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A living doll, everywhere you look.
  It can sew, it can cook,
    It can talk, talk, talk.
      It works, there is nothing wrong with it.
        You have a hole, it's a poultice.
          You have an eye, it's an image.
            My boy, it's your last resort.
              Will you marry it, marry it, marry it.
      - Sylvia Plath, The Applicant

I know that we women are all justly accounted praters; they say in the present day that there never was in any age such a wonder to be found as a dumb woman.
  [Lat., Nam multum loquaces merito omnes habemus,
    Nec mutam profecto repertam ullam esse
      Hodie dicunt mulierem ullo in seculo.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Aulularia
         (II, 1, 5)

Women have many faults, but of the many this is the greatest, that they please themselves too much, and give too little attention to pleasing the men.
  [Lat., Multa sunt mulierum vitia, sed hoc e multis maximum,
    Cum sibi nimis placent, nimisque operam dant ut placeant viris.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Poenulus
         (V, 4, 33)

A woman finds it much easier to do ill than well.
  [Lat., Mulieri nimio male facere melius est onus, quam bene.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus),
        Truculentus (II, 5, 17)

Oh! say not woman's heart is bought
  With vain and empty treasure.
    . . . .
      Deep in her heart the passion glows;
        She loves and loves forever.
      - Isaac Pocock,
        a song in the "The Heir of Vironi", produced at Covent Garden, Feb. 27, 1817

And yet believe me, good as well as ill
  Woman's at best a contradiction still
    Heaven, when it strives to polish all it can
      Its last best work, but forms a softer man.
      - Alexander Pope

Heaven gave to woman the peculiar grace
  To spin, to weep, and cully human race.
      - Alexander Pope

O! bless'd with temper, whose unclouded ray
  Can make to-morrow cheerful as to-day;
    She who can own a sister's charms, or hear
      Sighs for a daughter with unwounded ear;
        She who ne'er answers till a husband cools,
          Or, if she rules him, never shows she rules.
      - Alexander Pope

Think not, when woman's transient breath is fled,
  That all her vanities at once are dead;
    Succeeding vanities she still regards,
      And though she plays no more, o'erlooks the cards.
        Her joy in gilded chariots, when alive,
          And love of ombre, after death survive,
            For when the fair in all their pride expire,
              To their first elements their souls retire:
                The sprites of fiery termagants in flame
                  Mount up, and take a salamander's name.
                    Soft yielding minds to water glide away,
                      And sip, with nymphs, their elemental tea.
                        The graver prude sinks downward to a gnome,
                          In search of mischief still on earth to roam.
                            The light coquettes in sylphs aloft repair,
                              And sport and flutter in the fields of air.
      - Alexander Pope

Woman is at best a contradiction still.
      - Alexander Pope

Our grandsire, Adam, ere of Eve possesst,
  Alone, and e'en in Paradise unblest,
    With mournful looks the blissful scenes survey'd,
      And wander'd in the solitary shade.
        The Maker say, took pity, and bestow'd
          Woman, the last, the best reserv'd of God.
      - Alexander Pope, January and May (l. 63)

Offend her, and she knows not to forgive;
  Oblige here, and she'll hate you while you live.
      - Alexander Pope, Moral Essays
         (ep. II, l. 137)

Ladies, like variegated tulips, show
  'Tis to their changes half their charms we owe.
      - Alexander Pope, Moral Essays
         (ep. II, l. 2)

Most women have no characters at all.
      - Alexander Pope, Moral Essays
         (ep. II, l. 2)

O! blessed with temper, whose unclouded ray
  Can make to-morrow cheerful as to-day;
    She who can own a sister's charms, or hear
      Sighs for a daughter with unwounded ear;
        She who ne'er answers till a husband cools,
          Or, if she rules him, never shows she rules.
            Charms by accepting, by submitting sways,
              Yet has her humour most when she obeys.
      - Alexander Pope, Moral Essays
         (ep. II, l. 257)

And mistress of herself, though china fall.
      - Alexander Pope, Moral Essays
         (ep. II, l. 268)

Woman's at best a contradiction still.
      - Alexander Pope, Moral Essays
         (ep. II, l. 270)

Men some to business, some to pleasure take;
  But every woman is at heart a rake;
    Men some to quiet, some to public strife;
      But every lady would be queen for life.
      - Alexander Pope, Moral Essays
         (ep. II, p. 215)

Woman! thou loveliest gift that here below
  Man can receive, or Providence bestow.
      - Winthrop Mackworth Praed

Give God thy broken heart, He whole will make it:
  Give woman thy whole heart, and she will break it.
      - Edmund Prestwich, The Broken Heart

Be to her virtues very kind;
  Be to her faults a little blind.
    Let all her ways be unconfin'd;
      And clap your padlock--on her mind.
      - Matthew Prior, An English Padlock

The gray mare will prove the better horse.
      - Matthew Prior, Epilogue to Lucius
         (last line)

That if weak women went astray,
  Their stars were more in fault than they.
      - Matthew Prior, Hans Carvel

Provided a woman be well principled, she has dowry enough.
  [Lat., Dummodo morato recte veniat, deotata est satis.]
      - Proverb

When a woman is openly bad she is then at her best.
  [Lat., Aperte mala cum est mulier, tum demum est bona.]
      - Proverb

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