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She was too honest, too natural for this frightened man; too remote from his tidy laws. She was, after all, a country girl; disordered, hysterical, loving. She was muddled and mischievous as a chimney-jackdaw, she made her nest of rags and jewels, was happy in the sunlight, squawked loudly at danger, pried and was insatiably curious, forgot when to eat or ate all day, and sang when sunsets were red. Laurie Lee, Cider with Rosie
Screw: I don’t like girls.
Eve: You haven’t tried this one. Killing Eve s1e7: I Don’t Want to be Free, BBC 2018
Religion is an all-important matter in a public school for girls. Whatever people say, it is the mother’s safeguard, and the husband’s. What we ask of education is not that girls should think, but that they should behave. Napoleon Bonaparte
Men seldom make passes
At girls who wear glasses. Dorothy Parker, New Item, 1937
Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world. Marilyn Monroe, attributions & variations; possibly Midler, ‘Give a girl the correct footwear and she can conquer the world’
There are no good girls gone wrong – just bad girls found out. Mae West
Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere. Mae West
I hope she’ll be a fool – that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool. F Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous. Coco Chanel
A pretty girl is like a melody
That haunts you day and night. Irving Berlin, A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody, 1919
Girls were my best friends. Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child
A slap-up gal in a bang-up chariot. Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend
Three little maids from school are we,
Pert as a schoolgirl well can be,
Filled to the brim with girlish glee. W S Gilbert, The Mikado
Three little maids who, all unwary,
Come from a ladies’ seminary. ibid.
In my youth there were words you couldn’t say in front of a girl; now you can’t say ‘girl’. Tom Lehrer, cited Sunday Telegraph 10th March 1996
Thank heaven for little girls!
For little girls get bigger every day. Alan Jay Lerner, song 1958
There was a little girl
Who had a little curl
Right in the middle of her forehead,
When she was good
She was very, very good,
But when she was bad she was horrid. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
An unlessoned girl, unschooled, unpractised;
Happy in this, she is not yet so old
But she may learn; happier than this,
She is not bred so dull but she can learn. William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice III ii 160
Now boast thee, death, in thy possession lies
A lass unparalleled. William Shakespeare, Anthony & Cleopatra V ii 317
In 2009 eighteen-year-old student Gemma Barker invented three fictitious boys. In disguise as these boys Gemma seduced two of her best friends. The Girl Who Became Three Boys, Channel 4 2012
This is a story of sex and deception, a story that made headlines around the world. It’s a story of a crime that begins on social networking sites. The victims were two innocent teenage girls. ibid.
Jessica, Alice and Gemma became close friends. ibid.
Aaron’s Facebook page presented a picture of a fit and attractive young man. ibid.
Gemma decided that Jessica ought to have a boyfriend of her own; one new Facebook account later and she’d created Luke Jones, a friend of Aaron. ibid.
By the end of 2009 Gemma had two alter-egos: Aaron Lampard and Luke Jones complete with Facebook pages and networks of fictional friends. ibid.
Gemma pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault and one of fraud ... Gemma was sent to prison for two and a half years. ibid.
Give a girl an education and introduce her properly into the world, and ten to one but she has the means of settling well, without further expense to anybody. Jane Austen
Give me a girl at an impressionable age and she is mine for life. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie II starring Geraldine McEwan & Amanda Kirby & Lynsey Baxter & Vivienne Ross et al, ITV 1978
Good morning, little girls. Sit down. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie III starring Geraldine McEwan & Amanda Kirby & Lynsey Baxter & Vivienne Ross et al, Brodie to class
I am never mistaken in my girls. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie VI starring Geraldine McEwan & Amanda Kirby & Lynsey Baxter & Vivienne Ross et al, Brodie
You are all approaching womanhood. It is time you learn to make the most of yourselves. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie VII starring Geraldine McEwan & Amanda Kirby & Lynsey Baxter & Vivienne Ross et al, Brodie to class
One’s prime is elusive. You little girls, when you grow up, must be on the alert to recognise your prime at whatever time of your life it may occur. Muriel Spark, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Girls girls girls! You’re making me blush! The Belles of St Trinians 1954 starring Alastair Sim & Joyce Grenfell & George Cole & Hermione Baddeley & Betty Ann Davis & Sid James et al, director Frank Launder, Ms Fritton
Girls stink. They stink. They’re evil. They’re all bad, all of them. Buffalo 66 starring Vincent Gallo & Christina Ricci & Anjelica Huston & Ben Gazzara & Kevin Corrigan & Mickey Rourke & Rosanna Arquette & Kevin Pollak & Alex Karras et al, director Vincent Gallor, him to her
I’m sure glad I didn’t raise me any girls. Who knows how they would have turned out. Bloody Mama 1970 starring Shelley Winters & Lisa Jill & Robert Walden & Alex Nicol & Robert De Niro & Pat Hingle & Don Stroud & Diane Varsi & Bruce Dern & Clint Kimbrough et al, director Roger Corman, Ma
Patient: Is it a boy or a girl?
Obstetrician: Now I think it’s a little early to start imposing roles on it, don’t you? Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life 1983 starring Graham Chapman & John Cleese & Terry Gilliam & Eric Idle & Terry Jones & Michael Palin & Carol Cleveland & Patricia Quinn et al, director Terry Jones
A girl, a young woman, or even an old woman should not do anything independently, even in [her own] house. Laws of Manu 5:147
Well, a girl! Sword of Sherwood Forest 1960 starring Richard Greene & Peter Cushing & Sarah Branch & Nigel Green & Vanda Godsell & Edwin Richfield & Charles Lamb & Richard Pasco & Niall MacGinnis & Jack Gwillim & Oliver Reed & Patrick Crean & Dennis Lotis & Derren Nesbitt et al, director Terence Fisher, Robin discovers bird in bush
I wish I were a girl again, half-savage and hardy, and free. Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights