Sophia Loren: “I have my own peculiar yardstick for measuring a man.”

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Sophia Loren quote:

“I have my own peculiar yardstick for measuring a man: Does he have the courage to cry in a moment of grief? Does he have the compassion not to hunt an animal? In his relationship with a woman, is he gentle? Real manliness is nurtured in kindness and gentleness, which I associate with intelligence, comprehension, tolerance, justice, education, and high morality. If only men realized how easy it is to open a woman’s heart with kindness, and how many women close their hearts to the assaults of the Don Juans.”

Black and white photograph of Sophia Loren seated comfortably on a couch, smiling and looking to the side. She is dressed in a patterned blouse and accessorized with a necklace.
Sophia Loren, 1979

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