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March 5, 2013 1:41 PM   Subscribe

Looking for a quote from Napoleon about women.

One of my students asked me about a quote they said was from Napoleon. It roughly went, "Women are nothing but factories for producing children." My googlefu failed me and after a bit more pressing the student said it may not have been Napoleon but some other military person from around that same time period. Anyone know what he is talking about?
posted by _DB_ to Society & Culture (2 answers total)
Best answer: A version with one word changed ("Women are nothing but machines for producing children.") returns tons of Google results, including this one on wikiquote, which includes a detailed citation:

"The St. Helena Journal of General Baron Gourgaud (9 January 1817); as quoted in The St. Helena Journal of General Baron Gourgaud, 1815-1818 : Being a Diary written at St. Helena during a part of Napoleon's Captivity (1932) as translated by Norman Edwards, a translation of Journal de Sainte-Hélène 1815-1818 by General Gaspard Gourgaud"
posted by Perplexity at 1:45 PM on March 5, 2013

Response by poster: That must be it - thanks for helping figure this out!
posted by _DB_ at 1:49 PM on March 5, 2013

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