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.)
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.)
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).)