"Human intellect cannot estimate what we owe to woman. She gives us good advice, and plenty of it, she soothes our aching brows, she bears our children--ours as a general thing."
"In whatever position you place a woman she is an ornament to society and a treasure to the world. As a sweetheart she has few equals and no superiors. As a cousin she is convenient. As a wealthy grandmother with an incurable distemper she is precious."
"Look at Cleopatra! Look at Desdemona! Look at Florence Nightingale! Look at Joan of Arc! Look at Lucretia Borgia! Well, suppose we let Lucretia slide."
"There is only one good sex. The female one."
(attributed to) Mark Twain
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"Always do right. This will gratify some people, and astonish the rest." --Mark Twain, 1901
(quotations from The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain, Edited by Alex Ayres