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





Whether women are better than men I cannot say, but I can say they are certainly no worse.


Golda Meir (1898-1978, Israeli Prime Minister, 1969-74)


A man's women folk, whatever their outward show of respect for his merit and authority, always regard him secretly as an ass, and with something akin to pity. His most gaudy sayings and doings seldom deceive them; they see the actual man within, and know him for a shallow and pathetic fellow. In this fact, perhaps, lies one of the best proofs of feminine intelligence, or, as the common phrase makes it, feminine intuition.


H. L. Mencken (1880-1956, American editor, author, critic, humorist)


Man is always looking for someone to boast to; woman is always looking for a shoulder to put her head on.


H. L. Mencken (1880-1956, American editor, author, critic, humorist)


Man weeps to think that he will die so soon; woman, that she was born so long ago.


H. L. Mencken (1880-1956, American editor, author, critic, humorist)


Men have a much better time of it than women. For one thing, they marry later, for another thing, they die earlier.


H. L. Mencken (1880-1956, American editor, author, critic, humorist)


Because of our social circumstances, male and female are really two cultures, and their life experiences are utterly different.


Kate Millet (1934-, American feminist author)


Nature has not placed us in an inferior rank to men, no more than the females of other animals, where we see no distinction of capacity. Though I am persuaded if there was a commonwealth of rational horses... it would be an established maxim amongst them that a mare could not be taught to pace.


Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762, British society figure, letter writer)


For the woman, the man is a means: the end is always the child.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


Men are the managers of the affairs of women for that God has preferred in bounty one of them over another, and for that they have expended of their property. Righteous women are therefore obedient, guarding the secret for God's guarding. And those you fear may be rebellious admonish; banish them to their couches, and beat them.


Qur'an (Holy book)


There are always women who will take men on their own terms. If I were a man I wouldn't bother to change while there are women like that around.


Ann Oakley (1944-, British sociologist, author)


It is not her body that he wants but it is only through her body that he can take possession of another human being, so he must labor upon her body, he must enter her body, to make his claim.


Joyce Carol Oates (1938-, American author)


The incomprehensibleness of women is an old theory, but what is that to the curious wondering observation with which wives, mothers, and sisters watch the other unreasoning animal in those moments when he has snatched the reins out of their hands, and is not to be spoken to! It is best to let him come to, and feel his own helplessness.


Margaret Oliphant (1828-1897, British novelist, historian)


Men are gentle, honest and straightforward. Women are convoluted, deceptive and dangerous.


Erin Pizzey


If man knew how women pass the time when they are alone, they'd never marry.


Henry O. Porter (1862-1910, American short-story writer)


She plucked from my lapel the invisible strand of lint (the universal act of woman to proclaim ownership).


Henry O. Porter (1862-1910, American short-story writer)


Let us leave pretty women to men devoid of imagination.


Marcel Proust (1871-1922, French novelist)


If the wife sins, the husband is not innocent.


Italian Proverb (Sayings of Italian origin)


It is easier to bear a child once a year than to shave everyday.


Russian Proverb (Sayings of Russian origin)


Even the wisest men make fools of themselves about women, and even the most foolish women are wise about men.


Theodor Reik (1888-1969, Austrian psychoanalyst)


The great renewal of the world will perhaps consist in this, that man and maid, freed of all false feelings and reluctance, will seek each other not as opposites, but as brother and sister, as neighbors, and will come together as human beings.


Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926, German poet)


It takes one woman twenty years to make a man of her son -- and another woman twenty minutes to make a fool of him.


Helen Rowland (1875-1950, American journalist)


Some women can be fooled all of the time, and all women can be fooled some of the time, but the same woman can't be fooled by the same man in the same way more than half of the time.


Helen Rowland (1875-1950, American journalist)


Man is the one who desires, woman the one who is desired. This is woman's entire but decisive advantage. Through man's passions, nature has given man into woman's hands, and the woman who does not know how to make him her subject, her slave, her toy, and how to betray him with a smile in the end is not wise.


Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch


When men and women agree, it is only in their conclusions; their reasons are always different.


George Santayana (1863-1952, American philosopher, poet)


Man, born of woman, has found it a hard thing to forgive her for giving him birth. The patriarchal protest against the ancient matriarch has borne strange fruit through the years.


Lillian Smith (1897-1966, American author)


Men are like the earth and we are the moon; we turn always one side to them, and they think there is no other, because they don't see it -- but there is.


