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A woman was leader in the deed.
  [Lat., Dux femina facti.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        The Aeneid (I, 364)

A woman is always changeable and capricious.
  [Lat., Varium et mutabile semper,
    Femina.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        The Aeneid (IV, 569)

That which an enraged woman can accomplish.
  [Lat., Furens quid foemina possit.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        The Aeneid (V, 6)

"Woman" must ever be a woman's highest name,
  And honors more than "Lady," if I know right.
      - Walter von der Vogelweide,
        translated in the "Minnesinger of Germany--Woman and Lady"

All the reasonings of men are not worth one sentiment of women.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)

Very learned women are to be found, in the same manner as female warriors; but they are seldom or ever inventors.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire),
        A Philosophical Dictionary--Women

Would you hurt a woman worst, aim at her affections.
      - Lewis (Lew) Wallace

My wife is one of the best wimin on this Continent, altho' she isn't always gentle as a lamb with mint sauce.
      - Artemus Ward (pseudonym of Charles Farrar Browne),
        A War Meeting

A woman set on anything will walk right through the moral crockery without wincing.
      - Charles Dudley Warner

She is not old, she is not young,
  The Woman with the Serpent's Tongue.
    The haggard cheek, the hungering eye,
      The poisoned words that wildly fly,
        The famished face, the fevered hand--
          Who slights the worthiest in the land,
            Sneers at the just, contemns the brave,
              And blackens goodness in its grave.
      - Sir William Watson (2),
        Woman with the Serpent's Tongue

What cannot a neat knave with a smooth tale
  Make a woman believe?
      - John Webster, Duchess of Malfi (I, II)

Not from his head was woman took,
  As made her husband to o'erlook;
    Not from his feet, as one designed
      The footstool of the stronger kind;
        But fashioned for himself, a bride;
          An equal, taken from his side.
      - Charles Wesley (1),
        Short Hymns on Select Passages of the Holy Scriptures

What's a table richly spread,
  Without a woman at its head?
      - T. Wharton

They never reason, or, if they do, they either draw correct inferences from wrong premises or wrong inferences from correct premises; and they always poke the fire from the top.
      - Archbishop Richard Whately

Woman is like the reed which bends to every breeze, but breaks not in the tempest.
      - Archbishop Richard Whately

Without religion, man is an atheist, woman is a monster. As daughter, sister, wife and mother, she holds in her hands, under God, the destinies of humanity. In the hours of gloom and sorrow we look to her for sympathy and comfort. Where shall she find strength for trial, comfort for sorrow, save in that gospel which has given a new meaning to the name of "mother," since it rested on the lips of the child Jesus?
      - Henry Benjamin Whipple

As pure and sweet, her fair brow seemed
  Eternal as the sky:
    And like the brook's low song, her voice,--
      A sound which could not die.
      - John Greenleaf Whittier

Sweet prompting unto kindest deeds
  Were in her vary look;
    We read her face, as one who reads
      A true and holy book.
      - John Greenleaf Whittier

Just watch, all of you men. I'll show you what a woman can do. . . . I'll go across the country, I'll race to the moon. . . . I'll never look back.
      - Edna Gardner Whyte

Women are made to be loved, not understood.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)

Women have a wonderful instinct about things. They can discover everything except the obvious.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)

There are only two kinds of women, the plain and the coloured.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde),
        Dorian Gray (ch. III)

Oh! no one. No one in particular. A woman of no importance.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde),
        Woman of No Importance (act I)

The taste forever refines in the study of women.
      - Nathaniel Parker Willis

Angels listen when she speaks;
  She's my delight, all mankind's wonder;
    But my jealous heart would break
      Should we live one day asunder.
      - John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester,
        Song--My Dear Mistress has a Heart
         (st. 2)


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