„Nothing is so necessary for a young man as the company of intelligent women.“

Source: War and Peace

Last update May 22, 2020. History
Leo Tolstoy photo
Leo Tolstoy442
Russian writer 1828 - 1910

Related quotes

Honoré de Balzac photo

„Nothing is so discreet as a young face, for nothing is less mobile; it has the serenity, the surface smoothness, and the freshness of a lake. There is no character in women’s faces before the age of thirty.“

—  Honoré de Balzac, book A Woman of Thirty

Rien n'est-il si discret qu'un jeune visage, parce que rien n'est plus immobile. La figure d'une jeune femme a le calme, le poli, la fraîcheur de la surface d'un lac. La physionomie des femmes ne commence qu'à trente ans.
Source: A Woman of Thirty (1842), Ch. VI: The Old Age of a Guilty Mother

Max Beerbohm photo

„Most women are not so young as they are painted.“

—  Max Beerbohm English writer 1872 - 1956

A Defense of Cosmetics (1895)

James Brown photo

„This is a mans world.
This is a mans world.
But it would be nothing, nothing
Without a women or a girl.“

—  James Brown American singer, songwriter, musician, and recording artist 1933 - 2006

It's a Man's Man's Man's World, written with Betty Jean Newsome, from It's a Man's Man's Man's World (1966)
Song lyrics

Kingsley Amis photo
Phyllis Chesler photo
Natalie Portman photo

„It was wonderful playing a young queen with so much power. I think it will be good for young women to see a strong woman of action who is also smart and a leader.“

—  Natalie Portman Israeli-American actress 1981

Natalie Portman, quoted in The Phantom Menace "Production Notes". I wear a diaper in lucy in the sky

Charles Baudelaire photo

„To love intelligent women is the pleasure of a pederast.“

—  Charles Baudelaire French poet 1821 - 1867

Aimer les femmes intelligentes est un plaisir de pédéraste.
VI http://fr.wikisource.org/wiki/Fus%C3%A9es#VI
Journaux intimes (1864–1867; published 1887), Fusées (1867)

Oscar Wilde photo

„Lord Illingworth: Women have become too brilliant. Nothing spoils a romance so much as a sense of humour in the woman.
Mrs. Allonby: Or the want of it in the man.“

—  Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance

Act I http://books.google.com/books?id=RHkWAAAAYAAJ&q=%22Women+have+become+too+brilliant+Nothing+spoils+a+romance+so+much+as+a+sense+of+humour+in+the+woman%22+%22or+the+want+of+it+in+the+man%22&pg=PA34#v=onepage
A Woman of No Importance (1893)

Mignon McLaughlin photo

„A young woman can live off the folly of men; a man of any age can live off the folly of women.“

—  Mignon McLaughlin American journalist 1913 - 1983

The Complete Neurotic's Notebook (1981), Women & men

Edward Bellamy photo
N. K. Jemisin photo

„We were all exposed to nothing but white dude fiction, occasionally young white women fiction, and if that’s how you’ve grown up, then that is what is normal.“

—  N. K. Jemisin American writer 1972

On how she once perceived fiction in “NK Jemisin: 'It’s easier to get a book set in black Africa published if you're white'” https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/may/02/nk-jemisin-its-easier-to-get-a-book-set-in-black-africa-published-if-youre-white in The Guardian (2020 May 2)

Dan Simmons photo
André Maurois photo
Susan B. Anthony photo
Frances Bean Cobain photo

„I love strong, opinionated, intelligent women.“

—  Frances Bean Cobain American artist 1992

Isaiah Silva, Cobain's then fiancé, quoted by Jessica Herndon and Kevin O'Donnell, " Frances Bean Cobain and Isaiah Silva: Their Private Romance http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20557992,00.html", People (3 January 2012).

Muhammad photo
Martin Firrell photo

„The bodily strength, the fierceness and beauty of young women.“

—  Martin Firrell British artist and activist 1963

"Complete Hero" (2009)

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“