Quotations About / On:
Girls, get an education and escape slavery.
(Rena Rietveld Verduin, U.S. farm woman. As quoted in The Female Experience, ch. 45, by Gerda Lerner (1977).
Said in a 1907 debate organized by the Lansing Country Culture Club. She was reacting to the typical hard life of a farm woman.)
In Westerns you were permitted to kiss your horse but never your girl.
(Gary Cooper (1901-1961), U.S. screen actor. "Well, It Was This Way," Saturday Evening Post (New York, March 17, 1958).)
My first debate in high school"Resolved: Girls are no good"and I won!
(Donald Freed, U.S. screenwriter, and Arnold M. Stone. Robert Altman. Richard Nixon (Philip Baker Hall), Secret Honor (1984).
Fictional play based on Richard Nixon.)
Give me a girl at an impressionable age, and she is mine for life!
(Muriel Spark (b. 1918), British novelist. Miss Brodie, in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, ch. 1 (1961).)
What do girls do who haven't any mothers to help them through their troubles?
(Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888), U.S. author. Jo March, in Little Women, pt. 2, ch. 23 (1869).)
Girls like to be played with, and rumpled a little too, sometimes.
(Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Hardcastle, in She Stoops to Conquer, act 5, sc. 1.)
Are you involved in politics now? Leave that to the writers and to the ugly girls.
(Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Rateau to his friend Jonas, in Exile and the Kingdom, "Jonas or The Artist at Work," p. 121, Gallimard (1957).)
If you should put a knife into a French girl's learning it would explode and blow away like an omelette soufflee ...
(M. E. W. Sherwood (1826-1903), U.S. socialite, traveller, and author. An Epistle to Posterity, ch. 16 (1897).
Of a beautiful young Parisian, "born for the splendid side of the tapestry.")
A boy's mind is not so easily sullied as a girl's.... Undesirable knowledge is not an equal shock to the moral nature.
(Elizabeth Missing Sewell (1815-1906), British author. Principles of Education, Drawn from Nature and Revelation, and Applied to Female Education in the Upper Classes, ch. 28 (1866).)
I began quite early in life to sense the thrill a girl attains in supplying money to a man.
(Anita Loos (1894-1981), U.S. humorist, screenwriter, and dramatist. Cast of Thousands, ch. 8 (1977).
Loos's husband, John Emerson, was often dependent, directly or indirectly, on her salary.)