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Francis Ellington Abbot

Just as a tested and rugged virtue of the moral hero is worth more than the lovely, tender, untried innocence of the child, so is the massive strength of a soul that has conquered truth for itself worth more than the soft peach-bloom faith of a soul that takes truth on trust.

Character | Faith | Hero | Innocence | Soul | Strength | Trust | Truth | Virtue | Virtue | Worth |

James Boswell

A gentleman who had been very unhappy I marriage, married immediately after his wife died: Johnson said, it was the triumph of hope over experience.

Character | Experience | Hope | Marriage | Wife |

Miguel de Cervantes, fully Miguel de Cervantes Saaversa

Whoever undertakes a long Journey, if he be wise, makes it his Business to find out an agreeable Companion. How cautious then should He be, who is to take a Journey for Life, whose Fellow-Traveler must not part with him but at the Grave; his Companion at Bed and Board and Sharer of all the Pleasures and Fatigues of his Journey; as the Wife must be to the Husband! She is no such Sort of Ware, that a Man can be rid of when he pleases: When once that’s purchas’d, no Exchange, no Sale, no Alienation can be made: She is an inseparable Accident to Man: Marriage is a Noose, which, fasten’d about the Neck, runs the closer, and fits more uneasy by our struggling to get loose: ‘Tis a Gordian Knot which none can unty, and being twisted with our Thread of Life, nothing but the Schyth of Death can cut it.

Accident | Alienation | Business | Character | Death | Grave | Husband | Journey | Life | Life | Man | Marriage | Nothing | Wife | Wise | Business |

William James

A man’s Self is the sum-total of all that he can call his, not only his body, and his psychic powers, but this clothes and his house, his wife and children, his ancestors and friends, his reputation and works, his land and horse and yacht and bank account.

Body | Character | Children | Land | Man | Reputation | Self | Wife |

W. H. Auden, fully Wystan Hugh Auden

Certain sins manifests themselves as their mirror opposites which the sinner is able to persuade himself are virtues. Thus Gluttony can manifest itself as Daintiness, Lust as Prudery, Sloth and Senseless Industry, Envy as Hero Worship.

Envy | Gluttony | Hero | Industry | Lust | Sloth | Wisdom | Worship |

Jean de La Bruyère

Disgrace kills hatred and jealousy. Once someone is no longer a favorite and no longer envied... he might even be a hero and not annoy us.

Disgrace | Hero | Jealousy | Wisdom |

Thomas Wentworth Higginson

How much that the world calls selfishness is only generosity with narrow walls, a too exclusive solicitude to maintain a wife in luxury, or make one’s children rich.

Children | Generosity | Luxury | Selfishness | Wife | Wisdom | World |

Johann Kaspar Lavater

The prudent see only the difficulties, the bold only the advantages, of a great enterprise; the hero sees both; diminishes the former and makes the latter preponderate, and so conquers.

Hero | Wisdom |

Newman Levy

If a man builds a better mousetrap than his neighbor, the world will not only beat a path to his door, it will make newsreels of him and his wife in beach pajamas, it will discuss his diet and his health, it will publish heart-throb stories of his love life.

Better | Diet | Health | Heart | Life | Life | Love | Man | Wife | Will | Wisdom | World |

Elias L. Magoon

The practice of perseverance is the discipline of the noblest virtues. To run well, we must run to the end. It is not the fighting but the conquering that gives a hero his title to renown.

Discipline | Fighting | Hero | Perseverance | Practice | Title | Wisdom |

André Maurois, born born Emile Salomon Wilhelm Herzog

Some truths between husband and wife must be spoken with sweetness. Wounded vanity is fatal to love. It makes one hate the person who inflicted the wound. In married conversation, as in surgery, the knife must be used with care.

Care | Conversation | Hate | Husband | Love | Wife | Wisdom | Truths |

George Lyttleton, 1st Baron Lyttleton of Frankley

How much the wife is dearer than the bride!

Bride | Wife | Wisdom |

John Morley, 1st Viscount Morely of Blackburn, Lord Morley

I believe the recipe for happiness to be just enough money to pay the monthly bills you acquire, a little surplus to give you confidence, a little too much work each day, enthusiasm for your work, a substantial share of good health, a couple of real friends, and a wife and children to share life's beauty with you.

Beauty | Children | Confidence | Day | Enough | Enthusiasm | Good | Health | Life | Life | Little | Money | Surplus | Wife | Wisdom | Work | Beauty | Happiness |

Nikita Ivanovich Panin

The husband needs to be blind at times; the wife deaf; both need much of the time to be dumb.

Husband | Need | Time | Wife | Wisdom |

Philip Bennett Power

To tell the truth, however, family and poverty have done more to support me than I have to support them. They have compelled me to make exertions that I hardly thought myself capable of; and often when on the eve of despairing, they have forced me, like a coward in a corner, to fight like a hero, not for myself, but for my wife and little ones.

Family | Hero | Little | Poverty | Thought | Truth | Wife | Wisdom | Thought |

J (ohn) B (oynton) Priestley, Joseph Priestley (1733-1804) English Theologian, Philosopher or J (ohn) B (oynton) Priestly

We should behave toward our country as women do toward men they love. A loving wife will do anything for her husband except stop criticizing and trying to improve him. We should cast the same affectionate but sharp glance at our country. We should love it, but also insist upon telling all its faults. The noisy empty "patriot" not the critic is the dangerous citizen.

Critic | Husband | Love | Men | Wife | Will | Wisdom |