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Young girls are the chatelaines of truth; they must see that it is protected, that the guilty lead the life of the guilty, even if the world rocks on its foundations

A girl is any female human from birth through childhood and adolescence to attainment of adulthood when she becomes a woman. The term may also be used to mean a young woman.

For the TV show, see Girls (TV Show)


  • Girls are so queer you never know what they mean. They say no when they mean yes, and drive a man out of his wits just for the fun of it.
  • Man's love is of man's life a thing apart;
    Girls aren't like that.
    • Kingsley Amis, A Bookshop Idyll (1956)
    • Cf. Lord Byron, Don Juan, "Man's love is of man's life a thing apart, / 'Tis woman's whole existence."
  • Most plain girls are virtuous because of the scarcity of opportunity to be otherwise.
    • Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), Ch. 35.
  • Next to being married, a girl likes to be crossed in love a little now and then. It is something to think of, and gives her a sort of distinction among her companions.
  • The laughter of girls is, and ever was, among the delightful sounds of earth.
    • Thomas De Quincey, "Coleridge and Opium-Eating" (1845), in Coleridge and Opium-Eating and Other Writings (Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black, 1862), footnote on p. 85.
  • "Fiddlesticks," Mother said. "Anything he will learn about sixteen-year-old girls from you will probably be a good deal more innocent than what he will learn some day from sixteen-year-old girls."
    • William Faulkner, The Town (1957), Ch. 12.
    • Charles Mallinson's mother telling her brother Gavin Stevens that it's all right to say what he has to say in front of the boy.
  • When one is not used to it, it is difficult to be recollected in the middle of a crowd of more or less wild little girls, who in class do the bare minimum that will keep them out of trouble and in play-time go right off their heads.
    • Henri Ghéon, The Secret of the Little Flower (Sainte Thérèse de Lisieux, 1934), Ch. IV: Teresa at School, trans. Donald Attwater. London: Sheed & Ward, 1934, p. 51.
  • Young girls are the chatelaines of truth; they must see that it is protected, that the guilty lead the life of the guilty, even if the world rocks on its foundations.
    • Jean Giraudoux, Electra (1937), Act I, trans. Phyllis La Farge with Peter H. Judd.
  • Girls were made to love and kiss.
  • A young girl's beauty should speak to the soul and to the imagination, and not to the senses like the beauty of women.
  • The young girl stood beside me. I
    Saw not what her young eyes could see:
    —A light, she said, not of the sky
    Lives somewhere in the Orange Tree.
    • Shaw Neilson, Ballad and Lyrical Poems (1923), "The Orange Tree".
  • Dear to the heart of a girl is her own beauty and charm.
    • Ovid, The Art of Beauty (c. A.D. 8), trans. Rolfe Humphries.
  • And there was that wholesale libel on a Yale prom. If all the girls attending it were laid end to end, Mrs. Parker said, she wouldn't be at all surprised.
    • Dorothy Parker, quoted in Alexander Woollcott, "Our Mrs. Parker", While Rome Burns (New York: The Viking Press, 1934), p. 149.
    • This was the first appearance in print of Parker's famous quote, subsequently often put into direct speech as "If all the girls attending the Yale prom were laid end to end, I wouldn't be at all surprised."
  • Sugar, spice and everything nice. These were the ingredients chosen to create the perfect little girls.

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