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Quotations about women

Sigmund Freud – The great question never answered

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Sigmund FreudThe great question that has never been answered and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is “What does a woman want?”

Sigmund Freud   (1856-1939)

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Jacqueline Bisset – Character contributes to beauty

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Character contributes to beauty. It fortifies a woman as her youth fades. A mode of conduct, a standard of courage, discipline, fortitude and integrity can do a great deal to make a woman beautiful.

Jacqueline Bisset   (1944-)

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Clarissa Pinkola Estés – A woman who has spent time in ugly duckling status

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Clarissa Pinkola EstesThere is probably no better or more reliable measure of whether a woman has spent time in ugly duckling status at some point or all throughout her life than her inability to digest a sincere compliment. Although it could be a matter of modesty, or could be attributed to shyness- although too many serious wounds are carelessly written off as “nothing but shyness” – more often a compliment is stuttered around about because it sets up an automatic and unpleasant dialogue in the woman’s mind.

Clarissa Pinkola Estés   (1945-)

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Abigail Adams – What shall I say with regard to daughters

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Abigail AdamsIf you complain of neglect of education in sons, what shall I say with regard to daughters…I most sincerely wish…that our new Constitution may be distinguished for encouraging learning and virtue. If we mean to have heroes, statesmen, and philosophers, we should have learned women.

Abigail Adams   (1744-1818)
Letter to John Adams

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Pearl S. Buck – The bitterest creature under heaven

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Pearl BuckThe bitterest creature under heaven is the wife who discovers that her husband’s bravery is only bravado, that his strength is only a uniform, that his power is but a gun in the hands of a fool.

Pearl S. Buck   (1892-1973)

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Miguel de Cervantes – The beauty of some women has days and seasons

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Miguel de CervantesThe beauty of some women has days and seasons, depending upon accidents which diminish or increase it; nay, the very passions of the mind naturally improve or impair it, and very often utterly destroy it.

Miguel de Cervantes   (1547-1616)

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Alfred Hitchcock – I’ve never been very keen on. . .

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Alfred HitchcockI’ve never been very keen on women who hang their sex round their neck like baubles. I think it should be discovered. It’s more interesting to discover the sex in a woman than it is to have it thrown at you, like a Marilyn Monroe or those types. To me they are rather vulgar and obvious.

Alfred Hitchcock  

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