Montesquieu

Young women who are led only through mar­riage to plea­su­res and free­dom, who have a mind that dares not think, a heart that dares not feel, eyes that dare not see, ears that dare not hear, who appear only to prove them­sel­ves dull, condem­ned without inter­rup­tion to tri­fles and pre­cepts, are rather incli­ned toward mar­riage ; it is the young men who need to be encou­ra­ged.