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Marry your daughters betimes, lest they marry themselves.
- William Henry Burleigh
Happy is it to place a daughter; yet it pains a father's heart when he delivers to another's house a child, the object of his tender care.
To a father waxing old, nothing is dearer than a daughter; sons have spirits of a higher pitch, but less inclined to endearing fondness.
Who can describe the transports of a beam truly parental on beholding a daughter shoot up like some fair and modest flower, and acquire, day after day, fresh beauty and growing sweetness, so as to fill every eye with pleasure and every heart with admiration?
- George Fordyce
A daughter is an embarrassing and ticklish possession.
If thy daughter marry well, thou hast found a son; if not, thou hast lost a daughter.
- Francis Quarles
See, indeed, that your daughter is thoroughly grounded and experienced in household duties; but take care, through religion and poetry, to keep her heart open to heaven.
- Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)
Trust to me, judicious mother: do not make of your daughter an honest man, as if to give the lie to Nature; make her an honest woman, and be assured that she will be of more worth both to herself and to us.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Thou hast her, France; let her be thine, for we
Have no such daughter, nor shall ever see
That face of hers again. Therefore be gone
Without our grace, our love, our benison.
- William Shakespeare, King Lear
(King Lear at I, i)
If a daughter you have, she's the plague of your life,
No peace shall you know though you've buried your wife!
At twenty she mocks at the duty you taught her--
Oh, what a plague is an obstinate daughter!
- Richard Brinsley Sheridan
When a mother, as fond mothers will; vows that she knows every thought in her daughter's heart, I think she pretends to know a great deal too much.
- William Makepeace Thackeray
Good daughters make good mothers.
- Abigail G. Whittlesey
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