An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown






The woman who is known only through a man is known wrong.


Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918, American historian)


As vivacity is the gift of women, gravity is that of men.


Joseph Addison (1672-1719, British essayist, poet, statesman)


A man's brain has a more difficult time shifting from thinking to feeling than a women's brain does.


Barbara De Angelis (American expert on relationship & love, author)


Men are just as sensitive, and in some ways more sensitive, than women are.


Barbara De Angelis (American expert on relationship & love, author)


The white American man makes the white American woman maybe not superfluous but just a little kind of decoration. Not really important to turning around the wheels of the state. Well the black American woman has never been able to feel that way. No black American man at any time in our history in the United States has been able to feel that he didn't need that black woman right against him, shoulder to shoulder -- in that cotton field, on the auction block, in the ghetto, wherever.


Maya Angelou (1928-, African-American poet, writer, performer)

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Man forgives women anything save the wit to outwit him.


Minna Antrim (1861-1950, American epigrammist)


When a woman is very, very bad, she is awful, but when a man is correspondingly good, he is weird.


Minna Antrim (1861-1950, American epigrammist)


Women like silent men. They think they're listening.


Marcel Archard (1889–1974, Film writer and director)


So it is naturally with the male and the female; the one is superior, the other inferior; the one governs, the other is governed; and the same rule must necessarily hold good with respect to all mankind.


Aristotle (BC 384-322, Greek philosopher)


If all men are born free, why is it that all women are born slaves?


Mary Astell (1666-1731, British writer)


Women have got to make the world safe for men since men have made it so darned unsafe for women.


Lady Nancy Astor (1897-1964, British politician)


She even had a kind of special position among men: she was an exception, she fitted none of the categories they commonly used when talking about girls; she wasn't a cock-teaser, a cold fish, an easy lay or a sneaky bitch; she was an honorary person.


Margaret Atwood (1939-, Canadian novelist, poet, critic)


There certainly are not so many men of large fortune in the world as there are of pretty woman to deserve them.


Jane Austen (1775-1817, British novelist)


With men he can be rational and unaffected, but when he has ladies to please, every feature works.


Jane Austen (1775-1817, British novelist)


Men who do not make advances to women are apt to become victims to women who make advances to them.


Walter Bagehot (1826-1977, British economist, critic)


Guys are simple... women are not simple and they always assume that men must be just as complicated as they are, only way more mysterious. The whole point is guys are not thinking much. They are just what they appear to be. Tragically.


Dave Barry (1947-, American humorist, author)


Every woman is like a time-zone. She is a nocturnal fragment of your journey. She brings you unflaggingly closer to the next night.


Jean Baudrillard (French postmodern philosopher, writer)


Men act and women appear. Men look at women. Women watch themselves being looked at.


John Berger (1926-, British actor, critic)


Men mourn for what they have lost; women for what they ain't got.


Josh Billings (1815-1885, American humorist, lecturer)


While farmers generally allow one rooster for ten hens, ten men are scarcely sufficient to service one woman.


Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375, French professor, writer)


A good cigar is as great a comfort to a man as a good cry is to a woman.


Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873, British novelist, poet)


A woman who looks like a girl and thinks like a man is the best sort, the most enjoyable to be and the most pleasurable to have and to hold.


Julie Burchill (British journalist, writer)


A woman who gives any advantage to a man may expect a lover -- but will sooner or later find a tyrant.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


But as to women, who can penetrate the real sufferings of their she condition? Man's very sympathy with their estate has much of selfishness and more suspicion. Their love, their virtue, beauty, education, but form good housekeepers, to breed a nation.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


I think the worst woman that ever existed would have made a man of very passable reputation -- they are all better than us and their faults such as they are must originate with ourselves.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


There is something to me very softening in the presence of a woman, some strange influence, even if one is not in love with them, which I cannot at all account for, having no very high opinion of the sex. But yet, I always feel in better humor with myself and everything else, if there is a woman within ken.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


What a strange thing man is; and what a stranger thing woman.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


A woman should say: "Have I made him happy? Is he satisfied? Does he love me more than he loved me before? Is he likely to go to bed with another woman?" If he does, then it's the wife's fault because she is not trying to make him happy.


