These are a few quotes from Michel de Montaigne's essay, "On Three Kinds of Relationships."
"It is enough that women can, without our aid, train their charming eyes to be gay, to be severe or soft, can season a 'no' with cruelty, hesitation or kindness, and that they require no interpreter for the speeches we make in wooing them. With this knowledge they have the whip-hand over us, and can master their teachers and the school."
" It is folly to fix all of one's thoughts upon relationship with a woman, and to become involved in a furious and reckless passion."
"There is no woman, however ill-favored, who does not think herself quite attractive."
"The less we love them the more profitably and advantageously they may surrender to us. The result will be the same as in the theatre; the public will take as much or more pleasure in the play than the actors."