Quotations About / On: GIRL

  • 41.
    What girl could fail to make a conquest who collapsed at a man's feet in the moonlight?
    (John L. Balderston (1899-1954), U.S. screenwriter, and Karl Freund. Helen Grosvenor (Zita Johann), The Mummy, to Frank Whemple, who claims to have fallen in love with her at first sight (1932). From the story by Nina Wilcox Putnam and Richard Schayer.)
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  • 42.
    Debussy—A pretty girl with one blue eye and one brown one.
    (H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist, critic. Originally published in the Smart Set (May 1912). The Vintage Mencken, ch. 26, p. 141, ed. Alistair Cooke, Vintage (1956).)
  • 43.
    If there is anything I really fear it is the mind of a young girl.
    (Jane Heap (c. 1880-1964), U.S. artist and editor. As quoted in The Strange Necessity, part 1, by Margaret Anderson (1969). Said in 1920, when Heap and her co-editor, Margaret Anderson, were on trial for publishing sections of the Irish novelist James Joyce's controversial masterpiece, Ulysses, in their literary journal, The Little Review. Two years later, the American expatriate Sylvia Beach, who had become a Parisian bookseller, published the complete Ulysses in book form. Here, Heap was reacting privately to the prosecutor's assertion in court that reading Ulysses would endanger "the minds of young girls." Ultimately, Anderson and Heap were convicted and fined $100.)
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  • 44.
    A great social success is a pretty girl who plays her cards as carefully as if she were plain.
    (F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. Letter (undated) to his daughter, Frances Scott Fitzgerald. The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945).)
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  • 45.
    Too many girls follow the line of least resistance—but a good line is hard to resist.
    (Raoul Walsh, U.S. screenwriter. Frisco Doll (Mae West), Klondike Annie, on the fine art of seduction (1936).)
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  • 46.
    Old photograph: amid the set poses of her family, a young girl smiles and raises her hand a little.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fifth Selection, New York (1988).)
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  • 47.
    All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl.
    (Jean-Luc Godard (b. 1930), French filmmaker, author. Journal entry, May 16, 1991. quoted in Projections, eds. John Boorman and Walter Donohue (1992).)
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  • 48.
    An honest man may really love a pretty girl, but only an idiot marries her merely because she is pretty.
    (Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. letter, Dec. 3, 1734, The French Correspondence of the 4th Earl of Chesterfield, vol. I, p. 150, ed. Rex A. Barrell, trans. James Gray, Ottawa, Borealis Press (1980).)
  • 49.
    When a little girl opens her bright eyes in the sunlight, there is no variety of options.
    (Jean Arnold, U.S. inventor. As quoted in Feminine Ingenuity, ch. 9, by Anne L. MacDonald (1992). Said in 1876.)
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  • 50.
    Sex education is legitimate in that girls cannot be taught soon enough how children don't come into the world.
    (Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian writer. Trans. by Harry Zohn, originally published in Beim Wort genommen (1955). Half-Truths and One-and-a-Half Truths, University of Chicago Press (1990).)
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