13 Quotes About Life & Women

1. “Your wife has got to understand that no matter how much you love her, you’re a hunter, and your hunting is no threat to her. But no wife will ever understand that. No, no woman will ever understand her man.”
The Book Of Laughter & Forgetting by Milan Kundera

2. “Don’t you see that a man’s whole personality is bound up with his income? His personality is his income. How can you be attractive to a girl when you’ve got not money? You can’t wear decent clothes, you can’t take her out to dinner or to the theatre or away for weekends, you can’t carry a cheery, interesting atmosphere with you. And it’s rot to say that kind of thing doesn’t matter. It does.”
Keep The Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

3. “I am afriad that women appreciate cruelty, downright cruelty, more than anything else. They have wonderfully primitive instincts. We have emancipated them, but they remain slaves looking for their masters, all the same. They love being dominated.”
The Picture Of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde

4. “The curious little talent that I happen to possess—the ability to hypnotize a woman with words—very seldom lets me down. It is not, of course, done only with words. The words themselves, the innocuous, superficial words, are spoken only by the mouth, whereas the real message, the improper and exciting promise, comes from all the limbs and organs of the body, and is transmitted through the eyes. More than that I cannot honestly tell you about how it is done. The point is that it works. It works like cantharides. I believe that I could sit down opposite the Pope’s wife, if he had one, and within fifteen minutes, were I to try hard enough, she would be leaning toward me over the table with her lips apart and her eyes glazed with desire. It is a minor talent, not a great one, but I am nonetheless thankful to have had it bestowed upon me, and I have done my best at all times to see that it has not been wasted.”
The Visitor by Roald Dahl

5. “At the time, I often thought that if I had had to live in the trunk of a dead tree, with nothing to do but look up at the sky flowering overhead, little by little I would have gotten used to it. I would have waited for birds to fly by or clouds to mingle, just as here I waited to see my lawyer’s ties and just as, in another world, I used to wait patiently until Saturday to hold Marie’s body in my arms. Now, as I think back on it, I wasn’t in a hollow tree trunk. There were others worse off than me. Anyway, it is one of Maman’s ideas, and she often repeated it, that after a while you could get used to anything.”
The Stranger by Albert Camus

6. “Words do not express thoughts very well. They always become a little different immediately after they are expressed, a little distorted, a little foolish. And yet it also pleases me and seems right that what is of value and wisdom to one man seems nonsense to another.”
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

7. “It happens quite easily that he only sees the thing that he is seeking; that he is unable to find anything, unable to absorb anything, because he is only thinking of the thing he is seeking, because he has a goal, because he is obsessed with his goal. Seeking means: to have a goal; but finding means: to be free, to be receptive, to have no goal.”
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

8. “I am, as you may have gathered, a fairly resilient fellow. I explode when provoked, but I never brood about it afterwards. I scrub it out. There’s always another day. What’s more, nothing stimulates my mind so much as a whopping disaster. In the aftermath, in that period of deadly calm and absolute silence that follows the tempest, my brain becomes exceedingly active. As I sat drinking my whiskey during that terrible evening amidst the ruins, I was already beginning to ponder and plan my future all over again.”
My Uncle Oswald by Roald Dahl

9. “Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it under self-selected circumstances, but under circumstances existing already, given and transmitted from the past. The tradition of all dead generations weighs like an Alp on the brains of the living.”
—Karl Marx

10. “The only way a woman can ever reform a man is by boring him so completely that he loses all possible interest in life.”
The Picture Of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde

11. “And beneath his pessimism, his bleak conviction that all the machinery was rigged against him, at the bottom of his soul was a faith that he was going to outwit it, that by carefully watching the signs he was going to know when to dodge and be spared. It was fatalism with a loophole, and all you had to do to make it work was never miss a sign. Survival by coordination, as it were. The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but to those who can see it coming and jump aside. Like a frog evading a shillelagh in a midnight marsh.”
The Rum Diaries by Hunter S. Thompson

12. “Our job in this lifetime is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be, but to find out who we already are and become it.”
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

13. “Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there. It doesn’t matter what you do, he said, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away. The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching, he said. The lawn cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime.”
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

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gringoed
gringoed
10 years ago

My favorite quotes are 1,5,7,12

Carl Sagan
Carl Sagan
10 years ago

cool quotes.

