Authentic Woman Quotes With Citations Linking To Original Sources

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I don’t merely mention the source of each quotation.

I took the trouble to link each and every quote to its original source.

In other words, all the quotations of woman below, they are definitely correct and authentic.

I Do NOT refer to all those questionable quote websites and those equally untrustworthy quote books.

They either, don’t cite the sources of the quotes, or they are full or errors.

In fact, this is the only quote website where all the quotes are certainly authentic.

By the way, most of the quotes here are linked to two or more sources.

I also include some of the quotes in their original languages; and again linking to their original sources.

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So now, let’s go through my selection of authentic women quotes.


“Woman is the only creature in nature that hunts down its hunters and devours the prey alive.” – Abraham Miller

(Unmoral Maxims By Abraham Miller, Cover By Ernest Cook, Broadway Publishing Co., 1906, About Women; p.5)

(The quote is also found here.)

(The last part of the quote is here.)


“Prudery is the respectable woman’s way of obtruding her sexual desires.” – Abraham Miller

(Unmoral Maxims By Abraham Miller, Broadway Publishing Co., 1906, About Women; p.3)

(The quote is also found here.)


“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

(The Private World And Thoughts Of Frank Sinatra By Thomas Thompson, LIFE Magazine, Vol. 58, No.16, April 23, 1965; p.94)


“…a woman has to have something on or there’s nothing to take off…” – Charles Bukowski

(Notes Of A Dirty Old Man By Charles Bukowski, City Lights Books, 1969)


“The fear of women is the beginning of knowledge.” – Gelett Burgess

(The Maxims Of Methuselah: Being The Advice Given By The Patriarch In His Nine Hundred Sixty And Ninth Year To His Great Grandson At Shem’s Coming Of Age, In Regard To Women By Gelett Burgess, Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1907, The Maxims Of Methuselah, Ch. I, 3.; p.21)

(The quote is also found in here.)


“…women are meant to be loved, not to be understood.” – Oscar Wilde

(Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime & Other Stories By Oscar Wilde, James R. Osgood, McLvaine And Co., 1891, The Sphinx Without A Secret An Etching; p.78)

(The quote is also found in: The Collected Works of Oscar Wilde: The Plays, The Poems, The Stories And The Essays Including De Profunis, Wordsworthy Editions Limited, 2007, The Sphinx Without A Secret An Etching )


“A man’s face is his autobiography. A woman’s face is her work of fiction.” – Oscar Wilde

(The Letters Of Oscar Wilde, Edited By Rupert Hart-Davis, Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc., 1962, Paris: 1898-1900; p.730)

(The quote is also found here.)


“…the strength of women comes from the fact that psychology cannot explain us. Men can be analyzed, women … merely adored.” – Oscar Wilde

(An Ideal Husband By Oscar Wilde, Leonard Smithers And Co., 1899, Act.I; p.13)

(The quote is also found in: Oscar Wilde: An Ideal Husband, Second Edition, Edited With Notes By Russell Jackson, Introduction By Sos Eltis, Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2013, Act One; p.14)


“Twenty years of romance make a woman look like a ruin, but twenty years of marriage make her something like a public building.” – Oscar Wilde

(A Woman of No Importance By Oscar Wilde, Paris, 1903, Act I: The Terrace At Hunstanton Chase; p.29)

(The quote is also found in: A Woman of No Importance By Oscar Wilde, The Floating Press, 2013, First Act: The Terrace At Hunstanton Chase; p.24)


“It does seem paradoxical. But when a woman has curves we always want her ’round.” – Robert Elliott Gonzales

(Poems And Paragraphs By Robert Elliott Gonzales,The State company, 1918, Paragraphs; p.164)

(The quote is also found here.)


“A woman is rarely up to date on the subject of her age.” – Robert Elliott Gonzales

(Poems And Paragraphs By Robert Elliott Gonzales,The State company, 1918, Paragraphs; p.175)


“A woman is known by the confidences she keeps.” – Robert Elliott Gonzales

(Poems And Paragraphs By Robert Elliott Gonzales,The State company, 1918, Paragraphs; p.179)

(The quote is also found here.)


