Quotation by Frances Burney

Thus has Homer proved his opinion of our poor sex—that the love of beauty is our most prevailing passion. It really grieves me to think that there certainly must be reason for the insignificant opinion the greatest men have of women—at least I fear there must.—But I don't in fact believe it—thank God!
Frances Burney (1752–1840), British author. The Early Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney, vol. 1, p. 37, journal entry, September 1768, ed. Lars E. Troide, Oxford University Press (1988).

Alexander Pope's free translation of Homer's Iliad has Helen accepting Paris only after Venus has threatened her with the loss of her beauty.
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