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)


These impossible women! How they do get around us! The poet was right: Can't live with them, or without them.


Aristophanes (BC 448-380, Greek comic poet, satirist)


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)


Single women have a dreadful propensity for being poor. Which is one very strong argument in favor of matrimony.


Jane Austen (1775-1817, British novelist)


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)


To look almost pretty is an acquisition of higher delight to a girl who has been looking plain for the first fifteen years of her life than a beauty from her cradle can ever receive.


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)


When women love us, they forgive us everything, even our crimes; when they do not love us, they give us credit for nothing, not even out virtues.


Honore De Balzac (1799-1850, French novelist)


Women complain about premenstrual syndrome, but I think of it as the only time of the month I can be myself.


Roseanne Barr (1952-, American comedienne)


It's a sort of bloom on a woman. If you have it you don't need to have anything else; and if you don't have it, it doesn't much matter what else you have.


James M. Barrie (1860-1937, British playwright)


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)


What Women Want: To be loved, to be listened to, to be desired, to be respected, to be needed, to be trusted, and sometimes, just to be held. What Men Want: Tickets for the world series.


Dave Barry (1947-, American humorist, author)


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 all their efforts tend 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 (1821-1867, French poet)


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)


We have dreamt of every woman there is, and dreamt too of the miracle that would bring us the pleasure of being a woman, for women have all the qualities -- courage, passion, the capacity to love, cunning -- whereas all our imagination can do is naively pile up the illusion of courage.


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)


Whatever glory belongs to the race for a development unprecedented in history for the given length of time, a full share belongs to the womanhood of the race.


Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955, American educator, consultant for the U.S. government)


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


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


Femininity appears to be one of those pivotal qualities that is so important no one can define it.


Caroline Bird (American author)


The sexes in each species of beings ... are always true equivalents-equals but not identical.


Antoinette Brown Blackwell


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)


Women have no wilderness in them. They are provident instead content in the tight hot cell of their hearts. To eat dusty bread.


Louise Bogan (1897-1970, American poet, critic)


There is a potential heroine in every woman.


Jean Shinoda Bolen (American medical doctor)


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.


Anita Brookner (1938-, British novelist, art historian)


Good women always think it is their fault when someone else is being offensive. Bad women never take the blame for anything.


Anita Brookner (1938-, British novelist, art historian)


It will be a pity if women in the more conventional mould are to be phased out, for there will never be anyone to go home to.


Anita Brookner (1938-, British novelist, art historian)


A woman cannot do the thing she ought, which means whatever perfect thing she can, in life, in art, in science, but she fears to let the perfect action take her part and rest there: she must prove what she can do before she does it, -- prate of woman's rights, of woman's mission, woman's function, till the men (who are prating, too, on their side) cry,  "A woman's function plainly is... to talk." Poor souls, they are very reasonably vexed!


Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861, British poet)


Eve is a twofold mystery.


Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861, British poet)


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)


Women hate everything which strips off the tinsel of sentiment, and they are right, or it would rob them of their weapons.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


The woman who can create her own job is the woman who will win fame and fortune.


Amelia Earhart (1897-1937, American aviator, author)


Women must pay for everything. They do get more glory than men for comparable feats, But, they also get more notoriety when they crash.


Amelia Earhart (1897-1937, American aviator, author)


If Miss means respectably unmarried, and Mrs. respectably married, then Ms. means nudge, nudge, wink, wink.


Angela Carter (1940-1992, British author)


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)


I have always found women difficult. I don't really understand them. To begin with, few women tell the truth.


Barbara Cartland (1901-2000, British novelist)


That's the nature of women... not to love when we love them, and to love when we love them not.


Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish novelist, dramatist, poet)


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)


Women prefer to talk in twos, while men prefer to talk in threes.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British 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)


You may be a princess or the richest woman in the world, but you cannot be more than a lady.


Jennie Jerome Churchill (1854-1921, Mother of British prime Minster, Winston Churchill)


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)


Women are a sisterhood. They make common cause in behalf of the sex; and, indeed, this is natural enough, when we consider the vast power that the law gives us over them.


William Cobbett (1762-1835, British journalist, reformer)


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)


Don't you realize that as long as you have to sit down to pee, you'll never be a dominant force in the world? You'll never be a convincing technocrat or middle manager. Because people will know. She's in there sitting down.


Don Delillo (1926-, American author)


All observations point to the fact that the intellectual woman is masculinized; in her, warm, intuitive knowledge has yielded to cold unproductive thinking.


Helene Deutsch (1884-1982, American psychiatrist)


Impenetrable in their dissimulation, cruel in their vengeance, tenacious in their purposes, unscrupulous as to their methods, animated by profound and hidden hatred for the tyranny of man -- it is as though there exists among them an ever-present conspiracy toward domination, a sort of alliance like that subsisting among the priests of every country.


Denis Diderot (1713-1784, French philosopher)


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)


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)


Women are most fascinating between the ages of thirty-five and forty, after they have won a few races and know how to pace themselves. Since few women ever pass forty, maximum fascination can continue indefinitely.


Christian Dior (1905-1957, French fashion designer)


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


Colette Dowling


Woman inspires us to great things, and prevents us from achieving them.


Alexandre (the Younger) Dumas (1824-1895, French writer)


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)


It's only women who are not really quite women at all, frivolous women who have no idea, who neglect repairs.


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


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)


There are only three things to be done with a woman. You can love her, suffer for her, or turn her into literature.


Lawrence Durrell (1912-1990, British author)


Woman is not born: she is made. In the making, her humanity is destroyed. She becomes symbol of this, symbol of that: mother of the earth, slut of the universe; but she never becomes herself because it is forbidden for her to do so.


Andrea Dworkin (1946-, American feminist critic)


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)


A woman's heart must be of such a size and no larger, else it must be pressed small, like Chinese feet; her happiness is to be made as cakes are, by a fixed receipt.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


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)


The happiest women, like the happiest nations, have no history.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


We women are always in danger of living too exclusively in the affections; and though our affections are perhaps the best gifts we have, we ought also to have our share of the more independent life -- some joy in things for their own sake. It is piteous to see the helplessness of some sweet women when their affections are disappointed -- because all their teaching has been, that they can only delight in study of any kind for the sake of a personal love. They have never contemplated an independent delight in ideas as an experience which they could confess without being laughed at. Yet surely women need this defense against passionate affliction even more than 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)


Of all things upon earth that bleed and grow, an herb most bruised is woman.


Euripides (BC 480-406, Greek tragic poet)


Slavery it is that makes slavery; freedom, freedom. The slavery of women happened when the men were slaves of kings.


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


The girl with a future avoids a man with a past.


Evan Esar


When a woman behaves like a man why doesn't she behave like a nice man?


Dame Edith Evans (American actor)


Observe this, that tho a woman swear, forswear, lie, dissemble, back-bite, be proud, vain, malicious, anything, if she secures the main chance, she's still virtuous; that's a maxim.


George Farquhar (c.1677-1707, Irish playwright)


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


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


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