i)

In the beginning, said a Persian poet--Allah took a rose, a lily, a dove, a serpent, a little honey, a Dead Sea apple, and a handful of clay. When he looked at the amalgam--it was a woman.
      - William Sharp (used pseudonym Fiona McLeod),
        in the "Portfolio", July. 1894, p. 6

Woman reduces us all to the common denominator.
      - George Bernard Shaw, Great Catherine
         (sc. 1)

Like all young men, you greatly exaggerate the difference between one young woman and another.
      - George Bernard Shaw, Major Barbara

Vitality in a woman is a blind fury of creation.
      - George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

The only way for a woman to provide for herself decently is for her to be good to some man that can afford to be good to her.
      - George Bernard Shaw,
        Mrs. Warren's Profession

The fickleness of the woman I love is only equalled by the infernal constancy of the women who love me.
      - George Bernard Shaw, The Philanderer
         (act II)

Woman's dearest delight is to wound Man's self-conceit, though Man's dearest delight is to gratify hers.
      - George Bernard Shaw, Unsocial Socialist
         (ch. V)

You sometimes have to answer a woman according to her womanishness, just as you have to answer a fool according to his folly.
      - George Bernard Shaw, Unsocial Socialist
         (ch. XVIII)

A lovely lady, garmented in light
  From her own beauty.
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley, The Witch of Atlas
         (st. 5)

Women govern us; let us render them perfect: the more they are enlightened, so much the more shall we be. On the cultivation of the mind of women depends the wisdom of men. It is by women that nature writes on the hearts of men.
      - Richard Brinsley Sheridan

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