Quotation by H.L. Mencken

A man's women folk, whatever their outward show of respect for his merit and authority, always regard him secretly as an ass, and with something akin to pity. His most gaudy sayings and doings seldom deceive them; they see the actual man within, and know him for a shallow and pathetic fellow. In this fact, perhaps, lies one of the best proofs of feminine intelligence, or, as the common phrase makes it, feminine intuition.
H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880–1956), U.S. journalist. repr. in A Mencken Chrestomathy, pt. 3 (1949). "The Feminine Mind," In Defense of Women (1918, rev. 1922).
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