Gonna have to read some of those works for sure

Raliv
10 years ago

Number 13 stirres my heart, and I am only in college.

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James
James
10 years ago

Keep the Aspidistra Flying is a great book. Maybe Orwells best, but overlooked by critics.

Roosh, do you identify with Gordon Comstock?

Goldie
Goldie
10 years ago

Goldie:

-Bitches are all the same. I buy em nice clothes and take em to nice places to eat and shit, but no dough..no dough. When I got a bitch, I got a bitch.

-You can’t make a ho into a housewife. It’s unnatural and disturbs the balance of a man.

-I pay a ho to leave. Not to stay.

Anonymous
Anonymous
10 years ago

I find it very interesting that you quote Oscar Wilde. Seems quite telling to me…

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Whatever
Whatever
10 years ago

Nice collection of quotes. Keep it up, I’m always pleased to read hand selected thoughts from some of the great minds.

Orwell was the man. Also, for a quick read, The Stranger is a very powerful book.

West LA
West LA
10 years ago

Thanks for the stimulating quotes Roosh.
One usually has to read through lots of junk to find the rare thought-provoking material.
You quoted Steven Pressfield’s book The War of Art. I recommend that to anyone struggling to manifest the full potential of his creative talent. If you buy it, be warned it is skimpy, often with one sentence per page, as I recall.

Ikey
Ikey
10 years ago

Way to go, Roosh

Schwanson
Schwanson
10 years ago

Is our ADD-ridden generation, a slap in the face of the beautiful secret mentioned in quote 4?

Wolf
10 years ago

>3. “I am afriad that women appreciate cruelty, downright cruelty, more than anything else. They have wonderfully primitive instincts. We have emancipated them, but they remain slaves looking for their masters, all the same. They love being dominated.”
—The Picture Of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde

Very interesting quote, by one of the most intelligent and insightful men of the 19th century. Wilde was a prescient social observer. The fact that he was gay takes nothing from the power of his observations on women, in fact I believe it enhances their veracity, because only a gay man has the impartiality to see women as they truly are. Women cannot, and men will not.

The man who understands this observation by Wilde, and applies it, gains mastery with women.

Wolf
10 years ago

@12

More awesome Wilde quotes on women: http://www.abfition.com/oscar-wilde/women.htm

Mike
Mike
10 years ago

“Like a frog evading a shillelagh in a midnight marsh.” Classic HST. He’s the man.

Culdcept
10 years ago

These quotes are simply awesome. Its good other people have seen this way before.

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sloopJohn
sloopJohn
10 years ago

great collection of quotes mr Roosh.

gotta love Wilde’s observations, from that link @13:
“The only way to behave to a woman is to make love to her, if she is pretty, and to someone else, if she is plain.”

Anonymous
Anonymous
10 years ago

number 14: Rape is good. “No” means keep going.

Anonymous
Anonymous
10 years ago

Fuck Karl Marx!

ccw
ccw
10 years ago

Great selection of quotes, nice post

Neo
Neo
10 years ago

Favorite is #12

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Mike
Mike
10 years ago

“You may remember the old Persian saying, ‘There is danger for him who taketh the tiger cub, and danger also for whoso snatches a delusion from a woman.” – Sherlock Holmes.

V
V
10 years ago

My favorite quote:

“Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.”

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ptk
ptk
10 years ago

Very insightful Quotes –

Dagonet
10 years ago

Thanks for the inspiration as we head into Fall, Roosh. I’m just about done reading my new paperback copy of Bang for the first time, and it’s been another great addition to my toolkit. I think we all know by now that you’re a talented writer, too.

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jkc
jkc
10 years ago

the Bradbury quote is my favorite.