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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 ~ Jean Giraudoux

A girl is a 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.
  • A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.
    • Coco Chanel, Gaille, Brandon (July 23, 2013). "List of 38 Famous Fashion Quotes and Sayings". Retrieved November 15, 2013.
  • In the summer, girls come and summer girls go. Some are worth while and some are so-so.
  • “You were speaking about its being a girl,” said Miss Betsey. “I have no doubt it will be a girl. I have a presentiment that it must be a girl. Now child, from the moment of the birth of this girl—”
    “Perhaps boy,” my mother took the liberty of putting in.
    “I tell you I have a presentiment that it must be a girl,” returned Miss Betsey.
  • "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.
  • When I was 13, I was flat as a board and totally unhappy about it. I would write in my diary every day, Oh, if I could just have a B cup by summer! I actually prayed for big boobs. So I developed at about 14, and then I was 15, 16, 17, and they kept going.
  • Oh God — I look back now, and it seems so gross. At just 14 years old, I had to wear a thong bikini. And then they used that scene in the trailer, so my entire school saw it! There are still men who come up to me today and say, "You were really hot in that film!" I was 14, for God's sake!
  • Girls were made to love and kiss.
  • A girl and a guinea are both alike. You never know how good they are till you ring them.
    • Jean Ingelow, John Jerome, his Thoughts and Ways, Chapter 7 (1886).
  • 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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