“There are few women whose charm survives their beauty.” – Francois De La Rochefoucauld

“Il y a peu de femmes dont le mérite dure plus que la beauté.” (French)

(Reflections: Or Sentences And Moral Maxims By Francois Duc De La Rochefoucauld, Prince De Marsillac, Translated From The Editions Of 1678 And 1827 With Introduction, Notes, And Some Account Of The Author And His Times By J. W. Willis Bund, M.A. LL.B and J. Hain Friswell, Simpson Low, Marston & Company, Ltd., 1898, 474; p.54)

(The quote is also found in: Reflections: Or Sentences And Moral Maxims By Francois Duc De La Rochefoucauld, Prince De Marsillac, Translated From The Editions Of 1678 And 1827 With Introduction, Notes, And Some Account Of The Author And His Times By J. W. Willis Bund, M.A. LL.B and J. Hain Friswell, Scribner, Welford And Co., 1871, 474; p.54)

(The quote in French is found in: Réflexions Ou Sentences Et Maximes Morales De La Rochefoucauld, Édition Louis Lacour, Imprimée Par D. Jouaust, Académie Des Bibliophiles, 1868, 474; p.141)

(The quote in French is also found in: Collected Maxims And Other Reflections By Francois De La Rochefoucauld, New Translations With Parallel French Text, Translated With An Introduction And Notes By E. H. And A. M. Blackmore And Francine Giguére, Oxfored University Press, 2008, V: 474; p.126)

(Third source: Réflexions Ou Sentences Et Maximes Morales De La Rochefoucauld, Domaine public, 1664, 474; p.77)


“In their first passion women love their lovers, in all the others they love love.” – François De La Rochefoucauld

“Dans les premières passions les femmes aiment l’amant, et dans les autres elles aiment l’amour.” (French)

(Reflections: Or Sentences And Moral Maxims By François Duc De La Rochefoucauld, Translated From The Editions Of 1678 And 1827 With Introduction, Notes, And Some Account Of The Author And His Times By J. W. Willis Bund, M.A. LL.B and J. Hain Friswell, Simpson Low, Marston & Company, Ltd., 1898, 471; p.53)

(The quote is also found in: Reflections: Or Sentences And Moral Maxims By François Duc De La Rochefoucauld, Translated From The Editions Of 1678 And 1827 With Introduction, Notes, And Some Account Of The Author And His Times By J. W. Willis Bund, M.A. LL.B and J. Hain Friswell, Scribner, Welford And Co., 1871, 471; p.53)

(The quote in French is found in: Rèflexions Ou Sentences Et Maximes Morales, 1664, Réflexions Morales, 471; p.76)

(The quote in French is also found in: Rèflexions Ou Sentences Et Maximes Morales, Chez Lefevre, Libraire, 1827, Réflexions Morales, 471; p.125)


“…a woman’s charm is fifty percent illusion…”  – Tennessee Williams

(A Streetcar Named Desire By Tennessee Williams, Signet, 1974, Sc. Two; p.41)

(The quote is also found in: A Streetcar Named Desire By Tennessee Williams, Sc. Two)


“…when once the woman has tempted us, and we have tasted the forbidden fruit, there is no such thing as checking our appetites, whatever the consequences may be.” – George Washington

(The Writings Of George Washington From The Original Manuscript Sources 1745-1799, Edited By John C. Fitzpatrick, Volume 27, June 11, 1783 – November 28, 1784, United States Government Printing Office Washington, 1938, To Mrs. Annie Boudinot Stockton, Rocky Hill, September 2, 1783; p.128)

(The quote is also found here.)


“With women the heart argues, not the mind.” – Matthew Arnold

(The Poetical Works Of Matthew Arnold, Complete Edition With Biographical Introduction, Thomas Y. Crowell & Company, 1897, Lyric And Dramatic Poems, Merope; p.310)

(The quote is also found here.)


