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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:3048
AUTHOR:Thomas Otway (1652–1685)
QUOTATION:What mighty ills have not been done by woman!
Who was ’t betrayed the Capitol?—A woman!
Who lost Mark Antony the world?—A woman!
Who was the cause of a long ten years’ war,
And laid at last old Troy in ashes?—Woman!
Destructive, damnable, deceitful woman! 1
ATTRIBUTION:The Orphan. Act iii. Sc. 1.
 
Note 1.
O woman, woman! when to ill thy mind
Is bent, all hell contains no fouler fiend.
Alexander Pope: Homer’s Odyssey, book xi. line 531. [back]
 

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