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Women can hold up half the sky.
      - Proverb, (Chinese)

There are in woman's eyes two sorts of tears,--the one of grief, the other of deceit.
      - Pythagoras

Like to the falling of a star,
  . . . .
    Like to the damask rose you see,
      Or like the blossom of the tree.
      - Francis Quarles, Argalus and Parthenia,
        claimed by him but attributed to John Phillipot in Harleian Manuscript 3917, folio 88b

If she seem not chaste to me,
  What care I how chaste she be?
      - Sir Walter Raleigh (1),
        written the night before his death, see Bayley's "Life of Raleigh"

If she undervalue me,
  What care I how fair she be?
      - Sir Walter Raleigh (1)

A woman has got to love a bad man once or twice in her life, to be thankful for a good one.
      - Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

That, let us rail at women, scorn and flout 'em,
  We may live with, but cannot live without 'em.
      - Frederic Reynolds, My Grandfather's Will
         (act III)

I came to explore the wreck.
      - Adrienne Rich, Diving into the Wreck

Such a plot must have a woman in it.
      - Samuel Richardson, Sir Charles Grandison
         (vol. I, letter 24)

A female heart is often like marble: the cunning stone cutter strikes a thousand blows without the Parian block showing the line of a crack; but all at once it breaks asunder into the very form which the cunning stone cutter has so long been hammering after.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Nature sent women into the world with this bridal dower of love, for this reason, that they might be, what their destination is, mothers, and love children, to whom sacrifices must ever be offered and from whom none are to be obtained.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

O, if the loving, closed heart of a good woman should open before a man, how much controlled tenderness, how many veiled sacrifices and dumb virtues, would he see reposing therein?
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

The woman must not belong to herself; she is bound to alien destinies. But she performs her part best who can take freely of her own choice, the alien to her heart, can bear and foster it with sincerity and love.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Women are like thermometers, which on a sudden application of heat sink at first a few degrees, as a preliminary to rising a good many.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

A woman is the most inconsistent compound of obstinacy and self-sacrifice that I am acquainted with.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul),
        Flower, Fruit, and Thorn Pieces (ch. V)

O wild, dark flower of woman,
  Deep rose of my desire,
    An Eastern wizard made you
      Of earth and stars and fire.
      - Charles George Douglas Roberts,
        The Rose of my Desire

There is nothing by which I have, through life, more profited than by the just observations, the good opinion, and the sincere and gentle encouragement of amiable and sensible women.
      - Sir Samuel Romilly

Of Adam's first wife, Lilith, it is told
  (The witch he loved before the gift of Eve)
    That ere the snakes, her sweet tongue could deceive
      And her enchanted hair was the first gold--
        And still she sits, young while the earth is old
          And, subtly of herself contemplative,
            Draws men to watch the bright net she can weave,
              Till heart and body and life are in its hold.
      - Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Lilith

A bluestocking is the scourge of her husband, children, friends, servants, and every one.
      - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

The empire of woman is an empire of softness, of address, of complacency. Her commands are caresses, her menaces are tears.
      - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

The world is the book of women. Whatever knowledge they may possess is more commonly acquired by observation than by reading.
      - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

A blue-stocking is the scourge of her husband, children, friends, servants, and every one.
  [Fr., Une femme bel-esprit est le fleau de son mari, de ses enfants, de ses amis, de ses valets, et tout le monde.]
      - Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emile (I, 5)

Every blue-stocking will remain a spinster as long as there are sensible men on the earth.
  [Fr., Toute fille lettree restera fille toute sa vie, quand il n'y aura que des hommes senses sur la terre.]
      - Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emile (I, 5)

Bestrew my heart, but it is wond'rous strange;
  Sure there is something more than witchcraft in them,
    Than master ev'n the wisest of us all.
      - Nicholas Rowe

Women, like summer storms, awhile are cloudy,
  Burst out in thunder and impetuous showers:
    But straight the sun of beauty dawns abroad,
      And all the fair horizon is serene.
      - Nicholas Rowe

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