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Women can less easily surmount their coquetry than their passions.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Sensibility is the power of woman.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

Whatever littleness and vanity is to be observed in the minds of women, it is, like the cruelty of butchers, a temper that is wrought into them by that life which they are taught and accustomed to lead.
      - William Law

If a woman hasn't got a tiny streak of harlot in her, she's a dry stick as a rule.
      - David Herbert Lawrence

Those who always speak well of women do not know them sufficiently; those who always speak ill of them do not know them at all.
      - Gilliaume Pigault Lebrun (Gilliaume Pigault-Lebrun )

I never addressed myself in the language of decency and friendship to a woman, whether civilized or savage, without receiving a decent and friendly answer.
      - John Ledyard

Worst of all, it is women who usually have to do, usually alone, all the dirty work of the kitchen and household, work that is unimportant, hard, tiresome, and soul-destroying.
      - Nikolai Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

As usual, there is a great woman behind every idiot.
      - John Lennon

Nature intended that woman should be her masterpiece.
      - Ephraim Gotthold Lessing

I have always said it--Nature meant woman to be her masterpiece.
  [Ger., Ich hab' es immer gesagt: das Weib wollte die Natur zu ihrem Meisterstucke machen.]
      - Ephraim Gotthold Lessing, Emilia Galotti
         (V, 7)

What could a woman's head contrive
  Which it would not know how to excuse?
    [Ger., Was hatt ein Weiberkopf erdacht, das er
      Nicht zu beschonen wusste?]
      - Ephraim Gotthold Lessing, Nathan der Weise
         (III)

As soon as she (woman) begins to be ashamed of what she ought not, she will not be ashamed of what she ought.
  [Lat., Nae simul pudere quod non oportet coeperit; quod oportet non pudebit.]
      - Titus Livy, Annales (XXXIV, 4)

The life of woman is full of woe,
  Toiling on and on and on,
    With breaking heart, and tearful eyes,
      The secret longings that arise,
        Which this world never satisfies!
          Some more, some less, but of the whole
            Not one quite happy, no, not one!
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Christus--The Golden Legend (pt. II)

A Lady with a lamp shall stand
  In the great history of the land,
    A noble type of good,
      Heroic womanhood.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Santa Filomena
         (st. 10)

Like a fair lily on a river floating
  She floats upon the river of his thoughts.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Spanish Student (act II, sc. 3)

'Twas kin' o' kingdom-come to look
  On sech a blessed cretur.
      - James Russell Lowell,
        Biglow Papers--Introduction to Second Series--The Courtin'
         (st. 7)

Earth's noblest thing, a Woman perfected.
      - James Russell Lowell, Irene (l. 62)

A little, tiny, pretty, witty, charming darling she.
  [Lat., Parvula, pumilio, chariton mia tota merum sal.]
      - Lucretius (Titus Lucretius Carus),
        De Rerum Natura (IV, 1158)

Even though they grow weary and wear themselves out with child-bearing, it does not matter; let them go on bearing children till they die, that is what they are there for.
      - Martin Luther

Men have broad and large chests, and small narrow hips, and more understanding than women, who have but small and narrow breasts, and broad hips, to the end they should remain at home, sit still, keep house, and bear and bring up children.
      - Martin Luther

There is no gown or garment that worse becomes a woman than when she will be wise.
      - Martin Luther

A woman's noblest station is retreat.
      - Lord George Lyttelton, 1st Baron Lyttelton ("The Good Lord Lyttelton")

Seek to be good, but aim not to be great;
  A woman's noblest station is retreat;
    Her fairest virtues fly from public sight;
      Domestic worth,--that shuns too strong a light.
      - Lord George Lyttelton, 1st Baron Lyttelton ("The Good Lord Lyttelton")

A cunning woman is a knavish fool.
      - Lord George Lyttelton, 1st Baron Lyttelton ("The Good Lord Lyttelton"),
        Advice to a Lady

A tact which surpassed the tact of her sex as much as the tact of her sex surpasses the tact of ours.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay


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