200 match(es) found in quotations

Philip Larkin :
And girls you have to tell to pull their socks up Are those whose pants you'd most like to pull down.
[Philip Larkin (1922-1986), British poet. "Administration."]
William Blake :
The hum of multitudes was there, but multitudes of lambs, Thousands of little boys and girls raising their innocent hands.
[William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. Holy Thursday (l. 1-4). . . The Complete Poems [William Blake]. Alicia Ostriker, ed. (1977) Penguin Books.]
Ralph Waldo Emerson :
The delicious faces of children, the beauty of school-girls, "the sweet seriousness of sixteen," the lofty air of well-born, well-bred boys, the passionate histories in the looks and manners of youth and early manhood, and the varied power in all that well-known company that escort us through life,—we know how these forms thrill, paralyze, provoke, inspire, and enlarge us.
[Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Beauty," The Conduct of Life (1860).]
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Dorothy Parker :
And there was that wholesale libel on a Yale prom. If all the girls attending it were laid end to end, Mrs. Parker said, she wouldn't be at all surprised.
[Dorothy Parker (1893-1967), U.S. humorous writer. Quoted in While Rome Burns, "Our Mrs. Parker," Alexander Woollcott (1934).]
Robert Louis Stevenson :
Man is a creature who lives not upon bread alone, but principally by catchwords; and the little rift between the sexes is astonishingly widened by simply teaching one set of catchwords to the girls and another to the boys.
[Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), Scottish novelist, essayist, poet. Virginibus Puerisque, "Virginibus Puerisque," sct. 2 (1881).]
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Herman Melville :
I should like to have seen a gallery of coronation beauties, at Westminster Abbey, confronted for a moment by this band of Island girls; their stiffness, formality, and affectation contrasted with the artless vivacity and unconcealed natural graces of these savage maidens. It would be the Venus de' Medici placed beside a milliner's doll.
[Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Typee (1846), ch. 22, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 1, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1968). On the occasion of a Polynesian holiday.]
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Alice Walker :
They circumcised women, little girls, in Jesus's time. Did he know? Did the subject anger or embarrass him? Did the early church erase the record? Jesus himself was circumcised; perhaps he thought only the cutting done to him was done to women, and therefore, since he survived, it was all right.
[Alice Walker (b. 1944), U.S. author, critic. "Tashi-Evelyn-Mrs. Johnson," pt. 21, Possessing the Secret of Joy (1992).]
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Margaret Atwood :
She even had a kind of special position among men: she was an exception, she fitted none of the categories they commonly used when talking about girls; she wasn't a cock-teaser, a cold fish, an easy lay or a snarky bitch; she was an honorary person. She had grown to share their contempt for most women.
[Margaret Atwood (b. 1939), Canadian novelist, poet, critic. repr. In Dancing Girls (1984). "The Man From Mars," Ontario Review (1977).]
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Herman Melville :
When the red-cheeked, dancing girls, April and May, trip home to the wintry, misanthropic woods; even the barest, ruggedest, most thunder-cloven old oak will at least send forth some few green sprouts, to welcome such glad-hearted visitants.
[Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Moby-Dick (1851), ch. 28, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 6, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1988).]
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Abraham Lincoln :
Others have been made fools of by the girls; but, this can never be with truth said of me. I most emphatically, in this instance, made a fool of myself.
[Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to Mrs. Orville H. Browning, Apr. 1, 1838. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 1, p. 119, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).]
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