“…there is such a thing as the wrong woman. She makes a man a fraction…. But the right woman! She multiplies a man.” – Horace Holley

(Read -Aloud Plays By Horace Holley, Mitchell Kennerley, 1916, The Genius p.53-4)

(The quote is also found here.)

(The last part of the quote is found here.)


“…I’m not denyin’ the women are foolish: God Almighty made ’em to match the men.” – George Eliot

(Adam Bede By George Eliot, Fields, Osgood, & Co., 1869, Book Sixth, Ch. LIII, The Harvest-Supper; p.306)

(This quote is also found in: Adam Bede By George Eliot, The Elecbook Company Ltd, 1998, Book Sixth, Ch. LIII, The Harvest Supper; p.689)

(Third source: Adam Bede By George Eliot, Book Sixth, Ch. LIII, The Harvest Supper; p.472)


“…the happiest women, like the happiest nations, have no history.” – George Eliot

(The Mill On The Floss By George Eliot, Scott, Foresman And Company, 1916, Book Sixth, The Great Temptation, Ch. III. Confidential Moments; p.375)

(The quote is also found in: The Mill On The Floss By George Eliot, Penguin 2012, Book Sixth, The Great Temptation, Ch. Three Confidential Moments)


“…women are like tricks by sleight of hand, which, to admire, we should not understand. – William Congreve

(Masterpieces Of The English Frama William Congreve, With Introduction By William Archer, American Book Company, 1912, Love For Love, Act IV, Sc. III; p.239)

(The quote is also found in: The Dramatic Works Of Wycherley, Congreve, Vanbrugh, And Farquhar. With Biographical And Critical Notices By Leigh Hunt, Edward Moxon, 1849, Congreve, Love For Love, Act IV, Sc. XXI; p.229)


“…perhaps nature had endowed women with a need for regular injections of male hormones via semen…” – Fay Weldon

(The Spa By Fay Weldon, Grove Press, 2007; p.103)


“Of all the paths lead to a woman’s love. Pity’s the straightest. – John Fletcher

(The Works Of Beaumont And Fletcher, With An Introduction By George Darley, In Two Volumes, Vol. II, George Routledge And Sons, 1866, The Knight Of Malta, Act I, sc. I; p.127)

(The quote is also found in: The Dramatic Works Of Beaumont And Fletcher, Printed From The Text And With The Notes Of The Late George Colman, Esq., In Three Volumes, Vol. II, John Stocjdale, 1811, The Knight Of Malta; A Tragi-Comedy, Act I, sc. I; p.590)


“…most women are not so young as they are painted…” – Max Beerbohm

(A Defence Of Cosmetics By Max Beerbohm, Dodd, Mead And Company, 1922; p.4-5)

(This quote is also found in: The Incomparable Max: A Selection By Sir Max Beerbohm, Heinemann, 1962 p.44)


“Women have one advantage over men. Throughout history they have been forced to make adjustments.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

(You Learn By Living: Eleven Keys For A More Fulfilling Life By Eleanor Roosevelt, Westminster John Knox Press, 1960, Ch.5. Readjustment Is Endless; p. 77)


“Whether they (women) give or refuse, it delights women just the same to have been asked.” – Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

“Quae dant, quaeque negant, gaudent tamen esse rogatae.” (Latin)

(The Art Of Love: Ars Amatoria By Ovid, Translated By A. S. Kline, 2001, Book I Part IX: How To Win Her; p.17)

Another English Translation:

“And grant they or deny, yet are they pleased to have been asked.” – Ovid

(The Art Of Love And Other Poems By Ovid, With An English Translation By John Henry Mozley, William Heinemann Ltd., 1929, The Art Of Love, Book I; p.37)

(The quote is also found in: The Art Of Love And Other Poems By Ovid, Translated By John Henry Mozley, Harvard University Press, 1985, The Art Of Love, Book I; p.37)

(The quote in Latin is found in: Ars Amatoria, Book 1 By Ovid, Edited With Introduction And Commentary By A. S. Hollis, Clarendon Paperbacks, 1989, Ars Amatoria I, p.14)

