"Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is above rubies."
Bible Proverbs, 31:10
"I will therefore….that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, not with shamefacedness and sobriety; with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to use authority over the man, but to in silence. For Adam was first formed, the Eve. And Adam was not deceived but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, as they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety."
New Testament 1 Timothy 3;8-15
"Can you recall a woman who ever showed you with pride her library?"
"What is truly indispensable for the conduct of life has been taught us by women-the small rules of courtesy, the actions that win us the warmth or deference of others; the words that assure us a welcome; the attitudes that must be varied to mesh with the character or situation; all social strategy . It is listening to women that teaches us to speak to men."
"You don’t know a woman until you have had a letter from her."
"When women kiss it always reminds one of prizefighters shaking hands."
"The female of all species are most dangerous when they appear to retreat."
"It is because of men that women dislike one another."
"Women have served all these centuries as looking glasses possessing the….power of reflecting the figure of man at twice its natural size."
"The being who, for most men, is the source of the most lively, and even, be it said, to the shame of philosophical delights, the most lasting joys; the being towards or for whom and by whom fortunes are made and lost; for whom, but especially by whom, artists and poets compose their most delicate jewels; from whom flow the most enervating pleasures and the most enriching sufferings-woman, in a word, is not, for the artist in general….Only the female of the human species. She is rather a divinity ,a star."
Charles Baudelaire (1821-67)
"A complete woman is probably not a very admirable creature. She is manipulative, uses other people to get her own way, and works within whatever system she is in."
"Women, designed by evolution as the link between spirit and flesh, are perhaps also designed by the cosmos to lead the human world back, now, to the great celebration of the reconciliation of flesh and spirit. Thus, at the very edge of death, we will return to the beginning. That is, at the end of the world (where we must surely be!) we will return to the Goddess, the Great Mother of All Life, as her magic children. In a round world, the only way for human beings to survive the end is to return to the beginning. Thus we complete a circle; but on a spiral, we revolve to a larger circle."
Monica Sjoo & Barbara Mor
The Great Cosmic Mother
"In theory, my instinct rather turns to the woman than to the man of the future. In modern society, the man and his masculinity are at disadvantage. The woman….is only beginning her career. What she will become is known only to the Holy Virgin….A branch of her sex is sure to break off as an emancipated social class."
"As the faculty of writing has been chiefly a masculine endowment, the reproach of making the world miserable has been always thrown upon the women."
"On one issue at least, men and women agree; they both distrust women."
"Women, when they have made a sheep of a man, always tell him he is a lion with a will of iron."
JHonore de Balzac (1799-1850)
"Of all the wild beasts of land or sea, the wildest is woman."
Menander (342-291 B.C.)
"The woman is so hard
Upon the woman."
Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)
"The woman’s cause is man’s ; they rise or sink together."
"A woman knows how to keep quiet when she is in the right, whereas a man, when he is in the right, will keep on talking."
"Most men who rail against women are railing at one woman only."
"One can, to an almost laughable degree, infer what a man’s wife is like from his opinions about women in general."
"All the books extolling the simple life are written by men."
"Even when they meet in the street, women look at one another like Guelphs and Ghibbellines."
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