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They govern the world, these sweet-lipped women, because beauty is the index of a larger fact than wisdom.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Man has his will,--but woman has her way.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.,
        Autocrat of the Breakfast Table
         (prologue)

She moves a goddess, and she looks a queen.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. III, l. 208), (Pope's translation)

O woman, woman, when to ill thy mind
  Is bent, all hell contains no fouler fiend.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Odyssey
         (bk. XI, l. 531), (Pope's translation)

What mighty woes
  To thy imperial race from woman rose.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Odyssey
         (bk. XI, l. 541), (Pope's translation)

But, alas! alas! for the woman's fate,
  Who has from a mob to choose a mate!
    'Tis a strange and painful mystery!
      But the more the eggs the worse the hatch;
        The more the fish, the worse the catch;
          The more the sparks the worse the match;
            Is a fact in woman's history.
      - Thomas Hood,
        Miss Kilmansegg--Her Courtship (st. 7)

Like all sciences and all valuations, the psychology of women has hitherto been considered only from the point of view of men.
      - Karen Horney

Women of forty always fancy they have found the Fountain of Youth, and that they remain young in the midst of the ruins of their day.
      - Arsene Houssaye

A woman does not spend all her time in buying things; she spends part of it in taking them back.
      - Edgar Watson Howe

A wretched woman is more unfortunate than a wretched man.
      - Victor Hugo

The enigma of the nineteenth century.
      - Victor Hugo

God in his harmony has equal ends
  For cedar that resists and reed that bends;
    For good it is a woman sometimes rules,
      Holds in her hand the power, and manners, schools,
        And laws, and mind; succeeding master proud,
          With gentle voice and smiles she leads the crowd,
            The somber human troop.
      - Victor Hugo, Eviradnus (V)

Great women belong to history and to self-sacrifice.
      - Leigh Hunt (James Henry Leigh Hunt)

A woman has to be twice as good as a man to go half as far.
      - Fannie Hurst

O woman! thou wert fashioned to beguile:
  So have all sages said, all poets sung.
      - Jean Ingelow, The Four Bridges (st. 68)

A woman's whole life is a history of the affections. The heart is her world; it is there her ambition strives for empire; it is there her avarice seeks for hidden treasures. She sends forth her sympathies on adventure, she embarks her whole soul in the traffic of affection; and, if shipwrecked, her case is hopeless, for it is a bankruptcy of the heart.
      - Washington Irving

As the vine which has long twined its graceful foliage about the oak, and been lifted by it into sunshine, will, when the hardy plant is rifted by the thunderbolt, cling round it with its caressing tendrils, and bind up its shattered boughs; so it is beautifully ordered by Providence, that woman, who is the mere dependent and ornament of man in his happier hours, should be his stay and solace when smitten with sudden calamity; winding herself into the rugged recesses of his nature, tenderly supporting the drooping head, and binding up the broken heart.
      - Washington Irving

There is in every true woman's heart a spark of heavenly fire, which beams and blazes in the dark hours of adversity.
      - Washington Irving

Christ has lifted woman to a new place in the world. And just in proportion as Christianity has sway, will she rise to a higher dignity in human life. What she has now, and what she shall have, of privilege and true honor, she owes to that gospel which took those qualities peculiarly and which had been counted weak and unworthy, and gave them a divine glory in Christ.
      - Herrick Johnson

I am very fond of the company of ladies. I like their beauty, I like their delicacy, I like their vivacity, and I like their silence.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Seward's "Johnsoniana", 617

If we require more perfection from women than from ourselves, it is doing them honor.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

In matters of business, no woman stops at integrity.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Wretched, un-idea'd girls.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Boswell's Life of Johnson

Ladies, stock and tend your hive,
  Trifle not at thirty-five;
    For, howe'er we boast and strive,
      Life declines from thirty-five;
        He that ever hopes to thrive
          Must begin by thirty-five.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        To Mrs. Thrale, when Thirty-five (l. 11)

You see a lot of smart guys with dumb women, but you hardly ever see a smart woman with a dumb guy.
      - Erica Jong


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