„Women are much more like each other than men: they have, in truth, but two passions, vanity and love; these are their universal characteristics.“
19 December 1749
Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman (1774)
„In Europe men and women have intercourse because they love each other. In the South Seas they love each other because they have had intercourse. Who is right?“
— Paul Gauguin French Post-Impressionist artist 1848 - 1903
Quoted by Bengt Danielsson in Gauguin in the South Seas http://books.google.com/books?id=u41CAAAAIAAJ&q=%22In+Europe+men+and+women+have+intercourse+because+they+love+each+other+In+the+South+Seas+they+love+each+other+because+they+have+had+intercourse+Who+is+right%22&pg=PA137#v=onepage (1966)
— Virginia Woolf English writer 1882 - 1941
„It is thought pretty to say that "Women have no passion." If passion is excitement in the daily social intercourse with men, women think about marriage much more than men do; it is the only event of their lives. It ought to be a sacred event, but surely not the only event of a woman's life, as it is now. Many women spend their lives in asking men to marry them, in a refined way. Yet it is true that women are seldom in love. How can they be?“
— Florence Nightingale English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing 1820 - 1910
— Alan Watts, buch The Way of Zen
Quelle: The Way of Zen (1957), p. 29
Kontext: It was a basic Confucian principle that "it is man who makes truth great, not truth which makes man great." For this reason, "humanness" or "human-heartedness" (jen) was always felt to be superior to "righteousness" (i), since man himself is greater than any idea which he may invent. There are times when men's passions are much more trustworthy than their principles.
„Women are more attuned to feelings than men are, and if they’re not being truthful, more often than not it’s because they think truth might hurt your feelings. But it doesn’t mean they don’t love you.“
— Nicholas Sparks, buch At First Sight
Mayor Gherkin, Chapter 8, p. 120
Quelle: 2000s, At First Sight (2005)
Kontext: ... but what I eventually came to understand was that if a woman truly loves you, you can't always expect her to tell the truth. You see, women are more attuned to feelings than men are, and if they're not being truthful, more often than not it's because they think the truth might hurt your feelings. But it doesn't mean they don't love you.
„Men crowd into honorable careers without other vocation than their vanity, or at best their love of fame.“
— Luc de Clapiers, Marquis de Vauvenargues French writer, a moralist 1715 - 1747
Quelle: Reflections and Maxims (1746), p. 185.
„It is the vanity of women to spend hours in front of the mirror. It is the vanity of men not to bother.“
— Simon Munnery British comedian 1967
Attention Scum! (2001), How To Live (2005)
„Women are so much in love with compliments that rather than want them, they will compliment one another, yet mean no more by it than the men do.“
— Samuel Richardson, buch The History of Sir Charles Grandison
Vol. 1, letter 37.
Sir Charles Grandison (1753–1754)
„I'm supposed to have a Ph. D. on the subject of women. But the truth is I've flunked more often than not. I'm very fond of women; I admire them. But, like all men, I don't understand them.“
— Frank Sinatra American singer and film actor 1915 - 1998
The Way You Wear Your Hat (1997)
„When you think of the number of men in the world who hate each other, why, when two men love each other, does the church split?“
— Tony Benn British Labour Party politician 1925 - 2014
On the same-sex marriage controversy in the Church of England.
"Tony Benn: The glorious revolutionary" http://www.journal-online.co.uk/article/3082-tony-benn-the-glorious-revolutionary, The Journal (26 March 2008).
„Experts on romance say for a happy marriage there has to be more than a passionate love. For a lasting union, they insist, there must be a genuine liking for each other. Which, in my book, is a good definition for friendship.“
— Marilyn Monroe American actress, model, and singer 1926 - 1962
„It is very often nothing but our own vanity that deceives us. Women fancy admiration means more than it does.
And men take care that they should.“
— Jane Austen, buch Stolz und Vorurteil
Quelle: Pride and Prejudice
„There is nothing more profound than the strength and beauty of two hearts that love each other. Love has the mind-cooling freshness of the full moon and the scintillating brilliance of the sun’s rays. But love will not enter our hearts without permission. Women and men should be equally willing to invite within this love that is waiting. Only love can bring about a permanent change in the mind-sets and, therefore, the realities of women and men.“
— Mata Amritanandamayi Hindu spiritual leader and guru 1953
The Infinite Potential of Women (2008)
— François de La Rochefoucauld, buch Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims
Dans les premières passions les femmes aiment l'amant, et dans les autres elles aiment l'amour.
Maxim 471. Compare: "In her first passion woman loves her lover: In all the others, all she loves is love", Lord Byron, Don Juan, Canto iii, Stanza 3.
Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims (1665–1678)
„Women have a much better time than men in this world; there are far more things forbidden to them.“
— Oscar Wilde Irish writer and poet 1854 - 1900
„And this is a disease of the mind, the way I see it. Because in actual fact, men and women have much more in common than they are separated.“
— Doris Lessing British novelist, poet, playwright, librettist, biographer and short story writer 1919 - 2013
Salon interview (1997)
Kontext: I'm always astounded at the way we automatically look at what divides and separates us. We never look at what people have in common. If you see it, black and white people, both sides look to see the differences, they don't look at what they have together. Men and women, and old and young, and so on. And this is a disease of the mind, the way I see it. Because in actual fact, men and women have much more in common than they are separated.
„You can say with safety that nowadays women have finally acknowledged their position of not liking men. We could say now that women don't like men. They can acknowledge that they prefer the company of their own kind. I think we can also say generally that most men do not like other men. Most men prefer to like women. So women are the most liked by the most people. Men love women, women love children, and children love hamsters. A one-way slide. There is little going back the other way. Can hamsters love children? I leave you to deduce the rest.“
— Peter Greenaway British film director 1942
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