Doc (echsdoc) wrote,

Interesting words

"With young girls Nature seems to have had in view what, in the language of the drama, is called a striking effect; as for a few years she dowers them with a wealth of beauty and is lavish in her gift of charm, at the expense of all the rest of their lives; so that during those years they may capture the fancy of some man to such a degree that he is hurried away into undertaking the honorable care of them, as long as they live, a step for which there would not seem to be any sufficient warrant if only reason directed man's thoughts. Here, as elsewhere, Nature proceeds with her usual economy; for just as the female ant, after fecundation, loses her wings, which are then superfluous, so, after giving birth to one or two children, a woman generally loses her beauty. If the object which inspires men today to write madrigals and sonnets had been born eighteen years earlier, it would scarcely have won a glance from them. Instead of calling them beautiful there would be more warrant for calling women the unesthetic sex. Neither for music, nor for poetry, nor for the fine arts, have they really and truly any sense of susceptibility; it is a mere mockery if they make a pretense of it in order to assist their endeavor to please. They are incapable of taking a purely objective interest in anything. The most distinguished intellects among the whole sex have never managed to produce a single achievement in the fine arts that is genuine or original; or given to the world any work of permanent value in any sphere. When the laws gave women equal rights with men, they ought also to to have endowed them with masculine intellects."
Arthur Schopenhauer

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