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





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


They talk about a woman's sphere, as though it had a limit. There's not a place in earth or heaven. There's not a task to mankind given... without a woman in it.


Kate Field


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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Women sometimes seem to share a quiet, unalterable dogma of persecution that endows even the most sophisticated of them with the inarticulate poignancy of the peasant.


Zelda Fitzgerald (1900-1948, American writer)


Women, despite the fact that nine out of ten of them go through life with a death-bed air either of snatching-the-last-moment or with martyr-resignation, do not die tomorrow -- or the next day. They have to live on to any one of many bitter ends.


Zelda Fitzgerald (1900-1948, American writer)


Women do not win formula one races, because they simply are not strong enough to resist the G-forces.  In the boardroom, it is different.  I believe women are better able to marshal their thoughts than men and because they are less egotistical they make fewer assumptions.


Nicola Foulston (American business executive)


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)


The great question that has never been answered, and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is ''What does a woman want?''


Sigmund Freud (1856-1939, Austrian physician, founder of Psychoanalysis)


The feminine mystique has succeeded in burying millions of American women alive.


Betty Friedan (1921-, American feminist writer)


The especial genius of women I believe to be electrical in movement, intuitive in function, spiritual in tendency.


Margaret Witter Fuller (1810-1850, American writer, lecturer)


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)


The Woman-Soul leadeth us upward and on!


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


The higher mental development of woman, the less possible it is for her to meet a congenial male who will see in her, not only sex, but also the human being, the friend, the comrade and strong individuality, who cannot and ought not lose a single trait of her character.


Emma Goldman (1869-1940, American anarchist)


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)


A woman might claim to retain some of the child's faculties, although very limited and defused, simply because she has not been encouraged to learn methods of thought and develop a disciplined mind. As long as education remains largely induction ignorance will retain these advantages over learning and it is time that women impudently put them to work.


Germaine Greer (1939-, Australian feminist writer)


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)


Maybe I couldn't make it. Maybe I don't have a pretty smile, good teeth, nice tits, long legs, a cheeky ass, a sexy voice. Maybe I don't know how to handle men and increase my market value, so that the rewards due to the feminine will accrue to me. Then again, maybe I'm sick of the masquerade. I'm sick of pretending eternal youth. I'm sick of belying my own intelligence, my own will, my own sex. I'm sick of peering at the world through false eyelashes, so everything I see is mixed with a shadow of bought hairs; I'm sick of weighting my head with a dead mane, unable to move my neck freely, terrified of rain, of wind, of dancing too vigorously in case I sweat into my lacquered curls. I'm sick of the Powder Room. I'm sick of pretending that some fatuous male's self-important pronouncements are the objects of my undivided attention, I'm sick of going to films and plays when someone else wants to, and sick of having no opinions of my own about either. I'm sick of being a transvestite. I refuse to be a female impersonator. I am a woman, not a castrate.


Germaine Greer (1939-, Australian feminist writer)


Older women can afford to agree that femininity is a charade, a matter of colored hair, ecru lace and whalebones, the kind of slap and tat that transvestites are in love with, and no more.


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)


Women over fifty already form one of the largest groups in the population structure of the western world. As long as they like themselves, they will not be an oppressed minority. In order to like themselves they must reject trivialization by others of who and what they are. A grown woman should not have to masquerade as a girl in order to remain in the land of the living.


Germaine Greer (1939-, Australian feminist writer)


A Woman is home caring for her children! even if she can't. Trapped in this well-built trap, A Woman blames her mother for luring her into it, while ensuring that her own daughter never gets out; she recoils from the idea of sisterhood and doesn't believe women have friends, because it probably means something unnatural, and anyhow, A Woman is afraid of women. She's a male construct, and she's afraid women will deconstruct her. She's afraid of everything, because she can't change. Thighs forever thin and shining hair and shining teeth and she's my Mom, too, all seven percent of her. And she never grows old.


Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-, American author)


To me, the "female principle" is, or at least historically has been, basically anarchic. It values order without constraint, rules by custom not by force. It has been the male who enforces order, who constructs power structures, who makes, enforces, and breaks laws.


Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-, American author)


We are volcanoes. When we women offer our experience as our truth, as human truth, all the maps change. There are new mountains.


Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-, American author)


Every theory of love, from Plato down teaches that each individual loves in the other sex what he lacks in himself.


Stanely G. Hall (1844-1924, American psychologist, educationist)


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)


What breadth, what beauty and power of human nature and development there must be in a woman to get over all the palisades, all the fences, within which she is held captive!


Alexander Herzen (1812-1870, Russian journalist, political thinker)


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 common foible of women who have been handsome is to forget that they are no longer so.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


If it were not somewhat fanciful to suppose that every human excellence is presented, as it were, in one kind of being, we might believe that the whole treasure of morality and order is enshrined in the female character.


Karl Wilhelm Von Humboldt (1767-1835, German statesman, philologist)


A woman's whole life is a history of the affections. The heart is her world: it is there her ambition strives for empire; it is there her avarice seeks for hidden treasures. She sends forth her sympathies on adventure; she embarks her whole soul on the traffic of affection; and if shipwrecked, her case is hopeless -- for it is a bankruptcy of the heart.


Washington Irving (1783-1859, 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)


It is not women's fault if we are so tender. It is in the nature of the lives we live. And further, it would be a terrible catastrophe if men had to live men's lives and women's also. Which is precisely what has happened today -- to women.


Selma James


Like their personal lives, women's history is fragmented, interrupted; a shadow history of human beings whose existence has been shaped by the efforts and the demands of others.


Elizabeth Janeway (1913-2001, American author, critic)


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)


Nature has given women so much power that the law has very wisely given them little.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


Growing up female in America. What a liability! You grew up with your ears full of cosmetic ads, love songs, advice columns, whoreoscopes, Hollywood gossip, and moral dilemmas on the level of TV soap operas. What litanies the advertisers of the good life chanted at you! What curious catechisms!


Erica Jong (1942-, American author)


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


Erica Jong (1942-, American author)


There is simply no dignified way for a woman to live alone. Oh, she can get along financially perhaps (though not nearly as well as a man), but emotionally she is never left in peace. Her friends, her family, her fellow workers never let her forget that her husbandlessness, her childlessness -- her selfishness, in short -- is a reproach to the American way of life.


Erica Jong (1942-, American author)


The real thinking of woman is pre-eminently practical and applied. It is something we describe as sound common sense, and is usually directed to what is close at hand and personal. In general, it can be said that feminine mentality manifests an undeveloped, childlike, or primitive character; instead of the thirst for knowledge, curiosity; instead of judgment, prejudice; instead of thinking, imagination or dreaming; instead of will, wishing. Where a man takes up objective problems, a woman contents herself with solving riddles; where he battles for knowledge and understanding, she contents herself with faith or superstition, or else she makes assumptions.


Emma Jung


Never bend your head. Hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.


Helen Keller (1880-1968, American blind/deaf author, lecturer, amorist)


Women are natural guerrillas. Scheming, we nestle into the enemy's bed, avoiding open warfare, watching the options, playing the odds.


Sally Kempton


The silliest woman can manage a clever man; but it needs a very clever woman to manage a fool!


Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936, British author of Prose, Verse)


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


Michael Korda (1919-, American publisher)


A woman who cannot be ugly is not beautiful.


Karl Kraus (1874-1936, Austrian satirist)


Woman is the future of man. That means that the world which was once formed in man's image will now be transformed to the image of woman. The more technical and mechanical, cold and metallic it becomes, the more it will need the kind of warmth that only the woman can give it. If we want to save the world, we must adapt to the woman, let ourselves be led by the woman, let ourselves be penetrated by the Ewigweiblich, the eternally feminine!


Milan Kundera (1929-, Czech author, critic)


It is because of men that women dislike one another.


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


Women run to extremes; they are either better or worse than men.