Barbara Cartland (1901-2000, British novelist)


Whatever evil a man may think of women, there is no woman but thinks more.


Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741-1794, French writer, journalist, playwright)


I don't know why women want any of the things men have, when one of the things that women have is men.


Coco Chanel (1883-1971, French couturier)


A women knows how to keep quiet when she is in the right, whereas a man, when he is in the right, will keep on talking.


Malcolm De Chazal (1902-1981, French writer)


A man of sense only trifles with them, plays with them, humors and flatters them, as he does with a sprightly and forward child; but he neither consults them about nor trusts them with serious matters.


Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield (1694-1773, British statesman, author)


The nearer society approaches to divine order, the less separation will there be in the characters, duties, and pursuits of men and women. Women will not become less gentle and graceful, but men will become more so. Women will not neglect the care and education of their children, but men will find themselves ennobled and refined by sharing those duties with them; and will receive, in return, co-operation and sympathy in the discharge of various other duties, now deemed inappropriate to women. The more women become rational companions, partners in business and in thought, as well as in affection and amusement, the more highly will men appreciate home.


Lydia M. Child (1802-1880, American abolitionist, writer, editor)


It seems as though women keep growing. Eventually they can have little or nothing in common with the men they chose long ago.


Eugenie Clark (1922-, American marine biologist, author)


A pretty little collection of weaknesses and a terror of spiders are our indispensable stock-in-trade with the men.


Sidonie Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954, French author)


What attracts us in a woman rarely binds us to her.


John Churton Collins


In the sex war, thoughtlessness is the weapon of the male, vindictiveness of the female.


Cyril Connolly (1903-1974, British critic)


Love is lost in men's capricious minds, but in women s, it fills all the room it finds.


John Crowne


Nature makes woman to be won and men to win.


George William Curtis (1824-1892, American journalist)


Men don't know much about women. We do know when they're happy. We know when they're crying, and we know when they're pissed off. We just don't know in what order these are gonna come at us.


Evan Davis


Were there no women, men might live like gods.


Thomas Dekker (1572-1632, British playwright)


There is no kind of harassment that a man may not inflict on a woman with impunity in civilized societies.


Denis Diderot (1713-1784, French philosopher)


To be completely woman you need a master, and in him a compass for your life. You need a man you can look up to and respect. If you dethrone him it's no wonder that you are discontented, and discontented women are not loved for long.


Marlene Dietrich (1904-1992, German-born American film actor)


Once a man is on hand, a woman tends to stop believing in her own beliefs.


Colette Dowling


A man's idea in a game of cards is war, cruel, devastating, and pitiless. A lady's idea of it is a combination of larceny, embezzlement and burglary.


Finley Peter Dunne (1867-1936, American journalist, humorist)


The woman is the home. That's where she used to be, and that's where she still is. You might ask me, What if a man tries to be part of the home -- will the woman let him? I answer yes. Because then he becomes one of the children.


Marguerite Duras (1914-1996, French author, filmmaker)


Women are an enslaved population -- the crop we harvest is children, the fields we work are houses. Women are forced into committing sexual acts with men that violate integrity because the universal religion -- contempt for women -- has as its first commandment that women exist purely as sexual fodder for men.


Andrea Dworkin (1946-, American feminist critic)


Given the cultural barriers to intersex conversation, the amazing thing is that we would even expect women and men to have anything to say to each other for more than ten minutes at a stretch. The barriers are ancient -- perhaps rooted, as some paleontologist may soon discover, in the contrast between the occasional guttural utterances exchanged in male hunting bands and the extended discussions characteristic of female food-gathering groups.


