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HUSBANDS
[ Also see Bachelors Couples Home Love Man Marriage Matrimony Men Motherhood Wives Women ]

The most popular labor-saving device today is still a husband with money.
      - Joey Adams

A husband can commit no greater blunder than to discuss his wife, if she is virtuous, with his mistress; unless it be to mention his mistress, if she is beautiful, to his wife.
      - Honore de Balzac

I was brought up among the sort of self-important women who had a husband as one has an alibi.
      - Anita Brookner

And truant husband should return, and say,
  "My dear, I was the first who came away."
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto I, st. 141)

But O ye lords of ladies intellectual,
  Inform us truly, have they not henpecked you all?
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto I, st. 22)

A good husband makes a good wife at any time.
      - George Farquhar

American husbands are the best in the world; no other husbands are so generous to their wives, or can be so easily divorced.
      - Elinor Glyn

All that a husband or wife really wants is to be pitied a little, praised a little, and appreciated a little.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

The lower in the husband may be lost.
      - Lord George Lyttelton, 1st Baron Lyttelton ("The Good Lord Lyttelton"),
        Advice to a Lady (l. 112)

Marry! no, faith; husbands are like lots in
  The lottery, you may draw forty blanks
    Before you find one that has any prize
      In him; a husband generally is a
        Careless domineering thing, that grows like
          Coral; which as long as it is under water
            Is soft and tender; but as soon
              As it has got its branch above the waves
                Is presently hard, stiff, not to be bow'd.
      - John Marston

To all married men, be this a caution,
  Which they should duly tender as their life,
    Neither to doat too much, nor doubt a wife.
      - Philip Massinger

Husbands never become good; they merely become proficient.
      - Henry Louis Mencken

God is thy law, thou mine.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. IV, l. 637)

The wife, where danger or dishonour lurks,
  Safest and seemliest by her husband stays,
    Who guards her, or with her the worst endures.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. IX, l. 195)

And to thy husband's will
  Thine shall submit; he over thee shall rule.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. X, l. 195)

With thee goes
  Thy husband, him to follow thou art bound;
    Where he abides, think there thy native soil.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. XI, l. 290)

A husband is a plaster that cures all the ills of girlhood.
      - Moliere (pseudonym of Jean Baptiste Poquelin)

The stoic husband was the glorious thing.
  The man had courage, was a sage, 'tis true,
    And lov'd his country.
      - Alexander Pope,
        Epilogue to Rowe's Jane Shore

Well, if our author in the wife offends
  He has a husband that will make amends;
    He draws him gentle, tender, and forgiving,
      And sure such kind good creatures may be living.
      - Alexander Pope,
        Epilogue to Rowe's Jane Shore

To hold you in perpetual amity,
  To make you brothers, and to knit your hearts
    With an unslipping knot, take Antony
      Octavia to his wife; whose beauty claims
        No worse a husband than the best of men;
          Whose virtue and whose general graces speak
            That which none else can utter.
      - William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra
         (Agrippa at II, ii)

Haply, when I shall wed,
  That lord whose hand must take my plight shall carry
    Half my love with him, half my care and duty.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (Cordelia at I, i)

I will attend my husband, be his nurse,
  Diet his sickness, for it is my office,
    And will have no attorney but myself;
      And therefore let me have him home with me.
      - William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors
         (Adriana at V, i)

If I should marry him, I should marry twenty husbands.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merchant of Venice (Portia at I, ii)   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

Thy husband is thy lord, thy life, thy keeper,
  Thy head, thy sovereign; one that cares for thee
    And for thy maintenance; commits his body
      To painful labor both by sea and land,
        To watch the night in storms, the day in cold,
          Whilst thou li'st warm at home, secure and safe;
            And craves no other tribute at thy hands
              But love, fair looks, and true obedience--
                Too little payment for so great a debt.
                  Such duty as the subject owes the prince,
                    Even such a woman oweth to her husband;
                      And when she is froward, peevish, sullen, sour,
                        And not obedient to his honest will,
                          What is she but a foul contending rebel
                            And graceless traitor to her loving lord?
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Taming of the Shrew (Kate at V, ii)

Know then,
  As women owe a duty--so do men.
    Men must be like the branch and bark to trees,
      Which doth defend them from tempestuous rage;--
        Clothe them in winter, tender them in age,
          Or as ewes' love unto their eanlings lives;
            Such should be husbands' custom to their wives.
              If it appears to them they've stray'd amiss,
                They only must rebuke them with a kiss;
                  Or cluck them as hens' chickens, with kind call,
                    Cover them under their wing, and pardon all.
      - Bishop John Wilkins


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