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One woman reads another's character
  Without the tedious trouble of deciphering.
      - Ben Jonson, New Inn (act IV)

And where she went, the flowers took thickest root,
  As she had sow'd them with her odorous foot.
      - Ben Jonson, The Sad Shepherd
         (act I, sc. 1)

There's scarce a case comes on but you shall find
  A woman's at the bottom.
    [Lat., Nulla fere causa est in qua non femina litem moverit.]
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
         (VI, 242)

The abject pleasure of an abject mind
  And hence so dear to poor weak woman kind.
    [Lat., Vindicta
      Nemo magis gaudet, quam femina.]
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
         (XIII, 191)

I met a lady in the meads
  Full beautiful--a faery's child,
    Her hair was long, her foot was light,
      And her eyes were wild.
      - John Keats (1), La Belle Dame sans Merci

Men have laid down the rules and definitions by which the world is run, and one of the objects of their definitions is woman.
      - Sally Kempton

If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament.
      - Florynce Kennedy, in "Ms." magazine

A woman's guess is much more accurate than a man's certainty.
      - Rudyard Kipling

When the Hymalayan peasant meets the he-bear in his pride,
  He shouts to scare the monster, who will often turn aside.
    But the she-bear thus accosted, rends the peasant tooth and nail,
      For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.
      - Rudyard Kipling, The Female of the Species

A woman is easily governed, if a man takes her in hand.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

An inconstant woman is one who is no longer in love; a false woman is one who is already in love with another person; a fickle woman is she who neither knows whom she loves nor whether she loves or not; and the indifferent woman, one who does not love at all.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

The majority of women have no principles of their own; they are guided by the heart, and depend for their own conduct, upon that of the men they love.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

Women are engaged to men by the favors they grant them; men are disengaged by the same favors.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

Women are extreme in all points. They are better or worse than men.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

God has placed the genius of women in their hearts, because the works of this genius are always works of love.
      - Alphonse de Lamartine

Men are misers, and women prodigal, in affection.
      - Alphonse de Lamartine

Nature has given women two painful but heavenly gifts, which distinguish them, and often raise them above human nature,--compassion and enthusiasm. By compassion, they devote themselves; by enthusiasm they exalt themselves.
      - Alphonse de Lamartine

There is a woman at the beginning of all great things.
      - Alphonse de Lamartine

Women have more heart and more imagination than men.
      - Alphonse de Lamartine

Teach him to live unto God and unto thee; and he will discover that women, like the plants in woods, derive their softness and tenderness from the shade.
      - Walter Savage Landor

The foundation of domestic happiness is faith in the virtue of woman.
      - Walter Savage Landor

When a woman hath ceased to be quite the same to us, it matters little how different she becomes.
      - Walter Savage Landor

A good woman is a hidden treasure; who discovers her will do well not to boast about it.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

It is valueless to a woman to be young unless pretty, or to be pretty unless young.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

There are few women whose charm survives their beauty.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld


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