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Creole women take after Europe in their intelligence, after the Tropics in the illogical violence of their passions, and after the Indies in the apathetic indolence with which they commit or suffer good and evil.
      - Honore de Balzac

Happiness lends poetic charms to woman, and dress adorns her like a delicate tinge of rouge.
      - Honore de Balzac

Nature endows woman alternately with a particular strength which helps her to suffer and a weakness which counsels her to be resigned.
      - Honore de Balzac

One admirable trait in women is their lack of illusions about themselves. They never reason about their most blameworthy actions; their feelings carry them away. Even their dissimulation comes naturally to them, and in them crime is free of all baseness. Most of the time they simply do not know how it happened.
      - Honore de Balzac

One of the glories of society is to have created woman where Nature had made only a female; to have created a continuity of desire where Nature thought only of perpetuating the species; and, in fine, to have invented love.
      - Honore de Balzac

The errors of women spring almost always from her faith in the good or her confidence in the true.
      - Honore de Balzac

To man, faith; to woman, doubt. She bears the heavier burden. Does not woman invariably suffer for two?
      - Honore de Balzac

When a woman starts talking about her duty, her regard for appearances, and her respect for religion, she raises so many bulwarks which she delights to see captured by storm.
      - Honore de Balzac

Woman has this in common with angels, that suffering beings belong especially to her.
      - Honore de Balzac

Woman is stronger by virtue of her feelings than man by virtue of his power.
      - Honore de Balzac

Women are as they are; they necessarily have the defects of their virtues.
      - Honore de Balzac

Women? In order to realize how far these charming creatures we idealize can carry their cruelty, we must see them among themselves!
      - Honore de Balzac

Woman, last at the cross, and earliest at the grave.
      - Eaton Stannard Barrett

Not she with trait'rous kiss her Saviour stung,
  Not she denied Him with unholy tongue;
    She, while apostles shrank, could danger brave,
      Last at His cross, and earliest at His grave.
      - Eaton Stannard Barrett, Woman
         (pt. I, l. 141)

You see, dear, it is not true that woman was made from man's rib; she was really made from his funny bone.
      - Sir James Matthew Barrie,
        What Every Woman Knows

The dogma of woman's complete historical subjection to men must be rated as one of the most fantastic myths ever created by the human mind.
      - Mary Ritter Beard

Woman, they say, was only made of man;
  Methinks 'tis strange they should be so unlike!
    It may be all the best was cut away,
      To make the woman, and the naught was left
        Behind with him.
      - Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher

Oh, woman, perfect woman! what distraction
  Was meant to mankind when thou wast made a devil!
    What an inviting hell invented.
      - Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher,
        Comedy of Monsieur Thomas
         (act III, sc. 1)

Then, my good girls, be more than women, wise:
  At least be more than I was; and be sure
    You credit anything the light gives life to
      Before a man.
      - Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher,
        Maid's Tragedy (act II, sc. 2)

One is not born a woman, one becomes one.
      - Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex

A woman, and by so much nearer heaven as that makes one.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

If there be any one whose power is in beauty, in purity, in goodness, it is a woman.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Women are a new race, recreated since the world received Christianity.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

After all, as a pretty girl once said to me, women are a sex by themselves, so to speak.
      - Max Beerbohm

"And now, Madam," I addressed her, "we shall try who shall get the breeches."
      - William Beloe, Miscellanies,
        translation of a 1540 Latin story by Antonius Musa Brassavolus

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