Barbara Ehrenreich (1941-, American author, columnist)


Upscale young men seem to go for the kind of woman who plays with a full deck of credit cards, who won't cry when she's knocked to the ground while trying to board the six o'clock Eastern shuttle, and whose schedule doesn't allow for a sexual encounter lasting more than twelve minutes.


Barbara Ehrenreich (1941-, American author, columnist)


Let us treat the men and women well: treat them as if they were real: perhaps they are.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


And when a woman's will is as strong as the man's who wants to govern her, half her strength must be concealment.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


I should like to know what is the proper function of women, if it is not to make reasons for husbands to stay at home, and still stronger reasons for bachelors to go out.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


I tell you there isn't a thing under the sun that needs to be done at all, but what a man can do better than a woman, unless it's bearing children, and they do that in a poor make-shift way; it had better ha been left to the men.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


Where women love each other, men learn to smother their mutual dislike.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


Women lie about their age; men lie about their income.


William Feather (1888-19, American writer, businessman)


The most important thing in a relationship between a man and a woman is that one of them must be good at taking orders.


Linda Festa


Men get to be a mixture of the charming mannerisms of the women they have known.


F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940, American writer)

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When men and woman die, as poets sung, his heart's the last part moves, her last, the tongue.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


Whatever they may be in public life, whatever their relations with men, in their relations with women, all men are rapists and that's all they are. They rape us with their eyes, their laws, their codes.


Marilyn French (1929-, American author, critic)


Woman submits to her fate; man makes his.


Emile Gaboriau


I must have women -- there is nothing unbends the mind like them.


John Gay (1688-1732, British playwright, poet)


Sure men were born to lie, and women to believe them!


John Gay (1688-1732, British playwright, poet)


It is the woman who chooses the man who will choose her.


Paul Geraldy


The female of the genus homo is economically dependent on the male. He is her food supply.


Charlotte P. Gillman (1860-1935, American feminist and writer)


Girls we love for what they are; men for what they promise to be.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


Most men who rail against women are railing at one woman only.


Remy De Gourmont (1858-1915, French novelist, philosopher, poet, playwright)


The woman's vision is deep reaching, the man's far reaching. With the man the world is his heart, with the woman the heart is her world.


Betty Grable


A women under stress is not immediately concerned with finding solutions to her problems but rather seeks relief by expressing herself and being understood.


John Gray (American relationship expert, author)


Just as women are afraid of receiving, men are afraid of giving.


John Gray (American relationship expert, author)


Men are motivated and empowered when they feel needed. Women are motivated and empowered when they feel cherished.


John Gray (American relationship expert, author)


When men and women are able to respect and accept their differences then love has a chance to blossom.


John Gray (American relationship expert, author)


I have always been principally interested in men for sex. I've always thought any sane woman would be a lover of women, because loving men is such a mess. I have always wished I'd fall in love with a woman. Damn.


Germaine Greer (1939-, Australian feminist writer)


Man made one grave mistake: in answer to vaguely reformist and humanitarian agitation he admitted women to politics and the professions. The conservatives who saw this as the undermining of our civilization and the end of the state and marriage were right after all; it is time for the demolition to begin.


Germaine Greer (1939-, Australian feminist writer)


Man made one grave mistake: in answer to vaguely reformist and humanitarian agitation he admitted women to politics and the professions. The conservatives who saw this as the undermining of our civilization and the end of the state and marriage were right after all; it is time for the demolition to begin.


Germaine Greer (1939-, Australian feminist writer)


Perhaps women have always been in closer contact with reality than men: it would seem to be the just recompense for being deprived of idealism.


Germaine Greer (1939-, Australian feminist writer)


Men should be saying "I want to become a woman." The world would be a far better place if more men wanted to become women, than women wanted to become men.


Albert Halsey


Women make love for love, men make love for lust.


Derrick Harge


To be womanly is one thing, and one only; it is to be sensitive to man, to be highly endowed with the sex instinct; to be manly is to be sensitive to woman.


