Friedrich Nietzsche, Human All Too Human (Menschliches, Allzumenschliches), subtitled A Book for Free Spirits (Ein Buch für freie Geister).

First published in 1878.   A second part, Assorted Opinions and Maxims (Vermischte Meinungen und Sprüche), was published in 1879, and a third part, The Wanderer and his Shadow (Der Wanderer und sein Schatten), followed in 1880.

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THE FEMALE INTELLECT.  Women's intellect is manifested as perfect control, presence of mind, and utilization of all advantages.  They bequeath it as their fundamental character to their children, and the father furnishes the darker background of will.  His influence determines the rhythm and harmony, so to speak, to which the new life is to be played out; but its melody comes from the woman.  To say it for those who know how to explain a thing: women have the intelligence, men the heart and passion.  This is not contradicted by the fact that men actually get so much farther with their intelligence: they have the deeper, more powerful drives; these take their intelligence, which is in itself something passive, forward.  Women are often privately amazed at the great honor men pay to their hearts.  When men look especially for a profound, warm-hearted being, in choosing their spouse, and women for a clever, alert, and brilliant being, one sees very clearly how a man is looking for an idealized man, and a woman for an idealized woman--that is, not for a complement, but for the perfection of their own merits.  
 

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