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A woman's honor rests on manly love.
      - Esaias Tegner, Fridthjof's Saga
         (canto VIII)

Men at moat differ as heaven and earth: but women, worst and best, as heaven and hell.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

For men at most differ as Heaven and Earth,
  But women, worst and best, as Heaven and Hell.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson,
        Idylls of the King--Merlin and Vivian

Airy, fairy Lilian.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, Lilian

Woman is the lesser man.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, Locksley Hall
         (st. 76)

She with all the charm of woman,
  She with all the breadth of man.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson,
        Locksley Hall Sixth Years After (l. 48)

Queen rose of the rosebud garden of girls.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, Maud
         (pt. I, XXII, st. 9)

The woman is so hard
  Upon the woman.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, The Princess (VI)

For woman is not undeveloped man
  But diverse; could we make her as the man
    Sweet love were slain; his dearest bond is this
      Not like to like but like in difference.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, The Princess (VII)

With prudes for proctors, dowagers for deans,
  And sweet girl-graduates in their golden hair.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson,
        The Princess--Prologue (l. 141)

A rosebud set with little wilful thorns,
  And sweet as English air could make her, she.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson,
        The Princess--Prologue (l. 153)

I know the nature of women. When you will, they will not; when you will not, they come of their own accord.
  [Lat., Novi ingenium mulierum;
    Nolunt ubi velis, ubi nolis cupiunt ultro.]
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer), Eunuchus
         (IV, 7, 42)

A clever, ugly man every now and then is successful with the ladies; but a handsome fool is irresistible.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

Women equitable, logical, and utterly just! Mercy upon us! If they were, population would cease, the world would be a howling wilderness.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

When I say that I know women, I mean that I know that I don't know them. Every single woman I ever knew is a puzzle to me, as I have no doubt she is to herself.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray,
        Mr. Brown's Letters

I hate women because they always know where things are.
      - James Thurber

Woman is the highest, holiest, most precious gift to man. Her mission and throne is the family, and if anything is withheld that would mate her more efficient, useful, or happy in that sphere, she is wronged, and has not her rights.
      - John Todd

Regard the society of women as a necessary unpleasantness of social life, and avoid it as much as possible.
      - Leo Tolstoy (Count Lev Tolstoi), Diary

Woman is more impressionable than man. Therefore in the Golden Age they were better than men. Now they are worse.
      - Leo Tolstoy (Count Lev Tolstoi), Diary

He is a fool who thinks by force or skill,
  To turn the current of a woman's will.
      - Sir Samuel Tuke, Adventures of Five Hours
         (act V, sc. 3, l. 483),
        (translated from Calderon)

Where is the man who has the power and skill
  To stem the torrent of a woman's will?
    For if she will, she will, you may depend on't,
      And if she won't, she won't, and there's an end on't.
      - Unknown

If women were humbler, men would be honester.
      - Sir John Vanbrugh (Vanburgh)

Let our weakness be what it will, mankind will still be weaker; and whilst there is a world, 'tis woman that will govern it.
      - Sir John Vanbrugh (Vanburgh),
        Provoked Wife (act III)

A slighted woman knows no bounds.
      - Sir John Vanbrugh (Vanburgh), The Mistake
         (pt. I, act II, sc. 1)

Blonde or brunette, this rhyme applies, happy is he who knows them not.
      - Francois Villon


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