(The quote in Latin is also found in: The Art Of Love By Ovid, Translated By James Michie, Introduction By David Malouf, The Modern Library, 2002, The Art Of Love: Latin, Liber Primus, 345)


“…what is better than wisdom? Woman. And what is better than a good woman? Nothing.” – Geoffrey Chaucer

(The Poetical Works Of Geoffrey Chaucer With Memoir By Sir Harris Nicholas, Vol.III, William Pickering, 1845, The Tale Of Melibeus; p.102)

(The quote is also found in: The Complete Works Of Geoffrey Chaucer, Edited From Numerous Manuscripts By The Rev. Walter W. Skeat, M.A., Clarendon Press, 1899, Group B, The Tale Of Melibeus; p.207)


“Men look at themselves in mirrors.  Women look for themselves.” – Elissa Melamed

(Mirror, Mirror: The Terror Of Not Being Young By Elissa Melamed, Linden Press/Simon & Schuster, 1983, Aging And The Human Condition; p.70)


“Woman” is my slave name; feminism will give me freedom to seek some other identity altogether.” – Ann Snitow

(The Feminism Of Uncertainty: A Gender Diary By Ann Snitow, Duke University Press, 2015, Part 1 Continuing A Gender Diary, 1. A Gender Diary)


“Woman was God’s second mistake.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“Das Weib war der zweite Fehlgriff Gottes” (German)

(The Anti-Christ, Ecce Homo, Twilight Of The Idols, And Other Writings By Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, Translated By Judith Norman, Cambridge Press, 2005, The Antichrist: The Curse On Christianity, 48; p.46-7)

(The quote is also found in: Twilight Of The Idols With The Antichrist And Ecce Homo By Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, Translated By Anthony M. Ludovici, With An Introduction By Ray Furness, Wordsworth Editions, 2007, The Antichrist, 48; p.141)

(The quote in German is found in: Friedrich Nietzsche Der Antichrist: Versuch Einer Kritik Des Christentums Insel Taschenbuch, Insel Verlag, 1986, 48)

(The quote in German is also found in: Der Antichrist: Fluch Auf Das Christenthum Von Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, Tredition Gmb, 2013, 48; p.105)


“Everything in woman is a riddle, and everything in woman hath one solution – it is called pregnancy.” – Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

“Alles am Weibe ist ein Rätsel, und alles am Weibe hat eine Lösung: sie heißt Schwangerschaft.” (German)

(Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book For Everyone And Nobody, By Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, Translated By Thomas Common, T. N. Foulis, 1911, First Part, XVIII. Old And Young Women; p.75)

(The quote is also found in: Beyond Good And Evil, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, And Hellenism & Pessimism: The Birth Of Tragedy By Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, Translated By Wm. A. Haussmann, Musaicum Books, 2017, First Part, XVIII. Old And Young Women)

Another English translation:

“Everything about woman is a riddle, and everything about woman has a single solution: that is, pregnancy.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

(Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book For Everyone And Nobody, Translated With An Introduction By Graham Parkes, Oxford University Press, 2005, First Part, 18. On Old And Young Little Women; p.57)

(The quote in German is found in: Also Sprach Zarathustra, C. G. Naumann, Leipzig 1893, Von Alten Und Jungen Weiblein; p.92)

(The quote in German is also found in: Thus Spoke Zarathustra (selections) Also Sprach Zarathustra (Auswahl) By Friedrich Nietzsche, A Dual-Language Book, Edited And Translated By Stanley Appelbaum, Drover Publications, Inc, Erster Teil, Von Alten Und Jungen Weiblein; p.60)


“In revenge and in love woman is more barbarous than man.” – Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

“In der Rache und in der Liebe ist das Weib barbarischer, als der Mann.” (German)

(Beyond Good And Evil By Friedrich Nietzsche, Translated By Helen Zimmern, The Modern Library, 1917, Ch. IV. Apophthegms And Interludes, 139; p.85)

