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Be thou the rainbow to the storms of life!
  The evening beam that smiles the clouds away,
    And tints to-morrow with prophetic ray!
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        The Bride of Abydos (canto II, st. 20)

This specter of the female politician, who abandons her family to neglect for the sake of passing bills in parliament, is just as complete an illusion of the masculine brain, as the other specter whom Sydney Smith laid by a joke,--the woman who would forsake an infant for a quadratic equation.
      - Frances P. Cobbe

A woman in a single state may be happy and may be miserable; but most happy, most miserable, these are epithets belonging to a wife.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

A happy union with wife and child is like the music of lutes and harps.
      - Confucius

Thy wife is a constellation of virtues; she's the moon, and thou art the man in the moon.
      - William Congreve, Love for Love
         (act II, sc. 1)

What is there in the vale of life
  Half so delightful as a wife,
    When friendship, love, and peace combine
      To stamp the marriage-bond divine?
      - William Cowper, Love Abused

The wife was pretty, trifling, childish, weak;
  She could not think, but would not cease to speak.
      - George Crabbe,
        Tales--Struggles of Conscience

Oh! 'tis a precious thing, when wives are dead,
  To find such numbers who will serve instead:
    And in whatever state a man be thrown,
      'Tis that precisely they would wish their own.
      - George Crabbe, Tales--The Learned Boy

In every mess I find a friend,
  In every port a wife.
      - Charles Dibdin, Jack in his Element

It's my girl that advises. She has the head. But I never own to it before her. Discipline must be maintained.
      - Charles Dickens, Bleak House (ch. XXVII)

Lord of yourself, uncumbered with a wife.
      - John Dryden

You know I met you,
  Kist you, and prest you close within my arms,
    With all the tenderness of wifely love.
      - John Dryden, Amphitryon (act III, sc. 1)

Flesh of thy flesh, nor yet bone of thy bone.
      - Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas,
        Divine Weekes and Workes
         (fourth day, bk. II)

A wise man in his house should find a wife gentle and courteous, or no wife at all.
      - Euripides

Man's best possession is a sympathetic wife.
      - Euripides

An undutiful Daughter will prove an unmanageable Wife.
      - Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard

First get an absolute conquest over thyself, and then thou wilt easily govern thy wife.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

The good wife is none of our dainty dames, who love to appear in a variety of suits every day new; as if a good gown, like a stratagem in war, were to be used but once. But our good wife sets up a sail according to the keel of her husband's estate; and if of high parentage, she doth not so remember what she was by birth, that she forgets what she is by match.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

He knows little who will tell his wife all he knows.
      - Thomas Fuller (1), Holy and Profane States
         (maxim VII, The Good Husband)

She commandeth her husband, in any equal matter, by constant obeying him.
      - Thomas Fuller (1),
        Holy and Profane States--The Good Wife
         (bk. I, maxim I, ch. I)

The man to Jove his suit preferr'd;
  He begg'd a wife; his prayer was heard.
    Jove wonder'd at his bold addressing:
      For how precarious is the blessing!
      - John Gay

One wife is too much for most husbands to bear,
  But two at a time there's no mortal can bear.
      - John Gay, Beggar's Opera (act II, sc. 2)

They'll tell thee, sailors, when away,
  In every post a mistress find.
      - John Gay, Sweet William's Fareware

A wife is a gift bestowed upon man to reconcile him to the loss of paradise.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

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