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Quotations for ESL/EFL learners: Women

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Spite will make a woman do more than love.
Margaret of Navarre (1492 - 1549), French writer and patron of literature.

The years that a woman subtracts from her age are not lost. They are added to the ages of other women.
Attributed to Diane de Poitiers (1499 - 1566), French courtier and mistress of Henry II.

A woman seldom asks advice until she has bought her wedding clothes.
Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719), English essayist, poet, and statesman.

Women are the real architects of society.
Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811 - 1896), U.S. writer and abolitionist.

A woman despises a man for loving her, unless she returns his love.
Elizabeth Stoddard (1823 - 1902), U.S. novelist and poet.

Brigands demand your money or your life; women require both.
Attributed to Samuel Butler (1835 - 1902), British writer, painter, and musician.

A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age.
Attributed to: Robert Frost (1874 - 1963), U.S. poet.

All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy.
Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900), Irish poet, playwright, and wit.

The silliest woman can manage a clever man; but it needs a very clever woman to manage a fool.
Rudyard Kipling (1865 - 1936), Indian-born British writer and poet.

A woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a smoke.
Rudyard Kipling (1865 - 1936), Indian-born British writer and poet.

Most women are not so young as they are painted.
Max Beerbohm (1872 - 1956), British essayist, critic, and caricaturist.

Men come of age at sixty, women at fifteen.
James Stephens (1882 - 1950), Irish novelist and poet.

There is a little bit of the vampire instinct in every woman.
Theda Bara (1890 - 1955), U.S. actor.Referring to her success in early movies.

A man who has never made a woman angry is a failure in life.
Attributed to Christopher Darlington Morley (1890 - 1957), U.S. writer and journalist.

An archaeologist is the best husband any woman can have: the older she gets, the more interested he is in her.
Attributed to Agatha Christie (1890 - 1976), English novelist and playwright.

If women didn't exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning.
Attributed to Aristotle Onassis (1900? - 1975), Turkish-born Greek shipping magnate.

Girls bored me - they still do. I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I've ever known.
Walt Disney (1901 - 1966), U.S. film producer and animator.

Solitude and melancholy, that is a woman's life.
Angela Carter (1940 - 1992), British novelist, essayist, and short-story writer.

Women, children and lunatics can't be Pope.
Caryl Churchill, British playwright.

When modern woman discovered the orgasm it was (combined with modern birth control) perhaps the biggest single nail in the coffin of male dominance.
Eva Figes, British writer.

Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.
Margaret Thatcher, British prime minister.

In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man; if you want anything done, ask a woman.
Margaret Thatcher, British prime minister.

A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.
Attributed to Gloria Steinem, U.S. writer and feminist.

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