|Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocotts Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.|
|Seek to be good, but aim not to be great:|
A womans noblest station is retreat.
Lyttleton.Advice to a Lady, 1731.
|Woman is the lesser man.|
Tennyson.Locksley Hall, Stanza 76.
|For nothing lovelier can be found|
In woman than to study household good,
And good works in her husband to promote.
Milton.Paradise Lost, Book IX. Line 232.
|We hold our greyhound in our hand,|
Our falcon on our glove;
But where shall we find leash or band
For dame that loves to rove.
Scott.Marmion, Canto I. Stanza 17.
|Nor did womanOh woman! whose form and whose soul|
Are the spell and the light of each path we pursue;
Whether sunnd in the tropics or chilld at the pole,
If woman be there, there is happiness too.
Tom Moore.On leaving Philadelphia, Vol. II. Verse 5.
|Her courteous looks, her words caressing,|
Shed comfort on the fainting soul;
Womans the strangers general blessing
From sultry India to the Pole!
|If the heart of a man is depressed with cares,|
The mist is dispelled when a woman appears.
Gay.The Beggars Opera, Act II. Scene 1.
|Whats a table richly spread,|
Without a woman at its head?
T. Wharton.Progress of Discontent, Line 39.
|The world was sad, the garden was a wild,|
And man the hermit sighd, till woman smiled.
Campbell.Pleasures of Hope, Part II.
|Oh woman! lovely woman! nature made thee|
To temper man: we had been brutes without you!
Otway.Venice Preserved, Act I. Scene 1.
|Ill shew you a sight that youll fancy uncommon,|
Wit, beauty, and goodness, all met in a woman;
A heart to no folly or mischief inclind,
A body all grace, and all sweetness a mind.
Ed. Moore.Envy and Fortune.
|A perfect woman, nobly plannd|
To warn, to comfort, and command.
Wordsworth.Phantom of Delight.
|O woman! in our hours of ease|
Uncertain, coy, and hard to please,
And variable as the shade
By the light quivering aspen made;
When pain and anguish wring the brow,
A ministering angel thou!
Scott.Marmion, Canto VI. Stanza 30.
|When lovely woman stoops to folly,|
And finds too late that men betray,
What charm can soothe her melancholy,
What art can wash her guilt away?
Goldsmith.Vicar of Wakefield. (Olivias Song.)
|If ladies be but young and fair,|
They have the gift to know it.
Shakespeare.As You Like It, Act II. Scene 7.
|In her first passion, woman loves her lover;|
In all the others, all she loves is love.
Byron.Don Juan, Canto III. Stanza 3.
|Were you, ye fair, but cautious whom ye trust,|
Did you but think how seldom fools are just,
So many of your sex would not in vain,
Of broken vows, and faithless men complain.
Rowe.The Fair Penitent, Act II. Scene 1.
|When love once pleads admission to our hearts,|
In spite of all the virtue we can boast,
The woman that deliberates is lost.
Addison.Cato, Act IV.
|Virtue is arbitrary, nor admits debate:|
To doubt is treason in her rigid court;
But if ye parley with the foe youre lost.
Lillo.Arden of Feversham, Act III.
|Thou shall not depart with impunity, nor shalt thou return to Caneus; and by experience shalt thou learn what one slighted, What on in love, what a woman, can do.|
Rileys Ovid, Meta. Book XIV. Page 497.
|What will not woman, gentle woman dare,|
When strong affection stirs her spirit up?
Southey.Madoc, Vol. I. Part II. Page 186.
|Where is the man who has the power and skill|
To stem the torrent of a womans will?
For if she will, she will, you may depend ont,
And if she wont, she wont, and theres an end ont.
Anonymous.3 Notes and Queries, 285, said to be on a Pillar in the Dungeon Field, Canterbury.
|Heavn has no rage like love to hatred turnd,|
Nor hell a fury, like a woman scornd.
Congreve.Mourning Bride, Act III. Scene 8.
|A woman movd is like a fountain troubled,|
Muddy, ill-seeming, thick, bereft of beauty;
And, while it is so, none so dry or thirsty
Will deign to sip, or touch one drop of it.
Such duty as the subject owes the prince,
Even such a woman oweth to her husband.
Shakespeare.Taming of the Shrew, Act V. Scene 2. (Kate telling the Women their duty to their Husbands.)
|He is a fool, who thinks by force or skill|
To turn the current of a womans will.
Tuke.The Adventures of Five Hours, Act V. Scene 3.
|And first, a woman will or wontdepend ont:|
If she will dot, she will:and theres an end ont.
Aaron Hill.Epilogue to Zara.
|Disguise our bondage as we will,|
Tis woman, woman rules us still.
Tom Moore.Sovereign Woman, Vol. IX. Page 414.
|I know the ways of women. When you will they wont: and when you wont theyre dying for you.|
Terence.Eunuchus, IV. 7, 42. (Dr. Ramage.)
|The man that lays his hand upon a woman,|
Save in the way of kindness, is a wretch
Whom twere gross flattery to name a coward.
Tobin.The Honey Moon, Act II. Scene 1.
|How sweetly sounds the voice of a good woman!|
It is so seldom heard, that, when it speaks,
It ravishes all senses.
Massinger.The Old Law, Act IV. Scene 2.
|She looks as clear as morning roses newly washd with dew.|
Shakespeare.Taming of the Shrew, Act II. Sc. 1. (Petruchio, just preceding his first interview with Kate.)
|Three things a wise man will not trust,|
The wind, the sunshine of an April day,
And womans plighted faith.
Southey.Madoc, Stanza 23.
|Trust not a woman even when she is dead.|
Buckley.Dict. Class. Quot. 533.
| [In allusion to the stepmother whose corpse fell upon her stepson and killed him.]|| 34|
|Ye stepsons flee even the tomb of a stepmother.|
| Be that you are,|
That is, a woman; if you be more, youre none.
Shakespeare.Measure for Measure, Act II. Scene 4. (Angelo to Isabel.)
|A womans honour is her safest guard.|
Tobin.The Honey Moon, Act II. Scene 1.
|To be slow in words is a womans only virtue.|
Shakespeare.Two Gentlemen of Verona, Act III. Scene 1. (Launce to Speed.)
|Relenting fool, and shallow, changing woman!|
Shakespeare.King Richard III., Act IV. Scene 4. (Richard after saluting Queen Elizabeth.)
|A cunning woman is a knavish fool.|
Lyttleton.Advice to a Lady, 1731, Line 40.
|Womans at best a contradiction still.|
Pope.Moral Essays, Epi. II. To a Lady. Line 270.
|A woman, that is like a German clock,|
Still a repairing; ever out of frame;
And never going aright, being a watch,
But being watchd that it may still go right!
Shakespeare.Loves Labours Lost, Act III. Scene 1. (Birons soliloquy on Love.)
|Let a man who wants to find abundance of employment, procure a woman and a ship; for no two things do produce more trouble if you begin to equip them; neither are these two things ever equipped enough, nor is the largest amount of equipment sufficient for them.|
Plautus.Penulus, Act I. Scene 2.
|Tis not her air, for sure in that|
Theres nothing more than common;
And all her sense is only chat,
Like any other woman.
|But what is woman?only one of|
Natures agreeable blunders.
Mrs. Cowley.Whos the Dupe, Act II. Scene 2.
|A woman is like tobut stay,|
What a woman is like, who can say?
Theres no living with, or without one,
Shes like nothing on earth but a woman.
Hoare.Lock and Key, Act I. Scene 2.