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WIDOWS

Handsome widows, after a twelve-month, enjoy a latitude and longitude without limit.
      - Honore de Balzac

The widow who has been bereft of her children may seem in after years no whit less placid, no whit less serenely gladsome; nay, more gladsome than the woman whose blessings are still round her. I am amazed to see how wounds heal.
      - Charles Buxton

May widows wed as often as they can,
  And ever for the better change their man;
    And some devouring plague pursue their lives,
      Who will not well be govern'd by their wives.
      - John Dryden

Rich widows are the only secondhand goods that sell at first-class prices.
      - Benjamin Franklin

The comfortable estate of widowhood is the only hope that keeps up a wife's spirits.
      - John Gay

Why are those tears? why droops your head
  Is then your other husband dead?
    Or does a worse disgrace betide?
      Hath no one since his death applied?
      - John Gay

A widow of doubtful age will marry almost any sort of a white man.
      - Horace Greeley

A widow is like a frigate of which the first captain has been shipwrecked.
      - Alphonse Karr (Jean Baptiste Alphonse Karr)

Widows, like ripe fruit, drop easily from their perch.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

Young widows still bide their time.
      - Henry Wheeler Shaw (used pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek)

Men should think twice before making widowhood women's only path to power.
      - Gloria Steinem


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