Jane Harrison (1850-1928, British classical scholar, writer)


If a man hears much that a woman says, she is not beautiful.


Henry S. Haskins


I'm a woman who was raised to believe that you are not complete unless you have a man. Well, in some ways it's true. I am a feminist to a point. But I'm not going to deny the fact that I love to be with men.


Goldie Hawn (1945-, American actress)


The man of the house can destroy the pleasure of the household, but he cannot make it. That rests with the woman, and it is her greatest privilege.


Sir Arthur Helps (1813-1875, British historian, novelist, essayist)


Sometimes I wonder if men and women really suit each other. Perhaps they should live next door and just visit now and then.


Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003, American actress, writer)


Men greet each other with a sock on the arm, women with a hug, and the hug wears better in the long run.


Edward Hoagland (1932-, American novelist, essayist)


Sometimes I think that the biggest difference between men and women is that more men need to seek out some terrible lurking thing in existence and hurl themselves upon it. Women know where it lives but they can let it alone.


Russell Hoban (1925-, American author)


The superiority of one man's opinion over another's is never so great as when the opinion is about a woman.


Henry James (1843-1916, American author)


Men know that women are an over-match for them, and therefore they choose the weakest or most ignorant. If they did not think so, they never could be afraid of women knowing as much as themselves.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


Men and women, women and men; it will never work.


Erica Jong (1942-, American author)


Men naturally resent it when women take greater liberties in dress than men are allowed.


Michael Korda (1919-, American publisher)


It is because of men that women dislike one another.


Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696, French classical writer)


Women receive he insults of men with tolerance, having been bitten in the nipple by their toothless gums.


Dilys Laing


Once women begin to question the inevitability of their subordination and to reject the conventions formerly associated with it, they can no longer retreat to the safety of those conventions. The woman who rejects the stereotype of feminine weakness and dependence can no longer find much comfort in the cliche that all men are beasts. She has no choice except to believe, on the contrary, that men are human beings, and she finds it hard to forgive them when they act like animals.


Christopher Lasch (1932-, American historian)


The cruelest thing a man can do to a woman is to portray her as perfection.


D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930, British author)


The great living experience for every man is his adventure into the woman. The man embraces in the woman all that is not himself, and from that one resultant, from that embrace, comes every new action.


D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930, British author)


The source of all life and knowledge is in man and woman, and the source of all living is in the interchange and the meeting and mingling of these two: man-life and woman-life, man-knowledge and woman-knowledge, man-being and woman-being.


D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930, British author)


Much can be inferred about a man from his mistress: in her one beholds his weaknesses and his dreams.


Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799, German physicist, satirist)


I really think that American gentlemen are the best after all, because kissing your hand may make you feel very good but a diamond and a sapphire bracelet lasts forever.


Anita Loos (1893-1981, American novelist, screenwriter)


When you educate a man you educate an individual; when you educate a woman you educate a whole family.


Robert M. MacIver


A lady is smarter than a gentleman, maybe, she can sew a fine seam, she can have a baby, she can use her intuition instead of her brain, but she can't fold a paper in a crowded train.


Phyllis McGinley (1905-1978, American poet, author)


I do not know who first invented the myth of sexual equality, but it is a myth willfully fostered and nourished by certain semi-scientists and other fiction writers, and it has done more, I suspect, to unsettle marital happiness than any other false doctrine of this myth-ridden age.


Phyllis McGinley (1905-1978, American poet, author)


Coming to terms with the rhythms of women's lives means coming to terms with life itself, accepting the imperatives of the body rather than the imperatives of an artificial, man-made, perhaps transcendentally beautiful civilization. Emphasis on the male work-rhythm is an emphasis on infinite possibilities; emphasis on the female rhythms is an emphasis on a defined pattern, on limitation.


Margaret Mead (1901-1978, American anthropologist)


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