(The quote is also found in: Beyond Good And Evil By Friedrich Nietzsche, Xist Publishing, 2014, Ch. IV. Apophthegms And Interludes, 139)

(The quote in German is found in: Jenseits von Gut Und Bose : Vorspiel Einer Philosophie Der Zukunft Von Friedrich Nietzsche, Leipzig, 1886, Spruche Und Zwischenspiele, 139; p.97)

(The quote in German is also found in: Jenseits von Gut Und Bose Von Friedrich Nietzsche, Jazzybee Verlag, 2012, Viertes Haupstuck:Spruche Und Zwischenspiele 139)


“…you won’t regret the men you never killed, but you will regret the women you passed up.” – Bernard Cornwell

(The Warlord Chronicles: 1 The Winter King, A Novel Of Arthur By Bernard Cornwell, Penguin UK, 2007, Part Two: The Princess Bride)

(The quote is also found in the free e-book here.)


“Beauty in woman is that potent alchemy which transforms men into asses.” – Abraham Miller

(Unmoral Maxims By Abraham Miller, Broadway Publishing Co., 1906, About Women; p.1)

(The quote is also found here.)


“The man’s desire is for the woman; but the woman’s desire is rarely other than for the desire of the man.” – Samuel Taylor Coleridge

(The Table Talk And Omniana Of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Oxford University Press, 1917, Table Talk, July 23, 1827, William III-Berkely-Spinoza-Genius-Envy-Love; p.75)

(The quote is also found in: Specimens Of The Table Talk Of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Murray, 1836, Table Talk, July 23, 1827, William III-Berkely-Spinoza-Genius-Envy-Love; p.47)

(Third source: Specimens Of The Table Talk Of The Late Samuel Taylor Coleridge, In Two Volumes, Vol. I, Harper & Brothers, 1835, Table-Talk, July 23, 1827, William III-Berkely-Spinoza-Genius-Envy-Love; p.78)


“Women’s eyes have pierced more hearts than ever did the bullets of war.” – William Scott Downey

(Downey’s Proverbs By William Scott Downey, E. Walker, 1853 Proverbs Of William Scott Downey, Ch. XIX, 4; p.57)


“Men’s eyes are in their heads; women’s, in their hearts. – Ivan Panin

(The Writings Of Ivan Panin, New Haven, 1918, XXXIII. Men And Woman, 1872; p.312)


“…a woman’s beauty does not belong to her alone. It is part of the bounty she brings into the world. She has a duty to share it.” – J.M. Coetzee

(Disgrace: A Novel By J.M. Coetzee, Penguin, 2017, Two)

(The quote is also found in the free e-book here.)


“We should choose for a wife only the woman we should choose for a friend, were she a man.” – Joseph Joubert

“Il faut ne choisir pour épouse que la femme qu’on choisirait pour ami, si elle était homme.” (French)

(Joubert: A Selection From His Thoughts, Translated By Katharine Lyttelton, With A Preface By Mrs. Humphy Ward, Dodd, Mead An Company, 1899, Ch. VII, Of Domestic Life, Society, Conversation, Politeness And Manners, 4.; p.60)

(The quote is also found in: Joubert: Some Of The “Thoughts” Of Joseph Joubert, Translated By George H. Calvert, William V. Spencer, 1867, Ch. VIII, Of The Family And The Home, Of Society, Conversation, Politeness, And Manners; p.80)

Another English translation:

“One ought not to choose for a wife a woman whom one would not choose for a friend, were she a man.” – Joseph Joubert

(Pensées Of Joubert, Selected And Translated By Henry Attwell, George Allen, 1896, Of The Family And The House, 98; p.31)

(The quote in French is found in: Pensées De J. Joubert, Quatrième Tome, Librairie académique Didier Et Cie, Librairies-Éditeurs, 1864, Titre VIII. De La Famille Et De La Maison, De La Société, De La Conversation, De La Politesse Et Des Manières, IX; p.101)

(The quote in French is also found here.)


