Coquetry is an affectation of amorous tenderness, especially of a woman directed towards a man. It is often considered to be a form of flirtation, but may be distinguished as being subtler and more innocent.
- Like a lovely tree
She grew to womanhood, and between whiles
Rejected several suitors, just to learn
How to accept a better in his turn.
- Such is your cold coquette, who can't say "No,"
And won't say "Yes," and keeps you on and off-ing
On a lee-shore, till it begins to blow,
Then sees your heart wreck'd, with an inward scoffing.
- Coquetry is the essential characteristic, and the prevalent humor of women; but they do not all practise it, because the coquetry of some it restrained by fear or by reason.
- François de La Rochefoucauld, Maxims (1665–1678), No. 252.
- It is a species of coquetry to make a parade of never practising it.
- François de La Rochefoucauld, Maxims (1665–1678), No. 110.
- Women know not the whole of their coquetry.
- François de La Rochefoucauld, Maxims (1665–1678), No. 342.
- The greatest miracle of love is the cure of coquetry.
- François de La Rochefoucauld, Maxims (1665–1678), No. 359.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 139-40.
- Or light or dark, or short or tall,
She sets a springe to snare them all:
All's one to her—above her fan
She'd make sweet eyes at Caliban.
- Thomas Bailey Aldrich, Quatrains, Coquette.
- In the School of Coquettes
Madam Rose is a scholar;—
O, they fish with all nets
In the School of Coquettes!
When her brooch she forgets
'Tis to show her new collar;
In the School of Coquettes
Madam Rose is a scholar!
- Austin Dobson, Rose-Leaves, Circe.
- Coquetry whets the appetite; flirtation depraves it. Coquetry is the thorn that guards the rose—easily trimmed off when once plucked. Flirtation is like the slime on water-plants, making them hard to handle, and when caught, only to be cherished in slimy waters.
- Ike Marvel, Reveries of a Bachelor, Sea-Coal, I.