C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


Good daughters make good mothers.

Abigail G. Whittlesey.

Still harping on my daughter.


A daughter is an embarrassing and ticklish possession.


Marry your daughters betimes, lest they marry themselves.


With a little hoard of maxims preaching down a daughter’s heart.


If thy daughter marry well, thou hast found a son; if not, thou hast lost a daughter.


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.


  • 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!
  • Sheridan.

    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.


    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.


    Who can describe the transports of a heart 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?


    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.