"Women are everywhere: at the theatres, the promenades, at the libraries. In the studies of the savans, even, you will find very elegant ladies. Here, the only spot upon the globe, do they deserve to hold the helm : the men are therefore madly in love with them ; they think of nothing but them, and only live, by, through and for them. A woman needs to remain six months at Paris to learn what is her due, and what empire she may wield."
Letter of Napoleon to his brother Joseph
Quoted in The Court of Napoleon or Society under the First Empire by Frank Boott Goodrich, 1858.