“In her first passion, woman loves her lover, In all the others, all she loves is love…” – Lord Byron

(The Works Of Lord Byron, Complete In One Volume, H. L. Brenner, 1829, Don Juan, Canto III; p.193)

(The quote is also found in: The Works Of Lord Byron, Complete In One Volume, John Murray, Don Juan, Canto The Third, III; p.630)


“…glory itself would be for woman only a splendid mourning-suit for happiness.” – Madame De Staël (Anne-Louise-Germaine)

“…la gloire elle-même ne saurait être pour une femme qu’un deuil éclatant du bonheur.” (French)

(Germany By The Baroness Staël Holstein, Translated From The French, In Three Volumes, Vol. III, John Murray 1813, Ch. XIX. Of Love In Marriage; p.238)

(The quote is also found here.)

(The quote in French is found in: De L’Allemagne Par Madame de Staël, Libraire De Firmin Didot Frères, 1845, Chapitre XIX De L’amour Dans Le Mariage; p.499)

(The quote in French is also found in: De L’Allemagne Par Madame de Staël, Libraire De Firmin Didot Frères, 1852, Chapitre XIX De L’amour Dans Le Mariage; p.499)


“Man may have discovered fire, but women discovered how to play with it.” – Cindy Chupack

(Sex And The City, Season Two, Episode 11, Evolution Written By Cindy Chupack)

(The quote is also found in: Sex In The City, Season Two, Episode 11, Evolution; 3.52-56)

Note: The TV series was created by Darren Star, based on Candace Bushnell’s 1997 book of the same name.

The above quote was written by Writer/Executive Producer of Sex and the City, Cindy Chupack, and NOT by Candance Bushnell.


“…passing her fortieth year a woman becomes an insoluble riddle; and if any one can see through an old woman, it is another old woman” – Honoré De Balzac

“…passé quarante ans, une femme devient un grimoire indéchiffrable, et si quelqu’un peut deviner une vieille femme, c’est une autre vieille femme.” (French)

(The Physiology Of Marriage, Complete By Honoré De Balzac, Translated By Katharine Prescott Wormeley, 1829, Part Three: Relating To Civil War, 2. Of The Mother-in-law)

(The quote is also found in: The Novels And Dramas Volume 33 By Honoré De Balzac, Croscup & Holby Company, 1905, The Physiology Of Marriage, Part Three: Relating To Civil War, 2. Of The Mother-in-law; p.266)

(The quote in French is found in: Physiologie Du Mariage: Ou Méditations De Philosophie Éclectique, Société D’éditions Littéraires Et Artistiques, 1904, Troisième Partie: De La Guère Civile, II. De La Belle-Mere; p.367)

(The quote in French is also found in: Oeuvres illustrées De Balzac Volume 1, Michel Lévy Fréres, 1867, Physiologie Du Mariage, Troisième Partie: De La Guère Civile, II. De La Belle-Mere; p.58)


“…the heart of a woman is like a lyre which does not reveal its secret, excepting to him who is a skillful player.” – Honoré De Balzac

“…la femme est une lyre qui ne livre ses secrets qu’à celui qui en sait bien jouer.” (French)

(The Physiology Of Marriage, Complete By Honoré De Balzac, Translated By Katharine Prescott Wormeley, 1829, First Part: Meditation V. Of The Predestined, Catechism Of Marriage, XXXI)

(The quote is also found in: The Physiology Of Marriage: The Petty Troubles Of Married Life By Honoré de Balzac, General Books LLC, 2012, First Part: Meditation V. Of The Predestined, Catechism Of Marriage, XXXI, p.62)

(The quote in French is found in: Physiologie Du Mariage: Ou Méditations De Philosophie Éclectique, Société D’éditions Littéraires Et Artistiques, 1904, Premiére Partie: Méditation V Des Prédestinés, Catéchisme Conjugal, XXXI; p.83)

(The quote in French is also found in: Oeuvres illustrées De Balzac Volume 1, Michel Lévy Fréres, 1867, Physiologie Du Mariage, Premiére Partie: Méditation V Des Prédestinés, Catéchisme Conjugal, XXXI; p.14)