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One moral's plain, . . . without more fuss;
  Man's social happiness all rests on us:
    Through all the drama--whether damn'd or not--
      Love gilds the scene, and women guide the plot.
      - Richard Brinsley Sheridan,
        The Rivals--Epilogue

She is her selfe of best things the collection.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney),
        The Arcadia--Thirsis and Dorus

Lor', but women's rum cattle to deal with, the first man found that to his cost,
  And I reckon it's just through a woman the last man on earth'll be lost.
      - George Robert Sims, Moll Jarvis o' Morley

A woman's best qualities do not reside in her intellect, but in her affections. She gives refreshment by her sympathies, rather than by her knowledge.
      - Samuel Smiles

Women in health are the hope of the nation. Men who exercise a controlling influence--the master spirits--with a few exceptions, have had country-born mothers. They transmit to their sons those traits of character--moral, intellectual, and physical--which give stability to institutions, and promote order, security, and justice.
      - Jerome Van Crowninshield Smith

What wilt not woman, gentle woman, dare
  When strong affection stirs her spirit up?
      - Robert Southey, Madoc (pt. II, II)

Who does know the bent of woman's fantasy.
      - Edmund Spenser

All a woman has to do in this world is contained within the duties of a daughter, a sister, a wife and a mother.
      - Sir Richard Steele

The world is so unjust that a female heart which has been once touched is thought forever blemished.
      - Sir Richard Steele

What we call in men wisdom is in women prudence. It is a partiality to call one greater than the other.
      - Sir Richard Steele

He beheld his own rougher make softened into sweetness, and tempered with smiles; he saw a creature who had, as it were, Heaven's second though in her formation.
      - Sir Richard Steele, Christian Hero,
        (of Adam awaking and first seeing Eve)

A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.
      - attributed to Gloria Steinem

Some of us are becoming the men we wanted to marry.
      - Gloria Steinem,
        in a speech at Yale University

Women are wiser than men because they know less and understand more.
      - James Stephens, The Crock of Gold

Men can be great when great occasions call:
  In little duties women find their spheres,
    The narrow cares that cluster round the hearth.
      - Richard Henry Stoddard

She is pretty to walk with,
  And witty to talk with,
    And pleasant too, to think on.
      - Sir John Suckling, Brennoralt
         (act II, sc. 1)

Two women seldom grow intimate but at the expense of a third person.
      - Jonathan Swift

Of all the girls that e'er was seen,
  There's none so fine as Nelly.
      - Jonathan Swift,
        Ballad on Miss Nelly Bennet

Daphne knows, with equal ease,
  How to vex and how to please;
    But the folly of her sex
      Makes her sole delight to vex.
      - Jonathan Swift, Daphne

Lose no time to contradict her,
  Nor endeavor to convict her;
    Only take this rule along,
      Always to advise her wrong,
        And reprove her when she's right;
          She may then grow wise for spite.
      - Jonathan Swift, Daphne

When a woman has lost her chastity, she will shrink from no crime.
  [Lat., Neque femina amissa pudicitia alia abneurit.]
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus), Annales
         (IV, 3)

O Woman, you are not merely the handiwork of God, but also of men; these are ever endowing you with beauty from their own hearts. . . . You are one-half woman and one-half dream.
      - Rabindranath Tagore, Gardener (59)

A clever woman often compromises her husband; a stupid woman only compromises herself.
      - Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord

Women have tongues of craft, and hearts of guile,
  They will, they will not; fools that on them trust;
    For in their speech is death, hell in their smile.
      [It., Femmina e cosa garrula e fallace:
        Vuole e disvuole, e folle uom chi sen fida,
          Si tra se volge.]
      - Torquato Tasso, Gerusalemme (XIX, 84)

All virtuous women, like tortoises, carry their house on their heads, and their chappel in their heart, and their danger in their eye, and their souls in their hands, and God in all their actions.
      - Jeremy Taylor, Life of Christ
         (pt. I, II, 4)


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