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Has No Sex

  • ... the mind has no sex ...

    • George Sand,
    • 1848, in Raphaël Ledos de Beaufort, ed., Letters of George Sand, vol. 2 ()
  • Nature is perfectly impartial. Brain has no sex!

  • There is no Sex in soul.

    • Susanna Wright,
    • c.1730, in Carol Berkin, Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for America's Independence ()
  • ... Souls have neither Sex nor Colour.

  • For I hold another heresy: that there is no sex in intellect, sentiment, or morals. The same environment, the same treatment, the same teachings would result in a similarity of characteristics. There will never cease to be variety, but we should not find a greater tendency toward any particular group of faculties in one sex over the other.

  • There is no female mind. The brain is not an organ of sex. As well speak of a female liver.

  • ... nature knows no sex limitations and does not bestow brains upon men alone. Daughters inherit gifts exactly as often and as much as sons.

  • ... vanity has no sex.

  • I had my father's mind, but he had his mother's mind. Fortunately, his mother lived with us and so I early realized that intellectual abilities of the kind I shared with my father and grandmother were not sex-linked.

  • You cannot divide minds into sexes. Each human being presents an individual problem.

  • ... genius has no limit of sex or race.

    • Olive Schreiner,
    • 1913, in S.C. Cronwright-Schreiner, ed., The Letters of Olive Schreiner 1876-1920 ()
  • Genius has no sex!

    • Madame de Staël,
    • c. 1798, in J. Christopher Herold, Mistress to an Age: A Life of Madame de Staël ()
  • Art is sexless; — good work is eternal, no matter whether it is man or woman who has accomplished it. ... Ah, but the world will never own woman's work to be great even if it be so, because men give the verdict, and man's praise is for himself and his own achievements always.

  • The only useful answer to the question 'Who is smarter, a man or a woman?' is, which man and which woman?

    • Estelle R. Ramey,
    • in Madeline Chinnici, "Do Human Brains Have Gender?" Self ()
  • ... whoever is so stupid as to imagine God to be either masculine or feminine openly shows that he is as bad a philosopher as a theologian.

  • No matter how entrenched in the imagination of the average Christian the image of a male God might be, theological tradition has never assigned sex to God.

  • The man or the woman in whom resides greater virtue is the higher; neither the loftiness nor the lowliness of a person lies in the body according to the sex, but in the perfection of conduct and virtues.

    • Christine de Pisan,
    • 1405, in Earl Jeffrey Richards, trans., The Book of the City of Ladies ()
  • What has made it work, or what makes certain paintings successful or not, has to do with my being a painter and a thinking, feeling person, more than my sex, color, height, origin.

  • [On gay ban in the military:] Heroism, I believe, is a trait that does not know race, color, creed, sex, or sexual orientation.

  • On the other hand, I flattered myself that I am not the first woman to have had something published; that minds have no sex and that if the minds of women were cultivated like those of men, and if as much time and energy were used to instruct the minds of the former, they would equal those of the latter.

  • There's only one woman I know of who could never be a symphony conductor, and that's the Venus de Milo.

  • ... courage is not a matter of gender.

  • ... when it comes to their essential faculty as writers, all writers are androgynous beings.

  • ... in writing, sex doesn't matter; it's the writing that matters.

    • Nadine Gordimer,
    • in George Plimpton, ed., Writers at Work, 6th series ()
  • I'm an artist; art has no color and no sex.

  • ... the laws of gravity apply to men and women alike.

  • ... in intellect there is no sex.

    • M. Carey Thomas,
    • in Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan Brownell Anthony, and Ida Husted Harper, History of Woman Suffrage ()
  • Excellence has no sex.

    • Eva Hesse,
    • in Cindy Nemser, Art Talk: Conversations With 12 Women Artists ()
  • I refuse the compliment that I think like a man, thought has no sex, one either thinks or one does not.

    • Clare Boothe Luce,
    • in Robert E. Herzstein, Henry R. Luce, Time, and the American Crusade in Asia ()
  • ... the planes I flew never asked if you were a man or a woman; they flew just as well for me as anyone else.