A woman is flax, a man is fire, the devil comes and blows the bellows.
A woman is like a tea bag; you'll never know how strong she is until she's in hot water.
A woman is more considerate in affairs of love than a man; because love is more the study and business of her life.
A woman is more influenced by what she divines than by what she is told.
Ninon de Lenclos
A woman is seldom merciful to the man who is timid.
A woman is seldom roused to great and courageous exertion but when something most dear to hear is in immediate danger.
A woman is sometimes fugitive, irrational, indeterminable, illogical and contradictory. A great deal of forbearance ought to be shown her, and a good deal of prudence exercised with regard to her, for she may bring about innumerable evils without knowing it. Capable of all kinds of devotion, and of all kinds of treason, 'monster incomprehensible,' raised to the second power, she is at once the delight and the terror of man.
A woman is the most inconsistent compound of obstinacy and self-sacrifice that I am acquainted with.
A woman is the weaker vessel.
A woman is to be from her house three times; when she is christened, married, and buried.
A woman jumps at conclusions where a man limps towards them.
A woman like a goat, a woman of rushing visits.
A woman like a goose, a sharp pecking woman.
A woman like a lamb, a quiet friendly woman.
A woman like a pig, a sleepy-headed woman.
A woman like a sheep, an affable friendly woman.
A woman like a sickle, a strong stubborn woman.
A woman may live without a lover, but a lover once admitted, she never goes through life with only one. She is deserted, and cannot bear her anguish and solitude, and hence fills up the void with a second idol.
A woman mixed of such fine elements
That were all virtue and religion dead
She'd make them newly, being what she was.
A woman mov'd is like a fountain troubled,
Muddy, ill-seeming, thick, bereft of beauty.
A woman moved is like a fountain troubled, muddy, ill-seeming, thick, bereft of beauty.
A woman must be a genius to create a good husband.
A woman must be truly refined to incite chivalry in the heart of a man.
A woman must have her way.
A woman needs a stronger head than her own for counsel - she should marry.
A woman of honor should not suspect another of things she would not do herself.
Marguerite de Valois
A woman scorn'd is pitiless as fate,
For then the dread of shame adds stings to hate.
A woman should not paint sentiment till she has ceased to inspire it.
A woman that is wilful is a plague of the worst;
as well live in hell as with a wit that is curst.
A woman that loves to be at the window, is like a bunch of grapes on the highway.
A woman that paints, puts up a bill to let.
A woman that spins in vice,
has her smock full of lice.
A woman that wishes to retain her suitor must keep him in the trenches.
A woman too often reasons from her heart; hence two-thirds of her mistakes and her troubles.
A woman who gives birth to a daughter grows old quickly.
A woman who wants a charitable heart wants a pure mind.
A woman who writes, commits two sins: she increases the number of books, and decreases the number of women.
A woman whom we truly love is a religion.
Madame de Girardin
A woman will always have her way.
A woman will not throw away a garland, though soiled, which her lover gave: not in the object lies a present's worth, but in the love which it was meant to mark.
A woman with children is like a plane tree with crows or a hen with chicks.
A woman without is she who has neither pipe nor child.
A woman, and by so much nearer heaven as that makes one.
A woman's (or lady's) reason.
A woman's advice is no great thing, but he who won't take it is a fool.
A woman's best qualities are harmful if undiluted with prudence.
A woman's best qualities do not reside in her intellect, but in her affections. She gives refreshment by her sympathies, rather than by her knowledge.
A woman's blow never gave man a black eye.
A woman's character is as delicate as her eye; it can bear no flaw.
G. A. Sala
A woman's counsel brought us first to woe,
And made her man his paradise forego,
Where at heart's ease he liv'd; and might have been
As free from sorrow as he was from sin.