Olive Schreiner


We all enter the world little plastic beings, with so much natural force, perhaps, but for the rest -- blank; and the world tells us what we are to be, and shapes us by the ends it sets before us. To you it says -- Work; and to us it says -- Seem! To you it says -- As you approximate to man's highest ideal of God, as your arm is strong and your knowledge great, and the power to labor is with you, so you shall gain all that human heart desires. To us it says -- Strength shall not help you, nor knowledge, nor labor. You shall gain what men gain, but by other means. And so the world makes men and women.


Olive Schreiner


He is half of a blessed man. Left to be finished by such as she; and she a fair divided excellence, whose fullness of perfection lies in him.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


There is very little difference between men and women in space.


Helen Sharman


If women were as fastidious as men, morally or physically, there would be an end of the race.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


When God created two sexes, he may have been overdoing it.


Charles M. Smith


The three sexes are men, women, and professors.


J. E. Spingarn


A woman who takes things from a man is called a girlfriend, a man who takes things from a woman is called a gigolo.


Ruthie Stein


A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.


Gloria Steinem (1934-, American feminist writer, editor)


The great majority of men, especially in France, both desire and possess a fashionable woman, much in the way one might own a fine horse -- as a luxury befitting a young man.


Henri B. Stendhal (1783-1842, French writer)


A woman is a branchy tree and man a singing wind; and from her branches carelessly he takes what he can find.


James Stephens (1882-1950, Irish poet, author)


The little rift between the sexes is astonishingly widened by simply teaching one set of catchwords to the girls and another to the boys.


Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1895, Scottish essayist, poet, novelist)


The little rift between the sexes is astonishingly widened by simply teaching one set of catchwords to the girls and another to the boys.


Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1895, Scottish essayist, poet, novelist)


Either sex alone is half itself.


Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892, British poet)


'Tis strange what a man may do, and a woman yet think him an angel.


William M. Thackeray (1811-1863, Indian-born British novelist)


The cocks may crow, but it's the hen that lays the egg.


Margaret Thatcher (1925-, British Prime Minister (1979-90))


The anger that appears to be building up between the sexes becomes more virulent with every day that passes. And far from women taking the blame... the fact is that men are invariably portrayed as the bad guys. Being a good man is like being a good Nazi.


David Thomas (1953-, American businessman, founder of Wendy's Restaurants)


I love the idea of there being two sexes, don't you?


James Thurber (1894-1961, American humorist, illustrator)


A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend. A successful woman is one who can find such a man.


Lana Turner


Behind every great man there is a great woman; and behind that woman is his wife.


Author Unknown


Man loves little and often. Woman much and rarely.


Author Unknown


Men never remember, but women never forget.


Author Unknown


Men often give love for sex, women often give sex for love.


Author Unknown


If women were humbler, men would be more honest.


Sir John Vanbrugh (1664-1726, British playwright and baroque architect)


For a man to strike any women is most brutal, and I, as well as everyone else, think this far worse than any attempt to shoot, which, wicked as it is, is at least more comprehensible and more courageous.


Queen Victoria (1819-1901, British queen)


Women serve but to keep a man from better company.


William Wycherley (1640-1716, British dramatist)


Men mistake friendship, but not sex, for love; women mistake sex, but not friendship, for love.


Peter Wastholm


No men who really think deeply about women retain a high opinion of them; men either despise women or they have never thought seriously about them.


Otto Weininger (1880-1903, German psychologist)


When women go wrong, men go right after them.


Mae West (1892-1980, American actress)


Women are as old as they feel and men are old when they lose their feelings.


Mae West (1892-1980, American actress)


The main difference between men and woman is that men are lunatics and woman are idiots.


Rebecca West (1892-1983, British author)


It is well within the order of things that man should listen when his mate sings; but the true male never yet walked who liked to listen when his mate talked.


Anna Wickham


A man can be happy with any woman, as long as he does not love her.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


The fact is, you have fallen lately, Cecily, into a bad habit of thinking for yourself. You should give it up. It is not quite womanly... men don't like it.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


Women love us for our defects. If we have enough of them, they will forgive us everything, even our gigantic intellects.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


Women are told from their infancy, and taught by the example of their mothers, that a little knowledge of human weakness, justly termed cunning, softness of temper, outward obedience and a scrupulous attention to a puerile kind of propriety, will obtain for them the protection of man.


Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797, British feminist writer)


Why are women so much more interesting to men than men are to women?


Virginia Woolf (1882-1941, British novelist, essayist)


Women have served all these centuries as looking-glasses possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting the figure of man at twice its natural size.


Virginia Woolf (1882-1941, British novelist, essayist)


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