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


Women for the most part surrender themselves more from weakness than from passion; and by that reason, bold and pushing men succeed better than others, even though they are not so loveable.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Women often think they are in love when they are not in love. In actuality, it is the excitement of a love affair, the emotional reaction to sentiment, the natural wish to experience the pleasure of being loved, and the difficulty of saying no, all of which combine to persuade them that they have passion, when all they really have is playfulness.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, 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 chief thing about a woman -- who is much of a woman -- is that in the long run she is not to be had... She is not to be caught by any of the catch-words, love, beauty, honor, duty, worth, work, salvation -- none of them -- not in the long run. In the long run she only says "Am I satisfied, or is there some beastly dissatisfaction gnawing and gnawing inside me." And if there is some dissatisfaction, it is physical, at least as much as psychic, sex as much as soul.


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


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 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 one woman who never gives herself is your free woman, who is always giving herself.


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


Being a woman is of special interest only to aspiring male transsexuals. To actual women it is merely a good excuse not to play football.


Fran Lebowitz (1951-, American journalist)


Girls who put out are tramps. Girls who don't are ladies. This is, however, a rather archaic usage of the word. Should one of you boys happen upon a girl who doesn't put out, do not jump to the conclusion that you have found a lady. What you have probably found is a lesbian.


Fran Lebowitz (1951-, American journalist)


We are educated in the grossest ignorance, and no art omitted to stifle our natural reason; if some few get above their nurses instructions, our knowledge must rest concealed and be as useless to the world as gold in the mine.


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


You don't know a woman until you have received a letter from her.


Ada Leverson


As a result of the feminist revolution, "feminine" becomes an abusive epithet.


Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957, British author, painter)


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 have brightness in my soul, which strains toward Heaven. I am like a bird!


Jenny Lind


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)


But if God had wanted us to think just with our wombs, why did He give us a brain?


Clare Boothe Luce (1903-1987, American diplomat, writer)


A lady is nothing very specific. One man's lady is another man's woman; sometimes, one man's lady is another man's wife. Definitions overlap but they almost never coincide.


Russell Lynes (1910-1991, American editor, critic)


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


Robert M. MacIver


Women do not find it difficult nowadays to behave like men, but they often find it extremely difficult to behave like gentlemen.


Compton Mackenzie (1883-1972, British writer)


I'm anal retentive. I'm a workaholic. I have insomnia. And I'm a control freak. That's why I'm not married. Who could stand me?


Madonna (1958-, American musician, singer, actress,)


There are many examples of women that have excelled in learning, and even in war, but this is no reason we should bring em all up to Latin and Greek or else military discipline, instead of needle-work and housewifery.


Bernard Mandeville (1670-1733, Dutch-born British author, physician)


If a test of civilization be sought, none can be so sure as the condition of that half of society over which the other half has power.


Harriet Martineau (1802-1876, British writer, social critic)


The angel of the Family is Woman. Mother, wife, or sister, Woman is the caress of life, the soothing sweetness of affection shed over its toils, a reflection for the individual of the loving providence which watches over Humanity. In her there is treasure enough of consoling tenderness to allay every pain. Moreover for every one of us she is the initiator of the future. The mother's first kiss teaches the child love; the first holy kiss of the woman he loves teaches man hope and faith in life; and love and faith create a desire for perfection and the power of reaching towards it step by step; create the future, in short, of which the living symbol is the child, link between us and the generations to come. Through her the Family, with its divine mystery of reproduction, points to Eternity.


Giuseppe Mazzini (1805-1872, Italian patriot, writer)


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)


Women are the fulfilled sex. Through our children we are able to produce our own immortality, so we lack that divine restlessness which sends men charging off in pursuit of fortune or fame or an imagined Utopia. That is why we number so few geniuses among us. The wholesome oyster wears no pearl, the healthy whale no ambergris, and as long as we can keep on adding to the race, we harbor a sort of health within ourselves.


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)


To be successful, a woman has to be better at her job than a man.


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


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)


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