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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; so there's an end on't.
      - Unattributed Author,
        from the pillar erected on the Mount in the Dane John Field, Canterbury, in the "Examiner", May 31, 1829

I think Nature hath lost the mould
  Where she her shape did take;
    Or else I doubt if Nature could
      So fair a creature make.
      - Unattributed Author, A Praise of his Lady,
        in "Tottel's Miscellany"

Man was made when Nature was but an apprentice, but woman when she was a skilful mistress of her art.
      - Unattributed Author, Cupid's Whirligig

What is lighter than the wind? A feather.
  What is lighter than a feather? Fire.
    What lighter than a fire? A woman.
      What lighter than a woman? Nothing.
        [Lat., Vente quid levius? fulgur. Quid fulgure? flamma
          Flamma quid? mulier. Quid mulier? nihil.]
      - Unattributed Author, Harleian Manuscript
         (no. 3362, folio 47)

It is a thing very displeasing to me when the hen speaks and the cock is silent.
  [Fr., C'est chose qui moult me deplaist,
    Quand poule parle et coq se taist.]
      - Unattributed Author, Roman de la Rose,
        XIV century

The virtue of her lively looks
  Excels the precious stone;
    I wish to have none other books
      To read or look upon.
      - Unattributed Author, Song and Sonnets

We are coming down from our pedestal and up from the laundry room.
      - Bella Abzug

A virtuous mind in a fair body is indeed a fine picture in a food light, and therefore it is no wonder that it makes the beautiful sex all over charms.
      - Joseph Addison

Loveliest of women! heaven is in thy soul,
  Beauty and virtue shine forever round thee,
    Bright'ning each other! thou art all divine!
      - Joseph Addison, Cato (act III, sc. 2)

Where women are, the better things are implied if not spoken.
      - Amos Bronson Alcott

Divination seems heightened and raised to its highest power in woman.
      - Amos Bronson Alcott,
        Concord Days--August--Woman

A woman is sometimes fugitive, irrational, indeterminable, illogical and contradictory. A great deal of forbearance ought to be shown her, and a good deal of prudence exercised with regard to her, for she may bring about innumerable evils without knowing it. Capable of all kinds of devotion, and of all kinds of treason, "monster incomprehensible," raised to the second power, she is at once the delight and the terror of man.
      - Henri-Frederic Amiel

Woman is the salvation or destruction of the family. She carries its destinies in the folds of her mantle.
      - Henri-Frederic Amiel

Women wish to be loved without a why or a wherefore; not because they are pretty, or good, or well-bred, or graceful, or intelligent, but because they are themselves.
      - Henri-Frederic Amiel

Oh, the gladness of their gladness when they're glad,
  And the sadness of their sadness when they're sad;
    But the gladness of their gladness, and the sadness of their sadness,
      Are as nothing to their badness when they're bad.
      - Anonymous

Oh, the shrewdness of their shrewdness when they are shrewd,
  And the rudeness of their rudeness when they're rude;
    But the shrewdness of their shrewdness and the rudeness of their rudeness,
      Are as nothing to their goodness when they're good.
      - Anonymous

It makes sweet human music,--oh! the spells that haunt the trembling tale a bright-eyed maiden tells!
      - Sir Edwin Arnold

On one she smiled, and he was blest;
  She smiles elsewhere--we make a din!
    But 'twas not love which heaved her breast,
      Fair child!--it was the bliss within.
      - Matthew Arnold, Euphrosyne

Woman's love is writ in water,
  Woman's faith is traced in sand.
      - Sir Robert Aytoun (Ayton) of Kincaldie,
        Lays of Scottish Cavaliers--Prince Edward at Versailles

Thou art a woman,
  And that is saying the best and worst of thee.
      - Philip James Bailey

A woman is seldom roused to great and courageous exertion but when something most dear to her is in immediate danger.
      - Joanna Baillie

Woman's grief is like a summer storm, short as it is violent.
      - Joanna Baillie

But woman's grief is like a summer storm,
  Short as it violent is.
      - Joanna Baillie, Basil (act V, sc. 3)

A Creole woman is like a child, she wants to possess everything immediately; like a child, she would set fire to a house in order to fry an egg. In her languor, she thinks of nothing; when passionately aroused, she thinks of any act possible or impossible.
      - Honore de Balzac

By and large, women have a faith and a morality peculiar to themselves; they believe in the reality of everything that serves their interest and their passions.
      - Honore de Balzac

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