"If men could see us as we really are, they would be a little amazed; but the cleverest, the acutest men are often under an illusion about women. They do not read them in a true light; they misapprehend them, both for good and evil. Their good woman is a queer thing, half doll, half angel; their bad woman almost always a fiend."
by Charlotte Bronte
A man desires to win a virgin heart, and is happy to know,—or at least to believe,—that he has won it. With a woman every former rival is an added victim to the wheels of the triumphant chariot in which she is sitting.
~ Phineas Finn
by Anthony Trollope
"Where I was raised a woman's word was law. I ain't quite outgrowed that yet."
~ Riders of the Purple Sage
by Zane Grey
Women live much more in the past than we do, he thought. They attach themselves to places.
~ Mrs. Dalloway
by Virginia Woolf
She was twelve years old when she told Eddie Willers that she would run the railroad when they grew up. She was fifteen when it occurred to her for the first time that women did not run railroads and that people might object. To hell with that, she thought-and never worried about it again.
~ Atlas Shrugged
by Ayn Rand
They came to her, naturally, since she was a woman, all day long with this and that; one wanting this, another that; the children were growing up; she often felt she was nothing but a sponge sopped full of human emotions.
~ To the Lighthouse
by Virginia Woolf
"But recollect from this time that all good things perverted to evil purposes, are worse than those which are naturally bad. A thoroughly wicked woman, is wicked indeed. When religion goes wrong, she is very wrong, for the same reason."
~ Barnaby Rudge
by Charles Dickens
Women can resist a man's love, a man's fame, a man's personal appearance, and a man's money, but they cannot resist a man's tongue when he knows how to talk to them.
~ The Woman in White
by Wilkie Collins
"God for men—religions for women," he muttered sometimes.
by Joseph Conrad
"Heav'n has no Rage, like Love to Hatred turn'd, Nor Hell a Fury, like a Woman scorn'd."
~ The Mourning Bride
by William Congreve