Suffering predisposes the mind to devoutness; and most young girls, prompted by instinctive tenderness, lean towards mysticism, the obscurer side of religion.
(Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. In The Works of Honoré de Balzac, vol. IV, trans. by George Saintsbury (1971). Narrator, in Pierrette, originally named Pierrette Lorrain, in Le Siècle (1840); included in the Comédie humaine as a Scène de la Vie de Province (1843).)
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.)
I'm going out and get a girl for my picture, even if I have to marry one.
(James Creelman. Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack. Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong), King Kong, on being told that no actress wants to film on location with him (1933).
From an idea conceived by Merian C. Cooper (1893-1973) and Edgar Wallace (1875-1932) (full name Richard Edgar Horatio Wallace).)
If, after I depart this vale, you ever remember me and have thought to please my ghost, forgive some sinner and wink your eye at some homely girl.
(H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist, critic. First printed in the Smart Set, December 1921. "Epitaph," from A Mencken Chrestomathy, p. 627, Knopf (1949).
He wrote this in the prime of life; I don't think it is his actual epitaph, just another sample of his wit.)